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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Backyard Brawl II Gameday (2/12/10) and VD Weekend Preview Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and daily distractions; Now nationally recognized! We're being brought to you today by Morgantown's own, Mountain State Brewing Company's Almost Heaven Amber Ale.

OOOOHHHH, we got a big one today. Big game and big edition here to occupy you. The Backyard Brawl Cage Edition Part II, of course, is tonight and there's a full slate of BE action to keep you occupied Saturday and Sunday if you aren't the racing type. Sunday also marks the return to action of the WVU women against a highly ranked Georgetown team. There's some strange holiday to celebrate on Sunday too. Just kidding. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming and take care of your significant others. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!! It's time...


What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Tennis: WVU Dominates Pitt - MSNsportsNET.Com
Any win, by any Mountaineer team, in any sport, is a good win...especially over Pitt.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN

Kansas Jayhawks top board for interim Power Rankings czar - Stewart Mandel -

Men's Soccer: Attendance Milestone - MSNsportsNET.Com

Fred Schaus:

WVU Legend Schaus Dies - MSNsportsNET.Com

Fred Schaus, mentor to West Virginia and Los Angeles Lakers great Jerry West, dies at 84 - ESPN (AP)

Schaus remembered for contributions to WVU - Charleston Gazette

Schaus found success at all levels of athletics - Charleston Daily Mail

Greatness of Fred Schaus can’t be denied - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Pastilong Remembers Schaus - WVMETRONEWS.COM

The Career of Fred Schaus - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Tony And Hoppy On Fred Schaus - WVMETRONEWS.COM
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News of Note:

Preview: Backyard Brawl - BGN


Backyard Brawl, Part II -

Pitt returns to pressure cooker - PPG

Pitt is just a game for Huggins, WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU, Butler hope to rebound at Pittsburgh - Times West Virginian

WVU, Panthers revisit rivalry - Charleston Gazette

Pitt hopes home has right recipe vs. WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Starkey: A character test for Pitt - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU-Pitt concerns, kudos and sad goodbyes - Charleston Gazette

WVU entering hostile territory - Register-Herald

Video Interviews: PITT Game -
Interviews with Huggs (I've embedded his below), Da and Wells.

Bob Huggins: Beat Those Panthers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
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The Turk's Story: Part Three - WVMETRONEWS.COM
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The Turk's Story: Part Four - WVMETRONEWS.COM
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Gansey Keeps Chasing Hoop Dreams - EerSports

Spring breakout candidates in the Big East - ESPN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Connecticut Huskies coach Jim Calhoun back on the job - ESPN

Pitino not interested in return to NBA - ESPN

‘It was our worst game of the season' - Courier-Journal
St. John's whips UL 74 - 55.

Referee applied timeout rule correctly, but the decision to grant the timeout was a judgment call - Post Standard

The ball bounces Seton Hall's way in 90-87 win over Notre Dame - Star Ledger

Cincinnati Bearcats still believers - Cincinnati Enquirer

Red-hot Jones says he wants to 'boost' USF before he leaves - Tampa Tribune

How Skip Holtz, South Florida Bulls saved 2010 recruiting class -

John Wall Jersey Fail - TwitPic

Expanding the NCAA men's basketball tournament to 96 teams might be the worst idea ever - ESPN

Strange BCS bedfellows in Washington - ESPN

NCAA proposes rules change on in football on concussions, taunting - Cumberland Times-News

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Pete on ESPN. Pitt is getting 2.5 at home.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the XLC on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

Providence Friars vs. Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Wachovia Center in Philly on ESPNU.

South Florida Bulls vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Seton Hall Pirates - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Prudential Center in Newark on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
1 pm Sunday from the Coliseum on ESPNU. Big one here as WVU's women come in ranked 8th and the Hoyas are ranked 13th.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
1 pm Sunday from the Dome on ESPN.

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
4 pm Sunday from the RAC on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

St. John's Red Storm vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7:30 pm Sunday from the Joyce Center on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

Video of Interest:

Courtesy, as usual, of our friends at WVIllustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Candice gets me all twitter-pated.

VD Gallery of the Week:

VD stands for Valentine's Day...get your minds from out the gutter!!!!


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is your 2010 SI Swimsuit Edition Cover Girl. Word is, she's just as proud to be honored here. Born in Middletown, OH, and raised in Charlotte, NC, I proudly present Mrs. Andy Roddick...Brooklyn Decker. (name link takes you to her model page with video, cover link takes you to thumbnail gallery)


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