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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Signing Day and Backyard Brawl (2/3/10) Edition

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It's Signing Day!!! It's the Backyard Brawl, Cager Edition!!! Yes, it's a big day for the Mountaineer Hopefuls. BIG DAY!! Hopefully the fax machine in the Mylan Puskar Center is buzzing early and often this morning. Lot's and LOT's to cover, including a new DougityDog video premiere. Our signing day coverage will be up shortly. Tips, suggestions and requests are always welcomed. It all begins after the jump...

Let's GOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Huskies lead by eight at half, but pull away to crush Mountaineers - ESPN
80 - 47

Women's Basketball: Huskies Too Much - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women Earn Highest Ranking In School History - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Up to #8, last nights loss notwithstanding...that shouldn't hurt as long as they keep winning otherwise.

Football: Williams Gets Academic Award - MSNsportsNET.Com
as ShadyMountaineer noted yesterday

News of Note:

179th Backyard Brawl - MSNsportsNET.Com

Let The Brawl Begin - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Backyard Brawl could break Pitt's slump - PPG

New looks for WVU, Pitt - Charleston Gazette

WVU provides a challenge for slumping Pitt - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Bob Huggins: "They're All Big Ones" - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

It's The BIG EAST - WV Illustrated

Deniz Kilicli: It's Finally Here - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

Kilicli goes in for WVU tonight - Charleston Daily Mail

Kilicli ready tonight vs. Pitt - Times West Virginian

Kilicli will play tonight against Pitt - Register-Herald

Here Comes the Bully - WV Illustrated

Smith’s game has changed - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Foul-mouthed West Virginia Mountaineers student section under fire - ESPN (AP)

Rowdy WVU fans have yet to be quieted - Charleston Daily Mail

Red Turf at Eastern Washington could lead to more gimmick turf creations - With Leather
What they suggested for us probably isn't near as bad as you would think. Marshall's is bad and by bad, I mean "Oh no you dih-int." The kind of bad that makes you feel bad for laughing, yet still slightly amused.

Slaton Underwent Neck Surgery - WVMETRONEWS.COM


Signing Day Coverage - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Football Recruiting -
Here's one place to keep up with the signatures.

Playing waiting game with recruits - Charleston Gazette

Stew looking for big, fast athletes - Charleston Gazette

WVU hoping for big recruiting class - Times West Virginian

Changes have made recruiting more interesting for West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail

Top remaining recruiting battles in Big East - ESPN

Two QBs among WVU recruits - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Rough patches can be any recruiters' dream - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Around the League (and Beyond):

Stokes' late 3-pointers send No. 2 Villanova past Seton Hall - ESPN
81 - 71

Out of the Cellar - Protect R Turf
"Rutgers is out of the Big East basement after their 2nd consecutive Big East victory, a 84-72 win over St. John's."

Role players chipping in for Bulls - Tampa Tribune

The Orange is 22-1 . . . and rolling, rolling, rolling. And Keno Davis thinks it's No. 1. - Post Standard

UC Bearcats' recruiting holding steady - Cincinnati Enquirer
"The incoming UC class is rated No. 61 nationally by and No. 63 by, with national signing day Wednesday. "Cincinnati remains a poster child for disregarding recruiting rankings," says one prominent recruiting expert."

Recruiting class could set tone for USF's Holtz - Tampa Tribune

Recruiting judgment day arrives for rookie coaches - Courier-Journal

What's On Tap:

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Tonight at 7 from the Coliseum on ESPN 360, SNY and Fox Sports Pittsburgh. Mountaineers are giving9.

Dollars for Disaster - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia Student Government Association is collecting money for the Haiti relief from 5:00 p.m.until 7:00 p.m. at all gates of the Coliseum.

South Florida Bulls vs. Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Phone Booth in DC on ESPN 360 and MASN. Hoyas are giving12.5.

Practice Facility Groundbreaking - MSNsportsNET.Com
Ground will be broken tomorrow. A live video stream of Thursday’s ground breaking ceremony can be accessed by clicking

Videos of Interest:

Here's the premiere of DougityDog's latest effort:

and from our friends at WV Illustrated:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

And now for some schadenfreude. This former Panther is now proud to be a Phoenix instead. Heh heh heh....

Brazil Gallery of the Week:

5 pages of the wonders of Brazil inside...


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American actress known for her roles on Gossip Girl and Veronica Mars. She can currently be seen in the film, When in Rome. It's easy to see why she's one of Craig Ferguson's favorite guests. Here's the always perky, lovely and recently engaged, Kristen Bell.


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