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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Signing Day/Brawl Hangover (2/4/09) Edition

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Wow, yesterday was I know I'm running late so I'll shut up here and let the links do the talking. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Times a wasting...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU rolls for fifth straight win as Pitt's shooting goes cold - ESPN
Recap, stats and video

WVU Blasts Pitt 70-51 - WV Illustrated
Inlcudes post-game interview video of Kilicli

Photo Gallery - WVU vs. Pitt - WV Illustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU - Pitt -

Women's Soccer: Signing Day Central - MSNsportsNET.Com
Yesterday was also signing day for both Soccer teams

Men's Soccer: Signing Day Central - MSNsportsNET.Com

Butler Named Lowe's Finalist - MSNsportsNET.Com - PodCenter - ESPN
Page 2: 2/3 archive has an award for Huggs (relevant audio starts about 1/3 into it). Thanks to 5YS.

News of Note:

Briefly, The Hoopies - Pitt Blather
This was a preview of last night's game and the first section wound up being unfortunately accurate. Thankfully, so was the second section.

Panthers are outhustled, outrebounded in worst slump since 2001 - PPG

No. 6 WVU pounds Pitt, 70-51 - Times West Virginian

Turkish Delight -
Video link (interview)

The Turk Provides Impact - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Butler, Ebanks Lead WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
Not a single word about the crowd from Pravda.

West Virginia fans now throwing things - ESPN
"Really, West Virginia?" - I have to agree

West Virginia fans disrespect the game - PPG
He at least qualifies his remarks and doesn't generalize.

"Foul" Behavior -

Brawl gets physical - Charleston Gazette

Article, audio, video and gallery

Good, bad in charged atmosphere - Charleston Gazette

Bill Stewart Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Deion Sanders happy Noel Devine asked for advice - Naples Daily News

Talent in this state is developed, not delivered - Charleston Daily Mail


Mountaineers Sign 19 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes a video link Top 25: 2010 Class Rankings -

WVU lands 19 on signing day - Times West Virginian
Includes player bios

WVU 2010 Recruiting Class - WV Illustrated
Includes video of Stew's presser.

Stew: 'We have a special class' - Charleston Gazette

Stewart Says WVU's Class Is Special - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Recruit ranks don’t always matter - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU will give Brunetti a chance - Charleston Daily Mail

All-American joins WVU recruiting class - Martinsburg Journal

Two star QBs sign with WVU - Register-Herald

Mountaineers' recruiting effort 'ahead of the curve' - Charleston Daily Mail

Top WR, QB prizes of class - PPG

Two sides to WVU’s recruiting - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU fortifies areas of need on football field - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Huggins Getting an Early Start on Class of '15? - EerSports
Raise your hand if you're surprised....didn't think so.

Around the League (and Beyond):

USF stuns No. 7 Georgetown - Tampa Tribune
72 - 64

Villanova-Syracuse to set NCAA attendance record -

Marrone charting a new course for SU football recruiting - Post Standard
Cuse signed 31?!?

Is It New Basketball Uniform Time Already? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Does any other team change uniforms (other than Oregon, which I would consider a Nike Beta site) as often as they do?

Pitt operating like a well-oiled machine - PPG
Football, that is...

Cincinnati Bearcats unveil recruiting class - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano renews Florida pipeline to build 2010 recruiting class - Star Ledger

Routine exam: Why it's time UConn makes a leap in recruiting - The UConn Blog

Edsall rails on ranking services, in-state coaches - ESPN

Charlie Strong's stimulus package: ‘Really good' Louisville football class - Courier-Journal

Ssshhh! Edgar Sosa having nice Louisville basketball season - Courier-Journal

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

U-M regents hold closed session for NCAA update - Detroit Free Press
This week in schadenfreude.

Top U.S.C. Recruit Is Not Signed Yet - The Quad Blog -
"Seantrel Henderson is waiting for U.S.C. to appear before an N.C.A.A. infractions committee later this month before signing a letter of intent." - Smart kid/family

Rundown of March Madness, Volume 2 -- NCAABB FanHouse

10 Reasons NOT To Expand The Tournament - Cincinnati Enquirer
Can't really argue with any of these

What's On Tap:

Practice Facility Groundbreaking - MSNsportsNET.Com
Ground will be broken today at 10:30am. A live video stream of Thursday’s ground breaking ceremony can be accessed by clicking

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
Tonight at 9 pm from the Joyce Center in South Bend on ESPN. It's the only BE game today. Irish are giving 3.5.

Videos of Interest:

Former WVU punter Pat McAfee goes on the street with a camera and microphone (thanks again to 5YS):

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This video is amazing, spectacular, magical, wonderful, incred...

Super Bowl WAG Gallery/Poll of the Week:

I'm voting left this time...I just don't get the fascination with Kendra.


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Russian beauty. Please welcome Natalia Vodianova. (NSFW ads below the gallery at the bottom of the page)


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