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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (2/5/10) Blizzard 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 Dos Equis, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

I think it's safe to say we all know what the major topic of news will be covered in today's articles. Like SF1007 said last night, it's a shame that this is the topic and not the domination by our team. The more I read this morning...I was getting physically ill to my stomach. This kind of coverage just plain sucks. The men are back in action tomorrow at St. John's and the women travel to Providence. Oh yeah, there's a little football game on Sunday as well. If you're in the blizzard zone (like I am), stay warm and stay safe. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming and have a great weekend. Here we go...


What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Midseason Big East Awards - Card Chronicle

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN

Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
#9? Luke? Seriously? Really?

WVU Breaks Ground On New Facilities - WVMETRONEWS.COM

President Clements' Apology - MSNsportsNET.Com

Univ. ‘appalled’ by fan behavior - Daily Athenaeum
Update on what the University plans for Big Monday. Thanks to Oregon Mountaineer for the update.

News of Note:

Road trip to St. John's puts WVU on world's biggest stage - Charleston Daily Mail

Deniz Kilicli's debut overshadowed historic night for Da'Sean Butler - WV Illustrated

A Study In Momentum -

WVU’s academic, athletic momentum celebrated at groundbreaking - Times West Virginian
He stole the "momentum" line from Patrick Southern of BGN.

Stewart A Five-Star In Class - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU president apologizes to Pitt - ESPN
Let me join in saying, I'm sorry that Pitt isn't any good also....wait, what? Did I miss something?

WVU contends with unruly fans - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia to take steps to control crowd - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Student behavior needs action - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Stop It. Now. -

WVU students only hurting themselves - Charleston Gazette

National media lambaste 'idiots' among WVU fans - Charleston Daily Mail

Afternoon Linkage: Preparing for Purdue-IU - ESPN
3rd bullet - our site and thread gets linked/mentioned and he quotes..."The Zip"

Afterthoughts: Keep it Classy, Mountaineer Nation - WV Illustrated

Another Black Eye For WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Hoppy's Commentary

Yeah, I Used To Be A Rowdy WVU Student -

WVU Should Ban Fans That Can't Behave -- FanHouse
"After all, what happened Wednesday night at WVU Coliseum was not an anomaly. It was routine." - please!!!! But, this is what happens when idiots strike. I can't completely argue with him.

WVU Fans Like to Throw Things on the Court -- Back Porch FanHouse
I just clipped this for the headline. Are you proud now?

West Virginia Fans Do Not Heed Huggins' Message - Sporting News

Backyard Blowout - Mondesi's House


West Virginia recruiting analysis - ESPN

Waiting for the Banks to Open - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video of Stew on Sportsline regarding the situation surrounding WVU commit Ishmael Banks. NCAA flags this but lets John Wall play and no sanctions on USC after Reggie Bush...incredulous.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2nd time against Notre Dame no charm for Cincinnati Bearcats - Cincinnati Enquirer
83 - 65

At 65 years young, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim has never been better -

Unheralded recruits gel for No. 3 Syracuse University basketball team - Post Standard

Pitt's Richardson makes most of limited playing time - PPG

Unlikely Bull run creating local, national buzz - Tampa Tribune

NCAA continues talks of expanding tournament - ESPN
"The NCAA has met with conference commissioners, university presidents and athletic directors about the possibility of expanding the men's basketball tournament." But we can't have a football playoff....NOOOOOOO!!!

Colleges Do Due Diligence to Prevent Social Networking Embarrassment -- NCAAFB FanHouse

Gary Emanuel is 20th assistant to leave during Greg Schiano's tenure as Rutgers head coach - Star Ledger
I'm not sure if that's good or bad

George Edwards left Florida Gators for Buffalo Bills -
He lasted 27 days in Gainesville.

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Madison Square Garden on ESPNU.

Villanova Wildcats vs. Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Saturday on ESPN from the Phone Booth in DC.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Providence Friars - ESPN
Women travel to RI Saturday for a 2:30 pm tilt against Providence.

Seton Hall Pirates vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
6 pm Saturday from the Pete on ESPN360 , SNY, MASN and Fox Sports Pittsburgh.

Syracuse Orange vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
2 pm Sunday from 5th 3rd in Cinci. ESPN 360 and MASN has live coverage.

Super Bowl XLIV - ESPN
6:25 pm Sunday from Sun Life Stadium in Miami. CBS has you covered. Go Saints (but I think Indy wins it).

Video of Interest:

Courtesy, as usual, from our friends at WV Illustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Something to help keep you warm.

Super Bowl Gallery of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Mexican actress and model. May I present, the muy caliente Ninel Conde.


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