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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (1/12/11) Edition

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TCB first. The women dropped their first game of the season last night at Marquette (also, it's a place they've never won). I solemnly vow to never again mention any good streak that a WVU team is on again until such streak has ended. Now that I have that out of the way, we can talk about the football team a few miles North, off I-79. They've hired at least 3 former WVU assistants (with possibly 3 more on the way). I don't know about you, but I'm rather giddy with excitement of a Dana Holgorsen coached offense throwing against a Tony Gibson coached defensive backfield (plus, see the lead-off items inside in WYMHM and NoN).

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What You May Have Missed:

@FauxCoachHolgorsen - Twitter
Just woke up from a dream that I put 70 points on the board against Todd Graham's team ... oh wait, that actually happened. #pwn - this is a Twitter feed well worth following, BTW

Angel Robinson leads Marquette to upset win over West Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats and photos

Women's Basketball: WVU Defeated by Marquette - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 6 WVU upset by Marquette - Daily Athenaeum

Marquette hands WVU women first loss - Charleston Gazette

WVU’s Ali works on foul woes - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - as usual, right on time Mick

Women’s b-ball teams Maryland, Iowa St. had no trouble packing an arena - Daily Athenaeum

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 10 - ESPN
Holding steady at #6 AP and #7 Coaches

WVU Welcomes Providence to Morgantown Early -

WVU focuses on Big East battles - Daily Athenaeum

WVU basketball: Senior's stats deceiving - Charleston Daily Mail
Cam Thoroughman is profiled

Final 2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings - ESPN
receiving votes

Former WVU Linebacker Mortty Ivy Signs with Steelers -
Best of luck to him (Personal note: But why did it have to be the Steelers?)

Former Mountaineer Barry Brunetti Will Transfer to Ole Miss -

Past Mountaineers React to Former Coaches Joining Pitt Staff -

News of Note:

Backyard Brawl receives a charge - Charleston Gazette
This one is goooooooood

Mountaineers won't be without a QB this spring - Charleston Gazette

A Unique Situation - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bill Rowengartner Bedenbaugh discusses the HCIW situation

A Unique Situation (audio) -
New Mountaineer offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh says the head coach-in-waiting position will be a good thing for both the Mountaineers and Dana Holgorsen.

Relax, count to 10 … that’s almost as many starters as the defense loses - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Football Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

Final 2010 Big East power rankings - ESPN

Way-too early 2011 Big East power rankings - ESPN

Two Former Mountaineers Head To Pitt - WVMETRONEWS.COM


Football: Stewart Annnounces Three Enrollees - MSNsportsNET.Com

Three recruits enroll at WVU - Times West Virginian

Flower Mound QB Paul Millard enrolling early at West Virginia - Dallas Morning News

WVU recruiting heats up - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

New coach Graham: Pitt football fans "won't want to sit down" - PPG

Pitt staff has heavy West Virginia flavor - ESPN

Big East Basketball Primer: A Challenge Even Bigger Than the League - NCAABB FanHouse

Pitt needs second chances against Georgetown - PPG

Sleeping With The Enemy: The Panthers of Pittsburgh - Casual Hoya

Kragthorpe reportedly interested in UConn job - Card Chronicle
Please, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!!!

Report: UConn, Mark Whipple in final negotiations - ESPN
I can't tell if they're yelling "BOOOO!!!" or "WHOOOO?!?!?"

UConn Defeats Rutgers; Oriakhi Has Double-Double, Walker Scores 18 - Hartford Courant

In 67-53 loss against No. 10 Connecticut, Rutgers learns another tough Big East lesson - Star Ledger

Let's See How Far We've Come: Cards v. Nova Preview - Card Chronicle

preGame: Villanova vs. Louisville - The Nova Blog

Game 15: vs. Syracuse Orange pregame - Rumble In The Garden

Orange Scouting Report: St. John's vs. Syracuse - Post Standard

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's Scouting Report- DePaul Blue Demons - South Orange Juice

USF's Gilchrist finally playing up to his potential - Tampa Tribune

Bearcats aim to get back on track - Cincinnati Enquirer

What's next for Big East expansion? - BGN

Big East goes West - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

TCU athletic director on No. 2 finish: Imperfect system, but a system I embrace - ESPN Dallas

Brady Hoke Named New Michigan Coach - NCAAFB FanHouse

Two Days Later, 25 for 2011 - Pre-Snap Read
Way too early top 25

What's On Tap:

(5) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (19) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Phone Booth in DC on ESPN (link is a game preview)

(4) Syracuse Orange vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
7:00 tonight from MSG on ESPNU

(17) Louisville Cardinals vs. (7) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Pavilion on ESPN2

Video of Interest:

I posted Part 1 here yesterday (and pickings are slim today), so here's Part 2 (of 8). The rest can be found over at WVillustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is awesome...anybody seen one in person?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. A lovely gallery is linked through the picture.