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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Capital Classic Gameday (1/19/11) Edition

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What You May Have Missed:

Marshall Men's Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Wednesday's game against Marshall in Charleston.

Huggins is to Carey what Carey is to Huggins - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Bracketology - ESPN
#7 SE

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 11 - ESPN
#9 in both

Marshall Women's Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Marshall Womens Preview - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Mike Carey and players Madina Ali, Asya Bussie and Brooke Hampton talk about Wednesday's Marshall game.

Musings of a Mountain Man 1/18 -

Football: Millard Added to Roster - MSNsportsNET.Com

VSR: Ali Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

Rodriguez makes payment to WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
...and some recruiting news

Top moments of 2010 - ESPN
WVU gets a mention near the end of this rundown of the football season

WVU, MU grid series may end - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Ain't that a shame? (*turn your sarcasm meter "ON")

WVU notes: Butler to drop in one more time - Charleston Gazette

Butler's Memories - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video

VIDEO: Former WVU Star Da'Sean Butler Recalls Marshall Series -

Justice sees best yet ahead for Concord football - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Former Mountaineer OL introduced as the new HC at Concord

News of Note:


WVU women heavy favorite - Charleston Gazette
MU coach calls showdown 'Herculean challenge'

WVU women hoping Campbell can get started - Times West Virginian

Marshall women seek upset tonight against ninth-ranked Mountaineers - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Prior to Marshall Game -
Coach C, Liz Repella, Madina Ali and Korinne Campbell


Bob Huggins: Pre-Capital Classic -
Huggins talks about taking on the Thundering Herd, how similar Marshall is to Pitt and what it's like playing this game in Charleston.

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. Marshall -

Preview: Marshall - BGN

Marshall, Herrion Ready For WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article also includes audio with the former Pitt asst.

Showdown in Chuck Town - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU basketball: No. 21 Mountaineers look to keep win streaks alive - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU men look for fifth-straight win over Herd - Daily Athenaeum

Energy and emotion - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers, Herd ready to square off again

Capital Classic today at 8 p.m. - Times West Virginian

Poor shooting has been a trend in Classic - Charleston Daily Mail

Breaking down what should be another classic - Charleston Gazette
"IT'S ONE OF the best days of the sports year in the Kanawha Valley." - Really?!?! That's actually kinda sad.

John Flowers feeling good about John Flowers - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
"I told John to make the first one, miss the second one," Huggins said. "He said, ‘you’re going to screw up my free-throw percentage.’ That’s a guy who is a 40-percent career shooter. And I’m gonna screw it up?"

Flowers in bloom for ’Eers - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews Prior to the Marshall Game -
Huggs, Deniz and Jonnie

Deniz Kilicli: Facing Marshall -
Kilicli talks about how he was taught to hate Pitt and Marshall and how he likes his fans in America.

WVU embraces Kilicli - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Jonnie West: Non-Conference Once Again -
West talks about playing another non-conference game after defeating Purdue and how he feels this year's team matches up against Marshall.

Herd notes: Sidelines come alive - Charleston Gazette
Herrion's arrival makes for colorful battle of wits

Herrion asks no quarter in Capital Classic debut - Register-Herald


Welcome Mr. Jackson - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Unique monikers add spice to college football recruiting trail - Andy Staples -
Staples takes a look at the more uniquely named recruits this year

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Basketball Power Rankings Week 10 - The UConn Blog

Multiple Sites Project 10-11 Big East Teams in NCAA Tourney - Miner Rush

The Big East is the best again - Daily Athenaeum

Seton Hall Basketball: Final - Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 75 - Pirates Four Blunders Give Game to Hoyas - South Orange Juice

Survive and Advance: Georgetown Outlasts Seton Hall in 80-75 Road Victory - Casual Hoya

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Marquette 94, DePaul 64 - Anonymous Eagle

Pitt Basketball: Cue Final Four Talk In 3...2... - Cardiac Hill
Hold your breath sweetheart, I dare ya

Pitt Football: Todd Graham's New Staff - Cardiac Hill
Including Graham, 4 former WVU coaches are on the staff (so far)...they still need a Safeties coach

Cronin says squad needs better start - Cincinnati Enquirer

All Eyes On Kemba, He Delivers Again - Hartford Courant

Villanova Got Kemba'd: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - The Nova Blog

Kris Joseph Update: Waiting And Seeing - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Game 16: vs. Louisville Cardinals - Rumble In The Garden

Louisville basketball's Pitino wants Knowles to play like T-Will - Courier-Journal

Previewing South Florida: Rutgers Basketball Game 18 - On the Banks

Notre Dame men’s basketball: Irish searching for winning formula - South Bend Tribune

Grading Connecticut’s Coaching Move - Pre-Snap Read

Forde Minutes - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. (9) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
5:30 tonight from the CCC on WVPBS

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
8:00 tonight from the CCC on WJAL (Chambersburg 68) and ESPN3.

St. John's Red Storm vs. (15) Louisville Cardinals - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Chicken Box on the BE Network, MASN and ESPN3

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (16) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Joyce on ESPN2.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This makes the Bacon Explosion look healthy by comparison. My cholesterol count just went up 50 points by watching this....ugh.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is German television presenter and model Collien Fernandes. Click on the picture for today's gallery.