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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Louisville Gameday (1/26/11) Edition

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There's a few thing to cover today. First, the women dropped their second game of the year to the Hoyas last night in a turnover fest for both teams. Next, Huggs leads what's left of the basketball team to Louisville tonight for another Big East tilt. One of the most covered items today is the Holgorsen contract details. There's also the usual smattering of other items of interest, including UConn's version of Ken Kendrick asking for a refund. I am efforting the football recruiting post I mentioned yesterday (it's proved to be more of an undertaking than I expected) and if work allows, it will be posted later today, if not, I promise it for tomorrow.

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What You May Have Missed:

Huggins Still Looking For Leaders - MSNsportsNET.Com
At least the 3rd article with the same headline/topic this week...must be getting serious

Huggins cares for his players - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU to Debut New Jerseys Wednesday at Louisville -

WVU is a dream job - Daily Athenaeum

Questionable Calls: January 26, 2011 - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers Suffer Second Defeat - MSNsportsNET.Com

Hoyas get second win vs. Top 10 team this season - ESPN
Recap and statistics

Rodgers’ career-high 30 points leads Georgetown to 65-60 win - Daily Athenaeum

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 12 - ESPN
#8 in both

FanHouse Terrific 12: A Few Surprises in Major Conferences Races - NCAABB FanHouse
Women's Power Rankings

Mountaineer Jammin Video Vault - Mountaineers TV
The Mountaineer Jammin' video vault of lost highlights from the 1955-56, 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons.

40 Great Coaches - MSNsportsNET.Com

40 Greatest Scoring Performances - MSNsportsNET.Com

Sanders Added To Senior Bowl Roster - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Little Devine, Big Goals -

Devine finds purpose in his hardships -

Humbled Gwaltney looks back on collegiate career - Charleston Daily Mail

News of Note:

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. #19 Louisville -

WVU-Louisville Preview - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Preview: Louisville - BGN

WVU at Louisville tonight - Times West Virginian

Numbers game - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers at 8 scholarship players for road trip

Shorthanded WVU Moving On Without Jennings and Mitchell -

WVU's visits Louisville tonight - Charleston Daily Mail

Team meetings motivate Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum

Louisville basketball facing depleted West Virginia - Courier-Journal

Rebounding with Terrence Jennings - Card Chronicle

Holgorsen Contract Terms

Holgorsen's contract could max out at $14.275 million - Charleston Gazette

Holgorsen likes to put his feet up on the plane - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
There are also some neat provisions within the contract

Holgorsen's paycheck will increase expectations - Charleston Daily Mail

Plenty of bonuses if WVU's Holgorsen has success - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Details into Holgorsen’s contract - Times West Virginian

Nehlen: 'I was born 10 years too early' - Charleston Gazette


One week ’til recruits can sign - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Garrison brings big expectations to WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Aniefiok Looking At The Mountaineers (video) -
Huntington Prep senior Maurice Aniefiok has his eyes on the Mountaineers and he is hoping the Mountaineers have their eyes on him.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Marinatto: 'We're not waiting for Villanova' - Big East Blog - ESPN

Robert Burton, UConn Booster, Wants Money Back After Coaching Hire - NCAAFB FanHouse

Major Connecticut donor wants $3 million gift back - ESPN

Burton's letter to UConn - Connecticut Post

Lamb Leads Huskies Past Marquette - Hartford Courant

No. 5/5 UConn 76, Marquette 68 - Anonymous Eagle

Final - Seton Hall 90, Syracuse 68 - Pirates Run Orange (And Fans) Out of Carrier Dome - South Orange Juice

Seton Hall 90 - Syracuse 68: The Horror...The Horror... - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Do yourself a favor and click on this one

The Chipotle Curse: Reborn January 25th, 2011 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Just another reason for my and Country Roads' love for Chipotle.....mmmmm good

"Biggie" McClain proud of time at UC - Cincinnati Enquirer

Scarlet Knights must play ugly, keep Cincinnati from quick start - Star Ledger
Shouldn't be too hard to play ugly, should it?

Sleeping With The Enemy: The Red Storm of St. John's PART DEUX - Casual Hoya

Wells Fargo Center Unveils New Beer System, Oh Yeah There's A Basketball Game Too - The Nova Blog
They're getting the bottom filler!!

Notre Dame Basketball: Regular Season Checklist - Rakes Of Mallow

Notre Dame plan familiar to Pitt - PPG

Woodland Hills' Pitts goes to Rutgers, but Pitt lands 4 players - PPG

USF football expects to land solid recruiting class - Tampa Tribune

Oversigning in the Big East - Big East Blog - ESPN

Five-Step Drop: The Oversigning Issue - NCAAFB FanHouse

Lane Kiffin, USC skirting recruiting sanctions with appeal pending -

Mountain West Tables Expansion, for Now - NCAAFB FanHouse

Forde Minutes: Lost in translation - ESPN

North Carolina, Michigan State close to aircraft carrier game -
This would be totally cool, despite the participants

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (19) Louisville Cardinals - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Chicken Palace on ESPNU

St. John's Red Storm vs. (20) Georgetown Hoyas - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Phone Booth on MASN and ESPN3.

(7) Villanova Wildcats vs. Providence Friars - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Dunkin Donuts Center on ESPN3.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This may be a couple years old, but that by no means lessens the awesomeness of this. Thanks to ShadyMountaineer for reminding me about this one.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Dutch model Wendy Dubbeld. As they say, "If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much." Click on her picture for today's gallery.

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