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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (1/5/11) Edition

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WVU escaped with a much needed victory, both in Big East terms and in general, last night. Casey and Deniz had big games and Truck came through when WVU needed it most. The women are back in action early this afternoon with a tilt at Seton Hall. Some random football coverage is inside as well and yes, I have some more coverage of the RR soap opera...affectionately known in these parts, as "Karma's a B$%#@ Motherf&%$#@."

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What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins' Postgame MSN Interview -
A 14 point second half West Virginia lead evaporates, but Truck Bryant makes a key play down the stretch to give the Mountaineers the win.

Women's Basketball: Set to Face Seton Hall - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU women visit Seton Hall - Times West Virginian

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Head coach Mike Carey talks about what he expects to see from Seton Hall on Wednesday and how the team is responding to slow starts during their last two games.

Bracketology - Women's College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN
#2 in Dallas Region

FanHouse Terrific 12: Now It's a Season - NCAABB FanHouse

Feeling the Rush - MSNsportsNET.Com
Julian Miller and Bruce Irvin are profiled

Wellington Smith Considers Future without Basketball -

Sources: Beatty Likely To Vanderbilt - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Repeating what Charley tweeted last night

News of Note:

DePaul rallies back, then falls to West Virginia - ESPN
Recap and stats

Mountaineers Survive at DePaul - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Survives, Wins First Big East Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 67 DePaul 65 -

Mountaineers get first Big East victory - Charleston Gazette

WVU basketball: Mountaineers survive scare for first Big East victory - Charleston Daily Mail

What got into DePaul’s students? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
They have a history (recently at least) of creative self depreciation, if you didn't realize

Ugly But Effective - BGN
Bob Huggins’ synopsis said it all: "We survived."

WVU Still Trying to Find Itself -

PoG: West Virginia vs DePaul - BGN

Word on Stewart, recruiting and Hokies - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Changing coaches never easy - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

ADs must make big decisions - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Welcome to the Rumble. Buckle up. - Rumble In The Garden
Our friend pico dulce, from "The East Coast Bias" (St. John's basketball) has been turned to the dark side and is now part of the SBNation fraternity of blogs. Welcome aboard pico!!!!

Big East's Near-Complete Coaching Purge Leads to Uncertain Future - NCAAFB FanHouse

Coaches Who Never Coached a Game - Photos -
Interesting gallery

Louisville hosts Seton Hall and old friend Kevin Willard - Courier-Journal

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's Scouting Report- Louisville Cardinals - South Orange Juice

UC: We should be ranked higher - Cincinnati Enquirer
TSM: play a real schedule

Rutgers guard Austin Carroll to miss 4-6 weeks as left knee injury will require surgery - Star Ledger

UConn Falls Short At Notre Dame, 73-70 - Hartford Courant

Hansbrough answers challenge in win over No. 8 UConn - South Bend Tribune

Glass Half-Full, Glass Half-Empty: Off On The Right Foot Edition - Anonymous Eagle

Holtz's first season at USF stacked up well - Tampa Tribune

Mike Haywood Fired (Still): Steve Pederson Strikes ... Again - Cardiac Hill
Seems he's pissed off Mr. Rooney now, too

Patience is a Virtue, Pittsburgh - Pre-Snap Read

Pitt Basketball: Panthers Beat Providence Late On Clutch Plays - Cardiac Hill

Early list of replacements as uninspired as you'd expect - The UConn Blog

Paul Pasqualoni: UConn Football Coach? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

State Of The Hoyas: Crawling Through The Wreckage - Casual Hoya

Georgetown Scared Of Syracuse Fans, Not Selling Tickets To SU Game - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rich Rodriguez: Bad For Michigan, Great For Syracuse - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
His reasoning actually makes a lot of sense here

Five-Step Drop: Rich Rod Still Employed, but for How Long? - NCAAFB FanHouse

Hoppy's Commentary on Rodriguez Firing - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Rich Rodriguez should look back to the East for next job - Detroit News
Those close to Rodriguez say if he is fired by Michigan, there is a strong possibility he will take the year off and spend time with his family — wife, Rita, daughter, Raquel, and son, Rhett — before returning to coaching.

Annual Stock Report - Seth Davis -

Ohio State shows Big Ten can rivals SEC's teams and its ethics - Andy Staples -
Thanks to a tweet from 5YS

What's On Tap:

(7) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Seton Hall Pirates - ESPN
12:30 this afternoon at Seton Hall

Seton Hall Pirates vs. (23) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Chicken Box on ESPNU.

Videos of Interest:

There are actually 8 parts to this, here are the first two (the rest can be found at WVillustrated):

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is fitness model Jamie Eason. Her gallery is linked through the pic.