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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (1/7/11) Edition

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There's not a whole lot of news today, but the biggest news is the unconfirmed reports of Roberts Sands entering the NFL draft. That will hurt the Mountaineer D, no doubt, if true. Back on the basketball front, Huggs takes the men to D.C. tomorrow for another early tip-off (11 am EST) against the Hoyas and the women look to continue their roll against Cincinnati at the Coliseum in the afternoon.

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What You May Have Missed:

@Shawn Zobel - Twitter
I was told tonight that West Virginia safety Robert Sands WILL DECLARE for the 2011 NFL Draft. He has already chosen an agent [Ed. Note - This guy doesn't have a ton of followers, but he accurately reported a few other players leaving too.]

@WVU_Sandman - Twitter
Never again in the Old Gold & Blue Mike n Mike better freeze!!!! Dat, Robert "The Sandman" AKA "The Predator"
[Ed. Note - This has two possible meanings. He is either staying or going. Glad we cleared that up...]

Preview: Georgetown - BGN

WVU basketball: Visit to Georgetown comes at bad time - Charleston Daily Mail


Georgetown's John Thompson III Discusses WVU -

Dollars adding up at WVU - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

WVU women hoped to snap UConn streak - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Former Mountaineer Jarrett Brown Signs with Browns -
Ironic, isn't it?

News of Note:

Campus Connection - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU's hot team, sax appeal, SC Hall, and maybe a White-out - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

WVU AD's son to Put the NFL on Hold -


Meet WVU Football Commits Vance and Vernard Roberts -
Includes article and video interviews

Recruiting: Early Arrivals, Denials and Tricksters -

Becoming A Mountaineer - WVMETRONEWS.COM
JUCO transfer Josh Francis

Around the League (and Beyond):

Xavier no match for Cincinnati in Crosstown Shootout - Cincinnati Enquirer

postGame: Villanova 83 vs. South Florida 71 - The Nova Blog

Bulls' slide hits five with loss to Villanova - Tampa Tribune

Big East might mean big roles for Louisville's big men - Courier-Journal

The "can Steve Lavin coach?" question - Rumble In The Garden

Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell healing from gunshot, injury - ESPN New York

Syracuse's Rick Jackson is about to join some exclusive company - Post Standard
Wallace is one of just five players to finish their careers with at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocks. The other four are Roosevelt Bouie, Rony Seikaly, Derrick Coleman and Etan Thomas. - wow, but I've only heard of 2 of those guys

UConn Will Face An Improved Jordan Hamilton Of Texas - Hartford Courant

Anonymous Eagle Scouting Report: Pitt Panthers - Anonymous Eagle

Pitt, Marquette take different paths to consistency - PPG

Pitt's Pederson tackles coaching issues - PPG

Paralyzed Rutgers lineman Eric LeGrand has movement in shoulders, full sensation throughout body - Star Ledger
Great, GREAT news

Five-Step Drop: JoePa Traps Bolden - NCAAFB FanHouse

Michigan and Rich Rodriguez: Inside the Tragicomedy - Wall Street Journal
Very good read, and not necessarily for the RR angle...just a glimpse inside a major FB program

Why the Georgia Bulldogs Will Win the 2011 SEC Football Championship - Dawg Sports
Interesting correlation he's got here

Auburn's Gus Malzahn has football roots in Arkansas high school -

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - NCAA Basketball - ESPN

College Basketball Power Rankings - Luke Winn -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (13) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
11:00 tomorrow morning from the Phone Booth on ESPN2

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (7) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4:00 Saturday from the Coliseum on WVPBS

(4) Syracuse Orange vs. Seton Hall Pirates - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Prudential Center on CBS College Sports and MASN

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. (5) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
2:00 Saturday from the Pete on MASN and ESPN3

(9) Connecticut Huskies vs. (12) Texas Longhorns - ESPN
3:30 Saturday from the FESEC (is it just me or does that almost look like feces?) on ESPN

St. John's Red Storm vs. (15) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
8:00 Saturday from the Joyce on ESPNU

(25) Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (7) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Pavilion on MASN and ESPN3

(23) Louisville Cardinals vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Sun Dome on ESPN3 (live) and MASN (tape delay at 2 pm)

Video of Interest:

Yes, I realize that it's actually audio

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Warning: Bad Words

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste. Here's a 5 page mega-gallery and a couple videos to hold you over through the weekend.

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