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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (10/10/11) Edition

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Who would have thought that the punter would be the focus of so much attention following Saturday's game? It seems that the decision on the QB sneak was all Geno and Coach isn't too happy about it. Perhaps a bit lost in the shuffle of this past weekend's game, the WVU Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members Saturday morning. We have images and videos along with a few interesting tidbits from those ceremonies. It should also be noted that Coach Huggins' latest basketball commitment comes from the nephew of his former teammate and new WVU Sports Hall of Fame member Warren Baker. More on all of these stories inside...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
a breakdown of Geno Smith's performance half way through the season, what the team plans to accomplish during the off week and find out who the new WVU basketball commit is

Capital One Cup - ESPN
Garrison won last week; vote for Geno this week!!

Football: Connecticut Award Winners - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performance in the Mountaineers’ 43-16 win against Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Football: Bailey Nominated for Performance - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia sophomore wide receiver Stedman Bailey is nominated for the Receiver Performance of the Year, Intersport announced today. The Receiver Performance of the Year is part of a four-month competition that lets fans determine which individual performances reign supreme during the 2011 college football season.

WVU will land on its feet - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Because, when it comes to the issue that is burning up the Internet and becoming a daily topic on radio talk shows around the Mountain State - conference realignment - West Virginia University fans need to "be careful what you ask for".

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 7 - ESPN
#13 AP & #16 Coaches

Sporting News power rankings: Top nine teams remain same - Sporting News

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 6 - ESPN

Big East bowl projections - Big East Blog - ESPN
Also Orange

Six Inducted Into Hall of Fame (Photo Gallery) - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The 2011 class includes Warren Baker (basketball), Canute Curtis (football), Joseph Harrick (football, baseball, wrestling, track), Jim Heise (baseball), Pat Itanyi Williams (women’s indoor and outdoor track) and Steve Newberry (football).

WVU Sports Hall of Fame Speeches - WV Illustrated
The WVU Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members prior to the West Virginia-Connecticut football game. Watch the videos below to hear speeches from the new members.

Curtis keeps an eye on WVU’s Irvin - Times West Virginian
A few prize tidbits from the West Virginia University Hall of Fame induction ceremony that preceded WVU’s game against Connecticut on Saturday:

WVU Upsets Hoyas - MSNsportsNET.Com
A goal by midfielder Uwem Etuk with nine minutes remaining in regulation pushed the No. 25 West Virginia men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over No. 13 Georgetown on Saturday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Senior Moment - MSNsportsNET.Com
A season-high five goals, including three from Mountaineer seniors, guided the No. 22 West Virginia women’s soccer team past visiting Syracuse, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

News of Note:

Holgorsen happy at halfway point - Charleston Gazette
"We're happy being 5-1. We're 1-0 in the conference. Obviously everybody wants to be undefeated at the midway point, but we put up a decent fight against the No. 1 team in the country and learned a lot from it, to the point where we just continue to get better each week.''

WVU coach taking jab at solving slow starts - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"You have to coach them into not pressing," Holgorsen said. "I pressed in the first half a little bit too."

WVU quarterback must learn to trust the offense - Charleston Daily Mail
"Everyone was like, 'What's going on?'" Smith said. "I took the snap and the tackles started pass blocking. The guards just stood there. It was like I tried to go 1-against-11."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Pressing issue for WVU’s Geno Smith - Times West Virginian
“He still tries too hard at times,” Holgorsen said.

New punter has breakout day in first game - PPG
Three times Molinari pinned the Huskies inside the 20, once a perfect coffin corner that bolted out of bounds at the 2.

South’s Molinari makes most of his opportunity at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"Just amazing," explained Molinari. "I was a little nervous going into that first punt. But, once I got through that, I felt fine and just let my talent take over."

One play makes all the difference - Charleston Daily Mail
"Yeah, he's heard about that (being tackled from behind), and he'll keep hearing about it. And I think a lineman got him," WVU senior linebacker Najee Goode said, laughing.

WVU ‘D’ comes up big - Register-Herald
Unit records five sacks, does not allow a touchdown against Connecticut

WVU defense rises to the occasion - Charleston Daily Mail
Just when it appeared West Virginia's defense was in trouble and the offense might not provide much help, the defense made a play to help.

Defensive End Bruce Irvin - Mountaineer TV
Bruce Irvin talks about the team's defensive performance during its 43-16 win over Connecticut on Saturday.


Update: Watkins Commits To WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
6-foot-10 center Brandon Watkins has committed to West Virginia. Watkins is a junior at Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia and is the nephew of former WVU basketball great Warren Baker.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Boise State Is the Latest Big East Expansion Target - Big East Coast Bias

For Huskies, Season On The Stink - Hartford Courant

Louisville its own worst enemy in 14-7 loss to North Carolina - Courier-Journal

Rutgers 34, Pitt 10: Panthers Cough it Up Again. And Again. And Again - Cardiac Hill

Back to the norm: Rutgers defeats Pitt 34-10 - On the Banks

Syracuse 37 - Tulane 34: Survive And Advance - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UC still counting on Big East - Cincinnati Enquirer

Work is paying off early for Watson - Tampa Tribune

Report: Air Force preparing to leave Mountain West for Big East - Denver Post via Charleston Daily Mail
"Our interest is high in the Big East. That's fair to say," Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh told me Saturday.

College GameDay Final: Week 6 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Guy on a Buffalo? GUY ON A BUFFALO, PART 2!!

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Dutch supermodel. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Marloes Horst.

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