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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (10/24/11) Edition

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Friday's loss brought with it an expected plunge in the rankings, with WVU barely holding in both polls. As much as we fans try to perhaps rationalize what happened to the WVU football team Friday night, the coaches and players were fairly blunt in their assessment that they simply got beat, and badly, offering no excuses. Hopefully, with today's articles analyzing the various breakdowns we (fans and team both) can put this loss behind us and move on.

On the conference realignment front, if the mainstream media is correct, Missouri could announce a move to the SEC shortly and the Big XII will move quickly to replace them, with WVU the leading candidate at the moment. We can only wait and see.

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What You May Have Missed:

Football: Coach Holgorsen News Teleconference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Gold And Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tony Caridi gives a break down of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the plays talk about moving on from the Syracuse loss and Chip Fontanazza flashes back to last year's Rutgers game

Missouri could announce move to SEC today - Sporting News

Sooner AD: Big 12 would like to replace Missouri Tigers quickly if MU leaves conference - ESPN
"West Virginia has better football than Missouri, better basketball than Missouri, a better budget than Missouri and more passion among its fans than Missouri. They're better, anyway you turn 'em. The travel's not good but that's it."

West Virginia is the Top Big XII Expansion Target - Big East Coast Bias

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 9 - ESPN
#25 BCS, #25 AP & #24 Coaches

2011 College Bowl Projections and Schedules - ESPN
BBVA Compass and Belk Bowls are the picks this week

Big East bowl projections: Week 8 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Belk Bowl here

WVU Mountaineer Brock Burwell's Workout Plan - WVillustrated
"When I heard Dana [Holgorsen] was taking over this offense, I was genuinely scared for my well-being," says Burwell. "Why would Oliver [Luck] do this to me?"

Women's Soccer: BIG EAST Tourney Field Set - MSNsportsNET.Com
The 17th-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team has earned a first round bye in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, holding the No. 1 seed position in the American Division. The Mountaineers will face the winner of St. John’s/Seton Hall on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Rifle: No. 2 WVU Defeats No. 6 Army - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia rifle team opened its 2011-12 home season at the WVU Rifle Range today with a 4693-4637 victory over No. 6 Army.

News of Note:

Back to the Drawing Board - MSNsportsNET.Com
“This is one you can’t even think of a good excuse to make,” said veteran defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich. “We got beat.”

Out-Everythinged - BGN

Looking For A Rebound - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“Everyone is embarrassed,” said defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel about losing to Syracuse. “The coaches are embarrassed. The kids are embarrassed. You were one national TV and Syracuse put it to us and hopefully we’ll be excited to play Rutgers.”

Picking up the pieces - Times West Virginian
WVU tries to ‘move on’ after setback

Mountaineers failure to halt blitz decisive - PPG
Of all the problems exposed in the stunning loss Friday night to unranked Syracuse, the most troubling was how physically outplayed the West Virginia offense was at the line of scrimmage.

Holgorsen not pointing fingers after loss - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Holgorsen calls it like he sees it - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"We were out-coached and out-played"

Monday Morning Quarterback - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The challenge now for this team and its coaches is to bounce back from this shocking loss. They know they are not as bad as they played Friday night

Mountaineer defense offers no excuses - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia had no answers on Syracuse’s long scoring drives

Battle in trenches the difference in WVU’s loss to Syracuse - Daily Athenaeum
But the biggest thing that stood out to me was the way the Orange dominated WVU in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

WVU's bad loss shocking - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Mountaineer defense didn't have a chance - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's probably my worst loss ever," Smith said

WVU quarterback shows leadership in defeat - Charleston Daily Mail
"We've got to learn from the mistakes we made today and move forward."

'Maybe we needed this to happen' - Charleston Gazette
DE Miller says team should learn from mistakes at Syracuse

Holgorsen: Protecting Smith goes beyond line - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia junior quarterback Geno Smith was sacked four times by Syracuse on Friday night and felt constant pressure, but that doesn't mean the offensive line is entirely to blame.

First-down success keys Orange crush - Times West Virginian
“It’s been the same all year,” Holgorsen remarked. “We are not a very efficient football team. We make some big plays, but we’re not efficient.”

Smith Determined Not to Let Loss Define Season - WVillustrated
Includes footage of the emotional speech by Geno

Grounded Rushing Attack Needs Clearance for Take Off - WVillustrated
There's no doubt that the numbers show it works. It worked for offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and it is working for him as a head coach. But when it doesn't work, it looks forced.


Changes on the way for college hoops recruiting - ESPN
A recent conference call by the NCAA Division I Coaches Congress detailed recruiting rules regarding seniors and underclassmen, as well as alterations in the calendar, that will be put into place following an Oct. 27 meeting of the NCAA Leadership Council.

What does this mean? -
Change is coming and here is what the changes mean for college coaches and prospective recruits.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Headed To Super Conference? - Hartford Courant
The Big East's master plan still is to add six schools for a 12-team football conference, but the Boston Globe reported Saturday that the conference is considering an idea that would incorporate 28 to 32 schools in a super conference that would stretch from coast to coast.

What we learned in the Big East: Week 8 - Big East Blog - ESPN

Syracuse University football team outmuscles West Virginia in the trenches to set stage for upset - Post Standard

Louisville 16 - Rutgers 14: One Game Winning Streak - Card Chronicle

Rutgers' defense forgets how to tackle in loss to Louisville - Star Ledger

Bearcats stun Bulls 37-34 - Bearcat Lair

Cincinnati 37, USF 34: "I Was Not Willing To Roll The Dice" - Voodoo Five

UConn And Pitt Both Struggle With New Systems - Hartford Courant

Pitt Football: Injuries, Injuries, Injuries - Cardiac Hill

College GameDay Final: Week 8 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

West to Participate in Festival of Ideas - MSNsportsNET.Com
Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum

West Virginia fans' goal: 'Occupy Heinz Field' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Don't be surprised to see a little West Virginia blue and gold this week at Heinz Field when Pitt hosts Connecticut.

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Today's Miss Throwdown is Diana Morales. Click on the picture below for today's gallery.

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