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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (10/25/11) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Left Hand Oktoberfest Märzen Lager.

In today's edition both Rutgers and WVU are searching for answers following losses this past weekend. Jerry West spoke at the University last night and opened up about the darker side of his personal life. And Huggs has a shooting guard commitment for next season.

But, the biggest news (and it's hot off the presses) is this:

WVU set to leave Big East for Big 12 - NY Post
The Big East Football Conference's survival as a league with automatic-qualifier (AQ) status is about to take a serious hit because the Big 12 has lined up West Virginia to replace Missouri, The Post has learned.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the talk of WVU to the Big 12 continues, Dana Holgorsen expects to see the same type of pass rush he saw last week heading into the Rutgers game, the Mountaineer basketball team gets a new commitment and Kyle Wiggs gives an update on the Big East

EXCLUSIVE: Deaton Comments on Big 12 Meeting -
"I wish them [the Big 12] the best and all that, so we'll see where that goes."

Big 12 expresses 'strong desire' for Mizzou to stay -

Time for Missouri to show us movement - Charleston Gazette
What the heck is going on? Isn't Missouri the "Show Me" state? Show us.

Mountaineer Field vs. Big 12 Stadiums - Hail WV
research on the Big 12 stadiums and how they stack up to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 8 - ESPN
Hanging on at #25

Men's Basketball 2012 Schedule - MSNsportsNET.Com
With full TV listings

VSR: Zublasing Named Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

Another side of West - Times West Virginian
WVU legend confronts dark past in new bio

Jerry West Opens Up About His Life - WVillustrated
"I'm just hopeful that people, when they read this book, will realize I am a flawed person, period," West stated.

Video: Jerry West - BGN
The process of writing his new autobiography "West on West: My Charmed, Tormented Life" was painful, and discussing its contents in recent weeks has "not been fun" according to WVU and NBA legend Jerry West. But the book needed to be written, for reasons he explained on Monday at the Coliseum.

News of Note:

An Issue Of Effort - BGN
Since even the earliest moments after his team’s 49-23 loss to Syracuse on Friday night, Dana Holgorsen has consistently stated that WVU did not deliver the same level of effort as the Orange. As for why that occurred, the first-year head coach was less certain.

Mountaineers need some grit - Charleston Daily Mail
One thing the first-year West Virginia coach hasn't gotten a handle on, however, is what makes his team tick, especially when it is facing adversity.

Mountaineers moving on after Syracuse loss - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“Sixteen of Syracuse’s first 24 blitzes were different blitzes,” coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Inexperience on defense showed Friday - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia defense gave up more points to Syracuse than it did against the No. 1 team in the country: LSU

WVU, Rutgers looking for answers - Times West Virginian
It’s like it almost is a West Virginia birthright, this beating Rutgers, but now things are really confused.

Rutgers’ pass rush has been inconsistent - Charleston Gazette
Greg Schiano would like nothing more than to execute the same defensive game plan against West Virginia this weekend that Syracuse used in throttling the Mountaineer offense last Friday.

Scarlet Knights live on turnovers - Charleston Daily Mail
They average 3.43 per game and have 24 this season, but were blanked in Friday's loss at Louisville.

FURFARI COLUMN: Bailey, Austin move closer to 1,000 receiving yards - Times West Virginian
Sophomore Stedman Bailey now has 41 receptions for 764 yards and six touchdowns, while junior Tavon Austin has 48 receptions for 624 yards and two scores. Those two rank 1 and 2 in the Big East and also are high among national leaders.

Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano Discusses WVU Game - WVillustrated
Video presser


Mountaineers Add Shooter For The Future - WVMETRONEWS.COM
6-foot-3 guard Terry Henderson from Neuse Baptist Christian School in Raleigh, North Carolina has committed to WVU

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Race is College Football's Wildest -

Rutgers faces West Virginia in another chance to break long losing streak against Mountaineers - Star Ledger
Scarlet Knights have lost last 16 games to West Virginia

Stepping into uncertainty - Cincinnati Enquirer
Q&A: New UC athletic director Whit Babcock

Syracuse University tries to manage big win, keep focus heading into game at Louisville (video) - Post Standard

Louisville football seeks rare second straight conference win - Courier-Journal

Once-promising season quickly fading away - Tampa Tribune

UConn Defensive Coach Don Brown's New System Is Working - Hartford Courant

Pitt vs. UConn: Breaking Down the Two-Deep - Cardiac Hill

The NCAA is considering a plan that would bar UConn from this year's NCAA tournament - The UConn Blog

University of Houston regents expected to authorize conference move - ESPN

What's On Tap:

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.

Football: Louisville on Big East Network - MSNsportsNET.Com
It's a Nooner...I HATE NOONERS

Video of Interest:

Host Tony Caridi and Analyst Jed Drenning review Friday night's loss to the Syracuse Orange, and look ahead to this week's conference matchup with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I'd love to find one of these somewhere and try it:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Colombian lingerie model Karol Jaramillo. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

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