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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (10/26/11) 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 Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest Lager.

So much for the gut wrenching to be over as it seems, thanks in no small part to alleged meddling of Kentucky (Louisville) politicians, that WVU's impending move has caught it's foot on a nail in the floor:

Big 12 Move Hits Snag - WVMETRONEWS.COM
But sources say the process hit a “bump in the road” last night. WVU was apparently notified by the Big 12 that it needed “more information” from WVU and that there would be a vote by the Big 12 Board, perhaps on Monday

Feel free to call Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and voice your displeasure of him possibly meddling in college athletics when there are more important issues a U.S. Senator should be concerned with. Here is his office phone number and email link:

(502) 582-6304 or EMAIL LINK HERE

So, take all articles regarding the Big XII with a giant salt lick. I wanna throw up.

And this just in...RIP to Jack's former wingman:

@HoppyKercheval - Twitter
Woody O'Hara has died from complications following surgery last Friday. He was 70.

What You May Have Missed:

Football: Coach Holgorsen News Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com
Transcript, video embedded below

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tony Caridi and Hoppy Kercheval break down West Virginia's decision to join the Big 12 Conference

Practice Facility Photos 10-25-2011 - Facebook
Basketball Practice Facilities Gallery - WOW!!!

Women's Soccer: WVU Climbs To No. 13 - MSNsportsNET.Com
No. 13 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and No. 14 in Soccer America’s Top 25.

Rifle: WVU Reclaims No. 1 Ranking - MSNsportsNET.Com
After two brief weeks, the West Virginia rifle team has reclaimed the nation’s No. 1 ranking

No. 18 West Virginia ready to get back to winning ways against Seton Hall - Daily Athenaeum
It has been an unpredictable ride for the No. 24 West Virginia men's soccer team this season.


West Virginia To Big 12? Mountaineers Fans Hope For 'Relief' -
Includes some quotes from yours truly

As a goodwill offering to West Virginia, we present you this microfiber couch. We believe you know... - Wide Right & Natty Lite
From our new friends at the Iowa St. blog

Big 12 Realignment: West Virginia Officially Joins Big 12 Conference - SB Nation Kansas City
Not so fast my friend....DAMMIT

HERTZEL COLUMN: Good and bad come with WVU move to Big 12 - Times West Virginian
There was a wise man who once said, “Be careful, you might get what you wish for.”

Mountaineers won’t be out of their league in new Big 12 - Charleston Gazette
there aren't many in West Virginia's athletic department who have enough relatively fresh information to be able to draw comparisons between the league West Virginia is leaving, the Big East, and the one it now seems certain to enter, the Big 12.

WVU football: Garrison, Spavital discuss recruiting and joining Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
"right now, we want to take care of the Big East before we go so we can come out on top. If we do leave, we want to leave as champions."

In a good deal, WVU trades the Big Apple for the Little Apple - Charleston Daily Mail
Say what you will about Luck, but the second-year WVU athletic chief does what he says he is going to do, damn the consequences.

Oklahoma's View on WVU to the Big 12 - WVillustrated
"I think it is going to be well received," Rowand said. "Of all the schools that have been talked about, West Virginia has been the most highly regarded."

West Virginia to the Big 12? Yes please... - Big 12 Hoops

News of Note:

Blitzes deliver crushing blows to West Virginia offense - PPG
"Blitzing 75 percent of the time is a lot, and I haven't faced that personally," Holgorsen said.

WVU football: No. 25 Mountaineers need to do better job at handling adversity - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia has faced hardships in all seven of its football games this season, which Coach Dana Holgorsen said is impossible to avoid.

Holgorsen focused on Rutgers, not the Big 12 - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
If I called Oliver Luck and Dr. (James) Clements, they’d probably laugh at me and say, ‘You need to worry about Rutgers’.

WVU linemen outplayed against Syracuse, ready to bounce back - Daily Athenaeum
So, when the WVU offensive line struggled to protect junior quarterback Geno Smith in the pocket against Syracuse, the whole offense failed to produce.

Coach likens Rutgers to Syracuse - Register-Herald
No. 25 West Virginia takes on Scarlet Knights Saturday

Rutgers hopes to duplicate ’Cuse success against WVU - Times West Virginian
“They effectively put pressure on Smith,” he said, referring to quarterback Geno Smith. “They hit him a lot.”

Video: Football Interviews 10/25 - BGN
Coaches Bedenbaugh, Gillespie, Dawson and Casteel, Sticks and Geno

VIDEO: Mountaineer Player Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coaches Dawson, Spavital, Gillespie, Bedenbaugh and Casteel, Sticks, Garrison, Barclay, Bruce, Garvin and Tandy

WVU Football Interviews: Rutgers Week - WVillustrated
Garvin, Sticks, Julian, Tandy, Bruce, Geno and Coaches Gillespie and Casteel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rutgers' Savon Huggins continues to put maturity on display - Star Ledger

UConn Football At Pitt: UConn's offense needs to step up Wednesday Night against Pitt - Hartford Courant

Pitt Vs. UConn: Keys to Victory - Cardiac Hill

Charlie Strong finds some stand-up guys on his Louisville football team - Courier-Journal

Syracuse University football receiver Dorian Graham emerges as a go-to offensive asset - Post Standard

Young receivers catch on quickly - Tampa Tribune

Missouri AD Mike Alden on Whit Babcock - Cincinnati Enquirer

BMOC salutes Michigan State Spartans, Texas Tech Red Raiders for Week 8 performances - ESPN
Wojo has resurrected the Big Man On Campus weekly column

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -
WVU has dropped out of this week's superhero themed rankings

What's On Tap:

Connecticut Huskies vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Ketchup Pit on ESPN/ESPN3. Pitt is giving 10.

West Virginia fans' goal: 'Occupy Heinz Field' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
There seems to be a crowd meeting at Tilted Kilt & Bettis' beforehand

Video of Interest:

Part II is linked HERE

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Guy on a Buffalo...the final finale

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Russian/British model Masha Novoselova. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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