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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (10/27/11) Edition

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Today we have more conference madness, yet there is the matter of the Rutgers game Saturday. Also today are a couple nice tributes to Jack Fleming's longtime broadcast sidekick who passed away yesterday, Woody O'Hara.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tony Caridi and Hoppy Kercheval talk about the politics holding up WVU from joining the Big 12, Chip Fontanazza finds out how Geno Smith is preparing his team after the tough loss to Syracuse and we remember longtime MSN broadcaster Woody O'Hara

WVU Broadcasting Legend Woody O'Hara Remembered - WVillustrated
The Mountaineer sports community lost one of its finest Wednesday with the passing of Woody O'Hara. Friends remember the man behind the voice of the broadcasting hall of famer.

O'Hara One-of-a-Kind Broadcaster - MSNsportsNET.Com
Woody O’Hara served the role of sidekick to Jack Fleming for years on Mountaineer Sports Network radio broadcasts, entertaining West Virginia football and basketball fans everywhere with their one-of-a-kind style and humor.

Boone Pickens needs to be ‘convinced on West Virginia' -
The Oklahoma State megabooster is never short on opinions. Before speaking Wednesday at the Jim Thorpe Association's October Leadership Luncheon, Pickens dished on everything from conference realignment to Mike Gundy's salary.

Big 12 football: More madness in conference realignment - Berry Tramel's Blog
But to embarrass the Mountaineers like this is unforgivable. I have no idea who to blame. I think Neinas is the least likely suspect. This kind of madness was going on before he arrived and this kind of madness was going on after Beebe was beheaded. So the common denominators are the leaders at the schools.

Big 12 brings the circus to town - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia University officials believed their school was in the Big 12. Today, it's like they're in the big top.

Big 12 membership now up in the air - Charleston Daily Mail
And now, as one WVU official said Wednesday morning, "Who knows?"

VIDEO: Senator Joe Manchin Discusses WVU, Big 12 - WVillustrated
I have mixed feeling on his involvement, but we need all the help we can get

Big 12 Set To Welcome West Virginia - Please Don't Burn Our Couches - Crimson And Cream Machine

COUCH BURNING ORDINANCES OF THE BIG12: A Handy Guide Of City Fire Codes For West Virginia Fans - Cowboys Ride For Free

Men's Soccer: WVU Earns Road Shutout - MSNsportsNET.Com
2-0 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday evening

News of Note:

CFN Preview: West Virginia at Rutgers - College Football News

WVU has to exploit blitzes to succeed - Charleston Daily Mail
It was the constant blitzing that beat No. 25 WVU, but it was the constant blitzing that should have helped the Mountaineers win.

WVU must regroup after Syracuse loss - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The No. 25 Mountaineers are on the same slippery footing as a year ago.

Schiano at a loss to explain Rutgers' struggles vs. WVU - Charleston Gazette
And he's never won. Not once. The guy is 0-10.

Schiano ready for skill of WVU offense - Daily Athenaeum
"This is the by far the best skill we've faced," Schiano said. "They have four wide receivers that are as good as we've played. Geno (Smith) is playing at a very high level. This will be a big test."

Focused On Winning The Big East - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video on Geno Smith

Realignment overshadows Rutgers game - Daily Athenaeum
As it has virtually every game this season

Conference Dealings Become Increasingly Ridiculous - WVillustrated
How often have you used the word "ridiculous" in the past 48 hours or so? For that matter, how often have you used it since the latest round of conference realignment talk first began?

Opportunity Lost & Found Complete With West Virginia Q&A -
Includes a Q&A with yours truly....done before the rug was pulled out from under us; keep that in mind

Safety Terence Garvin - Mountaineer TV
Terence Garvin talks about what the defense expects to see out of Rutgers' offense.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Air Force Falcons meet with Big East commissioner - ESPN

Report: Big East Calls Off Meeting With Mountain West And Conference USA On Potential “Superconference” - SI Tracking Blog

Big 12 surprise: USF could be wild card - Sporting News

Big East would be wise to add Memphis - Sporting News

Big East Football Power Rankings Week 9 - The UConn Blog

Eric LeGrand to lead Rutgers out of the tunnel vs. West Virginia - Star Ledger
Now, this is AWESOME

UConn Football Team Falls To Pitt, 35-20 - Hartford Courant

Pitt Vs. UConn: Winning Ugly; Panthers Lose Ray Graham To Injury - Cardiac Hill
..and he will reportedly miss the Brawl as a result

Five Keys to Winning the Big East - Bearcat Lair

Red zone a USF concern - Tampa Tribune

Syracuse University defensive line ready for grind at Louisville (video) - Post Standard

Just take 'em both, Big 12 - Courier-Journal
I've actually got no problem with this

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Heard This - Every Day Should Be Saturday
Here's what EDSBS has heard lately

What's On Tap:

Madness until WVU is introduced as a member of a BCS conference other than the Big East

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

R.I.P. Woody, tell Jack we miss him

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another Brazilian supermodel who has worked for SI and Vicky's. What is it with Brazil? Must be something in the water. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Ana Beatriz Barros.

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