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We have video of Coach Holgorsen's call in show last night as well as several articles and features previewing the Mountaineers' tilt with Rutgers tomorrow. On the basketball side of things, Huggs and several players were made available to the media for interviews and we have video of that as well. What day recently wouldn't be complete without the requisite conference talk? Bundle up in water resistant gear if you're heading to the game (like me) as it's calling for rain/snow and a high of 42.

UPDATE: Big 12 re-invites WVU and WVU will accept

May I re-direct you to our celebration thread, or do you need some water for your salt?

Programming Note: Sunday's Hangover will most likely be later than usual due to travel (unless I can swing it before I come home), but will effort it as soon as I can.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Coach Talk With Dana Holgorsen - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen goes over what went wrong in the Syracuse game and what the team expects to see Saturday against Rutgers in episode eight of "Coach Talk"

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins gives his take on the Big 12 issue, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano says the Mountaineers will be a challenge for the Scarlet Knights and Tony gives his keys to the game

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins provides an update on his team prior to Thursday's practice.

WVU’s Huggins linked to legal case involving Beasley, K-State - Charleston Gazette
He's not [concerned], nor does it appear he has any reason to be.

Video: Basketball Interviews 10/27 - BGN
Huggs, Kilicli, Hinds, Miles and Noreen

Jones Says West Virginia Won’t Have Same ‘Feel’ in New Conference - ZagsBlog
“Of course I will be coming and watching games and watching games on TV, but it just won’t have that same feel if it wasn’t the same Big East that I played in.”

WVU's Big 12 entry was done deal - PPG
W.Va. senator gives confirmation details

Time ticking away as WVU, Louisville wait on the Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
For West Virginia and Louisville, time is of the essence.

Jay says Morgantown airport argument won’t fly - Charleston Daily Mail
"We've made it clear at every level to the Big 12 Conference that we're ready and willing to extend the runway if that's crucial," he said in a statement issued to the Daily Mail. "I've already been exploring options with the FAA this week, and I know the state has done the same with the airport."

Musings Of A Mountain Man: October 27, 2011 - WVillustrated
A day after the Big 12 Conference did a Texas two-step on WVU, we can sum up the reason for our current angst and irritation with two one-word questions of incredulity. They are: Louisville? And... Really?

HERTZEL COLUMN: Former players sound off on potential move - Times West Virginian
It’s now on hold, but what better time to check what former Mountaineer athletes thought about going to the Big 12?

WVU Cheerleader Needs Fans' Votes - WVillustrated
Ashley Jolliff, a senior WVU cheerleader from Bridgeport, is in the annual Athlon Sideline Spirit Contest.

News of Note:

Rutgers Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
Guess what Rutgers coach Greg Schiano likes to do? That’s right, blitz, blitz and blitz some more.

Rutgers, West Virginia face must wins - Big East Blog - ESPN
there has got to be an even bigger sense of urgency for Rutgers and No. 25 West Virginia after they both lost last week

Leaders must keep WVU on even keel - Times West Virginian
“We need seniors and upperclassmen to step up and take control of the team when things gets tough,” Holgorsen said.

WVU on pace to shatter Big East passing records - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia heads to Rutgers on Saturday ranked 13th nationally in total offense ... and at the Mountaineers' current rate, it's an offense the Big East never has seen before in the conference's 20-year football history.

QB Smith took WVU loss hard - Register-Herald
“He takes it pretty tough,” coach Dana Holgorsen said. “It means something to him, which is what you want to see.

Mountaineers need help from wide receivers to stop pass rush - Charleston Daily Mail
The receivers play a part in handling pressure and they didn't play it very well against the Orange.

Solution for WVU line: work harder - Charleston Gazette
After West Virginia's offensive line crashed and burned early in the season, it steadily improved and then began regressing a bit.

WVU gearing up for Rutgers' Sanu - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Despite its performance against Syracuse, West Virginia's pass defense has been relatively good this season.

No. 25 West Virginia focused on containing Rutgers’ passing game - Daily Athenaeum
With both West Virginia and Rutgers losing conference games last week, Saturday’s matchup between the two teams has become drastically more important than it appeared one week ago.

WVU linebacker Rigg plays with a ‘Jersey toughness’ - Charleston Daily Mail
Rigg also played most of the [LSU] game for the Mountaineers with a fractured left wrist.

Video: Big East Game of the Week - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson previews her Big East Game of the Week: West Virginia at Rutgers.

WR Ivan McCartney - Mountaineer TV
Ivan McCartney talks about moving past the loss to Syracuse and focusing on Rutgers and its strong defense.

Week Nine F/+ Picks - Football Study Hall
Has WVU to push

Around the League (and Beyond):

Expansion Update: Big East Officials Meet with Air Force & Boise, Houston & UCF Have Board Meetings Scheduled - Big East Coast Bias

Rutgers' Ka'Lial Glaud taking advantage of position swtich - Star Ledger

Louisville football's O-line coming together - Courier-Journal

Syracuse vs. Louisville: Defensive Line Ready For The Run - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Bearcats' George Winn 'unsung hero' - Cincinnati Enquirer

USF notes: Hard work by Shaw pays off - Tampa Tribune

Pitt Loses Three Players to Season-Ending Injuries - Cardiac Hill
Ray Graham, Matt Rotheram, and Cam Saddler

Time For UConn To Change Quarterbacks - Hartford Courant

On West Virginia, Louisville & What The Big East Would Do If It Had Balls - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Case Keenum tosses 9 touchdowns, breaks FBS career record in Houston's win - ESPN

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 9 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

#25 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from HPSS on ABC, ESPN alternate (Directv ch. 210, Dish ch. 145) and ESPN3. WVU is giving 7.

Syracuse Orange vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Pizza Pit on MASN, SNY and ESPN3. Cards are giving 3.

Women's Soccer - MSNsportsNet.Com
1 pm Sunday in a Big East Quarterfinal match against Seton Hall or St. John's at Dick Dlesk Stadium

Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sits down with WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel to discuss what the Mountaineers would like to fix after the Syracuse game and how they are preparing for the trip to New Jersey to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Joe's Jambalaya


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sausage cut in quarter-inch slices
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 5 cups chicken stock or water flavored with chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 2 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet (browning and seasoning sauce)
  • 4 cups long grain rice
  • 2 cups chopped green onions

(12 to 15 servings)


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown in hot oil in 8-quart Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat.
  3. Add sausage; cook 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken and sausage from pan; set aside.
  5. Add onion, celery, green bell pepper and garlic; cook, stirring, 7 to 10 minutes or until vegetables begin to wilt.
  6. Stir in chicken stock, reserved chicken and sausage, seasoning salt and Kitchen Bouquet.
  7. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add rice and return to a boil.
  9. Cover and reduce heat to simmer.
  10. Cook 10 minutes; remove cover and quickly turn rice from top to bottom completely.
  11. Replace cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
  12. Stir in green onions.
  13. For brown jambalaya, add 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar to hot oil and caramelize, or make a roux, or use Kitchen Bouquet.
    For red jambalaya, add about one-quarter cup paprika or use half stock and half tomato juice or V-8 for your liquid.

For seafood jambalaya, add cooked seafood when rice is cooked.

If using an electric stove, reduce cooking time by 3 to 4 minutes.

Four Tips: Use 1 cup of rice for every 2 cups of vegetables (onion, celery, bell pepper). Use 1 1/4 cups of liquid for every 1 cup of uncooked rice. 1 cup of uncooked rice will make 3 cups of cooked rice, season accordingly. Cook jambalaya for a total of 25 to 30 minutes, stirring well after 10 minutes.

Recipe and image from The Quad Blog

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the Prestige from our old Hump Day posts. Here's today's gallery (click on the picture) and video of former Victoria's Secret Angel and SI Swimsuit model (and 5thYearSenior's favorite), Marisa Miller.

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