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League play finally begins in earnest for the Mountaineers tomorrow when the UConn Huskies come to town. Plenty of features and articles to preview the game are inside. There's also the requisite fallout from TCU's announcement and some sobering articles from Charleston this morning as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Friday's episode, the gang discusses TCU and how the moves affects the West Virginia and the rest of the Big East, the Mountaineers prepare to face a tough UConn defense and hear what former basketball great Warren Baker says about getting inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.

Holgorsen Addresses Controversial Comments - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Said Holgorsen on Thursday, “I was just referring to ‘our place,’ and I’m excited about being at our place.”

College Football Signs - Photos -
The last 4 pics in this gallery are from WVU

Roy Jones Jr. Visits WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr., stopped by the WVU football offices Thursday and spoke with the team

Vibes not good from WVU - Charleston Gazette
Here's a sobering point of view....all I can say is I hope it isn't right

Big donor to WVU chimes in on conference realignment - Charleston Daily Mail
"It changes every day, but it does seem like with all that goes on these days in conference realignment, all the decisions will be driven very much by media rights."

TCU’s possible leap to Big 12 is big blow to WVU, Big East - Charleston Daily Mail
Without TCU, Big East football is in the ICU.

Garrison wins impact performance - Big East Blog - ESPN
West Virginia running back Dustin Garrison was the winner of this week's Capital One Cup Impact Performance after rushing for 291 yards against Bowling Green.

Women's Soccer: Final Homestand Awaits - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 22 West Virginia women’s soccer team closes out its home schedule with a pair of BIG EAST Conference matches this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

News of Note:

Connecticut vs. WVU - Charleston Gazette
Motivation can be a tricky thing sometimes. And as Dana Holgorsen makes his way through his first season as a college football head coach, he's finding that out.

BCS or bust - Daily Athenaeum
As West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said – season two begins Saturday.

No. 16 West Virginia opens Big East Conference play against Connecticut - Daily Athenaeum
Dana Holgorsen has finished his first chapter of being No. 16 West Virginia’s head football coach. Chapter two – Big East play.

Holgorsen, Pasqualoni have different stories in first year as schools - Charleston Daily Mail
One has more wins than any football coach in conference history. The other will coach his first Big East game Saturday.

Offensive Line Improving - MSNsportsNET.Com
Last Saturday, West Virginia’s offensive line took another step toward becoming one of the strengths of this year’s football team.

Smith says Mountaineers will be ready for UConn - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

Casteel: WVU defense is getting better each week - Register-Herald
Another Micky Column

UConn D braces for another air raid - Big East Blog - ESPN
It is the big question for UConn this week: If the Huskies had a hard time slowing down the Western Michigan passing game last week, how will they slow down West Virginia this week?

UConn’s failures a team effort - Charleston Gazette
Well, the Huskies are 2-3, have beaten only Fordham and Vanderbilt, spent much of the first five weeks trying to find a quarterback and are now coached by Paul Pasqualoni.

Connecticut-WVU matchups - Charleston Gazette
positional breakdowns

WVU limited thus far by slow starts - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"It's almost like we come out, and we're feeling the other team out. Sometimes, you really shouldn't be doing that," Miller said.

Fan flak - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Holgorsen looking for improved attendance

Football a family affair for WVU’s Snow - Times West Virginian
It is almost fitting to point out his lineage a day after his birthday, as today is, for he is the son of former Michigan star Garland Rivers and Linda Snow Rivers, whose brother, Percy, was a Michigan State star and other brother Eric an NBA standout.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Garrison stays grounded after big game - Times West Virginian
“You go out there and make things happen. Then after a day or two you have to settle down and realize you have another game the following week. I have to practice and leave that behind me,” he said during Tuesday’s player interviews.

Video: Big East game of the week - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson previews UConn at West Virginia.

Defensive Back Terence Garvin - Mountaineer TV
Terence Garvin previews this weekend's game against UConn.

Around the League (and Beyond):

What to watch in the Big East: Week 6 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Here are the top stories to watch in the Big East this week.

Big East to Extend Invites to Central Florida and East Carolina? - Big East Coast Bias

Big East's problems were years in the making - USA Today

Tranghese retired rather than deal with 'fragile' Big East - Sporting News

West Virginia Looks To Be UConn's Toughest Opponent - Hartford Courant

Third's been a downer for Louisville football team's defense - Courier-Journal

Arkeilpane: UC is ‘fully engaged’ in conference realignment situation - Cincinnati Enquirer

Bulls go hard, then take break - Tampa Tribune

Syracuse University football offense is again in desperate need of a playmaker or two - Post Standard

Previewing Rutgers and Pitt - On the Banks

Pitt Vs. Rutgers: Can Panthers Lose In Jersey? - Cardiac Hill

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 6 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Connecticut Huskies vs. (16) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Mountaineer Field on SNY, MASN, Gameplan and ESPN3. WVU is giving 19.5.

Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Kenan on ESPN2/3. Tar Heels are giving 13.5.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from HPSS on ESPNU. Pitt is giving 7.

Syracuse Orange vs. Tulane Green Wave - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from the Superdome on SNY. Cuse is giving 10.

Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sat down with West Virginia University Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel to discuss last week's game with Bowling Green and their upcoming game against UConn.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, about 1 cup
  • 3 medium celery ribs, diced, about 1 cup
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and minced, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1 whole marinated roasted red pepper, diced, about ½ cup
  • 1 cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 head leaf lettuce, 25 to 30 leaves, washed and dried


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Sear the chicken until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes total. Remove the chicken to a platter.
  3. Place the green onions, celery and garlic in the pan. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the red pepper.
  5. Place the chicken back into the pan.
  6. Pour in the hot sauce.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the chicken in the sauce until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the chicken to a cutting board. Use 2 forks to shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Place the shredded chicken back into the sauce.
  9. Serve the shredded chicken in a bowl. Place the lettuce leaves around the side.
Reprinted from The Quad

Video of (Dis)Interest:

IT'S THE 90S! from Everything Is Terrible! on Vimeo.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is actually two honorees today. Here's a lovely gallery (click on the picture) and videos of UK models Lucy Pinder and Rosie Jones.

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