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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (11/2/11) Edition

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The bulk of today's coverage involves the Big 12 welcoming party, including many videos. There's also the matter of the lawsuit being covered. We also have Holgorsen's presser and plenty of coach and player interviews as Louisville prep hits full stride.

What You May Have Missed:

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

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas visits Morgantown and also talks about the importance of WVU joining the conference next season, more on the WVU-Big East lawsuit and Dana Holgorsen talks about the Louisville defense and head coach Charlie Strong

Hinds Ready to Go - MSNsportsNET.Com
This Friday night Mountaineer basketball fans will get their first opportunity to see guard Jabarie Hinds in true game conditions against Northern Kentucky.

Men's Soccer: BIG EAST Tourney Field Set - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 12 West Virginia men’s soccer team received a No. 2 seed in the Blue Division and a first round bye in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship. The Mountaineers will face the winner of St. John’s/Georgetown on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:30 p.m., at Dick Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Rifle: Mountaineers Ranked No. 2 - MSNsportsNET.Com
After one week at the top, the West Virginia University rifle team is ranked No. 2 in this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll

Big 12:

Big 12 Welcome - Mountaineer TV
Big 12 welcome announcement Tuesday afternoon inside the Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVi Special: A Move to the Big 12 - WVillustrated
Videos with Dustin Garrison, the presser, interviews with Luck, Holgorsen, Alumni Assn. President Douglas, Huggins, Clements and Chuck Neinas

West Virginia holds Big 12 welcoming party - Register-Herald
“We needed a 10th member next season to fulfill our TV commitments,” Neinas said. “There’s an inventory that goes with a contract for TV, so we’ve got to be able to do that.”

The Excitement of Joining the Big 12 Surrounds WVU Athletics - WVillustrated
"We did have considerable interest and the expansion committee went through and took a look at all those who had shown interest and West Virginia just stood out," Neinas said. "Their academics fit well as a land-grant college with a number of our members and everything just seemed to fit."

West Virginia plays host to Big 12 reception - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Luck said the university is starting to explore the additional costs of travel, out-of-conference football scheduling and preserving regional rivalries.

Howdy, partner - Charleston Gazette
Questions remain, but WVU gets paperwork for Big 12 entrance

WVU football: Move to the Big 12 leaves Mountaineers with schedule alterations to make - Charleston Daily Mail
"We know we have to do something; there have to be alterations," said WVU Deputy Athletic Director Mike Parsons, whose many duties include scheduling. "But we literally haven't talked about it in any detail, so it's too early to speculate."

Many questions, no answers from Luck, Clements - Times West Virginian
Inside the Touchdown Terrace at the north end of the stadium the atmosphere was more Saturday than Monday, the WVU Pep Band offering a deafening rendition of “Country Roads” and a group of game-clad cheerleaders shaking whatever it is that cheerleaders shake as they jumped around.

Big 12 could help pay for Big East exit - Times West Virginian
“We have not discussed (financial aid),” Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said at a “Welcome to the Big 12” reception and press conference Tuesday, “but there are ways we could assist them. There’s no question about that. If it comes to that, I’m sure the board will give due consideration to that.”

Big 12 Conference Shift Won't 'Significantly' Impact Morgantown Airport - WVNS-TV
"We’re hoping we’ll get some charter flights and some other things that folks will come through the airport," Clow said. "I expect we’ll get not team flights, but coaches and trainers and other folks that will come in on corporate aircraft."

WVU Looking To the Future - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Their message was clear. They're looking ahead, not behind.

Nehlen: 'We Were On Ship That Was Sinking' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“Chuck and I go back a long way,” Nehlen said. “We’ve had some good times together and I don’t know if a lot of people know this or not, but Chuck Neinas is responsible for putting sanity into the recruiting rules of football."

Photo Gallery: WVU to Big 12 - BGN
West Virginia and the Big 12 exchanged gifts, and most importantly, signed documents, as the Mountaineers and league officials met the media on Tuesday in Morgantown.

WVU’s Big East exit casts ugly shadow - Charleston Gazette
The proverbial line in the sand was drawn. Marinatto told the Associated Press he was "stunned" by WVU's tactics.

Attorneys: Big East Has Edge in West Virginia Lawsuit (UPDATED) -
While West Virginia has sued the Big East to join the Big 12 by next season, the Big East has the stronger argument to make the Mountaineers stay longer, two sports law attorneys told

Oh. My. God.

News of Note:

WVU wants to keep momentum against Louisville this weekend - Daily Athenaeum
"When your back is to the wall, you tend to respond with a bit more energy," said head coach Dana Holgorsen. "Last week, there were a lot of opportunities to shut it down. We responded better within the game (than against Syracuse)."

‘Strong’ opinions of WVU - Register-Herald
Both West Virginia (6-2) and the Cardinals (4-4) are 2-1 in the Big East. Louisville has since won two in a row, including last week’s convincing 27-10 win over Syracuse, a week after Syracuse smacked West Virginia 49-23.

Louisville QB still learning on the job - Charleston Gazette
Geno Smith won't be the only highly recruited Miami-area quarterback on the field Saturday when West Virginia hosts Louisville.

WVU football: Inexperience for Louisville turning corner - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia won't play a younger team during the regular season than the one it welcomes to Mountaineer Field on Saturday.

Distractions limited - Times West Virginian
WVU beat cold, snow and conference change in Rutgers win

Style of WVU's back a hit in snow - PPG
"I've been waiting for a day like that for a while," said Alston, with a big smile.

Redshirt sophomore makes most of first career start at cornerback against Rutgers - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia cornerback Brodrick Jenkins' first career start last week against Rutgers couldn't have gone any better.

Video: Football Interviews 11/1 - BGN
Coaches Gillespie and Casteel, Geno, Rigg and the Tandy

VIDEO: Mountaineer Player Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coach Gillespie, Tandy, Cook, Eain, Bruce, Coach Casteel, Rigg, Stedman, Tavon and Geno

WVU Football Interviews: Louisville Week - WVillustrated
Rigg, Coach Gillespie and Molinari

2011 Bowl Projections: Stellar Matchups And A Bama-Stanford Title Tilt -
Pinstripe Bowl in NYC is the pick here

The 2011 B.C.S., Take Three - Pre-Snap Read
Fiesta Bowl is the choice here

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Expansion: Boise State, SMU, Houston, and UCF Could Join By Friday - Big East Coast Bias

Big East Football Power Rankings Week 10 - The UConn Blog

Louisville football not talking title - Courier-Journal

Big East Expansion Taking Fun Out Of UConn Football Season - Hartford Courant
Yeah, like THAT's the biggest culprit

Plenty of motivation for UC this week against Pitt - Cincinnati Enquirer

Dealing With Lessened Expectations - Cardiac Hill
Shouldn't this be Pitt's permanent mantra for football?

Syracuse University's 'power' backs charged up and ready to play - Post Standard

Rutgers walk-on fullback Michael Burton earning time with bullish play - Star Ledger

USF's Eatmon rising to the challenge - Tampa Tribune

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -
Game Shows is this week's theme

Preseason Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
#31 in these hoop rankings

The BMOC chews on coaches, expansion and more - ESPN
Add Wojo to the list of folk harshing on the way WVU is leaving the BE

The Alphabetical, Week 10: The Home Stretch Beckons -

What's On Tap:

Women’s Basketball: Exhibition Set for Wednesday - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will open the 2011-12 season with an exhibition game at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, against Wheeling Jesuit at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of Interest:

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Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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