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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (11/9/11) Edition

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The basketball early signing period opens today and although Huggs is set to bring in three, only one LOI is expected today. The other two are still expected later in the week. As football attention is now squarely on Cinci, Coach Holgorsen certainly raised a few eyebrows yesterday when he pulled no punches at the weekly presser. Let's just say that the travel squad going to Cincinnati won't be quite as large as usual.

What You May Have Missed:

Football: Coach Holgorsen News Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen talks about Saturday's game at Cincinnati.

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen says the make take less than 60 players to the Cincinnati game, Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones gives his take on the Mountaineers and Chip Fontanazza profiles UC running back Isaiah Pead.

WVU Pros NFL Week 9 Recap - WVU Pros
Caleb's weekly update

Former WVU Star Brandon Hogan Set to Begin NFL Career - WVillustrated
The goal was for Hogan to return in time to play in the 2011 season and he is on track to do that. Hogan is finally practicing with his new team.

Five-sport letterman was a WVU man for all seasons - Register-Herald
Old-timers among West Virginia sports fans will remember Charles Louis “Chuck” Howley.

News of Note:


Huggins, team must recover from bad loss - Charleston Gazette
Losing to the Norse, though, doesn't instill much confidence in a Mountaineer basketball team heading into another (and possibly final) brutal season within the Big East.

West Virginia confronts challenge with 7 freshmen - Bluefield Daily Telegraph/AP
“I think they have familiarity with some of the things we want them to do,” he said. “They are not very good at it though. At least they are familiar with it.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins can see coaching into his 70s - Times West Virginian
Huggins, they noted, is only 58 and possesses 691 victories as he enters this season. He has averaged 25 a year at WVU.

Oral Roberts' Guard Out For WVU Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Senior guard Ken Holdman is likely done for the year after tearing his ACL in his right knee.


CFN Preview: West Virginia at Cincinnati - College Football News
Prediction & Game Story

Mountaineers might be traveling light - PPG
"We may go to Cincinnati with 55 guys. But 55 guys are going who are going to want to play together,"

Dana Holgorsen wants more effort - Big East Blog - ESPN
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is serious about only wanting players who are going to perform on the field.

Holgorsen raises stakes at crucial time - Times West Virginian
Twice during his Tuesday press conference he referred to taking 50 or 55 players on the road with him, a couple of dozen or more fewer than would normally make the trip.

Holgorsen vows to be 'united' - Charleston Gazette
It's simply a matter of attitude.

Mountaineers lacking leadership this season - Register-Herald
“We’ve got to have guys that have invested enough into the program, that have enough to them, that step up and give their absolute best all the time. The leaders pinpoint guys who aren’t buying in, and they slap them around to the point that they get them bought in.”

Holgorsen wants guys who are focused - Charleston Daily Mail
"You take who wants to win, you take who wants to pull for their teammates, you take who wants to be all in on this thing and not guys who pout and mope because they're not playing," Holgorsen said.

Holgorsen doesn’t hold back - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
West Virginia University head coach Dana Holgorsen has become known for his "saying it like it is" approach.

Holgorsen Preaching Effort - WVMETRONEWS.COM
There were so many mistakes during the Louisville game that Dana Holgorsen lost track of them.

Two of Big East’s best QBs face off in Cincinnati Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
When West Virginia and No. 23 Cincinnati take the field Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium, two of the best quarterbacks the Big East Conference has to offer will step between the lines to lead their respective teams into battle.

No. 23 Cincinnati's defense behind team turnaround - Charleston Daily Mail
The last thing Cincinnati wanted to see in 2010 was its defense on the field in the fourth quarter of a close football game. The Bearcats knew that by then, one of the nation's youngest and thinnest units was running on fumes.

VIDEO: Mountaineer Player Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Madsen, Coaches Casteel, Dunlap and Bedenbaugh, Tavon, Pettaway, Tandy, Julian, Geno, Eain, Rigg, Barclay, Cook and Bruce

WVU Football Player Interviews: Cincinnati Week - WVillustrated
Tavon, Madsen, Rigg, Cook, Tandy, Barclay, Bruce and Geno


WVU to add muscle with top recruit - Times West Virginian
The signing period opens today, but the paperwork is not expected to be filed with West Virginia until Thursday for shooting guard Terry Henderson of Neuse Baptist Christian School in Raleigh, N.C., and Eron Harris of Lawrence North in Indianapolis.

Mountaineers land Huntington Prep star - Charleston Daily Mail
Macon and WVU agreed to work together toward a future together.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Football Power Rankings Week 11 - The UConn Blog
Tied at 3rd

Atmosphere brightens at No. 23 UC - Cincinnati Enquirer

16 seniors on Louisville football team to say goodbye - Courier-Journal

Tampa native Wilkes eager to face Bulls Friday - Tampa Tribune

Doug Marrone: 'Let’s Get Back To Work' - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Scott McCummings effective for UConn - Big East Blog - ESPN

Rutgers' success on special teams causes mental breakdowns for opponents - Star Ledger

Pitt's Turnley now Mr. Consistency in often-juggled offensive line - PPG

Penn State Scandal: Number Of Alleged Victims Now Close To 20, According To Report -

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -
It's Muppet week

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball: Kent State Parking Info - MSNsportsNET.Com
Since it's unusual to have a mid-morning game, officials want fans, students and employees to be aware of the following academic, workplace and parking procedures - for that morning only:

Video of Interest:

Offensive Line Coach, Bill Bedenbaugh

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Warning: Strong Language

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Argentinian model, Florencia Salvioni. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

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