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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (12/13/11) Edition

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In today's news, Orange Bowl ticket sales through the University are going slower than expected (and needed), possibly creating a large financial burden on WVU. Tavon Austin and Truck Bryant have garnered a couple awards and we also have some bits around the Orange Bowl prep and last week's success in hoops. Also of note, is the NCAA looking into a party that has/had several football players names attached to it, including Clemson's Sammy Watkins and WVU's Brodrick Jenkins.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Two Mountaineers are given high phrase, we learn more about new WVU commit Sean Walters, many of the Florida natives talk about returning to their home state for the Orange Bowl and a bunch of former Mountaineers are planning to give back at a food drive.

Orange Bowl Ticket Sales Create Financial Concerns for WVU - WVillustrated
Secondary ticket outlets like StubHub have cheaper tickets in with comparable stadium seating locations

Travelers need to plan for card use - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginians planning to go to Florida for a bowl game in the coming weeks might want to add an item to their to-do list: call the bank.

Weekly Watch: Week 2 - ESPN
WVU and KJ impressed this past week

WVU Enjoyed Big Week with Big Wins - WVillustrated
The West Virginia University men's basketball team did more than win just two games last week. WVU picked up solid wins for the old NCAA tournament resume.

Men's Basketball: Bryant Named Player of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Senior point guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week for his performances against Kansas State and Miami.

Aaron Brown Sparks WVU Improvement on Court - WVillustrated
Bob Huggins said the difference between his team in November and in March would be night and day. The Mountaineers who took the court at the beginning of the season would be decidedly unlike the roster when it ended.

Nehlen: Hall of Famer Talley blessed with ‘it’ - Register-Herald
"When you coach, every now and then you get a kid with ‘it.’ He could just play great and Darryl Talley was just an outstanding outside linebacker."

News of Note:

WVU football: Holgorsen gives Mountaineers different view on preparing for bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
"He told us the schedule and what we're doing this year and it sounds real good," Barclay said. "We'll be prepared. Now when you look back on it, if you don't practice so many times, how can you be prepared?"

Threading the Needle - MSNsportsNET.Com
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has had just 14 healthy offensive linemen to work with his group this year.

Austin Named Yahoo! Sports All-American - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU wide receiver Tavon Austin earns his second All-American honor of the season.

Honors hard to figure - Charleston Gazette
When asked for his reaction to some rather odd West Virginia selections - or lack thereof - on the Big East's annual postseason all-league teams, Dana Holgorsen had precisely the right answer.

Southwest Florida Christmas party flier attracts NCAA's attention - News-Press |
The quartet, which included Florida’s Jaylen Watkins, Sammy’s brother, West Virginia’s Brodrick Jenkins and University of South Florida’s Spencer Boyd, were listed as ‘hosts’ on an advertisement for the ‘Naughty or Nice X-Mas Party,’ scheduled for Dec. 23 at The Firepit Grill, located at the Gulf Coast Town Center.

P.S.R. Heisman Watch: 2012 Watch List - Pre-Snap Read
#5 Geno Smith - Year two is going to extremely kind to Smith, who put up an impressive amount of yardage but struggled putting the ball in the end zone over the final three games of West Virginia’s regular season.

Dustin Garrison - Mountaineer TV
Freshman running back Dustin Garrison talks about starting in the Orange Bowl as a true freshman.


WVU class of recruits up to 25 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
With the Mountaineers (9-3, 5-2 Big East) still weeks away from their clash with Clemson in the Orange Bowl, WVU picked up verbal commitments from a pair of safeties that call the Sunshine State home.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Mick Cronin's Press Conference Show Following Cincinnati-Xavier Brawl Was A Farce -

Tu Holloway's post-brawl comments inexcusable, more Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -

Crosstown Shootout Fight: Suspensions Reign Down - Down The Drive

We're #1 - SU Athletics
Somebody needs to tell them it's only December 13th

LaVonte Dority To Transfer From USF Basketball - Voodoo Five

Pitt Basketball: Bench Play Stepping Up - Cardiac Hill

Rutgers rebounds with 81-66 win over Monmouth, as Dane Miller nearly pulls off triple-double - Star Ledger

'Cheers' & '/Facepalms': My Eyes Hurt - The Nova Blog

Kendall Reyes Named UConn Football Team's MVP For 2011 - Hartford Courant

Charlie Strong Talks Belk Bowl And The Future Of Louisville Football - Card Chronicle

NCAA College Basketball Rankings - ESPN

Pac-12 Hopes to Establish Presence in China - NY Times

Switzies The Second: Frivolous Year-End Rankings – Campus Union
Holly's year end awards

What's On Tap:

The WVU Varsity Club is having it’s first ever "Cans for the Cause" this Wednesday at Keglar’s Club House off Chestnut Ridge Road in Morgantown.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Thanks to @ChrissyTeigen for this one:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Polish Victoria's Secret Model Magdalena Frackowiak. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

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