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With finals week coming to a close, the contests and practices should become more regular, starting with WVU's basketball programs both in action tomorrow. The women take to the road against Duquesne and the men tip off at the Coliseum against Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, both at 2 pm. We have a couple of features on the basketball players, the Orange Bowl and Oliver Luck, but the bulk of today's coverage comes from WVU football receiving two more commitments. Have great weekend!!
What You May Have Missed:
Luck ‘absolutely thrilled’ to be at WVU - Times West Virginian
AD Luck touches on several topics of interest in this one
Some Big Schools Struggle to Sell Bowl Tickets - Quad Blog/NY Times
It's not just WVU and Virginia Tech
WVU faces Big East in first hearing - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia University and Big East Conference attorneys will have their first of two hearings to dismiss their breach-of-contract lawsuits against one another this morning in a Rhode Island court.
Orange Bowl - Facebook
I've "liked" their page to show my support for WVU, but all I'm getting in my timeline is mostly Clemson stuff...they need more WVU submissions from fans like you....Do work people and show 'em what WVU fans are made of
Bracketology - ESPN
Carrier, Bitancurt Named Scholar Ballers - MSNsportsNET.Com
Track team member, senior Chelsea Carrier, and football player, redshirt junior Tyler Bitancurt, have been honored by the Scholar Baller program as recipients of the 2011 Academic Momentum Award.
News of Note:
HERTZEL COLUMN: Forsythe’s story one of resolve - Times West Virginian
Bob calls him David several times in the story for some reason
WVU basketball: Brown aggressive, brings energy - Charleston Daily Mail
"I don't remember what I said, but I said a lot of stuff," Kilicli said. "I know I told him we needed him."
Clemson focused on Orange Bowl - Register-Herald/AP
Clemson center Dalton Freeman says his focus is squarely on the 14th-ranked Tigers’ Orange Bowl matchup against No. 23 West Virginia next month.
Looking To Make An Impact - WVMETRONEWS.COM
On Thursday, the Mountaineer football team got commitments from two players that have a chance to make an immediate impact next season.
Tight End Johnson Commits To WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Johnson will most likely be switched to receiver or another position. He becomes the 26th commitment in the 2012 recruiting class.
WVU Commit Will Johnson Feels at Home with Mountaineers - WVillustrated
"He's just really excited to finally find a home and he thought the coaching staff was absolutely outstanding out there," says Derrin Lamker, Johnson's coach at Osseo (Minn.) High School.
WVU Adds A Defensive Back - WVMETRONEWS.COM
He becomes the 27th verbal commitment in the 2012 recruiting class. Schools are only allowed to sign 25 recruits in a class, but as of now at least five current commitments will be enrolling early and their scholarships will count towards last year’s recruiting class.
Karl Joseph Announces Commitment to WVU Football - WVillustrated
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety was down to WVU and UCF, the two most recent campuses he visited before making his decision.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Thirteen Ridiculous Months Of Big East Football News: A Timeline - Big East Coast Bias
What to watch in the Big East: Bowls - Big East Blog - ESPN
Syracuse Football: The Vacancy Sign Is Lit - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Rutgers' Chas Dodd has new holiday plans: facing Iowa State in Pinstripe Bowl - Star Ledger
Cincinnati Bearcats 78 Wright State Raiders 58 | Box Scorin - Down The Drive
Kevin Ware Could Play First Minutes Against Memphis - Card Chronicle
UConn Teams Profit: UConn Teams Show Slight Profit In Last Fiscal Year - Hartford Courant
St. Joes Preview - VUhoops.com
Seton Hall Basketball: A Few Thoughts as the Pirates, and the Season, Roll Along - South Orange Juice
Arizona State has its devil in Graham – Campus Union
Details of the departure and more
Arizona State Sun Devils coach Todd Graham is new president of Liar's Club - ESPN
No coach has ever been as deceitful as new Arizona State coach Todd Graham, who becomes the new president of the Liar's Club, thanks to his latest backdoor exit to a more lucrative job.
What's hot and what's not during bowl season? - ESPN
College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn - SI.com
What's On Tap:
Texas A&M-CC Islanders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Coliseum on ROOT, MASN, SNY and ESPN3
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Duquesne Dukes - ESPN
Women's Basketball: 2 pm Saturday from Duquesne
American University Eagles vs. (17) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Phone Booth on MASN, SNY and ESPN3
Memphis Tigers vs. (4) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Chicken Box on CBS
Northern Colorado Bears vs. (11) Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Brad on MASN, SNY and ESPN3.
South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. (14) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
6 pm Saturday from the Pete on SNY and ESPN3.
(1) Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack - ESPN
6:30 pm Saturdary from the RBC on ESPN2
Video of Interest:
In Friday's episode, we hear from the head coaches of the newest WVU commitments, future Mountaineer Brandon Napoleon gets ready for an All-American game and Bob Huggins talks about how important Kevin Jones has been this season.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is Australian Victoria's Secret Angel, Miranda Kerr. Check out the video and gallery (click on the picture) below.
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