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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (12/21/11) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Aguila Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

The women picked up another victory last night against Mount St. Mary's; we have a recap and some interviews. On the men's side, there's a good bit of reflection going on as Huggs is just one win away from the 700 win mark. We have Caleb's Pro Recap today along with more features on the Orange Bowl, including a couple looks at the coaches.

What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins Sits One Shy of 700 - WVillustrated
If only Monday night's win had given WVU a 9-1 record this season rather than its current showing of 8-2, there would have been quite a celebration at the Coliseum.

Kevin Jones Named to Big East Honor Roll - WVillustrated
WVU senior forward recognized by the league for his performance in Saturday's win over Texas A&M-CC.

Williamson helps WVU men's basketball team - Charleston Daily Mail
What really got the Mountaineers going in the 72-53 win were his two assists to teammate Kevin Jones for easy inside baskets.

Mountaineers Defeat Mount St. Mary's - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 94-32, at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews: Mount St. Mary's - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Chrystal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer

Musings Of A Mountain Man: December 21, 2011 - WVillustrated
John Woolard talks Bob Huggins, BCS Bowl games and much more.....

NFL Week 15 Recap - Anthony Becht and Brandon Hogan In the Spotlight - WVU Pros
A rundown of NFL Week 15 games from a West Virginia Mountaineer perspective. Brandon Hogan, Anthony Becht, and Ellis Lankster all have big plays.

News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Coach deflects juicy question - Times West Virginian
Would it offer revenge, satisfaction, proof that the ACC made a mistake in letting West Virginia get away, he was asked.

Can Mountaineers spring a repeat of 2008 Fiesta Bowl? - Register-Herald
To Najee Goode, it is "beautiful luck" that West Virginia is playing Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 4 in Miami, Fla.

Tweaking time for Orange Bowl coaches - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen and Clemson's Dabo Swinney both insist that they have very little interest in making radical changes.

Alabama Background Shapes Clemson Coach - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Third year Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney was born in Birmingham but he spent his formative years in small town Alabama always dreaming of playing for the Crimson Tide.

Will WVU take the next step in 2012? - Big East Blog - ESPN
One of the biggest questions surrounding West Virginia's move to the Big 12 is whether the Mountaineers can compete immediately in a league that features Oklahoma and Texas.


WVU football: Recruiting a tricky situation for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
It's when they enroll that matters.


What's On Tap:

(18) TCU Horned Frogs vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - Preview - ESPN
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl tonight at 8 pm EST on ESPN/ESPN3. Our future Big 12 brethren are giving 9.

Around the League (and Beyond):

No. 1 Syracuse 80 - Bucknell 61: Christmas On Hanukkah - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

No. 4 Louisville basketball survives scare from College of Charleston, 69-62 - Courier-Journal

Notre Dame mens basketball: Zeller leaves Irish spinning - South Bend Tribune

Calhoun: 3-Game Suspension Will Be "Difficult" - New Haven Register

The Bearcats Are Cashmere Wrights Team Now. What Does That Mean For Yancy Gates - Down The Drive

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's Game Preview- Dayton Flyers - South Orange Juice

Villanova is Anti-American (for a day) -

Business About to Pick up in Providence - Friar Basketball: PC Hoops For All

Pitt Back To Defense And Rebounding - Cardiac Hill

Amir Garrett cleared to play for St. John's - Rumble In The Garden

Delusion Meter: New Expectations for the 2011-12 Georgetown Hoyas - Casual Hoya

Rutgers' Gary Nova takes his lumps and stands tall in freshman season - Star Ledger

The King's Court scours the nation for all the latest in college basketball - ESPN

First and Ten - Sporting News
Bits from around the CFB landscape

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins reflects on what it would mean to earn 700 career victories, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks about defending the Mountaineers offense and Garrett Cullen profiles Tigers tight end Dwayne Allen.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Yes, it's the whole movie, re-edited into chronological order..."It's the one that says Bad Mother Fu.."


Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Colombian model Natalia Velez. Her monitor melting gallery awaits those who click on the picture below.

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