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The Shotgun/Throwdown: New Year's Eve (12/31/11) Edition

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Good lord, was that ever U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, YOU UGLY last night. Huggs was/is supremely agitated over that performance, just as you would expect. We have a full range of coverage of the debacle. On the bright side, there are Orange Bowl reports and features galore. But, it's not all sunshine and rainbows, with Garrison's injury, WVU is down to Alston and Buie after the dismissals of Trey Johnson and Vernard Roberts.

Thanks for a great year everyone and best wishes for an even better one to all of you in 2012!! Be safe and...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seton Hall Hangover:

Seton Hall 67, West Virginia 48 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Men's Basketball: Seton Hall Downs WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia’s inexperience certainly showed tonight.

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Seton Hall Game Recap - WVillustrated
"They just knocked the snot out of us," Huggins said. "I am incredibly frustrated."

Awful All-Around - BGN
Well, that was ugly. In what was a truly surprising performance, the West Virginia men’s basketball team was bullied and beaten badly by Seton Hall on Friday night 67-48.

WVU Slapped at Seton Hall - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"In my five years here we haven't done that," Huggins said. "We've shot it bad at times but we've continued to fight and we've continued to try to stay in the things (in the offense) that we're supposed to stay in."

WVU 'awful' in 67-48 loss to Seton Hall - Charleston Gazette
If Bob Huggins were to ask for an instructional lowlights video to show his players, pointing out each of the problem areas West Virginia's basketball team has encountered throughout the first 14 games of the season, it would not take a master videographer to compile it.

Pirates Hammer Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Seton Hall snaps skid against WVU men

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Saturday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Hoppy Kercheval and Jeff Jenkins talk about how each team’s Friday practice went and other topics realated to the bowl.

The Bob Huggins Show - WVillustrated
Watch this week's episode of The Bob Huggins Show in its entirety.

Huggins traveling with 'security' - Charleston Gazette
The traveling party for West Virginia's men's basketball team has grown by one. He's a pretty conspicuous one, too.

Fond farewell for West Virginia? - Big East Blog - ESPN
West Virginia has won more Big East championships than anybody currently in the league. It has had the most success of any current member -- one of just 14 schools in the nation with 700 victories. It probably has the most name recognition of any current member, too.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Casteel mum on possibility of leaving WVU - Times West Virginian
Personally, I don't think he leaves unless it's for a HC job somewhere

News of Note:

Garrison Injured, Will Miss Orange Bowl - WVillustrated
West Virginia's remaining running backs include Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie.

Quick Hits: Mountaineers Hold First Orange Bowl Practice - WVillustrated
News and notes from WVU's day of drills in South Florida, including four players no longer with the program and new cleats for the bowl game.

WVU's Holgorsen has strict set of rules in place - Charleston Daily Mail
"I will be more than happy to send somebody home," he said.

Balance In Preparation - BGN
West Virginia conducted its first day of practice in Miami on Friday afternoon, and tried to strike a balance between intensity and fun.

Team juiced up for bowl frenzy - PPG
Arriving players get 'Orange' treatment

WVU to enjoy trip to Orange Bowl - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Dana Holgorsen has been to his share of bowl games, but the Discover Orange Bowl was one that had eluded him. Until now.

West Virginia faces next challenge: Strong Clemson defensive front - PPG
West Virginia's offensive line has stared down some of the best defensive lines in Division I-A this season.

Welcome home cookin' - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Florida natives glad to be in old stomping grounds

Orange Bowl: WVU back at practice, looking for a safety - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU's Jenkins Familiar With Watkins - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia’s Brodrick Jenkins could tell right away that Clemson’s Sammy Watkins was going to be a special football player. They grew up together in Fort Myers, Fla., the two separated by two years, and Jenkins said he used to be like a big brother to Watkins.

Extra Reps A Plus - MSNsportsNET.Com
It’s been a lengthy 34 days since West Virginia’s Tyler Bitancurt connected on a game-winning field goal against USF at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Despite the mundane delay, the Mountaineers have been taking advantage of the extra practice they get between the last game of the regular season and Wednesday’s Discover Orange Bowl.

WVU defense critical to bowl win - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Notebook

Orange bowl quote box - Charleston Gazette
A collection of quotes from WVU and Clemson coaches and players after workouts Friday in preparation for Wednesday's Orange Bowl

Clarke Speaks Prior To Practice - Mountaineer TV
Defensive end Will Clarke spoke with media members prior to Friday’s Orange Bowl practice.

WVU Football Interviews from First Day of Orange Bowl Prep - WVillustrated
Clarke, Coach Roberts, Coach Holgorsen, Sticks, Wright, Tonkery, Rowell and Madsen

More Orange Bowl Interviews - BGN
Corey Smith, Clarke, Wright and Tonkery

Swinney Pleased With Clemson Preparation - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Notes from the Clemson workout, including video with Swinney

Hopkins says he expects to play in Orange Bowl -
Clemson wide receiver DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins said Thursday that he expects to play in the Orange Bowl versus West Virginia next Wednesday, but admitted that his accident Tuesday was scary.

Clemson Football Interviews from Orange Bowl Practice - WVillustrated
Coty Sensabaugh, Jaron Brown and Dabo Swinney


Orange Bowl a Benefit for WVU Recruiting - WVillustrated
If you're not going to make the National Championship Game, this is what you're shooting for- a conference championship, the national spotlight, a BCS game.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Seton Hall 67, West Virginia 48; Seton Hall Dominates in their Big East Home Opener - South Orange Juice

Seven-step guide to making a better BCS - Sporting News

2011 Pinstripe Bowl Recap: Rutgers Defeats Iowa State, 27-13 - Big East Coast Bias

Syracuse DE Chandler Jones Will Enter NFL Draft, Forgo Senior Year - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Seniors try to end UC careers with postseason win - Cincinnati Enquirer

No. 4 Louisville at No. 3 Kentucky Preview - Card Chronicle

Game 13: St. John's at Connecticut - Rumble In The Garden

UConn Men Vs. St. John's: A Preview of The UConn-St. John's Men's Game Saturday - Hartford Courant

Year in Review: 2011 In Pitt Sports - Cardiac Hill
Insert giant sucking noise here

The Top Five USF Athletics Stories Of 2011 - Voodoo Five

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers Host Elon - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will host Elon at the Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 31st in a 2 p.m. tip.

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Northwestern Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
Meineke Care Care Bowl - Noon today from Houston on ESPN. Aggies are giving 9

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Utah Utes - Preview - ESPN
Sun Bowl - 2 pm today from El Paso on CBS. Utes are getting 2.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores - Preview - ESPN
Liberty Bowl - 3:30 today from Memphis on ABC. Vandy is giving 1.5.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. UCLA Bruins - Preview - ESPN
Fight Hunger Bowl - 3:30 today from San Francisco on ESPN. Illini are giving 2.5.

Virginia Cavaliers vs. (25) Auburn Tigers - Preview - ESPN
Chick-fil-A Bowl - 7:30 pm tonight from Atlanta on ESPN. Auburn is giving 3.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

What if it wasn't a comedy?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the uber-cute Miranda Kerr. Enjoy today's video below and a 3 page gallery (click on the picture).

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