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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (12/7/11) Edition

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Now that there's a bit of a lull on the football side, focus is shifting squarely onto Huggins and his young hoopsters who travel to Wichita to face Kansas State tomorrow. The women also have an important early Big East tilt when they travel to Syracuse tonight. The biggest news is the Big East expansion that looks to be made official today, but the teams don't look to be joining for 2012. We do have some Orange Bowl tidbits, including the gift list for all the bowls. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Darryl Talley is officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Deniz Kilicli talks about the younger players getting used to playing on the road and a trip to the Orange Bowl may cost Mountaineer fans more money than in past bowl games.

Big 12 football: Welcome West Virginia - Berry Tramel's Blog
Includes the video of the Pride's Armed Forces tribute that has gone viral

Orange Bowl had to choose West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia players and coaches will receive hospitable treatment, and the team will arrive Dec. 29 with two large fire hoses shooting over the plane when it hits the tarmac.

Season recap: West Virginia - Big East Blog - ESPN
West Virginia was the preseason choice to win the Big East, as lofty expectations were placed on the Mountaineers with first-year coach Dana Holgorsen in charge.

The Numerical, Week 14: Putting A Statistical Bow On Championship Week -
Stedman's catch makes the list at 26, video below

2011 Bowl gifts to participants - Sports Business Journal

Survey Shows WVU Fans' Views of Coaches, Conference Change - WVillustrated
West Virginia fans polled about opinions regarding current and former coaches as well as move to the Big 12.

West Virginia travels to Syracuse looking for its first three-game winning streak of season - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia head coach Mike Carey was pleased with the play he saw against Boston, but feels the team still has a lot to work on as the games get more difficult – starting with an unusual December Big East game against the Orange tonight.

Frosh Stepney gives WVU new look - Times West Virginian
"She’ll make great plays and she’ll make freshman plays," Carey said moments before the team departed for Syracuse. "Hopefully there will be more great plays."

Women's Basketball Interviews: Syracuse Preview - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Jess Harlee and Asya Bussie

The King's Court scours the nation for all the latest in college basketball - ESPN
Kegler's is mentioned prominently at the end of this new replacement column of the old Forde Minutes

News of Note:

Call it a ‘family’ feud - Charleston Gazette
Frank Martin capably carries Bob Huggins’ legacy at Kansas State

Win at K-State would be huge for young WVU - Daily Athenaeum
At this point in his career, Bob Huggins knows how important quality non-conference wins can be when March comes around.

Team wants win for Huggins - Daily Athenaeum
"I want to go there and get him a win," Bryant said. "That's definitely something I'm looking forward to. It still means something to him."

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins previews Thursday's game against Kansas State.

Video: Basketball Interviews 12/6 - BGN
Huggs, Truck and Turk

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews Prior to Kansas State Game - WVillustrated
Truck, Forsythe, Turk and Huggs

Ambitious schedules pay off for WVU, MU basketball teams - Charleston Daily Mail

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East set to add five schools - Big East Blog - ESPN

Big East Expansion Update: 5 Schools Reportedly To Be Added Wed., Temple An Option If Air Force Balks? - Big East Coast Bias

The Big East's Big Move. What's Next? - College Football News
After the Big East raided the Mountain West and Conference USA, what's the next realignment and expansion move?

Big East might survive but never again thrive - Sporting News

Will new additions help the Big East? - Video -'s Andy Staples discusses whether or not the addition of Boise State and San Diego State will help the Big East keep their automatic qualifier bid.

Wrapping up the Big East regular season - Big East Blog - ESPN
Well, you can always count on the Big East for one thing: drama. Off the field, on the field: drama dominated the 2011 regular season.

Vote: Coach of the Year - Big East Blog - ESPN
HCDH is on the list

Vote: Offensive Player of the Year - Big East Blog - ESPN
Geno and Stedman are included

Vote: Defensive Player of the Year - Big East Blog - ESPN

Holtz's intentions: Get USF back on track - Tampa Tribune

Butch Jones likely to stay at UC - Cincinnati Enquirer

Who's the best Rutgers defender? - On the Banks

Pitt Basketball: Dante Taylor Finally Turning Into ... Dante Taylor? - Cardiac Hill

Rick Pitino Talks IUPUI, The New Big East And The Return Of Rakeem Buckles - Card Chronicle

Syracuse 62 - Marshall 56: We. Are. Better Than. Marshall. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
So is everybody else, sunshine

Ryan Boatright, Confidence Man - Hartford Courant

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's 5 Thoughts- SHU 78, NJIT 48 - South Orange Juice

Mizzou holds off late Nova charge -

Your Post-Game Jubilation Thread: No. 11/11 Marquette 79, Washington 77 - Anonymous Eagle

LSU-Alabama BCS rematch, Fiesta Bowl headline 2011 bowl rankings - Stewart Mandel -
Orange at #7

College Bowl Games 2011: First Impression Picks Of All 35 Matchups -

BMOC names Heisman candidates, moments of the year and more - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers Travel to Syracuse - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Basketball tonight at 8 pm

Men's Basketball: BIG EAST Individual Tickets - MSNsportsNET.Com
Individual tickets for BIG EAST home games for the 2011-12 WVU men’s basketball season will go on sale Monday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m.

Video of Interest:

Catch of the SEASON:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Of all the special teams mistakes made by WVU this year, none compares to this bonehead mistake...

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian Victoria's Secret model Isabeli Fontana. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

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