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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (2/10/11) Edition

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What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck talks about his son, Stanford football, BCS format, NCAA rulings, Dana Holgorsen, Mike Leach - Victor and Matt sports podcast

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Mike Carey talks about his team's performance against No. 2-ranked Connecticut on Tuesday night.

Offensive Coordinator Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen visits with the media last Thursday in the club area at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Dana Holgorsen's Recruiting Class of Coaches -

Dawson Eager to Work With WVU Receivers -

Examining the 2011 quarterback situations - Big East Blog - ESPN

Women's Soccer: BIG EAST Returns To WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University and Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium have been chosen as the host site of the 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship

News of Note:

The Defining Moments - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Intro and video

Search for points goes inside - Charleston Gazette
Mired in shooting slump, Mountaineers place emphasis on getting the ball closer to rim

Non-Compete - BGN
Three days after West Virginia's home loss to Pitt, a post-game observation still rankles.

Kilicli brings back the hook - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU basketball teams have lost a combined four-straight games - Daily Athenaeum
it's been a bad four days for the West Virginia University basketball programs.


Huggins Makes Trip to See Prep Guard Todd Mayo -

Oversigning Is Legal, but Is it Wrong? - NCAAFB FanHouse

Around the League (and Beyond):

Better Than Christmas: Georgetown Beats Syracuse 64-56 In Carrier Dome - Casual Hoya

Georgetown 64 - Syracuse 56: Collapsible Dome - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers STUNS Villanova 77-76 - On the Banks
...with a 4 point play in the final second (linking a 2nd recap with video HERE)

postGame: Rutgers 77 Villanova 76 - The Nova Blog

USF blows 16-point lead in loss to Marquette - Tampa Tribune

USF-Marquette Postgame Reaction - Voodoo Five
...which caused this

Spread the Sawdust! Marquette 59, South Florida 58 - Anonymous Eagle

Notre Dame hot in overtime to top Louisville 89-79 - Courier-Journal

Irish outlast Louisville in overtime - South Bend Tribune

Cincinnati Wins At DePaul Despite Sloppy Second Half - Down The Drive

UConn Back In The Garden To Face St. John's - Hartford Courant

What does St. John's need to make the NCAA Tournament? - Rumble In The Garden

March Madness makeover: More TV, new times - USA Today

College football offseason buzz - ESPN

Ex-Michigan Wolverines QB Tate Forcier transferring to Miami Hurricanes - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(9) Connecticut Huskies vs. St. John's Red Storm - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from MSG on ESPN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I found this funny; I hope you do too (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE)

...and here's the latest edition of Between Two Ferns:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a California native and ...who are we kidding? All you guys care about is the girl in this section of your daily dose is pretty (not that there's anything wrong with that). Alyssa Miller more than fits the requirement. Her gallery is linked by the picture, as usual.

Pike Monk's Uncle image via