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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (2/17/11) Edition

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When the biggest news of the day is WVU Baseball getting underway tomorrow, you know it's a slow news week. I was, however, able to find several interesting tidbits/features regarding the basketball and football teams and coaches.

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What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins Says Officials are Over-Worked -

College Basketball Coaches’ Top 10 Infamous Tempers -
Several BE representatives, including our own Huggy Bear

High assist ratio isn't always a good thing - Charleston Gazette

Owen Schmitt Considers Getting a 2nd Job - WVU Pros

From the Cheap Seats: A Fan's Perspective -

NCAA committee has tough calls in 68-team field -

WVU will still make the tournament - Daily Athenaeum

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 15 - ESPN
#21 AP, #20 Coaches

News of Note:

Coach Robert Gillespie - Mountaineer TV
Running backs coach Robert Gillespie talks about his decision to remain with Dana Holgorsen at WVU and the personnel he has to work with this year.

Charlie Weis among 10 new coordinators who will impact 2011 - Stewart Mandel -
DH is most definitely on this list

WVU hopeful about Geno Smith in spring - Big East Blog - ESPN

Vance Earns A Scholarship - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU set to take diamond - Martinsburg Journal
MIckey's Column

Seniors Griffin, Berry plan to lead WVU in ’11 - Daily Athenaeum
Teammates have been battery mates for four seasons

College Baseball Teams Forced to Use New Bats This Season -

Sunday’s [baseball, ed.] game to be streamed live - Daily Athenaeum

Around the League (and Beyond):

UConn 78, Georgetown 70: Kemba Walker is back, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is unconscious - The UConn Blog

The Streak Is Over: Kemba Walker Leads UConn to a Win Over Georgetown - Casual Hoya

VIDEO: UConn's Kemba Walker Passes To Himself Off Backboard Against Georgetown -

Cincinnati Knocks Off 16th Ranked Louisville 63-54 - Down The Drive

Pitino, Jennings talk about the loss to Cincinnati - Card Chronicle

USF falls but makes No. 4 Pitt work - Tampa Tribune

Pitt Basketball: Panthers Finally Shake South Florida, Win 67-55 - Cardiac Hill

DePaul's Melvin Shining as Freshman - Friar Basketball: PC Hoops For All

Putting James Bell's Performance Into Perspective - The Nova Blog

Jim Boeheim Rips Chipotle Workers, Says They're Unfair To Him - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
This is awesome

What Mike Rice has Done Right, Part 3: Bring Back the RAC - On the Banks

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's 5 Thoughts- Game, Bell, Shooting, Next Game, Hazell - South Orange Juice

The morning media afterglow: St. John's Red Storm beats Marquette - Rumble In The Garden

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

Trees at Auburn's historic Toomer's Corner poisoned -

Taking Down Toomer's Trees Only Latest Insanity in Alabama-Auburn Rivalry - NCAAFB FanHouse

Clowney fully unimpressed by Saban - Truth & Rumors/FanNation

Iowa players could transfer without sitting a year - Truth & Rumors/FanNation

What's On Tap:

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Providence Friars - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Dunkin Donuts Center on ESPN2

Video of Interest:

Not much in the way of relevant videos out there, so here's part one of the latest Bob Huggins Show. The other parts can be seen over at WVillustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from Atlanta who's done work for FHM and Hooters. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Breanne Ashley.

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