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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (2/4/11) Edition

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There's lot's of coverage today of the new members of the Mountaineer football staff. I've got interviews, features and plenty of videos as well. On the basketball side of things, the men are traveling to Philly to take on Villanova this weekend and the women host the Lady Panthers in their version of the Backyard Brawl. And, as usual, I have your weekend viewing guide to Big East basketball. Check back later today for Q&A sessions I did with two 'Nova blogs.

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What You May Have Missed:

Huggins Non-Comittal on Mitchell - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Cam I am - Charleston Gazette
Thoroughman introduces himself to the scoring list

WVU battles Villanova in Big East clash - Daily Athenaeum

Country Roads Leading to the WFC -
A 'Nova blog preview

WVU faces critical Big East stretch - Charleston Daily Mail

The Super Bowl, W.Va. State and UC hoops, and the Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers, Panthers set for ‘Pink Zone’ game - Daily Athenaeum

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN

College Basketball Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
While WVU is at #27, he puts GT in at #9?!?!

Seton Hall Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from Wednesday night's 56-44 win over Seton Hall at the WVU Coliseum.

Women's Basketball: Repella Added to Watch List - MSNsportsNET.Com
2010-11 State Farm Wade Watch list

WVU Men's Basketball Team Report 2/3 -

6 Mountaineers invited to NFL Combine - Daily Athenaeum
Devine, Sanders, Hogan, Neild, Sands and J.T. Thomas

Why Isn't Mike Vanderjagt Still Kicking In The NFL? - The Post Game

'Eer to Ear: 2/4 -

Men's Basketball: Big Monday Traffic Adjustments - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note:

Points the priority for Holgorsen - Charleston Gazette
"I have absolutely no interest in what happened here last year offensively. I don't know what they did,'' Holgorsen said. "Football's already hard enough. You don't need to enter a bunch of other stuff into one equation.'' - I like this guy more and more with each passing second

Holgorsen, offensive staff ready to work - Charleston Daily Mail

The Homecoming Event - WVMETRONEWS.COM
DH and the other new coaches are discussed

Gillespie sticks with Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

One-On-One: Dana Holgorsen -
Hoppy Kercheval sits down with Mountaineer head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen for an in-depth conversation.

The Holgorsen Sportsline - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video segments

VIDEO: Meet the New WVU Football Assistants -
DH, Bedenbaugh, Gillespie and Dawson

Robert Gillespie: Being A Mountaineer -
New running backs coach Robert Gillespie talks about keeping his job at WVU after he was offered a job at his alma mater and what he is in this offense.

Bill Bedenbaugh: Adjusting The O-Line -
New offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh talks about the schemes he plans to use on the offensive line and the film his players will study to learn it.

Shannon Dawson: The Texas Connection -
Dawson talks about the recruiting ties he has in the Lone Star State and how he got his new job with Dana Holgorsen.

I’m sold on WVU’s new assistants - Daily Athenaeum

Hoppy's Commentary On The Coach-In-Waiting - WVMETRONEWS.COM


West Virginia recruiting analysis - Big East Blog - ESPN First Impressions
WVU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen shares thoughts on the football recruiting class of 2011

New WVU Football Staff Made Most of Limited Recruiting Period -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Irish look slick on road - South Bend Tribune
83-58 over DePaul

Bearcats need signature win - Cincinnati Enquirer

Knowles' injury leaves Louisville basketball with a big void - Courier-Journal

Syracuse's Boeheim: Those spreading point-shaving rumor are 'worse than the guy who put it out there' - Post Standard

What's Wrong With Kemba? - Hartford Courant

The Tip In: After crushing loss to St. John's, Rutgers finds itself at a crossroads - Star Ledger

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's 5 Thoughts- The Morgantown Abomination - South Orange Juice

'Nova Takes Down Marquette, Pena Hits A Milestone: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - The Nova Blog

Pitt Basketball: Dante Taylor Out With Injured Knee - Cardiac Hill

March Madness Sleepers to Watch - NCAABB FanHouse

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (12) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Wells Fargo Center on ESPN

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (15) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4:00 Saturday from the Coliseum on the Big East Network (including FSN Pitt, MASN and SNY) and ESPN3

Providence Friars vs. (14) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Phone Booth on on the Big East Network (including SNY and MASN) and ESPN3

(17) Syracuse Orange vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
2:00 Saturday from the Sun Dome on the Big East Network (including SNY and MASN) and ESPN3

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (4) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
6:00 Saturday from the Pete on the Big East Network (including FSN Pitt and MASN) and ESPN3

(7) Connecticut Huskies vs. Seton Hall Pirates - ESPN
7:00 Saturday from the Prudential Center on ESPNU

DePaul Blue Demons vs. (13) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
8:00 Saturday from the Chicken Palace on MASN and ESPN3

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (8) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Joyce on the Big East Network (including MASN and SNY) and ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

This was too cute not to share, especially for a Star Wars geek like me.

...and I know this is wrong on a lot of levels, but that doesn't mean it's not funny:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another example of fine Italian craftsmanship. Here's today's gallery (click on the pic) and a couple videos of Melita Toniolo.

And here's 25 seconds that you may want to watch several times (she's aware of the camera, btw):

Peroni image via