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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Hump Day (6/8/11) Edition

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Believe it or not, there is more than Stewmageddon happening around WVU sports right now. Huggs has been busy building a large and fairly impressive recruiting class and finally has it complete...we think. The football assistants have also been on the road recruiting future play-makers. We've also got the requisite Stewmageddon coverage to go along with bits and pieces from all over. Sorry for the delay. Have a great Hump Day!!

What You May Have Missed:

Hospital will get $25,000 - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - The WVU Children's hospital is the beneficiary of the Gold/Blue Game proceeds

Duff McKagan: Let's heap more praise on J.T. Thomas' broad shoulders - ESPN
Yes, that Duff McKagan of Guns n' Roses fame

Luck to Speak at ECAC Workshop - MSNsportsNET.Com
He'll be participating in a seminar promoting the Academic All-America program

Expectations still high for WVU men - Times West Virginian
Huggs isn't resting on this year's large class. He knows he has to get top quality replacements for KJ and Truck.

Huggs knows how to turn less into more - Daily Athenaeum
Ok, so he has had a couple of not-so-great recruiting years (which was low-lighted by last year's class) but things are looking better on that front with the large class he's bringing in this year. And, like the headline says, he finds a way to make what he has work.

Men's Basketball Practice Facility (Interior) June 3, 2011 - Facebook

Mountaineer at College GameDay Shoot - Facebook Gallery
Series of photos from the Mountaineer Mascot's time with the ESPN folks recently

News of Note:

Football: Smith, Austin on Watch List - MSNsportsNET.Com
It's the inaugural Pony Express Award for best offensive tandem

Video: TCU-West Virginia rivalry - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson examines the potential for a TCU-West Virginia rivalry.

Ranking the Best Jobs in the Big East - Big East Coast Bias
The good guys are #1 here

Out Of Their Hands - BGN
Yesterday, several football players were made available to the media for interviews. Topic #1 was as expected and the players are just doing their best to go about their regular workout business to prepare for the season.

WVU Players Push Distractions Aside, Continue Summer Work -
Bottom line is that the players just want to play. Can you blame them?

No Distractions For The Players - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"We’re playing and no matter what happens, I don’t care if we have no coaching staff we’re still gonna field a team and I’m going to go out there and play and I know my teammates are," continued Braun.

VIDEO: WVU Football Players Talk About the Offseason - WVU Football Headlines -
BrUUUUce, Braun, Nehlen, Barclay, Garvin, Lindamood, and The Tandy

Senior Don Barclay - Mountaineer TV
Senior Don Barclay talks about his shoulder rehab and getting ready for the 2011 season.

Pitt, Penn State And West Virginia Football Look To Replace Stars In 2011 - SB Nation Pittsburgh
The local teams will open 2011 with a lack of star power, but all three have players that could break out this season and establish themselves as the next group of local gridiron stars.


Big East Blog: WVU Coaching Fallout - College Football News
...for those living under a rock, or just wanting a recap of the past weeks' events

TODAY: WVU's Stewart talks -- but not about leak allegations - Charleston Daily Mail
Did anyone honestly think he would talk about it?

Luck needs to put his thinking cap on - Charleston Daily Mail
Bogaczyk points out that something must and probably will be done soon. Luck is scheduled to be on vacation starting next week.

At WVU, These Are The Days of Our Lives - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
When it was Luck's turn to take the podium, he cautioned that man: ''If you have to get home and see the soap operas, just stay,'' he said. ''All you have to do is follow Mountaineer football to get enough soap opera in you.'' - from the latest fundraiser event

Stewart's WVU job appears in danger - Charleston Gazette
Vingle recaps the situation and says something may happen as soon as today. He also mentions an unnamed assistant who spoke off the record and how the situation is affecting him and his family.

Nothing To Gain - BGN
Southern notes that no matter the outcome of the alleged incidents from HCBS, the job was still going to end regardless

Stewart situation is a disappointing one - CollegeFootballTalk
Bill Stewart’s short tenure at West Virginia was marked by a lot of criticisms from the 60,000 head coaches sitting in the stands of Mountaineer Field on Saturdays.

Weighing Awkwardness vs. Potential - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
We interrupt their annual countdown with our own special awkwardness

WVU’s current mess has an easy, albeit controversial, fix - CollegeFootballTalk
You sir, should have your opinion privileges revoked

A modest proposal for West Virginia - should this guy


WVU Football Coaches are Back Off the Recruiting Trail -

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coaches Talk About Recruiting -
Dawson, Gillespie, Bedenbaugh and Roberts

Commit Number Five For West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM
RB J.T. Washington out of Satellite High School in Florida (includes highlight video)

WVU Commit J.T. Washington Looks for Early Start -
...and he's trying to get to WVU for Spring 2012

Childress Featured On Next Level Athlete - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The WVU QB commit was featured on a program called "Next Level Athlete", which spotlights some of the top athletes in the state of Texas (includes video)

Juwan Staten Calls Road to WVU a "Blessing in Disguise" -
He realizes that he should have been a Mountaineer in the first place

HERTZEL COLUMN - Staten brings skills, speed to WVU - Times West Virginian
"We haven’t had anyone who can pass the ball like him," Huggins said Monday after receiving Staten’s transfer papers.

Tony's Take: Huggs Done Shopping - WVMETRONEWS.COM
I think 8 makes for a nice haul, don't you?

Around the League (and Beyond):

PPL Park Developing Expansion Plan, Positive Sign For Villanova Football - The Nova Blog

Doug Marrone Says Woe Is You If You Woe Student-Athletes - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano appears on radio to discuss alterations to kickoffs - Star Ledger
His proposal is intriguing at the very least

DeAndre Daniels commits to UConn - The UConn Blog
A four-star power forward from Woodland Hills, California

Louisville plans to use Bridgewater, Stein - Big East Blog - ESPN

Louisville basketball will have best walk-ons in nation - Courier-Journal
Here's something you don't see every day –— the top returning scorer on a nationally ranked NCAA DivisionI men's basketball team paying his own way as a senior. You'll see it next season with Kyle Kuric.

WHITE HOUSE MEMO: Staff Guidance for BCS Champions Auburn University Visit to the White House* - FamousDC
Credit goes to Card Chronicle for finding this one

College hits just keep coming - Campus Corner
Colt McCoy's wife suggests an atmosphere of extra benefits at Texas. I'm SHOCKED!!!!

Video of (Dis)Interest:

For those among us who like the period dramas on Showtime, HBO and the like...

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the UK's Lauren Ridealgh. Here are today's gallery (click on the pic) and video:

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