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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (1/11/12) Edition

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Well, it seems it's all over but the presser. WVU's defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel will be joining RR in the desert and looks to be taking Coach Lockwood and Coach Kirlav with him. We wish them the best and look forward to the new guys Coach Holgorsen will bring into the Mountaineer family. Sorry if that sounded like a press release, but it basically sums up how I feel. We will have more on the new hires when they become more concrete.

In other news, the WVU women won again last night and we also have several looks back at the UConn loss (such is the case when almost a week between games). We also have several final polls and early rankings for the 2012 football season. All of this and lots more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
It appears that Jeff Casteel and some other WVU coaches will be heading to Arizona, a future Mountaineer talks about the impact the Orange Bowl victory has had on recruiting in the Baltimore area and fans will get a chance to get their picture with the Orange Bowl trophy.

Arizona to introduce Casteel as defensive coordinator - Charleston Daily Mail
The University of Arizona will introduce four assistant coaches today to complete Coach Rich Rodriguez's first staff and three are expected to come from Dana Holgorsen's defensive staff at West Virginia.

Mountaineers Defeat Seton Hall - MSNsportsNET.Com
Redshirt-sophomore Christal Caldwell’s 18 points and nine rebounds led the way for the West Virginia University women’s basketball team to a 79-63 win over Seton Hall at the Coliseum on Tuesday night.

WVU needs consistent Palmer to win - Daily Athenaeum
In a nutshell, the first two games of 2012 sum up the season thus far for West Virginia women’s basketball sophomore guard Taylor Palmer.

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner -
WVU is listed as "should be in"

Changes Likely for 2012 WVU Football Schedule - WVillustrated
WVU will need to alter its 2012 non-conference football schedule if it begins play in the Big 12 next season.

An Early Look At Bruce Irvin and the NFL Draft - WVU Pros
A look at Bruce Irvin's Mountaineer career and how he projects to the NFL Draft.

West Virginia Mountaineers - College Superfans - Photos -
Impressive, talented; WVU also has one with the last pic of the gallery

How Much Is Your Alma Mater's College Football Team Worth? - Wall Street Journal
WVU comes in at #36

News of Note:

Crash and burn - Charleston Gazette
WVU offense fizzled down the stretch vs. UConn

Mental aspect lacking from WVU loss to UConn - Charleston Daily Mail
"The mental part of the game was not. When their fans started cheering and you've got to run a play and you forget it and get out of it, that's the kind of stuff that kills us and that's what happened."

Midseason All-Americans: Henson, McDermott, MKG play way to top - Sporting News
KJ made the 2nd team

Examining polls, some hoops and Mazzulla - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: Where does Orange Bowl win rank in WVU history? - Times West Virginian
Circumstances, you see, are as important as the outcome itself, for the timing must be such that a victory can stave off a downturn in the program or ignite it to heights it never dreamed it would see.

Holgorsen makes mark in first season at WVU - Daily Athenaeum
By the end of his first season, Holgorsen, at 40 years old, was able to accomplish what only two other coaches in the history of college football have done: win a BCS game in his first season as a head coach.

Top 20 Finish Sets Up WVU for 2012 Season - WVillustrated
Ending the year on a high note, the Mountaineers hope to continue their momentum into the Big 12.

Sixth Poll Finish in Last Seven Years - MSNsportsNET.Com
For the sixth time in the last seven years the West Virginia Mountaineers have finished a football season in the national rankings.

P.S.R. 1-120: Final Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read
#17 here, and ahead of VT, as it should be

The Way-Too-Early Top 25 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlabach reveals the top five teams in his early top 25 preview for 2012.

College football's Way-Too-Early 2012 Top 25 - ESPN
#7 here

Final Big East power rankings - Big East Blog - ESPN
The time has come to put a big red bow on the 2011 season.

Early 2012 Big East power rankings - Big East Blog - ESPN

Early 2012 Big 12 power rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
#3 in the new digs

Revisited: WVU Orange Bowl Highlights - WVillustrated
A week after the Mountaineers destroyed the Clemson Tigers in Miami, take a look back at the action from the third BCS bowl win in program history.


Four-star recruit won't be swayed by WVU conference ties - Charleston Daily Mail
DeMatha Catholic junior star BeeJay Anya said he won't decide where he will play his college basketball until sometime after his senior season begins - anytime from December to March, 2013.

Around the League (and Beyond):

BCS source: Playoff 'gets done' as part of new contract - Sporting News
It’s only two years away, everyone. But remember this: just because the system changes doesn’t mean you won’t get the same results.

Big BCS change likely coming in wake of all SEC championship game -
Current system won't survive; move to plus-one and away from AQ status is likely

Paul Chryst's Wisconsin East Continues With Joe Rudolph - Cardiac Hill

USF loses defensive coordinator Snyder to Texas A&M - Tampa Tribune

USF goes cold in loss to Notre Dame - Tampa Tribune

Providence Deals Louisville Humiliating 90-59 Loss - Card Chronicle

Seton Hall Basketball: #24 Seton Hall 94, DePaul 73; Pirates Paced by Paterson Catholic Connection - South Orange Juice

Rutgers vs Pittsburgh: Big East Basketball Preview - On the Banks

Game 16: St. John's at Marquette - Rumble In The Garden

Georgetown win helps ease pain for Bearcats - Cincinnati Enquirer

When Pressed, Drummond Stepped Up - Hartford Courant

Syracuse vs. Villanova: Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters From Philadelphia, FYI - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Make sure you listen to the lyrics (NSFW lyrics):

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is American lingerie model Emily Ratajkowski. Being Hump Day today, you can click on the picture for one gallery and the source link for a bonus gallery. You'll thank me later.


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