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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Cincinnati Pre-Game (1/20/12) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Gambrinus Cincinnati Beer in preparation of tomorrow's opponent.

Cincinnati previews have started to trickle out (we have a couple slated for later today) and we have some more fallout from the Capital Classic and how WVU dealt without the use of the big Turk. There's also several articles detailing tidbits around the football program. Have a great weekend everybody!!

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

2012 NFL Draft: Mohamed Sanu, Bruce Irvin, Kendall Reyes, Chandler Jones Ranked As Top 100 Prospects - Big East Coast Bias

Luck on affiliation, Capital Classic, coaching search - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

The Big 12's offseason to-do list for 2012 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
See what he think's WVU needs to do

WVU and way too early Heisman hype - Big East Blog - ESPN
the possibility of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and receiver/all-purpose player Tavon Austin being candidates for the Heisman.

Holgorsen getting staff in order after departures - Inter-Mountain
Holgorsen has yet to announce what roles the new coaches will have with the team. But it appears that both are good hires and formidable replacements for those who left.

Capital Classic should be scheduled earlier in season - Register-Herald
Didn't I just go through this the other day?

News of Note:

Big Time Big East Matchup - MSNsportsNET.Com
The game Saturday that has kind of crept up on everybody is Cincinnati at West Virginia, which will tip at 3 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The winner of that tilt will likely be in next week’s top 25 when it is released on Monday.

West Virginia to fight for second place in Big East play as it takes on Cincinnati - Daily Athenaeum
The Bearcats (15-4, 5-1 Big East) have won three straight games including wins against ranked Georgetown and Connecticut teams.

WVU basketball: Mountaineers gain confidence with Capital Classic win - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia hosts the hottest team in the Big East not named Syracuse on Saturday.

Klicili’s big shoes were ably filled - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers made up for big man’s absence vs. MU

HERTZEL COLUMN: Noreen sweats, shines in win against Herd - Times West Virginian
The man his teammates call “Big Sweat” stood outside the West Virginia University locker room on Wednesday night, living up to his nickname.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - NCAA Basketball - ESPN

College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
WVU listed in the "Next 16"

Around the League (and Beyond):

WVU, Huggins next for UC - Cincinnati Enquirer

Kyle Kuric "Doubtful" For Saturday's Game Against Pittsburgh - Card Chronicle

Tray Woodall Nearing Return? - Cardiac Hill

Inside the Zone: Turnovers Forced and Three Point Defense - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers vs. Georgetown: Big East Basketball Preview - On the Banks

2012 College Football Do's And Don't's, The Premature Edition -
Make sure you check this out for what he has to say about WVU (and TCU) and the Big 12 near the bottom

The Beginner's Guide To Conference Realignment: Board Games Explain Everything -
Need a refresher on the latest round of college conference realignment as we enter the 2012 football offseason? You're in luck!

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 2 pm Saturday from the Pete on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
3 pm Saturday from the Coliseum on ESPNU

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (12) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Phone Booth on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(11) Connecticut Huskies vs. Tennessee Volunteers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Knoxville on CBS

(1) Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
6 pm Saturday from the South Bend on ESPN

(21) Louisville Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
9 pm Saturday from the Pete on ESPN

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins breaks down the Cincinnati Bearcats, both Calvert Hall football players Trevor Williams and Da'Quan Davis are still committed to WVU and the head coach of the newest WVU commit says the Mountaineers got a good one.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of my favorite British tabloid models. Enjoy the video below and click on the picture for today's 5 page mega-gallery of Miss Gemma Atkinson.


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