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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Fat Tuesday (2/21/12) 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 Abita Mardi Gras Bock, in celebration of today's festivities.

Today we have news on Luck's plan to "massively upgrade" the WVU baseball program, detailing several options on the board for either Hawley Field upgrades or possibly even a new facility completely. Huggs and Brey break down the upcoming matchup between WVU and the Irish and there's a couple of features regarding Truck and him coming off the bench. There's also an interesting article regarding the possible CFB playoff options being considered. All of this and more...

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey talks about the success the Fighting Irish have had during its eight game winning streak as they prepare to take on the Mountaineers, Chip Fontanazza breaks down ND forward Jack Cooley and former linebacker Najee Goode talks about participating in the NFL Combine.

TODAY: WVU wants to use tax increment plan for new baseball stadium - Charleston Daily Mail

Whole new ballgame - Charleston Gazette
Luck wants to ‘massively upgrade’ WVU baseball

West Virginia to Face No. 20 St. John's - MSNsportsNET.Com
For the fifth consecutive game, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team will face a ranked opponent as it travels to play No. 20 St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. tip.

WVU’s Carey deserves to be Coach of the Year - Register-Herald
With just one senior on the squad, this obviously was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the West Virginia University women’s basketball team.

Big 12 spring football preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Spring football is already under way at Texas Tech, but in the coming weeks, the Big 12's other nine programs will join the Red Raiders in taking the field as a team for the first time since January, December, or November for some.

Getting Ready For A Goode Showing - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Goode is one of two Mountaineers that will participate in this year’s NFL Combine. - Article and video

VSR: Burnett Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia University men's basketball coach Bob Huggins' Monday afternoon media teleconference.

Is WVU Back on Track? - WVillustrated
West Virginia's decisive win at Pitt has some of the Mountaineers believing they are back on track.

WVU's Truck only worried about winning - Charleston Daily Mail
Huggins told Bryant a few hours before last Thursday's game at Pitt that the senior would not be a starter for the first time since his sophomore year.

A Spark For The Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“I’m not going to sit here and say I like coming off the bench because I don’t,” continued Bryant. “So that was just a decision that coach made today and hopefully I’ll be back in the starting lineup next week.”

Young Mountaineers are starting to grow up - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Obviously with a freshmen dominated team, several of those youngsters immediately found themselves pressed into service, if for no other reason than necessity.

West Virginia hasn’t won at Notre Dame since 1996 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It's been more than a month since Notre Dame lost a basketball game.

Basketball Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com
There are just two weeks left in the regular season and West Virginia will finish the year with four tough games, two on the road beginning this Wednesday night at Notre Dame, and then at USF on Saturday, March 3.

Turk, Pitt and those darned officials - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Bracketology - ESPN
#10 South and falling still

Conference power rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
#8 here too

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Power Rankings 2/20: Marquette overtakes Georgetown - The UConn Blog
#8 as voted by the BE bloggers

Big East Basketball Statistical Leaders: Kevin Jones Still Leads Scoring, Rebounding As Season Winds Down - Big East Coast Bias

BE Efficiency Margins, 2-20: UConn, USF struggle vs elite - Rumble In The Garden
Big East Efficiency Margins 2/20: on the NCAA Tournament hopes of South Florida, Connecticut, Seton Hall, and West Virginia.

Villanova Blows Second Straight Double Digit Lead, Loses in OT at Buzzer - The Nova Blog
73-70 to UConn

Amir Garrett, St. John's outpace DePaul 79-72 - Rumble In The Garden

Syracuse Athletics: An Alternate Uni-verse - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

The Ashton Gibbs Situation and Pitt Basketball Moving Forward - Cardiac Hill

Crosstown Shootout Likely To Continue - Down The Drive

Who Wins The Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy In 2012? - BC Interruption
Didn't realize the criteria for the trophy deems WVU ineligible in the Big 12

As officials discuss college football postseason, further expansion lurks - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (20) St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 7 pm tonight from Carnesecca Arena

(8) Georgetown Hoyas vs. Seton Hall Pirates - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Pru on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I have always loved a good 3 act magic trick:

Miss Throwdown:

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