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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Providence Pre-Game (2/3/12) 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 Sherwood Forest Brewing's Friar's Belgian Style White Ale, in preparation for Sunday's opponent.

Today we have more fallout from National Signing Day to go along with info on a new commitment for 2013 and a preferred walk-on from Miramar. The defensive staff has it's work cut out for it, mainly because right now, there are only 2 guys on staff. Also, there are several Providence previews as WVU looks to end this 3 game skid this weekend.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen is on the look out for one more coach, the football gains two more future Mountaineers and the men's basketball team prepares to rebound against Providence.

Friars on the rebound - Charleston Gazette
Providence, last in Big East, showing signs of life

KJ needs help for WVU to get back on track - Daily Athenaeum
One of the only things that has been able to stay constant is the play of Kevin Jones.

West Virginia looks to end losing streak when it travels to Providence - Daily Athenaeum
"We don't care who it is," Hinds said. "Somebody else has got to step up and help him."

A Dynamic Duo - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
WVU’s Jones, Bryant one of the top pairs

WVU 'not in good shape right now' - Charleston Daily Mail
"What's really frustrating about what's going on right now is I know we could beat Syracuse and I know we could beat Pitt and St. John's and we didn't," WVU center Deniz Kilicli said. "I'm sure everybody feels like that. If somebody is not feeling like that, I think they should be out of the team."

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner -
WVU has gone from a lock to "In the Mix" in just over a week

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
Still hanging on to the "receiving votes" section on this one

College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn -
Nowhere to be seen on this list

An Early Look At Miller, Goode, Barclay, and Urban in the 2012 NFL Draft - WVU Pros
Capsules on four Mountaineers who could hear their names called during the 2012 NFL Draft.

News of Note:

Big 12 can't wait to add West Virginia - Tulsa World
In this era of constant conference movement, the effort by the Big East to keep West Virginia seems rather childish.

Smith's departure leaves hole on WVU staff - Charleston Gazette
It's not exactly back to square one, but Dana Holgorsen's task in filling out his coaching staff is now doubled.

Dana Holgorsen on WVU recruiting - Video

Florida Focus - MSNsportsNET.Com
This year, including late signee Eric Kinsey, the Mountaineers landed 11 prospects from all parts of the Sunshine State. According to the Orlando Sentinel’s compilation of Florida signees, no out-of-state school got more Florida prospects than West Virginia.

Mountaineers big in Florida - PPG
The key to the 2012 recruiting class is balance. Holgorsen said the Mountaineers did not have any overwhelming needs at any position.

Changes All Around - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video with Coach DeForest

Assistant Coach Joe DeForest - Mountaineer TV
New West Virginia University assistant coach Joe DeForest talks about the defensive scheme the Mountaineers will run in the future.


Junior Safety Commits to WVU for 2013 - WVillustrated
Jayme Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound safety, is making his allegiance known a year in advance of the day that he would sign to make it official.

New WVU Safety Jarrod Harper Emotional on Signing Day - WVillustrated
Jarrod Harper was the first in the class of 2012 to commit to WVU. Signing day was an emotional one for him as he prepares for the next chapter in his life.

Teary Harper follows dream, signs with West Virginia football - Mineral Daily News-Tribune
"It didn't really hit me until today. It all came to me today. I finally realized what's in front of me, and what I just signed." said Harper. "My parents don't have to pay a penny for's a great feeling."

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU recruit follows in dad’s footsteps - Times West Virginian
“I have to be honest, I’m filled with a lot of different emotions,” he said. “Having gone through this myself years ago and knowing what Brandon is going to have down in Morgantown makes me very proud.

Austin’s influence helped WVU land top recruit - Charleston Gazette
"He was one of the greatest running backs to ever come out of Maryland," McManus said.

Miramar Walk-On Ready to Compete at WVU - WVillustrated
While his teammates took their turns signing for scholarships to a variety of programs Wednesday, D'Vontis Arnold had a slightly different form in hand.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Report: Big East Pressuring Boise State To Join In 2012, Air Force Still An Expansion Possibility - Big East Coast Bias
Sign that a settlement is imminent with WVU?

University of Cincinnati football player arrested in dorm thefts - Cincinnati Enquirer

Coaches Leave, No One Tells The Recruits - Only Grownups at RU are High School Seniors - On the Banks

Rick Pitino Doubts Louisville Will Leave The Big East - Card Chronicle

Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Will Christmas Come Twice for the Orange? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

'Back to the Drawing Board' for UConn - New Haven Register

The Story That Refuses To Die: Pitt Countersued Michael Haywood - Cardiac Hill

Urban’s ‘illegal’ recruiting tactics a big issue for Bielema, Big Ten - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

(12) Louisville Cardinals vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 4 pm Saturday from the Coliseum on WVPBS

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Providence Friars - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Dunkin Donuts Center on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

South Florida Bulls vs. (14) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
11 am Saturday from the Phone Booth on ESPNU

(2) Syracuse Orange vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
Noon Saturday from MSG on ESPN

(15) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
1 pm Saturday from the Joyce on CBS

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (25) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Chicken Box on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Senior guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant talks about his career at West Virginia University.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is British tabloid model Alice Goodwin. Enjoy the video below and click on the picture for today's gallery.


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