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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Irish Hangover (2/9/12) Edition

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Irish Hangover. The name has the implication of a good time. Last night's result was anything but. Once again, close, but no win. 16-9 (6-6) with 6 to go, plus the BET. This team has it's work cut out for it, but it has shown it's capable. Full coverage of the loss is inside to go along with plenty of news on the "imminent" settlement. Several numbers have been tossed around, depending on who pays what and who (read: Big 12) chips in and how much. We also have the spring drills schedule for football and more...

Irish Hangover:

Notre Dame 55, West Virginia 51 - MSNsportsNET.Com
“We let the game get away from us in the first half,” said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. “We missed shots that we’re supposed to make.”

Recap, gallery and videos

Irish treys sink WVU 55-51 - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers lose for fourth time in five games

Late push gives Notre Dame win over WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
"Truck tried to win," West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins said. "I really believe Truck tried to win. He didn't force anything. He didn't score, but we've got the lead."

Men's Basketball: West Virginia vs. Notre Dame Game Recap - WVillustrated
For the second-consecutive game, the Mountaineers trailed by double digits at the half. But this time, they were unable to come away with a victory.

Fighting Irish edge past Mountaineers - Register-Herald
It was the fifth straight Big East victory for the Fighting Irish (16-8, 8-3), who have not allowed more than 59 points in a game during that streak.

'This One Hurts' - BGN
West Virginia wasn’t able to come back for a second straight time.

Notre Dame stops WVU, 55-51 - Times West Virginian
Irish hit three straight 3-pointers in decisive late run

Irish hand WVU 55-51 setback - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Poor first-half shooting a downfall for Mountaineers

Late second-half let down leads to West Virginia’s fourth loss in five league games - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia had a 43-40 lead and all the momentum with 4:20 remaining.

Truck Stalled in WVU Loss - WVillustrated
Notre Dame takes senior guard out of his game, holds Bryant scoreless for first time in over a year.

HERTZEL COLUMN: It’s unfair to consider Truck villain - Times West Virginian
The zero next to Truck Bryant’s name stood out like an obscene gesture during a Super Bowl halftime show.

Notre Dame Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 55-51 loss to Notre Dame Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Postgame Interviews Following the Mountaineers' Loss to Notre Dame - WVillustrated
Watch full interviews with WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins and his players following a tough loss to Notre Dame Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Video: Notre Dame Postgame - BGN
Hinds, Kilicli and KJ

Huggs, Hinds, KJ and Turk

Photo Gallery: WVU vs. Notre Dame - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Notre Dame - BGN

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineer basketball team experiences another tough loss, WVU and the Big East are close to settling its lawsuit and one of the newest Mountaineers receives a high honor in the state of Texas

Mountaineers have a lot to gain from matchup with No. 2 Notre Dame - Daily Athenaeum
As of right now, head coach Mike Carey and the Mountaineers are on the bubble. I believe if the season ended right now, West Virginia would most likely be on the outside of the tournament looking in – but just barely.

Interview with Former West Virginia Mountaineer Julian Miller. - Front Office
The defensive lineman out of Columbus, Ohio (Beechcroft High School) was an intricate piece in the Mountaineers success over the past four seasons.

Haering staying at home - Martinsburg Journal
Chryst hired Haering to coach the Panthers' linebackers.

Childress Named Ford Tough Player of the Year - WVMETRONEWS.COM
How appropriate

News of Note:

WVU, Big East near resolution - PPG
Cash settlement of $11 million reported that would allow West Virginia to join Big 12

WVU primed for $11 million Big East cash payment - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia University is moving fast toward resolving its legal issues with the Big East Conference and joining the Big 12.

WVU willing to pay Big East $11 million - Charleston Gazette
But a source close to the situation told the Gazette late Wednesday that "things are still very fluid."

Tracking the news, watching the fall - Charleston Gazette
One report had WVU offering $11 million to settle litigation. The Gazette confirmed that's what the school is willing to pay. One report had the Big East set to accept $20 million. That might be the final number when the Big 12 pitches in.

Big East mostly about basketball - Charleston Daily Mail
He did say, when asked about any money WVU was going to pay, that "none of it is going to be state money."

WVU expected to add men's golf - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia University is literally ready to tee it up in the Big 12 Conference.

WVU-Big East legal questions answered - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
They try to break it down in layman's terms

Vote: Grade John Marinatto - Big East Blog - ESPN
Any guesses on the trend (before you vote)?


Rondae Jefferson breaks down Big East options - Five-Star Basketball

Around the League (and Beyond):

Syracuse 64 - Georgetown 61: The Canadian Went Bakin' - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Seton Hall 59, Rutgers 54; Pirates, Cosby Turn the Lights on the Rutgers Blackout - South Orange Juice

St. John's loses, 76-54 to Cincinnati - Rumble In The Garden

Pitt Embarrassingly Flat in Loss To USF - Cardiac Hill

UConn Proposes Own Penalties To NCAA Over APR Failures - Hartford Courant

Louisville's Wayne Blackshear could make debut Feb. 18 - Courier-Journal

What's On Tap:

Football: Spring Practice Schedule Set - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Mountaineers will start on Sunday, March 11, and will hold 15 practices, including the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 21.

Video of Interest:

Freshman Gary Browne has made an immediate impact at WVU at the point guard position. This week's Wearing the Jersey takes a look at how Browne arrived at WVU and how he's found success under Coach Huggins.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

It's almost that time...(Moderate Strong Language)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is MMA ring-girl Kelli Hutcherson. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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