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The Shotgun/Throwdown (1/4/19): West Virginia aiming to name new head coach by the weekend

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West Virginia administrators are wrapping up a 48-hour period in which they staged two interviews. The aim is to name a replacement for football coach Dana Holgorsen by the weekend.

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Football

Amid 3 interviews, West Virginia aims to name new coach by weekend | WV MetroNews
West Virginia administrators are wrapping up a 48-hour period in which they staged interviews with Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell, Troy’s Neal Brown and current Mountaineers defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. The aim is to name a replacement for football coach Dana Holgorsen by the weekend.

The 5 names to know in the West Virginia coaching search | SBNation
The hunt to replace Dana Holgorsen, gone for Houston, is on.

Basketball

WVU basketball: Freshman Culver a 'bright spot' for sloppy Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The team results have been a mixed bag for West Virginia in the three games since then, but one thing is clear — Culver can play at a high level.

West Virginia Athletics

Campus Connection: New Year Notes | West Virginia University Athletics
What do you say we ring in the new year with a smorgasbord of West Virginia University sports notes?

Mountaineers Open 2019 in Mexico West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University gymnastics team opens its 2019 season at the Cancun Classic on Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Ballroom in Cancun, Mexico.

WVU Resumes Big 12 Action at Oklahoma | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University wrestling team resumes Big 12 Conference action on Friday, Jan. 4, with a dual at Oklahoma. The match is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET inside McCasland Field House in Norman, Oklahoma.

Around the NCAA

Expectations Dana Holgorsen at Houston are clear -- and lofty | Charleston Gazette-Mail
University of Houston president Renu Khator had a chance to walk it back Thursday. As Khator defines it, it ain’t 8-4. And as she said she wasn’t backing away, the coach who averaged 7.6 wins over eight seasons and won more than eight games twice at WVU was on the other side of the podium.

Ex-WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen introduced as new coach at Houston | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Former West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen was formally introduced as the new head coach at the University of Houston on Thursday.

Holgorsen provides reasoning for decision to leave WVU for Houston | WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen provided some insight on his decision to leave West Virginia during his introductory press conference as Houston’s new head football coach.

Bama-Clemson and America’s greatest sports duopolies ever | SBNation
Three title matchups in five years — let alone four — is highly unusual in American sports. In this sport, it’s unprecedented.

Behold Santa Clara, the worst National Championship venue available | SBNation
The people in charge put college football’s biggest game in a shrine to blandness on the side of the country opposite the teams who are good at college football.

The National Championship advanced tale of the tape | SBNation
The S&P+ system shows each team’s biggest matchup advantages against its national title game opponent and makes its final score projection.

ESPN, please don’t replace ‘Coaches Film Room’ with Jason Witten and Booger McFarland | SBNation
One of the best things about the National Championship broadcast is out.

Is this why Texas had a play called ‘GO F*** YOURSELF B****’? | SBNation
For four straight games, the Longhorns had the play call on their wrist bands.

How Kyle Guy lived with anxiety before and after Virginia lost to UMBC | SBNation
Kyle Guy struggled to cope with the public spotlight at Virginia, and that was before the Cavaliers suffered a historic upset. Here’s how one star athlete in major college sports came to accept his anxiety.

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