The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (3/28/11) 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 Patagonia Amber Lager, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Well, the Final Four is set and the Big East has a team representing...which other major hoops conference was it that was touting 3 Sweet Sixteen teams as proof it was better than the BE, but has none in the Final Four? Oh yeah, that's right. What, we're not keeping score after each round like they were? Oh well...I digress. This is a big week for the future of WVU football, as the Dana Holgorsen offense finally begins installation on the field with the start of spring drills this Wednesday. There's still some lingering basketball news inside as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU's John Flowers Named to Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team - WVillustrated.com
As Caleb noted on Saturday

Kevin Noreen Back to Full Health, Ready to Contribute - WVillustrated.com

WVU Men's Basketball: The Coaches You May Not Know - WVillustrated.com

Expect even more changes within WVU hoops team - Charleston Gazette

From the Cheap Seats 3/25 - WVillustrated.com

Beilein’s work should not be forgotten - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU Senior Sarah Miles Ends College Career with Knee Injury - WVillustrated.com

Women's Hoop 2011 Season Review - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note:

Big changes in store for WVU offense - Charleston Gazette

WVU enters spring with few answers - Times West Virginian

Mountaineers begin spring drills Wednesday - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Seven of 11 starters gone on defense

Joseph: Workouts Going Well - MSNsportsNET.Com

The Top Non-Conference Games: No. 41 to 50 - College Football News
#50 - let's just all agree to hope this one is wrong

The Top Non-Conference Games: No. 31 to 40 - College Football News
#38

Musings of a Mountain Man 3/28 - WVillustrated.com

Recruiting:

New Coaches Making New Recruiting Connection - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU Basketball's Fab 5 Freshmen Excited to Join Forces - WVillustrated.com

Two-Way Prospect P.J. Gallo Considering WVU Offer - WVillustrated.com

Recruiting Report: Joseph Jackson - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Around the League (and Beyond):

Calipari, Calhoun feud central to Final Four - Fan Nation/Truth & Rumors

Kemba & The Improbables Do It Again: UConn is Final Four-bound - The UConn Blog

This Is The End: North Carolina 81, Marquette 63 - Anonymous Eagle
Beautiful friend

This is Why it Hurts So Much - Card Chronicle
As I type this post, Louisville's record against teams in the Final Four this season was 3-1. Ouch (Now 3-2 dag-nab-it, double ouch). - AWWWWW, I almost feel bad for them

Mick Cronin Considering His Options, Mike Thomas Trying His Best To Get Fired - Down The Drive

After Two Wrongs, Is Jay Still Wright? - VUhoops.com

Building Quality Depth at Providence - Friar Basketball: PC Hoops For All

Bulls Notebook: Youngsters have their day in sun - Tampa Tribune

Pitt Football: Panthers' First Scrimmage Comes And Goes - Cardiac Hill

Freshman Dyshawn Davis drawing notice for his play at outside linebacker - Post Standard

Former Syracuse football player Rob Long gets support from family, friends, fans in cancer fight - Post Standard
We at the Smoking Musket wish him a full recovery.

2011 spring practice: previewing the Rutgers offense - On the Banks

Coach Jim Tressel may be forcing Ohio State's hand with reported deceptions - SI.com

It's time for Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to resign - Sporting News

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Evidently, Gilbert's been getting in trouble with the timing of his jokes for a while now:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the beautiful Argentinian, Alejandra Plaza. Her picture is the gateway to her gallery.

Patagonia Amber Lager image via farm4.static.flickr.com

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