The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (3/31/11) Edition

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Spring drills got underway yesterday with a morning practice that was open to the media for only 30 minutes. Of course, everyone wanted to see the new offense taking shape and speak with the new coaches, especially Dana Holgorsen and Daron Roberts. Well, they got to speak with Coach Roberts and few others at least, but not the new Offensive Coordinator. On a side note, you might notice the decals/logos still on the helmets in the photos and videos. New uniforms in the works? We will see...

What You May Have Missed:

A New Era Begins - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Video: West Virginia spring preview - Big East Blog - ESPN

Head Coach Bill Stewart - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bill Stewart talks about the first day of spring football drills on Wednesday morning.

Football: Bill Stewart Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Q&A with West Virginia's Bill Stewart, Part I - Big East Blog - ESPN

Q&A with West Virginia's Bill Stewart, Part II - Big East Blog - ESPN

New WVU Coach Daron Roberts Excited to Be a Mountaineer - WVillustrated.com
...and we're excited to have him, as well

Daron's Law - MSNsportsNET.Com
More on his background and his journey into coaching

Renaissance Man - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article with audio and video interviews with Coach Roberts

Non-Conference to Watch: 8-15 - Pre-Snap Read
He lists our game against LSU as the 13th best OOC game this coming season

Football: Gold-Blue Game Activities Announced - MSNsportsNET.Com
In conjunction with the game, several Varsity Club events will be held, including a roast of Garrett Ford, Sr. and an alumni game. Over 200 former Mountaineer football players are expected to attend, including Major and Pat White.

Athletic Department made $150K from parking changes - Daily Athenaeum
Luck says AD failed to provide early notice of changes

WVU's Luck ready to jump into bowl economic fray - Charleston Gazette
Seedy enough for you? Well, apparently it is for new WVU athletic director Oliver Luck. On Wednesday he said he's put the kibosh on any in his department attending the Frolic. Perhaps more importantly, though, is his decision to take action.

News of Note:

Spring Practice: Day One Recap - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery and videos

Spring Football Underway for WVU Mountaineers - WVillustrated.com
The first practice is in the books

Stewart Pleased With Enthusiasm - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Team hits field for spring drills

WVU football begins spring in right direction - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Spring Camp opens smoothly - Daily Athenaeum

New-look WVU installs Holgorsen's offense - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The spotlight shined on Dana Holgorsen as the new-look Mountaineers opened spring practice Wednesday.

Little action in first WVU practice - Times West Virginian
Bob seems a little peeved that he wasn't allowed to see more, or interact with Coach Holgorsen. We may have our next Mickey.

Get ready for WVU air raid - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

"Can you envision someone catching 100 passes for West Virginia this year?"
The CliffsNotes version of the answer was, "Yes."
And the way it was said it sounded more like, "Are you kidding? Certainly."
No player has ever caught 100 passes in a season at WVU.
No one has caught 90 passes in a season.
No one has caught 80.

West Virginia: Smith puts best foot forward in first session - PPG
Do we have our new PPG beat writer?

New offense on display as spring practice begins - Charleston Gazette

WVU making changes as spring practice begins - Charleston Daily Mail
Just because Tyler Urban lined up in slot yesterday, doesn't necessarily mean he'll stay there

Receivers Are The Group To Watch This Spring - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article with audio and video interviews with Coach Dawson

WVU Offensive Line Makes Good First Impression on Day One - WVillustrated.com
“Probably a lot better than I expected,” Offensive Line Coach Bill Bedenbaugh said. “Obviously we’ve got a ton of work to do. The guys were working hard and they are really picking things up good. For a first day, not bad and again better than I expected. Hopefully we can continue to improve and get better every day.”

Offensive Line Coach Bill Bedenbaugh - Mountaineer TV
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh talks about the first day of spring practice.

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day One Interviews - WVillustrated.com
HCBS and Coaches Bedenbaugh, Dawson and Roberts

Photo Gallery II: WVU Spring Practice - BGN

Around the League (and Beyond):

NBA probing Jay-Z's visit to Kentucky locker room - SI.com
At least it wasn't the NCAA (yet)...right Cal?

The Jim Calhoun Vs. John Calipari Clam Chowder Fued - LostLettermen.com

Are we witnessing the final days of Jim Calhoun's career? - The UConn Blog
Fair question, if you really think about it

Cincinnati Athletic Department Needs A Plan, Does Mike Thomas Have One? - Down The Drive

Louisville players know a way to slow UConn's Kemba Walker - Courier-Journal
So they have that going for them....which is nice

Marquette, coach Buzz Williams finalize new contract - ESPN

St. John's basketball players in the slam dunk, 3-point shooting, all-star game - Rumble In The Garden

President Barack Obama Talks Georgetown Hoops At McDonough Gymnasium - Casual Hoya
For all of 7 sentences

Maalik Wayns Not Entering NBA Draft, Returning To Villanova - The Nova Blog

Recruit Bond drops commmitment to Pitt, will attend prep school - PPG

Pitt Football: Delvon Simmons Considering Pitt? - Cardiac Hill
He, of recent release from UNC

Syracuse Spring Football: Is Marrone Gonna Have To Choke An Orange? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers quarterback Chas Dodd throws his all into new offense - Star Ledger

BCS conducts shallow probe as party rages on - Rivals.com

Auburn coach Gene Chizik calls HBO handling of allegations of illegal payments `pathetic and pure garbage' - Auburn Bureau
Uh, oh

Will Lyles asked Texas A&M for $80,000 for Patrick Peterson - SI.com

Great Scott! Pac-12 may play on Sundays - Rivals.com
It'd be nice to have some semblance of football on Sundays this year

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I think (hope) this is a different one than another I posted somewhat recently:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a multiple honoree here at the Throwdown. Here's a new gallery of Jessica Burciaga (click on the picture). BONUS==> HERE is an old one.


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