The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (4/6/11) Edition

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Today's practice was in full pads, but it's still too early for those reports. In somewhat surprising news, Geno IS being pushed for the starting job by true freshman Paul Millard. We all knew it was a possibility, but, WOW. It's already looking like Coach Dawson found a real gem. And based on an item from Casazza's blog, it appears that the season opener may get a date change for TV. Plus, a recent former Mountaineer player has run a bit afoul of the law.

What You May Have Missed:

Who knows when the Coal Bowl will be played? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Not speculation on the future of the series, but this year's game is subject to a date change for ESPN

Video: West Virginia coach Bill Stewart - Big East Blog - ESPN
ESPN.com's Brian Bennett talks with West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart.

Video: WVU's Dana Holgorsen - Big East Blog - ESPN
Talking with West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen

Distractions nonexistent for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Ollie is letting HCBS focus on the upcoming season and not bothering him about the future

WVU's Huggins Weighs In on Topic of Coaching Against Friends - WVillustrated.com

Pennington back on field with Justice - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Another former WVU player has joined his old teammate on the Concord sidelines as the WR coach

New Charge Against Hogan - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Brandon Hogan is being charged with driving on a suspended license

News of Note:

Hitting Time - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Today was the first practice in full pads

Real Evaluation Begins for WVU in Full Pads - WVillustrated.com

Five Points, Three Predictions and a Random Thought - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Some thoughts on drills so far and going forward

Millard pushing Smith for WVU QB job - Charleston Gazette
I knew it was possible, but I didn't really expect it

WVU football: Millard proves he belongs with Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Ok, two articles saying it, tells me it's not really just an opinion

Freshman quarterback learning, battling with Smith - Daily Athenaeum
...and 3's a charm

WVU Spring Football: Effort Fuels the Mountaineers - WVillustrated.com

Pass-happy offense will keep fans in seats longer - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia searching for top tailback - Big East Blog - ESPN
That's another new situation in Morgantown we're not used to

Where's the Beef? - MSNsportsNET.Com
There is a concern over the lack of size for the DL

HERTZEL COLUMN: There must be help on practice field - Times West Virginian
Bob's point is that the new regular Offense isn't going to prepare the D like it used to, putting more emphasis on the scout team

Molinari settling in as specialist at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The new WVU place kicking holder is profiled

Wide Receiver Ivan McCartney - Mountaineer TV
Wide Receiver Ivan McCartney talks about learning and adjusting to the new offense

Around the League (and Beyond):

Notre Dame women's basketball: Irish lose NCAA tourney to Texas A&M, 70-76 - South Bend Tribune
Gig 'em Ags!!!

Coach ignores National Championship, votes Ohio St. No. 1 in final poll - The UConn Blog
It's funny to us, but the dude has balls

UC: Cronin deal 'right thing to do' - Cincinnati Enquirer

Let The Recruits And Rap Songs Keep Coming, Coach Rob Murphy Stays At Syracuse - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

What's the happs with Mike Dunlap? [Updated] - Rumble In The Garden
St. John's assistant mentioned for several jobs

Former Hoyas Assistant Sydney Johnson Named Head Coach At Fairfield; Is Georgetown's Mike Brennan Next At Princeton? - Casual Hoya

Pending criminal charges against Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore dropped - Star Ledger

Rutgers football notebook: WR Mark Harrison says he's unfazed by Big East snub - Star Ledger

Pitt's new defense will rely on hybrid positions - PPG
Wow, these positions really sound familiar...I wonder why

Michigan budgets $20 million for new videoboards - SI.com
Oh, the possibilities I can think of if WVU had that kind of money at their disposal

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I had one similar recently, but this one is different and a bit better (NSFW audio):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Colombian. Today's gallery (click on the picture) is Natalia Velez. WARNING: screen melting my occur.

San Tomás image via carlosprieto.net

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