The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (5/3/11) 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 Ciuc Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

With WVU's 2011 spring football drills in the history books and the end of the spring semester looming, the annual slowdown of news has begun. I've tried to make up for the lack of WVU sports news with a few extra videos today. As long as the news is flowing at a decent rate, your daily dose here will remain just that...daily. At some point though, we'll probably pare it back to 2-3 times per week once summer hits and news is really slow. On with the show...

What You May Have Missed:

Spring Game Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from the 2011 Gold-Blue Spring game played Friday, April 29 at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU policy would allow beer sales at other venues - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza explains the change in policy would allow for sales at all WVU athletic events, but the focus is really on crowd behavior at Mountaineer Field, at least in the words of Oliver Luck. It's a fine balancing act, having an intimidating, yet controlled crowd.

The Wolf's Howl - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dale Wolfley is the one responsible for coordinating many of the alumni events over this past weekend

WVU's Robert Sands Gets Professional Career Started with Bengals - WVillustrated.com
He was on Sirius NFL Radio yesterday for an interview. He talked about the events of draft day, his current training situation and what he thinks the new offense will have in store at WVU.

Schrand Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

CFN Post-Spring Top 25: No. 11 to 25 - College Football News
WVU checks in at #19, just ahead of future BE partner TCU

News of Note:

West Virginia spring game review - Big East Blog - ESPN
Bennett's Notebook on Friday's game

WVU receiver Nehlen wants to avoid being ‘that guy’ - Register-Herald
Exactly the possibility I spoke of yesterday

Mountaineer defense builds back up - Times West Virginian
Calling Friday night's showing not very stellar is an understatement

Waiting game for undrafted WVU players - Charleston Gazette
The lockout is causing more uncertainty than usual for the undrafted players

Recruiting:

West Virginia hopes to use Texas talent to beat TCU - Star Telegram
AD Luck discusses the changing dynamic over the years of WVU once being able to rely on Western PA and Ohio guys, then the reliance on Florida recruiting and now expanding the outlook into football-mad Texas (to see an example of just how mad...check out the second Video of Interest below)

Murray Still Undecided Despite Tweets - ZagsBlog.com
Early reports/tweets were premature it seems

Around the League (and Beyond):

DaMarcus Smith's Future - Card Chronicle

Rutgers' Brandon Coleman finally puts much-hyped skills on display - Star Ledger

Jordan Todman's Fall To Sixth Round in Draft Puzzling - Hartford Courant

ESPN's interview with God's Gift Achiuwa - Rumble In The Garden

No. 120: Memphis - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
They've started their annual daily countdown of FBS schools

Videos of Interest:

HERE IS A LINK to the original CNN report if the YouTube video is taken down

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

...annnnnddd the crazy Taiwanese animators were at it again:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Romanian model Beatrice Chirita. Her gallery awaits those who click on the picture.

Ciuc Beer image via www.gio.ro

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