The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (8/15/11) Edition

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The weekend has come and gone and Coach Holgorsen seems more pleased with the energy and competition. It also appears that he has found another QB for the roster by way of transfer from Kentucky. There's plenty of news and notes from practice, as usual, today. Of course the big news is still A&M and the SEC. After what seemed like nothing more than a big fart noise from the SEC presidents, it now looks as though both sides are just doing legal posturing in an attempt to avoid as many lawsuits as possible.

Friday's poll asked where you WANT WVU to be affiliated and I was somewhat surprised that the ACC edged out the SEC by 21 votes (5%). Today I ask you where you honestly think WVU WILL END UP once all the dust settles (and to please explain your opinion in the comments section):

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen reviews Saturday's practice.

Football: Coach Dana Holgorsen Press Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com
Transcript

Dana Holgorsen Show - WVillustrated.com
Here's the first edition of the new Coach's show

Dana Holgorsen Show Extras: D-Line Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Bruce and Julian

WVU game at FedEx Field worries hometown merchants - Charleston Daily Mail
Luck says it won't become an annual event. WVU probably won't play at neutral venues more than once every five years.

Women's Soccer: Mountaineers Win Final Tune-Up - MSNsportsNET.Com
2 -1 over Central Michigan

News of Note:

10 Points from 10 Practices at WVU - WVillustrated.com
Coyle's unofficial progress awards through the first third of fall camp

UK QB Burchett Transferring to WVU - WVillustrated.com
After getting a third QB to end the week, it looks as if Dana has got himself a fourth

Jump right in there - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen says 16 true freshmen could play this year

Competition tight for running back job - Times West Virginian
WVU trying to fill void left by Devine departure

Assistant coach Dave Lockwood - Mountaineer TV
Assistant coach Dave Lockwood says he's looking for more corners.

Day Eight Recap: Bringing The Energy - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes gallery

WVU notebook: Injury time off is no picnic - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Camp Holgorsen: Coach Pleased With Energy - BGN
Dobies' Notebook

Quick Hits: WVU Football Training Camp Day 8 - WVillustrated.com
Coyle's Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: Millard shows maturity following loss of father - Times West Virginian
He's prepared to back up Geno, but that's not his goal

Back on the up-kick - Charleston Gazette
Bitancurt shakes off struggles with big day

Getting Noticed - MSNsportsNET.Com
Willie Milhouse is working his way into Dana Holgorsen's wide receiver rotation.

Barclay, Braun side-by-side on WVU offensive line this season - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Barclay was partners on the left side with Josh Jenkins, but now he has Braun riding shotgun this season

WVU’s Alston much more physical this season - Inter-Mountain
Alston is trying to make up for a missed spring due to a nagging neck injury

A Need For Speed - MSNsportsNET.Com
Senior Eain Smith says reaction time is the key to have a fast, aggressive defense.

HERTZEL COLUMN: It’s Miller time in WVU secondary - Times West Virginian
Cornerback Pat Miller that is

A Snow Watch In August - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Redshirt freshman LB Jewone Snow is profiled (includes video)

Mountaineers' defense will look familiar - PPG
The secondary returns the most experience of the 3 main defensive units

Goode expected to lead - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column profiling Najee Goode

Replacing Neild easier said than done - Times West Virginian
“It’s critical,” defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich admitted. “You go back 30 years, look at John Thornton, David Grant, John Oblak … our deal here defensively has hinged on do we have a good nose or don’t we. We play an odd front, so it requires a guy who could be a solid guy inside.”

WVU Football Photos: WVU Football Camp Day 8- WVillustrated.com

Photo Gallery IX: WVU 2011 Football Camp - BGN

Recruiting:

WVU 2012 Recruiting Class Snapshot: Part Two - WVillustrated.com
Here is the list of defensive recruits currently committed to the Mountaineers. Also includes link to Part One with the offensive side.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Possible Realignment Agenda For Tomorrow (And Moving Forward) - I Am The 12th Man
How the Texas A&M board of regents meeting today and the realignment process may play out. This ain't over yet. I also saw a report that the SEC presidents have a "gentlemen's agreement" not to add any schools from within current SEC states (ie, no Clemson or FSU) and VT is on an academic high horse (at least that's what they're saying publicly).

The Rutgers offense is going to be good - On the Banks
Stop laughing...they're serious...ok, resume laughing

Butch Jones Had a Problem With Pace; Can He Fix It This Year? - Down The Drive

Pitt Football Recruiting: Tight End Brock DeCicco Leaving Panthers - Cardiac Hill

USF Football Practice Roundup: Post-Scrimmage Thoughts - Voodoo Five

Syracuse University football camp day 7: Some impressions as the injury list lengthens - Post Standard
At this rate, Marrone may not have enough to start the season

Charlie Strong has found his comfort zone in second season at Louisville - Courier-Journal

UConn Reserve Cornerbacks Waiting Their Turn - Hartford Courant

The Super-Conferences Are Coming - College Football News
Here's one guy's take on what's coming...and that's all it is at this point, his opinion

What's On Tap:

Football: Single Game Tickets on Sale - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tickets can be purchased on-line at WVUGAME.com, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum.

Football: Fan Day Set for August 21 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Fan Day activities will begin at 1 p.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. Gates will open at 12:45 p.m. Coach Dana Holgorsen, assistant coaches and WVU players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans until 3 p.m.

'Countdown to Kickoff' celebration to welcome alumni, friends and families - WVUToday/Press Releases
The kickoff will take place on Aug. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at The Erickson Alumni Center. The event will feature appearances by the WVU Pep Band, cheerleaders, Mountaineer Mascot Brock Burwell, and coaches, as well as food, drinks, raffles and games for children of all ages.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I think this qualifies for sophomoric inclusion (SMH because it is a real commercial):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is German model Franziska Knuppe. As always, click on her picture for today's gallery:

Hasseröder image via fieldguide.tripod.com

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