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Today we have plenty of interviews with the coaching staff to go along with practice reports (and galleries), a couple of player features and interviews. Caleb has some reports on KJ and the Tandy and their pre-draft standings. We also have an updated report on the Director's Cup Standings and your daily news and notes from around the Big 12. All of this and more...
What You May Have Missed:
WVU 18th in Midseason Directors' Cup Standings - MSNsportsNET.Com
Down three spots since the first winter standings, WVU has compiled 414.0 points to date. WVU picked up 75 points in the latest poll, with the addition of 50 points from women’s basketball’s 17th place overall finish and 25 points earned from the men’s basketball overall finish of 33rd place.
Examining Kevin Jones' Early NBA Draft Stock - WVU Pros
We take a look at how Kevin Jones improved his game as a senior, and where he may fall in the NBA Draft.
Keith Tandy Has a Busy Schedule Leading Up To the Draft - WVU Pros
He’s going to audition for as many as 6 teams before the NFL Draft.
News of Note:
Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day Eight - WVillustrated
News and notes as the Mountaineer finish work on their third week of drills in preparation for the 2012 season.
No Evaluations, Just Fundamentals - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Still, the coaches say they need more time to evaluate the team.
Defensive Depth Key in WVU Transition to Big 12 - WVillustrated
Defensive staff looks to develop more than just a two-deep this spring as it prepares for more snaps in a high-powered conference schedule.
WVU defense ahead of game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Despite the new scheme, West Virginia`s defense is ahead of where it was last year, Holgorsen said, and players feel better equipped for the season.
Football: Quotes From Coordinators - MSNsportsNET.Com
Post-practice quotes from West Virginia's offensive and defensive coordinators
Mountaineers QB believes he’s getting even better - Register-Herald
"I think I’ve gotten better over time with dealing with many mistakes and not getting too down on myself and just moving on to the next play."
Picking Your Poison - MSNsportsNET.Com
The challenges West Virginia’s offense presents are numerous and varied.
Rigg looks to keep pace from last season - Charleston Daily Mail
Rigg was the key to two of the biggest plays of WVU's season.
WVU’s Clarke may be key in new defensive alignment - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineer coaches will continue to move around players up front through spring.
VIDEO: Mountaineer Coach Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dawson, Bedenbaugh, DeForest, Roberts, Spavital and Dunlap
Video: Football Interviews 4/5 - BGN
Roberts, Dawson, DeForest, Bedenbaugh and Patterson
WVU Assistant Football Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Roberts, Spavital, Dunlap, Patterson, Dawson and DeForest
Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
Geno Smith talks about the progress of Ford Childress and Paul Millard, and how having a week off helped the team.
DL Jorge Wright - Mountaineer TV
Jorge Wright talks about the transition and learning curve of the new defensive scheme.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Taking A Glance Around The Big 12 This Spring - WVillustrated
With spring practices in full swing, here is a look at how Big 12 teams are doing this spring.
Jamie Dixon Is Apparently Made Of Solid Gold - Frogs O' War
... And Not Coming To TCU For Pennies
What's On Tap:
Get your tickets for the 2012 Gold-Blue Spring Football Game, presented by Kroger, at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Tickets are only $10 and a portion of the proceeds benefit WVU Children's Hospital.
Video of Interest:
In Friday's show, the football staff gives their evaluations halfway through spring drills, Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Joseph talks about the team's workout routine and Da'Sean Butler is looking for a new team.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is a British tabloid model and one of my personal favorites. It's been some time since she's been featured in this spot, but here's today's video and 5 page gallery (click on the picture) of the sumptuous Lucy Pinder.
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