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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (3/4/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions; Now nationally recognized! We're being brought to you today by Timisoreana, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

So much for a slow news week during the long layoff between BB games. GEEZ!!! It's like the WVU news world exploded yesterday afternoon. AD news, FB news, BB news...I've got most, if not all, of it covered inside. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming and don't forget to send in your bracket submissions. I'm extending your deadline for submission until noon next Thursday. You can nominate more than one girl. I'm not sure if I was clear on that. It's all inside after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU to Launch National Search for AD - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East Tournament bracket update - Card Chronicle
What the bracket would look like if season were over before yesterday's games. Well done fellas.

Bobby Bowden to Speak at FCA Event - MSNsportsNET.Com

ESPN's 3-D TV push will begin with college football -

News of Note:

New WVU AD Search Underway - BGN
Includes some possibilities mentioned to fill the slot.

WVU athletic director's retirement taking effect June 30 - PPG

Pastilong's stay as WVU AD to end in June - Charleston Gazette

WVU opens national search for new athletic director - Register-Herald

Hoppy's Commentary on Pastilong - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Pastilong OK with stepping down in June - Charleston Gazette

Pastilong moves into Emeritus position - Charleston Daily Mail

Praise For Pastilong - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Pastilong leaves mark with WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Butler's legacy not only about basketball - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU, Pitt women go in opposite directions - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Stewart Outlines 2010 Plans -
Included are the new coaching assignments.

Second things first should help WVU football - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers address special teams woes - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU's Geno Smith will miss spring practice - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU’s Smith dealing with ‘serious foot injury’ - Times West Virginian

WVU football spring depth chart - Charleston Gazette

Look at WVU depth chart reveals noteworthy moves - Charleston Gazette
"On the released depth chart, once heralded wideout Logan Heastie did not make the grade, although he was listed on the team roster. Mike Montoro, WVU director of football communications, said Heastie is dealing with "personal issues'' that includes whether to keep playing the sport. The 6-foot-2 redshirt freshman, said Montoro, is not suspended nor in academic trouble."

WVU Football Coaching Staff Set - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Coach Bill Stewart Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Chris Beatty: Taking Over - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link - interview with the newly named Recruiting Coordinator

Bill Stewart: Making Changes - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

Stewart Lists Staff Duties - MSNsportsNET.Com

Scouting The Combine Quarterbacks -


Scoring Guard Calvin Newell Planning WVU Visit - EerSports

WVU Offers Airyn Willis for 2011 -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Championship Week(s) Primer - Card Chronicle
Very nice guide here for the entire NCAA men's BB world over the next week or so.

UConn loses at Notre Dame, assured of sub-.500 Big East record - ESPN
58 - 50

Austin Freeman of Georgetown has developed diabetes, which shouldn't affect basketball career - Washington Post
This should be manageable and I certainly wish him all the best.

Bearcats almost out of chances - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cards can only hope history repeats - Courier-Journal

Should Syracuse's Wes Johnson stay one more year or go pro? - Post Standard

Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus to work out at Carrier Dome pro day - ESPN
Good luck with that.

Pitt knows to be wary of Providence - PPG

Rutgers center Hamady Ndiaye to say farewell to his many friends on Senior Night - Star Ledger

College Coaches’ Use of the Zone Attacks Perceptions and Ego - NY Times

Holtz gets up close and personal with USF fans - Tampa Tribune

Oregon State University and University of Oregon sports finances in the red - Oregonian
This is one of a couple things I will give EP ALL the credit in the world for...keeping us out of the red.

A bond forged through heartbreak and tragedy, symbolized by a pin - ESPN
Really good article.

Texas coach Rick Barnes not obsessed with winning national title - Dallas Morning News
"We would love to win a national championship, but we're not obsessed with it because we're obsessed with these guys trying to live their NBA dream." - hmm, interesting

What's On Tap:

Seton Hall Pirates vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Conversation - March 04, 2010 - ESPN
Gird your loins's the battle for the Garden State, tonight at 7 pm on ESPN from the RAC. Pirates are giving 3.5.

Providence Friars vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
9 pm tonight on ESPN2 from the Pete. Panthers are giving 11.

Video of (Semi)Interest:

You can download the whole song HERE.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The guys from OKGo are back with another wild video...this time with an awesome Rube Goldberg machine.

Smoking Gallery of the Week:

Um, smoking is bad. MMM-K? But this is good.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another gorgeous Eastern European. She hails from Romania. Please welcome Catrinel Menghia. The banner pic leads to multiple galleries, but THIS LINK leads to my favorite one.

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