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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (4/8/10) 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 Moorehouse's Blonde Witch, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Despite the AWESOME/HISTORIC season and run by the BB team...coverage seems to reiterate/insist that WVU is a "football school." Some like to label things, but personally, I think and hope there's plenty of room for both on the national stage. Tips, suggestions and requests make my day. Time to jump in...

What You May Have Missed:

Coach Huggins delivers food, compassion - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU's Truck Bryant has surgery on injured foot - Charleston Gazette

Lack of shooters, scorers foiled Mountaineers - PPG

One Shining Moment? Not Enough - NCAABB FanHouse

Andy Katz: Purdue Boilermakers will reload in 2010-11 hungry for a Final Four - ESPN
Finally...somebody includes WVU in their WAAAAYY too early top 25 for next year

News of Note:

Batman and Superman -

Devine and Sanders feel Butler's pain - Charleston Gazette

Notes from West Virginia's first practice - ESPN

Mountaineers kick off spring practice - Inter-Mountain

2010 Spring Practice: Day 1 -
Photo Gallery

2010 Spring Practice: Day 2 -
Photo Gallery

Spring Ball: Day Two - WVMETRONEWS.COM

It's All About Leadership -

Wideouts few, far between - Charleston Gazette

WVU's Tavon Austin ready to take next step - Charleston Daily Mail

Austin just happy to be on field - Times West Virginian

West Virginia's Starks looks to take leap - ESPN

The Big East's most indispensable players - ESPN

West Virginia Mountaineers To Be a Defensive Powerhouse in 2010 - Bleacher Report's TBR, so take it with a grain of salt

West Virginia: Spring Blooming, The Mountaineers To Watch in Spring Ball - Bleacher Report

Bill Stewart (Flip Video) - MSNsportsNET.Com

Coaching in the blood of assistants - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Jeff Mullen: Offensive Update - WVMetroNews

Chris Beatty: Looking At The Details - WVMetroNews

Lonnie Galloway: Delevoping Tavon - WVMetroNews

Lonnie Galloway: Day Two - WVMetroNews

Dave McMichael: Adjusting To The Team - WVMetroNews

WVU Football Videos -
Players, coaches, etc. Peruse at your leisure. I'd love to embed them all, but there's too many (and some appear to be repeats of some I've linked already (but different source/camera angle).

Smith takes charge as quarterback - PPG

QB Smith far from dormant this spring - Register-Herald

Geno Smith (Flip Video) - MSNsportsNET.Com

2010 NFL Draft: Ranking The Off. Tackles -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Holtz starts work on building bonds - Tampa Tribune

Zach Hermann and Leslie Stirrups Leave the Football Team. Only One By Choice. (Sort Of.) - Voodoo Five

Rutgers center Howard Barbieri to miss rest of spring with left knee injury - Star Ledger

Offensive, defensive lines get after it on Day 9 of Syracuse University football spring drills - Post Standard

Pull The Cord, Wesley. Before We Start Thinking Things We Shouldn't. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

University of Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson going pro - Cincinnati Enquirer

Villanova, Syracuse, And The Case Of The Impregnated Girlfriends - Deadspin
Now, this is juicy...

John Wall among 5 Kentucky players to declare for NBA -

Even With Winning Record, Dino Gaudio Fired by Wake Forest - NCAABB FanHouse

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Golf Girls Gallery of the Week:

With the Masters beginning today, I thought this fit nicely (and it features one of my personal favorites, Diora Baird). Double Bonus: second gallery linked inside.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an English glamour (read: nude/tabloid) model who served as Miss England 2004 and Miss Great Britain 2006 (if you don't know the difference, look it up...I'm not here to teach geography). She was stripped of the MGB title for posing in a certain bunny magazine and having an alleged affair with one of the judges. She is also noted for being kicked out of the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother 2007 for making racist remarks about an Indian contestant. I've gone on too long and I'm really only here to note her body. Here's Danielle Lloyd. BONUS GALLERY HERE (main gallery linked from pic, as usual).

Blonde Witch image via