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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (3/25/11) Edition

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It's kinda quiet on the WVU news front today, but not to worry...I have plenty inside to keep you occupied. Plus, there's always the usual time wasters at the bottom. I've also included a NCAA viewing guide for the games that are scheduled so far.

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What You May Have Missed/News of Note:

Varsity Sports: WVU 24th in Directors' Cup - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East coaching moves scorecard - Big East Blog - ESPN

Flipping from hoops to spring football - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Hey! Let’s read between the lines - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Regarding KJ and the NBA

Kevin Jones Q + A - Slam Online

WVU Basketball Season Creates Bonds between Coach and Players -

Parallels between WVU, Vols - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Butler on hold - Miami Herald
Notebook with update on Da`Sean in the middle

Former WVU Great Jerry West Played With Heart Disorder -


Recruiting Report: Joseph Jackson - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Around the League (and Beyond):

UConn Beats San Diego State 74-67 To Reach Elite Eight - Hartford Courant

The Inquisition: On All Things Tar Heels With Carolina March - Anonymous Eagle
Good luck Marquette!!

Quick hitters on coaching carousel - ESPN

Pitt Basketball: Cue Jamie Dixon Rumors In 3...2... - Cardiac Hill

Coaching carousel rumors: the Mike Dunlap watch - Rumble In The Garden
Pico thinks Dunlap was a major reason for the Red Storm resurgence this year

Yeah Wright: Tennessee puts Jay on their Wishlist -

Seton Hall: Okoloji Transfer Rumors Confirmed - South Orange Juice

Pitt making transition from 4-3 to 3-4 - PPG

Jones eager to start spring practice - Cincinnati Enquirer

Notes from the first day of spring practice - Card Chronicle

Another knee injury puts Carl Cutler on sidelines for Syracuse University football team - Post Standard

Former Bulls show off talents at Pro Day - Tampa Tribune

Ralph Nader proposes replacing athletic scholarships with need-based aid - ESPN

Kentucky Wins NCAA Basketball Championship in Spending to Recruit Players - Bloomberg
Does this really surprise anyone? And it seems to be paying dividends, somewhat.

What's On Tap:

2011 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament

(11) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. (2) North Carolina Tar Heels - Preview - ESPN
7:15 tonight from Newark on CBS

(12) Richmond Spiders vs. (1) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
7:27 toinight from San Antonio on TBS

(4) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (1) Ohio State Buckeyes - Preview - ESPN
9:45 tonight from Newark on CBS

(11) Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. (10) Florida State Seminoles - Preview - ESPN
9:57 tonight from San Antonio on TBS

Elite Eight

(8) Butler Bulldogs vs. (2) Florida Gators - Preview - ESPN
4:30 Saturday from New Orleans on CBS

(5) Arizona Wildcats vs. (3) Connecticut Huskies - Preview - ESPN
7:05 Saturday from Anaheim on CBS

...and tonight's winners play Sunday

Video of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is San Diego native and Victoria's Secret model, Lindsay Ellingson. Her four page gallery is linked through the picture.

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