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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (4/12/11) Edition

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In addition to today's football reports, AD Oliver Luck lays out more plans for changes and is still (more like constantly) evaluating everything. I think people better get used to the idea of things changing, and a few things they may not like or agree with. There's a reason Luck has been so successful in everything he's done. He's not just going to change things to put his stamp on them. He's changing things to make the Athletics Dept. better. And I also firmly believe that if he's wrong about a change, he'll admit it and try to fix it. There's also plenty more on the fallout of the Villanova football decision.

What You May Have Missed:

WVU's Luck working on policy changes at football games - Charleston Daily Mail
"I've been around a lot of stadiums and a lot of different crowds - college, professional, different sports - and the one thing that surprised me was the number of people who left at halftime," Luck said. "It was shocking. In some cases, there were tens of thousands of people leaving at halftime and a lot of those folks were not coming back."

Luck has big ideas for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
So, other than selling beer at West Virginia University football games, what plans do first year Director of Athletics Oliver Luck have in the makings for his alma mater?

Alcohol Policies and West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Repella snubbed in WNBA draft - Daily Athenaeum

VSR: Carrier Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Here's the weekly Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Shades of '08 for West Virginia defense? - Big East Blog - ESPN

WVU defense enjoys new offense, too - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers' Francis makes good impression - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU senior linebacker ready to lead youthful defensive unit in 2011 - Daily Athenaeum

Najee Goode Coaching the Defense in Senior Season at WVU -

Jenkins: Like starting over - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
To me, that's a good thing. Dave Johnson was a nice guy, but wasn't the kind of OL coach most of us would want.

OL coach Bedenbaugh kicks up the intensity - Dominion Post (AP) via Charleston Daily Mail
Now, this is what we like to hear from our OL coach

True Freshmen Compete for WVU Backup Quarterback Position -
And this was also the case last year and the year before...

Running Back Ryan Clarke - Mountaineer TV
Running back Ryan Clarke talks about transitioning to a new offense.


Pike and WVU Not On Same Page - WVMETRONEWS.COM
This, of course, has nothing to do with the commitment from Childress. Riiiight.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Villanova Football & The Big East Expansion: Plenty Of Blame To Go Around - The Nova Blog
Communication between the BE and 'Nova wasn't very good

Update From Fr. Peter on Big East Football Upgrade -
Now they say it's up to the Big East.

Big East statement on Villanova - Big East Blog - ESPN

Philadelphia media already smearing Rutgers, Pitt - On the Banks
What happened to yesterday's report that the vote was a 4-4 split, and West Virginia was also known to be opposed?

HERTZEL COLUMN - Big East doesn’t need 10th team - Times West Virginian
Much as I hate to say it, I kinda have to agree with him. 9 we needed. 10...ehhhh

Big East Expansion, Villanova & The Case Of The Tiny Soccer Stadium - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Well done, Sean, well done.

Syracuse Spring Football: Defense Wins Scrimmage Before The Scrimmage - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

10 facts about Butch Jones - Cincinnati Enquirer

USF's quarterbacks show progress at spring game - Tampa Tribune

Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison channels Barry Sanders in team's first stadium practice - Star Ledger
Spring legend in the making

Louisville wide receiver Josh Bellamy catching on to his coaches - Courier-Journal

UConn Football: What We Have Learned - Hartford Courant

Report: Kemba Walker will declare for NBA draft tomorrow - The UConn Blog
Which would be today, now

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

In the movies you don't say goodbye, you just hang up:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is golfer Sophie Horn. Click on her picture for her hot new pictures as a blond (below the interview).

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