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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (4/14/11) Edition

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The day seven practice reports have shifted their focus to the defense. With the new offense in place, the defense is not getting enough reps versus the run to satisfy the defensive coaches (Hertzel brought this issue up last week, I do believe). There are also plenty of interviews with the coaches to peruse and some notes on a couple former Mountaineer players.

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Bill Stewart - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bill Stewart discusses his expectations for Saturday's scrimmage.

Football: Stewart Post-Practice Remarks - MSNsportsNET.Com

Stew's Views: Day 7 - BGN

What will Bill Stewart do next? - Big East Blog - ESPN

Will WVU have successful succession plan? - Big East Blog - ESPN

Backyard Brawl intensity about to rise - Big East Blog - ESPN

WVU president supports quest for football beer sales - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU Varsity Club is Growing - MSNsportsNET.Com

NFL lockout: Redskins’ Selvish Capers is a practice squad player trying to stay ready, solvent - Washington Post

Former WVU Center Rob Summers Accepts Job at Glenville State -

News of Note:

West Virginia's defense shoves its way into spotlight - PPG

Defense Not Seeing Enough Run Plays - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Podcast with HCBS, article, gallery and 2 videos

‘Bullets fly’ on special teams - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU players scuffle at practice - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

Quick Hits: WVU Spring Practice Day Seven -
Coyle's Notebook

Wednesday Practice Report - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes video with Coach Dunlap

Lockwood: DBs Progressing - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big holes to fill at safety for WVU - Charleston Gazette

Dunlap Not Satisfied With Safeties - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Safeties continue to struggle in spring practice - Daily Athenaeum

‘Bullets fly’ on special teams - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day Seven Interviews -
HCBS and Coaches Lockwood, Dunlap, Gillespie and Daron Roberts


Gary Browne Signs Letter of Intent with WVU -
The 6'1" point guard makes it official

Dominique Rutledge Hopes to Sign This Week -

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Octonion: On Stranger Tides - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Big East Expansion Round-Up - Voodoo Five

The Drawing Board: football stories -

Syracuse Spring Football: Day 13 - Back Behind the Fence - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Newcomers Eager For Chance On UConn Football Team - Hartford Courant

Rutgers linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud brings natural leadership to middle of defense - Star Ledger

Pitt's Graham builds team on discipline, trust - PPG

Todd Mayo signs letter of intent with Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
There's honestly a part of me glad he's not coming to WVU

Terrence Jennings will test NBA waters, won't sign with agent - Card Chronicle

God’s Gift to make two more visits - Cincinnati Enquirer
Yes, that's his real name

Fall academic woes could mean sitting the following season - Sporting News
A proposal backed by the NCAA Division I Legislative Council on Wednesday would penalize players for poor academic performance during the fall semester. Any player who fails to pass nine credit hours in the fall will be ineligible for the first four games of the following season.

Videos of Interest:

Here's a @JFlow41 highlight reel:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the gorgeous Norwegian Gabriella Holsten. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

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