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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (4/27/11) Edition

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Today, WVU is holding it's last practice before Friday night's Gold/Blue game. As Spring Football comes to a close, the requisite summations of the drills and looks ahead to the "game" are on tap for today, along with some new player profiles. Oliver Luck made a speaking engagement in the Eastern Panhandle yesterday and had some interesting things to say about change. I also found some graduation and basketball attendance statistics to share. Happy Hump Day people!!

What You May Have Missed:

A whole lotta Luck - Martinsburg Journal
AD Luck had a speaking engagement in Martinsburg and gave his perspective on how and why he's changing some things around WVU. Includes video clip in the margin.

2011 Graduation Rate Analysis: Where Do Penn State, Pitt, WVU Fall? - The Pitt Stop - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Respectable numbers for WVU in both football and basketball

WVU 33rd in Basketball Attendance - MSNsportsNET.Com
Averaged 11,529 for the season...and this was with dismal December numbers

Entering NFL draft 'the best opportunity' for West Virginia's Sands - PPG
I'm still not sure of my opinion on his leaving...I can see both POV's

Butts Named Gymnastics Coach - MSNsportsNET.Com
He's taking over for WVU's winningest coach

News of Note:

WVU notebook: Blocked kicks not a big concern - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's notebook

Making Improvements - WVMETRONEWS.COM
OL Coach Bedenbaugh has some encouraging words that the unit is improving every day

What Has WVU Accomplished This Spring? -
Has more than just the installation of the offense and defense been achieved?

What to Look For in the WVU Gold-Blue Game -
A breakdown, position-by-position, of players to watch

Offense in spotlight in Gold-Blue Game - Register-Herald
This is stating the obvious, but yes, the offense is what everyone is anxious to see

Young linebackers try to fill voids of veterans - Daily Athenaeum
"Everybody knows we lost some good football players, but we also have some good football players here," said defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel earlier this spring. "We just have to get them all on the same page."

Big East forgets Miller - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey says Julian Miller isn't getting his just credit for his efforts

CB Williams Progressing - MSNsportsNET.Com
"Early" (actually late) enrollee Avery Williams is working hard to make up for lost time

Obscure play led WVU's Cook to Morgantown - Charleston Daily Mail
Credit a monster sack and Jeff Mullen for bringing Darwin Cook to Morgantown


Profile of incoming transfer Safety Matt Moro, including video

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Expansion: Villanova's PowerPoint Presentation Leaves Something To Be Desired - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Well worth the click for the photo-shop magic

New football uniforms for the Cards? - Card Chronicle
I think they added a black stripe to the sleeve.....YAY!!!

Rentschler Field To Get New Turf - Starting This Week! - Hartford Courant
New grass!!!! ZOMG!! And this week?!?!? Be still my heart!!!!

Spring shoes to fill: Syracuse - Big East Blog - ESPN
LB's are their biggest concerns

Zach Collaros seeks more efficiency - Big East Blog - ESPN

Rutgers DT Scott Vallone brushes aside ankle injury, leads spring scrimmage - Star Ledger

Pitt's Todd Graham Builds Secondary For The Future - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Good luck with that...especially with Gibby at the helm

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl junket hosted NCAA judgment panel in 2008 - ESPN
"Nine of the 11 members of an NCAA panel that will help decide the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl's fate attended a bowl-sponsored retreat that included free meals, resort rooms and golf outings." - Any remaining doubts why we're stuck with the bowl system?

What's On Tap:

Football: Spring Game Information - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes parking lot guide for tailgating and other pertinent information with the schedule of activities

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the newest St. Pauli Girl. Click on her picture for a three page gallery of Miss Jennifer England.

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