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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Gold/Blue Gameday (4/29/11) Edition

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Spring Football comes to a conclusion today with this evening's annual Gold/Blue Game. Much has been accomplished, but it's still a long way until August with a lot more work to do. There will be several live online streams of the "game" for those of us unable to attend tonight. If you are going, enjoy yourselves and be safe. Have a great weekend everyone!!

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Ford's Career to be Recognized - MSNsportsNET.Com
More than 700 former Mountaineer football players are expected to be on hand to honor the man that helped guide them through their academic careers at WVU

Former Players Unite At Kickoff Dinner - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Over 100 former WVU players made it to the dinner last night. Includes a small gallery.

Policy angers former WVU star Sam Huff - Charleston Daily Mail
Huff was going to make the trip, but changed his mind when he found out he couldn't have contact with recruits, due to NCAA rules.

Mountaineers hope to draw crowd of 4,000 for spring game - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column - I'm a bit perplexed...last year drew over 20,000, and just because they've only sold just under 3000 tickets online, they only expect just over 4000?

WVU Will Name Iron Mountaineers Before Gold-Blue Game -
The award for the hardest off-season working football players. Includes video interview with strength coach Mike Joseph.

News of Note:

WVU offense gets workout from Casteel's defense - Charleston Daily Mail
DH is still going to try and treat tonight like just another practice

WVU Football Players are Pleased With Spring Progress -
They know that they have a long way to go, but the spring sessions were very productive

Offense out to make a point at WVU's annual Gold-Blue Game - PPG
"We're not worried about putting on a show," he said. "We're worried about executing. As an offense, you always want to put up points, so, of course, we want to put up points. Everyone's going to come out and want to see points, so we're going to do our best."

Smith: Keep expectations in check - Charleston Gazette
Quarterback says today's Gold-Blue game will offer only a glimpse of redesigned offense

Offense hopes to showcase its new style to fans - Inter-Mountain
"We want to put up points."

Keith Tandy now leader of WVU's corners - Big East Blog - ESPN
From scapegoat as a freshman to leader as a senior

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Urban finds place in offense - Times West Virginian
"Urban Renewal" - ha ha, that's original Bob

Changes In Line - BGN
Josh Jenkins discusses the differences in the OL coaches methods. Includes video link.

After years on scout team, Vance ready to step up, make plays as linebacker - Daily Athenaeum
Vance has worked himself into a position to be a starter

Defensive Tackle Jorge Wright - Mountaineer TV
Defensive tackle Jorge Wright talks about gaining weight and getting ready for fall camp.


La Salle transfer Murray to visit West Virginia - Philadelphia Inquirer
He's making an official visit this weekend

Around the League (and Beyond):

O'Leary: USF-UCF series to be resumed - Tampa Tribune
...and the USF fans couldn't be more upset (evidently UCF is their Marshall)

Syracuse Spring Football: Report Card - Quarterbacks - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers loses starting center Dallas Hendrikson for season - Star Ledger

He has spoken: God's Gift Achiuwa to St. John's - quotes, notes - Rumble In The Garden
He flirted briefly with WVU, but had narrowed it down to Cinci, St. John's and Washington

NCAA puts three-year moratorium on new bowl games - ESPN
You wouldn't have to have a winning record to participate if they keep adding them

NCAA sets earlier date to withdraw from NBA draft -
The "testing the waters" phenomena will be much more limited, if not eliminated completely

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

Fun Activities Planned for Friday - MSNsportsNET.Com
Full schedule of events surrounding the Gold/Blue Game, starting with the Garrett Ford luncheon

Videos of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the devastation.

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the epitome of sexy. Here's a 5 page mega gallery (click on the pic) and a couple videos of VS Angel, Adriana Lima.

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