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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/4/11) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Cubanero Fuerte, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Since we last met here, two more spring football practice sessions have been completed and everybody seems happy. The players are happy and having fun. The coaches are happy and pleased with effort despite mistakes. Basically, things seem good around Mountaineer football at the moment. In other news, WVU is losing it's long time Gymnastics coach to retirement. After 37 years of service and more victories than any other coach at WVU, Linda Burdette-Goode is stepping down (this was not an Ollie force out, based on tweets from Dobies). We thank her for her service and wish her all the best!!

What You May Have Missed:

No Luck for Friends of Coal Bowl - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Linda Burdette-Good Retires - MSNsportsNET.Com
Thank you for your 37 yrs of service!!!

Coaching could be next step for WVU’s Mazzulla - Register-Herald
Isn't that what's been discussed with him for a long time?

WVU Football Profile: Support Staff -
Some of the people behind the scenes you may not know much about

News of Note:

Holgorsen taking hands-off approach to practice - Charleston Gazette

With offense installed, Holgorsen wants effort - Daily Athenaeum
Offensive coordinator pleased with progress, quarterbacks

WVU players like new offense - Register-Herald
Holgorson likes effort Mountaineers are displaying in practice

WVU offense having fun again - Daily Athenaeum

Quick Hits: Spring Practice Day Two -

Quick Hits: Spring Practice Day Three -

Day Three Recap: Installing The New Offense - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, gallery, audio and video

WVU Staff Begins Challenge of Replacing Defensive Starters -

Bruce Irvin Hoping to Become Every-Down Player -

Defensive End Bruce Irvin - Mountaineer TV
Defensive end Bruce Irvin talks about becoming an every-down defender this spring.

Sir Francis of Pass Rush - WVMETRONEWS.COM
JUCO transfer Josh Francis is profiled with an article and audio interview

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day Two Interviews -
Geno, Tavon, Starks, Sticks, Darwin Cook, Urban, Vernard Roberts and Vance Roberts

VIDEO: Spring Practice Day Three Interviews -
OC Dana Holgorsen and DC Jeff Casteel

Football: Dana Holgorsen/Jeff Casteel Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com
For those of you without the time or ability for the videos

WVU's Smith gaining a foothold in new offense - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
Quarterback Geno Smith talks about transitioning into a new offensive system.

WVU Receivers Anxious to Hit Milestones in New Offense -

Offense to play waiting game - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen: No. 1 WR will develop in time

Urban Adjusting To Receiver - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video

Inside Receiver Tyler Urban - Mountaineer TV
Tyler Urban talks about his new role as a 250-pound inside receiver. Notice the lack of the term Tight End.

Wide Receiver Brad Starks - Mountaineer TV
Wide receiver Brad Starks talks about Friday's practice at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Freshman Millard Moving Along Nicely - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article along with audio and video interviews with one of the new QB's

FB will be an Important Position in New Offense -

Running Backs Job Wide Open - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and videos with OCDH and Matt Lindamood

Spain makes gains after weight loss - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

For Spain, playing time is weighty issue - Charleston Gazette

Former Bobcat player trying to earn spot on OL - Inter-Mountain
Blaise Arbogast is fighting for a chance on the OL

Photo Gallery VI: WVU Football Spring Drills - BGN


Offers Pouring In For Ohio Speedster - BGN
Demitrious Davis has been offered by WVU and others

Around the League (and Beyond):

UConn 56, Kentucky 55: YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS - The UConn Blog

Report: Cronin on N.C. State’s list of candidates - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cardinals' Anderson looks to regain freshman form - Courier-Journal
Most of us have had bouts with the freshman 15

South Florida's passing game 'discouraging' - Tampa Tribune

Offense strikes early, but defense gets last laugh in Syracuse University football scrimmage - Post Standard

Pitt Notebook: Expect defense to blitz more - PPG
...which will leave Gibby's DB's out on islands, tee-hee

Does Rutgers matter in South Jersey? - On the Banks
Does it matter in anywhere?

It's official: Texas unveils 'Longhorn Network' - (AP)

NCAA should discipline Jim Tressel, because his employer won’t - Washington Post

What's On Tap:

2011 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Game

(8) Butler Bulldogs vs. (3) Connecticut Huskies - Preview - ESPN
9:23 EDT from Reliant Stadium in Houston on CBS

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here is a mash-up of some of the most anticipated movies of 2011:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown lays claim to one of the finest backsides ever photographed. Hailing from Cuba, here's today's gallery of Vida Guerra (click on the picture).

Cubanero image via