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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (5/11/11) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and general distractions. We're being brought to you today by Bywater Brewing Co.'s Bombur's Beard Lager, in memory of Chris Neild's beard.

We have lot's to catch up on today. Of course the big news in the last few days were the three big basketball announcements, which somewhat surprisingly, were all very positive for Coach Huggins and WVU. There are Mountaineers preparing for life after their WVU careers and a couple features on former Mountaineer football players and their lives after Morgantown. And finally, the football team continues to gain momentum on the expectations front, thanks in no small part to Coach Holgorsen and his offense.

What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins still going strong - Cincinnati Enquirer
Bob Huggins was back in Cinci on Monday night to serve as the keynote speaker for the Cincinnati Sports Professional Network Awards Ceremony. Before the event, the coach reflected on his career and the state of college basketball.

Former WVU Guard Joe Mazzulla Will Play Basketball Overseas -
He wants to make sure he doesn't regret not playing more before moving into coaching. Good luck Joe!!

Five Points With Tony - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Caridi gives his 5 reasons why KJ made the right choice

Jones would've been missed - Charleston Gazette
Hickman with just a slight understatement of a lede

Cam Thoroughman Prepares for Life After WVU Basketball -
He's already got things lined up in the industrial world (article and video)

Wild weekend for WVU hoops - Times West Virginian
The three recent announcements bode well for the basketball Mountaineers

Men's college basketball off-season winners and losers - ESPN
Katz calls WVU an off-season winner

Post-spring Top 25: Never too soon to anoint Sooners -

Big East post-spring power rankings - National Football Post
The momentum is certainly building

Dienhart: All-Spring Team -
Urban made the list

West Virginia Mountaineers spring wrap - Big East Blog - ESPN
Nice summary put together by Bennett here

Mountaineers of the Past:

Quarterback Major Harris - Mountaineer TV
Quarterback Major Harris recently returned to campus for the Garrett Ford retirement luncheon.

WVU Still Like Home to Fisher - MSNsportsNET.Com
Former WVU defensive back Charles Fisher is now an NFL scout with the Seattle Seahawks.

Defensive Back Charles Fisher - Mountaineer TV
Former Mountaineer defensive back Charles Fisher returned to campus last week to honor Garrett Ford.

Education the Key - MSNsportsNET.Com
Former offensive guard Lorenzo Styles is profiled

Offensive Guard Lorenzo Styles - Mountaineer TV
Former offensive guard Lorenzo Styles is now working as an assistant principal at Carol City High.

News of Note:

Just winning is Smith’s motivation - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

Dana Holgorsen Stresses the Importance of Watching Film -
The new WVU OC spends a lot, A LOT, of time in the film room

Holgorsen: Challenge to WVU fans? Fill the stadium - InsideWVU
Holgorsen likens WVU to Nebraska and is challenging the fans to be like theirs. From the new blog of former DA Sports Editor, Tony Dobies

Special Sit-down (Part 3) with WVU OC Dana Holgorsen -
Part 3 focuses on Holgorsen's "head coach-in-waiting" title and his relationship with Coach Bill Stewart and learning the ropes at WVU.

Special Sit-down (Part 4) with WVU OC Dana Holgorsen -
In Part 4, Holgorsen discusses a number of miscellaneous topics regarding the WVU football team.

Hope and concern: West Virginia - Big East Blog - ESPN

Video: One good thing -- W. Virginia - Big East Blog - ESPN

WVU has a passing history - Times West Virginian
Hertzel looks back at the aerial attacks of past Mountaineer teams

The Right Fit - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tyler Urban is doing just fine in his new role

Stable of Backs Still Competing After Strong Spring for WVU -
The feature back starting job is still open for competition

A little Luck, Big East and a jockey's mom from SA - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Pathetic NCAA move; WVU football staff duties - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Returning QBs could help patch Big East - Charleston Gazette
Vingle posits that the greater number of returning signal callers will help the Big East rebound from a dismal showing overall last year

An Every Down Irvin - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Irvin is ready and still preparing for what will be a much different situation this coming year, now known by the opponents and getting ready for the inevitable double teams.

Terence Garvin Steps Into Leadership Role for WVU -
He may not be vocal, but he's definitely becoming one of the leaders on the young defense

The Almighty Moro - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The incoming JUCO transfer safety is looking to make an immediate impact

Iron Mountaineers Ready to Lead Team Through Summer -
Summer workouts and Law School hill await

Around the League (and Beyond):

Expansion Apocalypse: Indecision Halts Big East -

Chazz Anderson decides to leave UC - Cincinnati Enquirer
Chazz Anderson, who was UC’s backup quarterback to Zach Collaros last season, will leave the University of Cincinnati and transfer to a Division II school to complete his final year of eligibility hoping for the chance to play regularly.

Syracuse Football: Tulane Game Moved To 7 PM, Atone Away! - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Dwayne Difton we hardly knew ye (because you weren't very good) - The UConn Blog
The sophomore receiver is transferring from UConn.

USF Basketball To Be Traveling Vagabonds In 2011 - Voodoo Five

Todd Graham remaking Pittsburgh's offense, legal reputation -

NCAA president Mark Emmert says time to get tough on rule breakers - ESPN

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This never gets old:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Miss Billie Faiers. Click on her picture for a two page gallery of the British stunner.

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