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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Cinco de Mayo (5/5/11) Edition

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 Dos Equis and the Most Interesting Man in the World.

Some of the soon to be graduating basketball players are in the news today...two for fun and one for his future job prospects. While back on the football front, Coach Holgorsen is already having an impact on the ticket sales and he made a stop in Beckley to visit yesterday. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

What You May Have Missed:

Lessons learned in college football spring practices - Sporting News
WVU gets a mention at #13

Ten assistant coaches to watch: West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen – Orlando Sentinel
Another list honoring OCDH

Football: Jobe and Pugnetti Honored - MSNsportsNET.Com
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has named former Mountaineers Eric Jobe and Gregg Pugnetti to its 2011 NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Quarterback Pat White - Mountaineer TV
Former Mountaineer quarterback Pat White talks about returning to honor Garrett Ford and also his future plans.

The Studio Takeover: Flowers and Mazzulla - WVMETRONEWS.COM
JFlow and Mazzulla took to the airwaves at WVAQ yesterday...hilarity ensued (video and audio included)

Former WVU Guard Casey Mitchell is Working Out for NBA Teams -
He's already worked out for Phoenix and has invitations to work out for Miami, New Jersey and Memphis

Former WVU Head Coach Don Nehlen Enjoyed Recent Reunion -
Continuing their series with the former coaches in town last week, today is Coach Nehlen's turn (article and video)

Ford: Turnout for luncheon ‘also was a tribute to WVU’ - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

News of Note:

Holgorsen brings energy to job - Register-Herald
Red-Bull-drinking WVU offensive coordinator makes a stop in Beckley and discusses why WVU was so attractive, his relationship with HCBS and how he's learned things from his former bosses about being a head coach.

WVU football: Season ticket sales see early rise - Charleston Daily Mail
Having Dana Holgorsen is already having a positive effect on the ticket renewals and new requests

Running With The First Team - WVMETRONEWS.COM
True freshman Vernard Roberts is getting a look at starting as the featured back (article and video)

WVU Tops the Big East Conference with Spring Game Attendance -
No surprise, but we still have a long way to go to match the attendance of some other schools

HERTZEL COLUMN: Devine left in limbo after draft snub - Times West Virginian
Again, the lockout is leaving the undrafted players just sitting and waiting

Around the League (and Beyond):

Pac-12 TV Deal: What's Left For The Big East? - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

PAC 12 Media Deal Leaves Big East in Limbo - Big East Coast Bias

Justice to NCAA: Why no college football playoff? - Star Ledger
Now the Justice Department is getting involved

Updated Football Depth Charts - Down The Drive
from the Cinci blog

2011 NFL Draft: Dom DeCicco And Henry Hynoski - Pitt's Forgotten Men - Cardiac Hill

Which Program Has More Momentum-Football or Basketball? - On the Banks
Rutgers blog...LOL, that's all I can really say

Rick Pitino plans recruiting changes with 3 new Louisville basketball assistants - Courier-Journal

NCAA takes charge in 'no-charge zone' discussion - Sporting News
Kudos for the inset picture, btw

Proposals would alter college basketball recruiting calendar yet again - ESPN
How the BB coaches keep everything straight is beyond me

Pac-12 TV deal, Boise State NCAA drama, more college football mail -
Mandel's mailbag

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This looks pretty bad ass:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is my favorite Mexican import. Here's the lovely Salma Hayek (picture links to gallery).

Dos Equis image via