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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Happy Birthday Dana Holgorsen (6/21/11) 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 WJ King Birthday Beer in honor of the WVU Head Football Coach's birthday today.

I don't know about you, but I think (and hope) that it's appropriate that we celebrate the births of our great state and new head football coach on back to back days. Perhaps its a sign that they, and we belong together. Your daily round-up awaits.

Happy Birthday Coach Holgorsen!! Let's GOOOOOOOO!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - Mountaineer TV
Head coach Dana Holgorsen spent a half hour with the media in the Team Room at Milan Puskar Stadium on Friday, June 17, 2011.

HERTZEL COLUMN - Now 40, Holgorsen seems to have right approach - Times West Virginian
Cue up Mike Gundy's presser from a few years ago

Time For Reflection - MSNsportsNET.Com
HCDH speaks of how the first meeting with the team went last Tuesday and how he is making an effort to get know the defensive players more

Huggins talks WVU basketball during Coalton Days celebration - Inter Mountain
He mentions the two transfers who will help out tremendously by just having them around for practice the year they have to sit out

West Virginia: No. 1 on Top 10 Unruly Fanbases -
Was there much doubt?

Fun Stat Nerd Tidbit: Georgia Tech / The Toolbox: Adj. Run-Pass Ratio - Football Study Hall
Check out #'s 4-6 on the rankings here...I think we're headed for just the opposite in the near future

Former Mountaineer Joe Alexander Working on NBA Comeback -
Among the teams taking notice of his D-League exploits have been the Knicks, Thunder and Nuggets

Schmitt's camp 'a cool little thing' - Charleston Gazette
One of my favorite all-time Mountaineers is conducting a football camp in Charleston

News of Note:

Big changes, but not now - Charleston Gazette
The most noticeable changes will come in the form of the way camps are organized to go along with recruiting and some facility changes

Holgorsen Wants to See Ties Between WVU Camps, Recruiting -
This is a great way to get prospects on campus and actually work out under the coaches' tutelage and interact with them

Q&A with Dana Holgorsen, Part I - Big East Blog - ESPN

Q&A with Dana Holgorsen, Part II - Big East Blog - ESPN

Getting back to the sport of football - Charleston Gazette
Coach Lockwood discusses "The Tandy" and other aspects of the defensive backfield

Campus Connection: 06/17/11 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes the Pre-Season Depth Chart and a short feature on Matt Lindamood

Nehlen earns shot at receiver - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - Hard work is paying off for West Virginia University’s Ryan Nehlen.

Stewart, WVU reach $1.65 million settlement - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The terms of the separation agreement were released yesterday


In His Footsteps - BGN
Brandon Napoleon will be bringing his talents to the WVU football team, just like his dad, Eugene did in the late 80's

Around the League (and Beyond):

SB Nation Conference Re-Draft Picks: Rounds One and Two - Big East Coast Bias
No Big East teams have been selected as yet

Rutgers Sells Naming Rights to Football Stadium - Wall Street Journal
There's some fun on Twitter with this if you missed it: #RutgersStadiumName

No. 73: Syracuse - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
3rd BE team (by my count) to make an appearance in the annual countdown

Syracuse football coach Doug Marrone one of Big East 'old-timers' in only third season - Post Standard

Some Notes On The Recruiting Discourse - Down The Drive
Some Cinci fans aren't satisfied with Butch Jones' recruiting

Darius Ashley gets second DUI - Card Chronicle
Louisville cornerback Darius Ashley picked up his second DUI in seven months after he rear-ended a police officer's car at Second and West Chestnut streets early Saturday morning.

Paul Pasqualoni Talks Up UConn Football At ESPN - Hartford Courant

Fun Stat Nerd Tidbit: Connecticut - Ranking The BCS Bowl Teams - Football Study Hall

Pitt's Football Recruiting For 2012 Is Picking Up, But Is It Enough? - SB Nation Pittsburgh

What's On Tap:

Football: Season Tickets To Go On Sale - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University will place remaining 2011 football season tickets on sale beginning Wednesday, June 22, at 9 a.m.

Video of Interest:

JUST in case you missed the posting over the weekend:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I know there are a lot of parents who could use this one. Let B.M.F. #1, Samuel L. Jackson. read it for you (I had the full book but it's since been removed due to copyright claims):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Dutch model Nelleke Verkaart. Click on her picture to get to today's gallery.

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