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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Beer Vote (6/3/11) 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 beer. No brand. Just beer.

Yes, today is the WVU Board of Governor's vote on whether or not to allow beer sales at Mountaineer Field. If you trust Charley (and I think you should), the measure is expected to pass by a comfortable margin. In the words of Red Stripe, "Hooray Beer!!" Plenty of basketball and football news and notes to keep you occupied for a while in today's edition. Have a great weekend everyone!!

What You May Have Missed:

Burwell To Be In GameDay Open - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Your favorite mascot and mine is filming a spot for ESPN (includes podcast)

WVU’s Oliver Luck: From West Virginia to Europe and back again - The Leadership Playlist/Washington Post
If you've never read his professional accomplishments, this is a must read...the man's resume is pretty much awesome.

Raising funds for cancer research at heart of tribute to Huggins - Times West Virginian
This may be the only passion of Huggs that rivals that of basketball to him

VIDEO: Bob Huggins Interview -
Huggs was in Fairmont Wednesday night to attend a fundraiser for the cancer foundation he created to honor his mother

Huggins Looks Ahead to Next WVU Basketball Season -

New Faces About to Join WVU Basketball Team -
Seven new players will begin arriving soon to join the team for workouts

A Post-Deadline Look at the Big East: West Virginia Mountaineers - Casual Hoya
A very nice breakdown of the basketball team

Basketball Practice Facility (June 2, 2011) - Facebook
Photo Gallery

Report: Jennings Transferring To Long Beach State - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In case you missed Charley's tweet

News of Note:

Overall health report for each BCS team - ESPN
Schlabach assigns each team a 1-5 ranking, WVU gets a 4 (scale explained at the top)

WVU's Dana Holgorsen Briefly Discusses His Recent Headlines -
"It’s part of the profession," Holgorsen said. "Heck, I’m far from perfect, that’s for sure. One thing I have learned is to understand what the expectations are of me both on the field and off the field. Here in the state of West Virginia, the great state of West Virginia, and once you learn what those expectations are, it is kind of up to me to be able to go out there and live up to those." - includes video interview

WVU football: Luck can't afford for Holgorsen to mess up - Charleston Daily Mail
Bogaczyk argues that if he does screw up again and get the ax, don't look for Stew's status to change

Maybe All That Holgorsen Stuff Was a Bit Exaggerated - Big East Coast Bias
Ya think?

WVU's image suffers - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - at this point it feels like Mickey is just piling on

West Virginia’s Geno Smith is a rising star in college football - Orlando Sentinel
His coach calls it the ability words: accountability, responsibility, dependability, and reliability.

Walk-on WR Nehlen looking to keep improving after great spring - Daily Athenaeum
"I've kept working hard and just trying to mature physically so that when that opportunity did come, it wasn't a waste," Nehlen said. "I definitely feel like I have the ability to go out there and make plays and help this team."

Best RB Combos - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik made a list....I might have ranked a few differently

Young, inexperienced WVU defense still has work to do before 2011 season - Daily Athenaeum
After their showing in the spring game, the Mountaineer defense was PISSED...and rightfully so

WVU Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel Flying Under the Radar -
Nice recap of Casteel's career and accomplishments

Dunlap Recalls '96 D - MSNsportsNET.Com
"I remembered looking up at the scoreboard at the start of the fourth quarter and looking at Maryland’s stats and they had 25 yards of offense," Dunlap said. "That’s just unheard of."

WVU kicks off 2011 against Marshall - Daily Athenaeum
The beginning of a series of game-by-game previews of the upcoming football season

WVU to take on Norfolk State in second game of 2011 season - Daily Athenaeum
Game II breakdown


Players, Not Coaches, Key to WVU Recruiting Success -
ALL coaches are salesmen when it comes to recruiting, which involves a bit of embellishment....but, the players tell the prospects how it is

Scout TV: Shahbaz Ahmed -
6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, N.J., has an early offer from Temple and is also being recruited by Connecticut, Iowa, Miami, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers and West Virginia. We have his junior highlights.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Expansion Apocalypse: Military Edition -

Army to the Big East? |
Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said West Point's football team is content as an independent. They are still trying to recover from a 9-41 run (that ended in 2004) in CUSA over nine years.

Louisville AD Tom Jurich Backs Villanova For Big East Expansion - The Nova Blog
So, they have that going for them...which is nice

TCU in the Big East - Big East Blog - ESPN

Seriously, Syracuse Football Refuses To Play Before Dusk In 2011 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UConn WR Mike Smith Academically Ineligible - Hartford Courant
He's only their leading receiver from last year

Fun Stat Nerd Tidbit: Rutgers - Football Study Hall

No. 90: Rutgers - Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
I do believe this is the first BE entry in their countdown...not so good to be seen this early here

Pitt Football: A Scaled-Back Version Of High-Octane Offense - Cardiac Hill

Leavitt speaks, sees big things for Bulls in 2011 - Bulls Report/Tampa Tribune
"I really think they’ll put it on Notre Dame."

Cincinnati-Ohio State is a forgotten rivalry in need of revival - Yahoo! Sports

Eddie George wants Charlie Strong at Ohio State - Card Chronicle

University of Central Arkansas Turf Installation - Facebook
If you thought the "Smurf Turf" was bad...check out this gallery

What's On Tap:

Summertime Radio - MSNsportsNET.Com
Beginning this Saturday, June 4, and continuing for 13 additional Saturdays throughout the summer, the Mountaineer Sports Network (MSN) will be airing an edited two-hour replay of each West Virginia University football game from the 2010 season, plus a special replay of the 2008 Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Warning: Strong Language

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Playmate in February 2007. Here's today's gallery (picture link and not to worry, SFW) and video of Heather Rene Smith.

Vote 4 Beer image via