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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (3/20/12) Edition

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The Mountaineer women's basketball season came to a close last night as Stanford ended their run in the NCAA tournament. That means we're basically back to football on an almost full time basis around here. Today we have some more practice reports and player features, including a nice one on Ford Childress. And we do have a lingering men's hoops postmortem. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the women's basketball team's season ends against Stanford and spring practice continues for the football team.

Mountaineers Fall to No. 2 Stanford - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team saw its NCAA Tournament run come to an end at the hands of No. 2 Stanford, 72-55, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Monday night.

West Virginia falls to No. 1 seed Stanford 72-55 in second round of NCAA tournament - Daily Athenaeum
Stanford got out to a large first-half lead and never looked back, leading for the entire game.

Stanford Ends West Virginia's Season - WVillustrated
The WVU Women's Basketball season ended with a 72-55 loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament

Right mix of talent missing for WVU - Charleston Gazette
A team with more talent than its predecessor struggled to a far-less satisfying conclusion.

VSR: Burnett Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

Former Mountaineer Will Johnson Signs with Pittsburgh Steelers - WVillustrated
Hard work pays off with impressive Pro Day and on-site offer from head coach Mike Tomlin.

News of Note:

Holgorsen bringing swagger back to WVU - Daily Athenaeum
His players and coaching staff possess a visible level of confidence and excitement that hasn’t been seen in Morgantown since, say, 2007.

Excitement shows at WVU practice - Times West Virginian
Excitement leads to good practices. It leads to paying attention in meetings, to giving extra effort.

Holgorsen says players ‘pretty fired up’ - Inter-Mountain
"(Jeff) Braun looks twice as good as he looked in camp last year," Holgorsen said. "(Pat) Eger is more confident, and (Quinton) Spain is more confident. It's a lot easier to run the ball, and it's a lot easier to pass the ball."

Ford Childress Feeling Comfortable At WVU - WVillustrated
Feature article and video

Making A Full Impact On Offense - WVMETRONEWS.COM
But while those guys received most of the attention – their production is also a credit to the guys lead blocking for them, the fullbacks.

PHOTOS: WVU Football 2012 Spring Practice Week 2 - WVillustrated

MORE PHOTOS: WVU Football 2012 Spring Practice Week 2 - WVillustrated

Around the League (and Beyond):

Projecting next year's top 25 players - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
No WVU players...we have a few that should/could make the cut

Five Questions | Preparing for the Red-Black Scrimmage - Double-T Nation

Spring Football Preview: Defense - Iowa State University Athletics Official Web Site

Roundup: TCU drug screen, KU transfer - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

HornsNation links: Horns back to work - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Football: Season Ticket Renewals - MSNsportsNET.Com
Ticket renewal statements for the 2012 WVU football campaign have been mailed to current season ticket holders. Fans can renew online at and save $10 on the order fee. The priority renewal deadline is Tuesday, May 15.

Video of Interest:

Sights and sounds from West Virginia's Pro Day held at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

We're going Brazilian yet again. Today's Miss Throwdown is Flavia de Oliveira. Click on the picture for today's gallery.


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