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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (3/23/12) Edition

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Yesterday marked the end of the first phase of spring football drills as the players will have Spring Break off for the coming week. We have lots of coaches interviews and several features on some players that are looking to make their names more well known this coming season. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU 15th in Latest Directors' Cup Standings - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University, the top-ranked BIG EAST school, currently stands in 15th place in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup first winter standings.

Luck says WVU, Marcellus share unusual parallel - Charleston Daily Mail
Oliver Luck found a way to link fracking to football in his Thursday morning speech to the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Kevin Jones Named to ECAC Division I Men's Basketball All-Star T - WVillustated
Jones was named to the First Team.

Adam Pacman Jones Re-Signs With the Bengals - WVU Pros
Mountaineer Adam Pacman Jones spent the first part of the 2011 season on the Bengal’s PUP list.

49 in 49: LB Bruce Irvin -
The official 49ers site has been running a preview series of prospective draftees and yesterday was Bruce's turn

News of Note:

Quick Hits: WVU Holds Last Drills Before Spring Break - WVillustrated
News and notes from spring practice including defensive progress and a recruit in town for a visit.

WVU Completes Day Six Of Spring Football - WVMETRONEWS.COM
practice No. 7 is set for Tuesday April 3rd

Sgt. Slaughter? Not exactly - Charleston Gazette
WVU's new defensive line coach is antithesis of predecessor

Confidence Buoyed - MSNsportsNET.Com
"It was just fast last year," he said recently. "College was just a big adjustment and this year with a whole season under my belt, it’s easier to manage the things that are going on around you."

WVU's Chestnut ready to get off 'shoulder' - Charleston Gazette
"I'm very excited," Chestnut said. "It's humbling to be put in the fire after an injury like that. It doesn't happen often like that."

WVU football: Albury won’t allow age to be problem - Charleston Daily Mail
The middle of a 3-4 defensive line isn't the coziest of quarters for a player who should still be in high school.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Chances come for persistant redshirt players - Times West Virginian
"Dante Campbell is a guy who redshirted and was down in the dumps like all redshirt kids are, was on the scout team all year, and then spring hits, and you’re anxious to see how things will work for you," he said.

Clarke raring to go - Martinsburg Journal
Will Clarke is confident he can be even more productive as an end in West Virginia's defensive line this year.

WVU Football Players Excited To Play In Big 12 - WVillustrated
The players look at their first season in the Big 12 as an opportunity to make a statement to the nation.

Video: Football Interviews 3/22 - BGN
Coaches Bedenbaugh, DeForest, Gillespie, Spavital and Slaughter

WVU Football Interviews from Day Six of Spring Practice - WVillustrated
Coaches Bedenbaugh, Gillespie, DeForest, Dawson, Patterson, Slaughter, Roberts and Spavital

WR Stedman Bailey - Mountaineer TV
Stedman Bailey talks about the team's confidence and expectations for spring practice.

PHOTOS: 2012 WVU Football Spring Practice Day 5 - WVillustated

Photos: Day Six Of Spring Ball - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 guide to OSU's home turf - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Oklahoma State football: Joseph Randle's competition with OU's Blake Bell moves one state south - Oklahoman

SPRING FOOTBALL: The Rhoads Grizzly Emerges From His Slumber - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Who is TCU's Big 12 role model? Nope, not UT; It's Baylor - Star Telegram

Mike Stoops: Defense getting back to basics - Oklahoma Sooners Blog - ESPN

Mack Brown talks retirement, fatigue - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Oklahoma State football: Joseph Randle's competition with OU's Blake Bell moves one state south - Oklahoman

College Football 411: Key Storylines In Spring Football - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: ESPN writers and bloggers cover key BCS conference storylines during spring football.

The Art Of The Interception: Good Hands And Randomness - Football Study Hall

This Week In Important Science: What Would Make The Loudest Football Stadium Possible? -

What's On Tap:

Spring Break!!! (which also means a likely lull in news)

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Video of Interest:

The Mountaineer football team completes spring practice number six, a few former Mountaineers will be playing pro up north and cell service will be getting better on game days

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Totally Strong Language:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the former Miss Venezuela. Here's today's gallery (click on the picture) and video of Aida Yespica to get you through the weekend and kick off spring break.


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