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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (3/28/12) Edition

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More high praise for KJ today. We also have more news on the men's soccer to MAC front, including a report that hopefully it's a temporary destination. It was also announced that the first stages of baseball re-commitment have begun as increased scholarships will now be available. There's also a couple of features on Andrew Buie and Ford Childress to go along with plenty notes from around the WVU athletic campus and news from around the Big 12.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Wednesday's show, the men's soccer team finds a new conference, future Mountaineer Terry Henderson talks about heading to Morgantown and Morgantown native Tyler Anderson is hoping to make a bigger impact on defense this upcoming season.

WVU Unlikely To Play Kansas State Three Times in Basketball Next - WVillustrated
The Wildcats were supposed to play the Mountaineers next season in Charleston, although that game appears to be unlikely.

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

LeBlanc: Business as Usual for WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
With today’s announcement that West Virginia's men’s soccer team has found a new home in the Mid-American Conference, what exactly does that mean for a Mountaineer program that has made five NCAA tournament appearances since 2005?

HERTZEL COLUMN: MAC move could be temporary - Times West Virginian
In fact, the four-year deal they agreed to carries an escape clause if the Big 12, the Mountaineers’ new conference home for all sports but men’s soccer and rifle, begins to offer the sport of men’s soccer.

Why no men's soccer in Big 12? - Charleston Gazette
It's an interesting dichotomy this West Virginia-to-the-Big 12 deal as it applies to men's soccer.

Women's Soccer: WVU Splits Doubleheader - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia women’s soccer team split a pair of matches against Royal Vallecano, the reigning Spanish Women’s Champions, Tuesday evening in Madrid, Spain.

New Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Talks About Steve Slaton - WVU Pros
New Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin talked to the Miami Herald this week, and Steve Slaton was one of the topics.

News of Note:

Luck grants max scholarships to WVU baseball - Charleston Daily Mail
"We've never had the full 11.7 before," said Van Zant, whose team played Morehead State at Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday night.

WVU has to get better in baseball - Inter-Mountain
West Virginia University's baseball team has lost five of its last six games and struggling with an 11-15 record.

WVU basketball: Consensus is Jones the best since Rod Thorn - Charleston Daily Mail
Rod Thorn will turn 72 in two months. I bring that up because it puts into perspective where Kevin Jones stands in West Virginia University basketball history.

Childress Adjusting Well To The College Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“My dad and I talked about it and thought it would be a good idea to get a head start on the offense and just get some school work out of the way and just mature earlier,” explained Childress.

Ford Tough - MSNsportsNET.Com
But at the end of the day, West Virginia had two offensive advantages that none of the other schools could offer him: Dana Holgorsen as a head coach and offensive coordinator and an offensive scheme that fit Childress’ style and level of play perfectly.

Ready For A Bigger Role - BGN
West Virginia sophomore running back Andrew Buie had an up-and-down freshman season.

Lamone was all-time great lineman at West Virginia - Register-Herald
He was like a one-man wrecking crew as a two-way performer with the Mountaineers from 1951-54.


WVU Stands Out Early for Talented 2013 Cornerback - WVillustrated
Recruiting in the spring typically means early looks, first impressions and a lot of phone calls. Through that initial rush, West Virginia is pushing its way to the top of Jahmere Irvin-Sills' list.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Kansas Football: Spring Season Kicks Off Today - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State athletic director letting Martin walk a big mistake - CBSSports

For TCU men's basketball, Big 12 a building project - Star Telegram

Football: The friendly position battle - Ames Tribune

2012 Texas Longhorns Spring Football Game: What I'll Be Watching - Barking Carnival

Texas Football 2012: John Harris Returns From Injury More Mature - Burnt Orange Nation

OU Football Spring Spotlight: Backup Quarterback - Crimson And Cream Machine

Brown hopeful, anxious about Tech running backs - Red Raiders

Start Time Set For Spring Football Finale - Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site

On field or off, Justin Blackmon always makes an impact - Sporting News

Video of Interest:

Video that accompanies the Buie article above:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Teaser for a trailer? Seriously?!?!

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another South American beauty. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Carla Ossa.


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