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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (3/30/12) Edition

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As Spring Break winds down, we have several player features along with discussions from the coordinators on evaluating and how the 3-4 will help compete in the Big 12. Hertzel argues the case of Da`Sean Butler vs. KJ. We also have a couple of the future WVU cagers give their take on this past year's team and how they might help. The daily Big 12 roundup and more are also waiting for your perusal...

What You May Have Missed:

Counting down the best NCAA football/basketball schools - Sporting News
The Big 12 has 3 out of ten; look who made the list (and highest of the conference)

HERTZEL COLUMN: Butler best since Thorn - Times West Virginian
What I cannot do, however, is put Jones above Da’Sean Butler as the best player since Thorn, whether had had as many All-America honors or not.

Fun and Sun in Barcelona - MSNsportsNET.Com
Freshman midfielder Erin Brown has enjoyed her time in Spain and gives today’s entry on the first day in Barcelona.

News of Note:

WVU Offensive Line Looking Good This Spring - WVillustrated
The Offensive Line played well through the first two weeks of spring practice.

Evaluations tough to make in the spring - Charleston Gazette
"It's hard in the spring, it really is,'' Dawson said.

West Virginia receiver Thompson eager to prove worth - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The freshman from Katy, Texas, is quickly adjusting to the college game and has a chance to contribute this fall.

Woods Faces Final Opportunity to Make Plays for WVU - WVillustrated
Following a disappointing 2011 season, senior receiver is looking to turn things around for one last opportunity with the Mountaineers.

The 3-4 Will Help In The Big 12 - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video with Coach Patterson

Barber Adjusting to New Defense - MSNsportsNET.Com
“You don’t have to think about it,” Barber says about the new look. “We haven’t gone over everything yet - we haven’t learned everything- but it’s a whole lot easier. It just gives you space to run around a little and play and hit people - and playing is the best part.”


New guards can help cure WVU shooting woes - Charleston Daily Mail
"To me, we were probably missing some perimeter scoring," Harris said. "We had great point guards. We had a great power forward in Kevin Jones. We had a great center. All we needed was a guy to fill a scoring spot on the wing. The point guards had to fill that role as wing scorers when, really, they should be facilitating."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Patience pays off for BU's selfless Florence - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Weis sorting out Kansas' QB situation - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Is the Longhorns RB trio the nation's best? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Football 2012: 'Horns Unveil New Practice Uniforms - Burnt Orange Nation

OU Football Spring Spotlight - No. 2 Cornerback - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football notebook: Cowboys get physical, finally - Oklahoman

Red Raider Gridiron: Recruiting JUCO's and Learning Lessons - Double-T Nation

Iowa State unsettled at quarterback again - WCF Courier

Sports Media Rights: Playing With Monopoly Money - Barking Carnival

Survey shows conference commissioners divided on how to determine BCS national champion - Sporting News
Imagine that...

What's On Tap:

NCAA looking at potential governance changes for Division I - ESPN

Video of Interest:

Robert Allen from the Oklahoma State Radio Network stops by to talk about the Big 12 Conference and Chip Fontanazza talks to linebackers coach Keith Patterson about how important depth is for the upcoming season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a British model and soap star. Here's today's video and gallery (click on the picture) of Gemma Merna.


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