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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/2/12) Edition

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 Heidelberger beer in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

With spring break now over, the football team will re-convene spring drills tomorrow, which will culminate with the Gold/Blue Game on April 21. We have a couple of updates on the running backs and offensive line today to go along with some updates from AD Luck on transitioning into the Big 12. Huggs gives us a tour through the completed basketball practice facility, including many areas that the public doesn't have access to. We have a couple of recruiting notes, including the flip of the first WVU commitment for next year's class to some school to the west, coached by a guy named for a Pope. There are also several updates on a few Mountaineers who have finished their athletic careers in Morgantown. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Luck Discusses Big 12 Transition - WVUillustrated
WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck discusses the Big 12, potential expansion, future football schedules and more.

WVU will add men's sports for Big 12 compliance, but where and when? - Charleston Gazette
"I think the conference office is probably grateful to us because it's forcing them to take a look at their bylaws,'' Luck said. "I don't think they'd paid much attention to some of the things that are in there.''

Coach Bob Huggins Guides Tour of New WVU Basketball Practice Facility - WVillustrated
Watch the final episode of Season 2 of The Bob Huggins Show, as Coach Bob Huggins takes us on an exclusive tour of the brand new, state of the art WVU Basketball Practice Facility.

Kevin Jones Discusses Life Post-WVU - WVillustrated
All-American Kevin Jones came to Bridgeport Saturday to sign autographs and take photos with WVU fans. We caught up with Jones before he began greeting his supporters to check in on what he's been up

The Forgotten Players - MSNsportsNET.Com
What I thought would be interesting to do was come up with some of the forgotten or unsung Mountaineer players since Thorn - guys who were terrific college players but have since been lost to history for one reason or another.

Kevin Pittsnogle Signs With the Charlotte Bobcats - WVU Pros
The Bobcats sign Mountaineer great Kevin Pittsnogle until the end of the season.

Julian Miller Signs Autographs, Works Toward Pro Career - WVillustrated
We caught up with the former WVU d-end in Bridgeport to chat about what he's been up to as he prepares for a professional career.

Former WVU Punter Kozlowski Shows Off for NFL Scouts - WVillustrated
Kozlowski had the opportunity to punt in the NFL Super Regional Combine in Detroit Friday. Now he waits to see if he made a good impression on the teams in attendance.

News of Note:

WVU Running Backs Showing Improvement - WVillustrated
The future of the running back position for the Mountaineers seems to be a promising one.

Ryan Clarke Getting Carries Once Again - WVillustrated
Ryan Clarke rushed for 541 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons. He did not carry the ball in 2011. Now, he is being rewarded for his hard work and once again carrying the ball in practice.

WVU O-Line Interior With High Expectations - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU’s offensive line returns essentially five starters with Josh Jenkins coming back from injury.


Henderson Hoping To Fill 3-Point Void - WVMETRONEWS.COM
A major hole in West Virginia’s 2011-2012 basketball season was the team’s inability to hit outside shots – the team struggled mightily from beyond the arc, something that eventually helped define them down the stretch.

Florida DB Adrian Baker Gets WVU Offer - WVillustrated
Interest continues to grow for Chaminade Madonna defender as the Mountaineers join six other schools to have offered.

Buckeyes Grab In-State Safety - BGN
Thompson, 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, committed to West Virginia the day after National Signing Day, but continued to receive offers. He committed to Ohio State this weekend following an unofficial visit to Columbus.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Video: Spring tasks for Big 12 teams - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Not all springs are created equal. Which Big 12 teams have the biggest tasks this offseason?

SPRING FOOTBALL: Jake Knott Will Play Until A Limb Falls Off - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas State hires ex-Ilinois Fighting Illini coach Bruce Weber -

Okay, Bruce, I'll Give You A Chance - Bring On The Cats

Position Breakdowns: Running Backs - Bring On The Cats

Video: Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Safety to defensive end? Texas Tech moves Pete Robertson again - Dallas Morning News

TCU using Air Force option look to prepare for September foes - Star-Telegram

Oklahoma State football: Clint Chelf talks quarterback competition - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Spring Game: Offensive Thoughts - Burnt Orange Nation

OU Spring Scrimmage Highlights 1 - University of Oklahoma Official Athletic Site

Texas-OU game could be extended through 2020 in Dallas - Dallas Morning News

Rice Invited to the Big 12 - Frogs O' War
Well played boys

Video of Interest:

Kevin Jones continues to train for the NBA, a future Mountaineer earns All-State honors and tickets sales roll in for the Mountaineers.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is German model Elisabeth Van Tergouw. Click on the picture for today's gallery.


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