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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (4/5/12) 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 König Ludwig Weissbier.

As we head into the holiday weekend, we have lots (and I mean lots) of player features today. And back on the hoops side of things, Gary Browne will be out of action for a few months and Forsythe was granted a medical hardship redshirt. Also, WVU is $300,000 richer today as former coach John Beilein made his final settlement payment. All of this, plenty of Big 12 news and more...

What You May Have Missed:

WVU basketball: Browne has surgery, Beilein pays off debt - Charleston Daily Mail
Former Coach John Beilein finally settled his debt to the university and sent his fifth and final payment on his $1.5 million buyout for leaving the Mountaineers for the University of Michigan in 2007.

Men's Basketball: Browne Sidelined - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University guard Gary Browne underwent surgery Tuesday to repair internal damage in his right ankle.

Pat Forsythe Granted Medical Hardship Waiver - WVillustrated
Mountaineer center will have four years of eligibility remaining after season-ending injury cut his debut to just seven games.

Former WVU Star Making Push for Midseason Promotion - WVillustrated
Two years removed from graduating college, almost everyone around the country who follows the game can now identify Gyorko as one of baseball's brightest prospects.

Scott Kozlowski Tries To Follow Will Johnson's Path To the NFL - WVU Pros
For former Mountaineer punter Scott Kozlowski, the path to the NFL has been long, but may be about to end.

Dunlevy still close to WVU at 67 - Register-Herald
Dunlevy possessed not only speed but athleticism at 6-foot-5 and 206 pounds as a split end and, in his sophomore year, defensive end when all players went both ways.

News of Note:

Learning From a Harvard Grad - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Feature on the CB's and Coach Roberts, includes video with Brodrick Jenkins

Leading the offense - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen wants more from Austin this season

WVU Coaches and Players Praise Austin’s Game - WVillustrated
One of the nation's most exciting players is only getting better

HERTZEL COLUMN: Madsen relishes job as WVU’s man in the middle - Times West Virginian
“I think it’s the best job on the field,” he opined. “I get to sit there and scream at guys, get on guys and get after people.”

Ripple Effect - MSNsportsNET.Com
Spain said Jenkins’ injury caused a ripple effect that impacted every position on the offensive line last season.

Buie Embracing Opportunity This Spring - WVillustrated
Buie is taking advantage of extra reps this spring and building his confidence.

Second chances for Francis - Charleston Gazette
Linebacker hopes to live up to promise after 'confusing' season

Unforgettable, for the wrong reason - Charleston Gazette
And I say, 'Yeah, I'm the guy that tackled the Orange.' ''

WVU's Cody Clay is on the move - Charleston Daily Mail
"I ate a lot, but I don't know what happened," Clay said. "I just couldn't gain the weight I needed to. I thought it would be easy, but I tried."

Around the League (and Beyond):

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

Lenz In The Lead This Fall -

Gundy on 2012 I expect to win a lot of football games - Tulsa World

Kansas Football Spring Football Outlook: Quarterbacks - Rock Chalk Talk

Breaking down spring camp: Kansas State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Football 2012: Post-Spring Offensive Depth Chart - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU's maturing secondary makes strides in spring - Star-Telegram

Video: Oklahoma's spring practice - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Baylor athletics: Glorious year continues - Oklahoman

BCS report includes one great, six bad postseason reform ideas -

What's On Tap:

Get your tickets for the 2012 Gold-Blue Spring Football Game, presented by Kroger, at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Tickets are only $10 and a portion of the proceeds benefit WVU Children's Hospital.

Big 12 media days schedule is locked in - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Big 12 media days are officially scheduled for July 23-24 at the Westin Galleria hotel in north Dallas.

Video of Interest:

Hoppy Kercheval talks about the John Beilein settlement, a few Mountaineer basketball players are in the headlines and the cornerbacks try to adjust to practice without Pat Miller.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

For those of you not familiar, during the Masters practice rounds, it's tradition that the players play skip shots off the water at #16. This happened on Monday:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Polish model Kamila Mackowiak. Click on the picture for today's gallery.


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