Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (4/3/13) Edition

Spring practice reports, Holgorsen on Geno, Huggins on transfers, WVU baseball, Pat White to Skins, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 3 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen talks to the media following the restart of spring practice, Bob Huggins divulges what is going on with his program and Randy Mazey says his team beat Marshall with a chip on their shoulders.

Furfari: Does West Virginia baseball really need a new park? - Register-Herald
Bridgeport officials announced some time ago that they plan to have a Class A team. And that’s another matter Morgantown and WVU officials should very well keep in mind.

Huggins on transfers: ‘They’re great kids’ - WV MetroNews
But Aaron Brown and his high school coach puzzled as to dropoff in sophomore's playing time.

Huggins’ spring cleaning - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday's announcement that three players have elected to transfer came as little surprise to most fans who followed the old gold and blue.

Transfer Trail - BGN
Are there other ramifications, though, for turning over nearly 1/4 of the roster in one day?

Filauro’s Homers Lead WVU over Marshall - WVU Athletics
Alan Filauro notched two homers to lead WVU.

The Extra Tenth: Kaylyn Millick - WVU Athletics
This week's The Extra Tenth features senior gymnast Kaylyn Millick.

FURFARI COLUMN: Hard work pays off for Gyorko - Times West Virginian
The Morgantown native actually realized a dream come true Monday afternoon when he started at second base for the San Diego Padres against the New York Mets in Flushing, N.Y.

Ex-Dolphins QB Pat White agrees to deal with Redskins - USA Today
White, 27, will sign a deal with the Redskins on Wednesday after meeting with team officials Tuesday night


Pre-Draft News:

Geno Smith criticism: Is it fair? - NFL Videos (autoplay)
Are the recent criticisms of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith warranted? The "Path to the Draft" crew debates.

Draft Analyst Calls Smith A Gimmick - ESPN Video
ESPN Video: Todd McShay, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless react to Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki's critical assessment of QB Geno Smith.

Jake Spavital: There’s No Questioning Geno’s Work Ethic - Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560
Jake Spavital, former West Virginia quarterback coach, discusses Geno Smith and how recent criticism has no basis.

Holgorsen Backs Geno Smith After Report Bashes Him - WVillustrated
Smith was ripped by a Pro Football Weekly writer for numerous reasons. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen defended Smith following Tuesday's practice.

Former WVU quarterback Geno Smith says negative scouting report is untrue - SI Tracking Blog
"I heard about it (Monday) night when my quarterbacks coach called me to tell me about it.

Is Pro Football Weekly wrong about Geno? - WV MetroNews
"I don’t read Pro Football Weekly, but it was brought to my attention that a couple of people wanted me to comment on it," Holgorsen said

Video: Will Chiefs draft Geno Smith? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Adam Schefter discusses the likelihood of the Chiefs taking former West Virginia QB Geno Smith with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.


News of Note:

Coach Dana Holgorsen News Conference - WVU Athletics
Transcript here, video embedded below

Video blog: Day Six - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The last time WVU had a spring football practice, Pat Haden hadn’t even heard of Andy Enfield.

Holgorsen likes practice energy - WV MetroNews
WVU had not practiced since March 21, leaving players fresh on a crisp, sunny afternoon.

Smith: Report ‘untrue in all things’ - Times West Virginian
Notebook

Fights Highlight First WVU Practice Following Spring Break - WVillustrated
A pair of fights took place during the 30-minute portion of practice that was open to the media. Neither escalated into anything major.

Spring Practice Report 6 - WVSports.com
After a one week layoff for spring break, the West Virginia football team returned to the football field under clear skies Tuesday, as the Mountaineers commenced with their sixth practice of the short spring season.

Offensive line remains key concern - Charleston Daily Mail
"We feel like we've got three guys at tackle, but we're getting by with the people we have inside," Holgorsen said. "They're all new."

Crook feeling right at home - Charleston Gazette
After a couple weeks of spring drills, Ron Crook is beginning to get comfortable in his new surroundings.

Eger injures ankle; Pankey tears ACL - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen reveals two offensive line injuries after Tuesday's practice.

Photo Gallery IV: WVU 2013 Spring Football - BGN

PHOTOS: Mountaineer Football Spring Practice - WVillustrated


Recruiting:

Grantham visits WVU, no commitment yet - Charleston Gazette
State high school boys basketball player of the year Donte' Grantham made a visit to West Virginia University Tuesday but did not make a commitment to the Mountaineers.


Around the League (and Beyond):

2013 NIT: The Baylor Bears are headed to the Finals! - Our Daily Bears

Could Fred Hoiberg Be the Best ISU Coach Ever? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU freshman Rio Adams to transfer - Lawrence Journal World

One Year Ago: Bruce Weber Hiring Time Capsule - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Men's Basketball: A Foundation Being Built - Crimson And Cream Machine

Will the real Bedlam baseball return? - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas Longhorns spring football: Is Adrian Phillips back? - Burnt Orange Nation

Baby Steps - Frogs O' War

Five initial thoughts: Hiring of Tubby Smith won’t re-energize hurting fan base overnight, but coach offers strong track record - Dallas Morning News


What's On Tap:



Video of Interest:

WVU football head coach Dana Holgorsen spoke to the media following the team's sixth spring practice.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE


Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a stunning Argentinian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery and bonus video of Luisana Lopilato.


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