Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/8/13) Edition

Football, baseball and hoops notes, pre-draft news, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 8 - WV MetroNews
Today, WVU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson talks about building depth this spring and safeties coach Tony Gibson discusses teaching his players to communicate

HERTZEL COLUMN: Hall snubs Huggins yet again - Times West Virginian
He has won 20 or more games in all but five of his 30 seasons and 30 or more three times.

WVU Unable to Overcome Early Deficit - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team fell to Baylor on Sunday.

Mazey’s father helped mold him as a person - Times West Virginian
Mazey’s tale of life with father is a warm one, the kind that creates not only good athletes but good people.

Wearing the Jersey: Harrison Musgrave - WVU Athletics
Bridgeport's Harrison Musgrave talks about his career as a pitcher for the Mountaineer baseball team. He discusses his successful rehab following Tommy John surgery and what changes he had to make with the new coaching staff.

Silva Scores Two In Duquesne Win - WVU Athletics
WVU scored three first-half goals in a shutout against Duquesne.

Two Ex-WVU Coaches With Similar Paths - WVU Athletics
King, like Beilein, had West Virginia Conference roots – King at Morris Harvey College in Charleston and Beilein at Wheeling College, now Wheeling Jesuit

WVU fans should support Beilein - Register-Herald
Former Mountaineer coach will lead Michigan into championship game

John Flowers goes off, Kevin Jones sees quality minutes and more from the hardwood - WVU Pros
With basketball season winding down, here are some updates on Kevin Jones, John Flowers, Alex Ruoff, Tyrone Sally and D'or Fischer.


Pre-Draft News:

2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - Big Blue View
Tavon Austin is considered by many the most explosive offensive player on the draft, on the small chance the Giants take him in the first round here's the type of player the Giants would get.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Kiper: Little doubt Tavon is taken high - Times West Virginian
It is almost amazing how Tavon Austin has risen up the draft ladder, now seemingly for certain a first-round pick despite his diminutive size.

NFL mock draft: Geno Smith has skill set to prosper in Kelly's offense - Sporting News (autoplay video)
4 & 16

2013 QB draft class may be NFL's most lowly regarded in more than a decade - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: For now, evaluators seem to have a hard time really warming up to Geno Smith and Matt Barkley.

Geno Smith shows game intelligence, offensive complexity in ‘Gruden’s QB Camp’ episode - Shutdown Corner
Video below

NFL draft becoming platform for WVU exposure - Daily Athenaeum
This isn’t something that occurs frequently and needs to be recognized.


News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Dawson set for potent WVU offense - Times West Virginian
Why does Bob think he wasn't the OC the last two seasons?

WVU ‘trims the fat’ on offensive system - WV MetroNews
Dawson said staff changes marked the perfect time to streamline terminology and communication methods.

Punt, Kick Return Are Highly Competitive Positions For WVU - WVillustrated
Six players are competing for the opportunity to return punts and kickoffs this fall for West Virginia University.

Building Process - BGN
rebuilding West Virginia's pass coverage is still in its initial stages.

Garrett Hope Brings New Mentality to WVU Practice - WVillustrated
Sophomore linebacker looks to make a bigger impact on game days by treating every drill like a Big 12 showdown.

GW's Clay making blue-collar impact for WVU - Charleston Gazette
When Dana Holgorsen talks about West Virginia's talent and depth at running back, he does so in glowing terms.

Several odds and ends - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Notebook...of grumbles

Video: Line Coaches - BGN
Coaches Ron Crook and Erik Slaughter

PHOTOS: Mountaineer Football Spring Practice - WVillustrated

Charleston Daily Mail Articles


Recruiting:

Mountaineers sharpen recruiting focus on Georgia - Charleston Daily Mail


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football: 2013 Spring Scrimmage Recap/Stats/Highlights - Our Daily Bears

MYTHBUSTERS: "The Right Way" - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU's Jeff Withey named co-defensive player of the year by NABC - Lawrence Journal World

The State of K-State Basketball: What can we expect from Bruce Weber? - Bring On The Cats

OU Football 2013 | Drew Allen Transfer Decision Could Come Soon - Crimson And Cream Machine

An angry, edgy defense? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!! - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas House Hits UT Regents Where it Hurts: In the Pocketbook - Barking Carnival

TCU spring practice closes with Pachall, Waymon James seeing first-team reps - TCU 360

Fans turn out early, in force for Tech scrimmage in Midland - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


Video of Interest:

John Gruden's QB Camp with Geno Smith


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Spanish jaw dropper. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Diana Morales.


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