Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/1/14) Edition

We hope you enjoyed our parody earlier today, but here's the real version. Baseball travels to Pitt, football & hoops reports, varsity reports, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Apr. 1 - WV MetroNews
Shannon Dawson discusses how the offense has been stacking up against the WVU defense this spring. We also hear from junior guard Juwan Staten as he explains the decision-making process that went into announcing his return to WVU for his senior season.

Big XII Baseball Notes | Sooners Down Jayhawks | Mountaineers Take First - Crimson And Cream Machine
Congratulations to the West Virginia Mountaineers for moving into first place in the Big Twelve Conference baseball standings over the weekend...well sort of.

West Virginia travels to Pitt to take on the Panthers in rematch from March 25 victory in Morgantown - Daily Athenaeum
Riding a three-game winning streak and playing some of their best baseball of the season, the Mountaineers travel to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers today at 6 p.m.

Carley Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week - WVU Athletics
Sean Carley earned his first Big 12 weekly honor.

Mountaineers Find Success at World Cup - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle program was well represented at the Fort Benning World Cup.

Men's Soccer Prepping for Spring Season - Daily Athenaeum
In preparations for the 2014 season in the fall, the West Virginia men’s soccer team has spent the month of March training and participating in its annual spring schedule.

Women's Basketball: Successful Season, Rough End - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team had a historic 2013-14 campaign, but in the way the season ended, it would be hard to script it as a complete success.

Bohman Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Furfari: Turnbull endured many tragedies as a youngster - Register-Herald
Craig Turnbull, the latest head coach victim of Oliver Luck’s shocking series of firings at West Virginia University, had generally enjoyed what many rate as an outstanding career not only in athletics but in life.


News of Note:

Hoops

No hatin' when it comes to Staten - Charleston Gazette
"They're all excited," Huggins said. "We're getting [Staten] back. Those two guys [Holton and Macon] are eligible [after sitting out]. Then we have the two guys [Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles] coming in."

Staten explains decision to return, voices surprise over Harris leaving - WV MetroNews
The point guard joined MetroNews

Jonathan Holton Motivated, Eager to Begin Play at WVU - WVillustrated
Junior forward learned lessons on and off the court through the frustration of sitting out the entire year for the Mountaineers.

Football

Austin comparison inevitable for Alford - Charleston Daily Mail
Alford measured just an inch smaller, but had the moves and the speed and he’d made the most of them in two seasons at Georgia Military College. Alford was aware of the comparison, if not reluctant to accept it.

Garrison: "The Best I've Felt" - EerSports
“Last year, I came back and that was my first time feeling 100-percent,” he said. “And then I pulled my hamstring.”

WVU defense adjusting to rapid pace - Daily Athenaeum
As West Virginia prepares for its third season in the Big 12 Conference, it is no secret offensive units in the league like to play at a fast pace.

Photo Gallery: WVU Spring Practice 3/29/14 photos - WVSports.com


Pro News:

Coal Burning Stove: Geno, Jets better off without Jackson - WVU Pros
The release of former Philadelphia Eagles star wideout DeSean Jackson has turned some heads. Among those interested are reportedly the New York Jets, which were quarterbacked by WVU signal caller Geno Smith last season. But Smith and the Jets are better off without Jackson.


Around the League (and Beyond):

2014 Women's NCAA Tournament | Lady Bears' season ends in loss to Notre Dame - Our Daily Bears

Choose Your Adventure With The 2013-14 Cyclones - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Andrew Wiggins Declares For the NBA Draft - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State set for spring football practice - Topeka Capital Journal

OU basketball: Lon Kruger points out areas where the Sooners need to improve - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OKLAHOMA STATE SPRING FOOTBALL POSITION REVIEW: CB and Safety - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas RB Joe Bergeron shoots down transfer rumors - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Manager - Frogs O' War

Webb throws four TDs with no interceptions in Texas Tech scrimmage - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

Baseball Set for Matchup at Pitt - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will travel to Pitt on Tuesday afternoon for a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Charles L. Cost Field.


Video of Interest:

In this edition of Around the Horn, Coach Mazey and Jeff Culhane talk about the weekend sweep of the Baylor Bears and Tuesday's non-conference tilt with Pitt.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Russian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tanya Mityushina.


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