Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/15/14) Edition

Football reports, Bama kickoff time set, more on hoops commit, Adrian facing DUI, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 15 - WV MetroNews
Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com discusses the kind of player Tarik Phillip is for WVU. Shannon Dawson also gives his latest thoughts on the quarterback battle following Saturday’s spring game.

WVU freshman Adrian facing DUI charge - WV MetroNews
The 19-year-old forward was stopped by university police on North High Street.

Job security running low for WVU coaches - Daily Athenaeum
It is pretty easy to see that WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck is more interested in results than making friends. Luck has proven the past several years through various layoffs that tradition does not mean a whole lot to him.

Bullpen struggles continue to hurt WVU - Daily Athenaeum
The bullpen blues continued last weekend for the West Virginia baseball team. Mountaineer relief pitchers found just about every way to get into trouble on the mound while being swept in a three-game series against No. 18 Oklahoma State.

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

News of Note:

Spring Football Observations - WVU Athletics
Some takeaways from this year's spring football practice.

Key takeaways from the conclusion of spring drills at West Virginia - SportsWatch
However, it’s just spring practice, and no one knows just how much better the Mountaineers will be until they kick things off August 30 in Atlanta against Alabama.

Garrison finds his way with strong spring - Charleston Daily Mail
“He had a great spring,” running backs coach JaJuan Seider said after Saturday’s Gold-Blue Game.

WVU offense shows some improvement - Daily Athenaeum
In the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, the West Virginia football team displayed a high level of defense. It was the offense, however, that improved with each quarter.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Spring game showed defense has improved - Times West Virginian
From Dana Holgorsen’s viewpoint, which was standing right behind the offense, West Virginia’s Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday was a rousing success for it showed very little of what the Mountaineers will be in this coming season, probably not even showcasing the man who will direct the offense in the quarterback position.

WVU has improved specialists - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
With West Virginia University's annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage behind us, it is time to evaluate what fans witnessed and just what head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff need to accomplish before the Mountaineers return to practice in August.

Furfari: Most plays good, some not so good in Gold-Blue scrimmage - Register-Herald
There appeared to be a fine mixture of plays, most good with some not so good, in West Virginia University’s Gold-Blue football scrimmage last Saturday.

Charles Sims leaves impression on WVU running backs - Daily Athenaeum
“The best thing that Charles Sims ever did by coming here is to teach those guys how to be versatile,” Holgorsen said.

Dave Hickman: College free agents and autograph questions - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

Alabama-West Virginia kickoff time set, according to Pat Smith - EerSports
2:30 p.m. CT

Recruiting:

Juco recruiting analyst: Phillip ‘definitely a good pickup’ - WV MetroNews
Independence (Kan.) Community College commitment is a versatile guard who can contribute on both ends of the floor, says Brad Winton.

Pro News:

Bussie Drafted by WNBA’s Lynx - WVU Athletics
Senior Asya Bussie drafted in the WNBA as the No. 15 pick to Minnesota.

Jedd Gyorko signs six-year extension with the Padres - WVU Pros
It didn’t take long for the San Diego Padres to know what they have in second baseman Jedd Gyorko and keep him playing in Southern California for the foreseeable future.

Padres sign Gyorko to 5-year extension worth $35 million - WV MetroNews
Former WVU standout gets new deal after leading San Diego with 23 homers in 2013.

Coal Burning Stove: Gyorko's stint in six, seven hole was worth it - WVU Pros
Jedd Gyorko may be getting over his early sophomore slump.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Football Goes From Hunter To Hunted - BaylorBears.com

Prairie Springer: Cleaning Up the Mess - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas corners stand up, out - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Mueller looks to build on last year's success - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Football | Red/White Game Highlights - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Kevin Peterson offers his own style of leadership - Oklahoman (autoplay)

What David Ash's broken foot means for Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Manager - Frogs O' War

10 Thoughts on Texas Tech's Spring Game - Viva The Matadors

Big XII Baseball Notes | Longhorns Take Control Of Conference Standings - Crimson And Cream Machine

What's On Tap:

Baseball Hosts Ohio State on Tuesday - WVU Athletics
First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Junior tennis player Ikttesh Chahal had a unique way of coming to the United States to play the game she loves. This week's Wearing the Jersey brought to you by WVU Healthcare takes a look at how she ended up at WVU and what she wants to accomplish as a Mountaineer.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Brazilian (is there any other kind). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Emanuela De Paula.


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