Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/8/14) Edition

Football reports, baseball travels to Penn St., gymnast qualified for NCAAs, varsity notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 8 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor looks back on Saturday’s practice from Charleston. We also hear from running backs coach JaJuan Seider as he shares his thoughts on the progression of Dustin Garrison this spring.

Baseball Travels to Penn State - WVU Athletics
Tuesday, April 8 for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch

Baseball Promotional Schedule Released - WVU Athletics
The promotional schedule for WVU baseball has been revealed.

Luck Releases Men’s Soccer Schedule - WVU Athletics
"Marlon (LeBlanc) has put together another exciting schedule against some of the top talent in the nation," Luck says. "There are some great games on the schedule, and I look forward to watching the team take on some of the marquee teams in college soccer."

Dave Hickman: Wrestling with Turnbull firing - Charleston Gazette
So, was Luck justified in ending Turnbull’s near-40-year tenure at West Virginia (he was also an assistant coach for three years)? Well, that remains to be seen.

Sloanhoffer making WVU history after 2014 campaign - Daily Athenaeum
Senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer became West Virginia University’s 18th individual qualifier for the NCAA National Championships in program history Saturday.

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

News of Note:

Football Notebook - WVU Athletics
This week's Mountaineer football news and notes.

Decision making must improve for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Following Saturday’s open practice in Charleston, W.Va. offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson addressed the experience and depth he feels like he has with his offense this upcoming fall.

Bradley says Mountaineers’ D-line development ‘on schedule’ - WV MetroNews
With two starters to replace, West Virginia is seeking at least a six-man rotation up front.

Offense, defense take different approaches to building depth - Charleston Daily Mail
While both sides of the ball have the same goal within reach, how they’re using it couldn’t be more different.

Dillon to play more important role in 2014 - Daily Athenaeum
After just three career starts throughout his first two collegiate seasons, junior safety and linebacker K.J. Dillon has undeniably caught the attention of his coaches with his play during spring practice.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Shorts, Smallwood continue exodus together - Times West Virginian
The first most have heard about Eastern Christian came through a Sports Illustrated story back in August of 2012.

WVU Testing H-Back Weapons - EerSports
When the discussion of the Mountaineers' backfield comes up, typically the conversation centers around running backs Rushel Shell, Dreamius Smith, Andrew Buie, Wendell Smallwood and Dustin Garrison. However, there's another set of backs that are steadily improving this offseason, and could become a major part of the West Virginia offense this fall - the H-backs.

Hey, WVU: When’s it our turn? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Kudos to Mountaineer fans in Charleston.

Spring game still big deal for many college football programs - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Asked if the spring game helps the team or the fans, Holgorsen replied, “I think you can accomplish both. One of the reasons for opening up practices on all the Saturdays is to create interest when it comes to the fan base and get kids kind of jacked up, too.

Pro News:

Keane Signs with FC Kansas City - WVU Athletics
Former West Virginia goalkeer Sara Keane signed with FC Kansas City.

Will Clarke NFL Draft Scouting Report - WVU Pros
During his time in Morgantown, DE Will Clarke accomplished something that no other Mountaineer has before, and it is something that will help him as he climbs draft boards and tries to earn a job in the NFL next season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

LT Spencer Drango cleared to play in 2014 - Our Daily Bears

Football: QB Hodge kept out of first spring scrimmage Ames Tribune

Harwell obvious standout wideout - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State’s season at crossroads - Wichita Eagle

Is the tight end position making a comeback at OU? - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU football: New assistant coach Bob Connelly faces quick challenge - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Report: Texas RB Joe Bergeron to miss rest of spring practice - Burnt Orange Nation

Video: TCU Horned Frogs quarterbacks - ESPN

Top Five Questions for Texas Tech for the Spring Game - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Baseball at Penn State - CBSSports.com GameTracker
GAME BEGINS Apr. 8, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. ET, State College, Pa

Video of Interest:

Senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer and gymnastics head coach Jason Butts discuss Hope's qualification for the NCAA Championships on April 18, in Birmingham, Ala.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the BikiniTeam.com Model of the Month for April. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Shawn Dillon.


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