Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/2/14) Edition

Baseball hosts Texas in Hawley Field finale, football notes, Maryland hoops transfer visiting, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 2 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey discusses what the crowds have been like in the final year at Hawley Field. WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson looks ahead to the summer and discusses a gameplan in preparation for the first weeks of the season’s slate.

FURFARI COLUMN: Hawley contributed to WVU in a variety of ways - Times West Virginian
Stringing together some odds and ends which may be of interest for you

News of Note:

Baseball

Ushering in a New Era of WVU Baseball - WVU Athletics
Players anxious to move to new ballpark.

Watch Around the Horn With Randy Mazey - WVU Athletics
It's once again time to go Around the Horn with West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey and Jeff Culhane, previewing this weekend's three-game series against 11th-ranked Texas at Hawley Field.

It's the Longhorns This Weekend - WVU Athletics
Baseball blue blood Texas makes an appearance in Morgantown.

Baseball Hosts No. 11 Texas - WVU Athletics
WVU takes on Texas this weekend at Hawley Field.

Dugout antics help Mountaineers keep cool under pressure - Charleston Daily Mail
"It’s kind of ridiculous," sophomore relief pitcher Ryan Hostrander said.

WVU takes on Texas in Hawley Field finale - Charleston Gazette
Hawley Field has been home to West Virginia’s baseball team since 1971, but few times in those 43 years have the Mountaineers hosted a more intriguing series than the one that will close it out.

Dave Hickman: Big outs can come in small packages - Charleston Gazette
An intimidating presence can be a wonderful asset in baseball, especially for a pitcher.

‘She’s going away’ - Register-Herald
After 43 years of baseball, nearly 1,000 games and thousand of players calling its grass home, Hawley Field, the home of West Virginia University baseball since 1971, will host one final series this weekend, and it’s going out with a bang.

West Virginia Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ryan McBroom - Big 12 Conference
Immense change has encompassed West Virginia baseball over the past few years. The team has moved to a new conference, hired a new coaching staff and increased its travel regimen. Even the future will be filled with more differences, as the club is slated to move to a brand new ballpark in the not so distant future.

Football

Crest will not be starting QB this year - Exponent Telegram
Can a freshman — in this case namely William Crest — come in to West Virginia this year and win the starting quarterback job? This is no rhetorical question. It has an answer. And the answer is no, not this year.

Big 12 football 2014 post-spring breakdown: Offensive line - ESPN
7. West Virginia (pre-spring ranking 7)

Recruiting:

Maryland Transfer Roddy Peters Expected to Visit West Virginia - EerSports
Maryland transfer Roddy Peters is likely to visit West Virginia this weekend, a source told InsideMDSports.

Pro News:

NFL Draft: The New York Jets select... - WVU Pros
The NFL Draft is just around the corner. Last season was a big year for West Virginia, three players getting drafted in the first three rounds. Now, though, we’ll look at who could help current WVU Pros’ teams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

2014 NFL Draft: The St. Louis Rams select... - WVU Pros
Now, we’ll look at who can help the St. Louis Rams and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey at No. 2.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor eager for era of new home to kick off - San Antonio Express-News

Post-spring position rankings -Cyclone Fanatic

Naadir Tharpe to Transfer? - Rock Chalk Talk

Judah Jones encouraged after strong Kansas State spring game performance - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Football Labeled 2014's Best In The Land By Sporting News - Crimson And Cream Machine

OKLAHOMA STATE 3 BEST FOOTBALL WINS WITH MARK ROGERS TV - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns post spring depth chart analysis - ESPN

Defensive-minded Gary Patterson ready for 'Air Frog' era at TCU - Dallas Morning News

Matt Wallerstedt's 3-4 Defense: Linebackers and Secondary - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU-Texas Weekend Promotional Schedule - WVU Athletics
There will be a lot of activites for this weekend's series.

Video of Interest:

Send Hawley Field out on a crowded note this weekend when the Mountaineers play host to 19th-ranked Texas for a three-game Big 12 series.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown rose to fame in Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video (NSFW) and has since been featured as a rookie in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Emily Ratajkowski.


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