Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/9/14) Edition

Baseball takes on Kansas in key series, Eron Harris has many suitors, MAC visited Parkersburg last night, draft notes, WVU Pros feature, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 9 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey previews his team’s weekend series against Kansas. We also hear from WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook as he discusses the kinds of areas this unit needs to improve on during the summer.

MAC pays annual visit to area - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Holgorsen, Luck, Huggins headline list of attendees

Mitch Vingle: Luck on Big 12 meetings, hoops, wrestling and Clooney - Charleston Gazette
This week, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck — as well as men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins, women’s basketball coach Mike Carey and football coach Dana Holgorsen — attended Big 12 meetings at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

Graduates in the Spotlight: Jess Harlee - WVU Athletics
Throughout the last four years, senior women’s basketball player Jess Harlee was under the bright lights at the WVU Coliseum.

Eron Harris: Why Purdue is the best landing spot for WVU transfer - WVU Pros
Harris averaged 13.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 26 minutes per game during his two seasons for West Virginia as well as shooting 39.6 percent from behind the three-point acre.

Recruiting Central: Transfer Eron Harris talks schools, coaches - Indianapolis Star
Within just a few hours, Butler, Indiana and Purdue, as well as Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA called to inquire about him.

News of Note:

Baseball

WVU-Kansas series could represent ‘swing vote’ for NCAA bid - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers enter the weekend series in Lawrence sporting a No. 22 RPI, while Jayhawks sit 40th.

WVU baseball begins home stretch at Kansas - Times West Virginian
The Mountaineers play at Kansas this weekend in Lawrence and then close the season at Texas Tech.

Baseball Likely to Reach Regional - WVSports.com
West Virginia and Coach Randy Mazey are on the brink of doing that hasn't been done in school history since 1996. Mazey has his Mountaineers ten games above .500 at 27-17 (9-8) putting the team in great position to reach an NCAA regional.

WVU needs to come back to Southern West Virginia - Register-Herald
"We will have to see what the future holds, but if we have got a home game and the people of Morgantown really support us locally, and if we are going to attract great crowds, then we are going to spend the majority of our time at home, probably."

Furfari: Mazey and WVU baseball team earned plenty of credit so far - Register-Herald
With six more games on the schedule, plus the Big 12 Conference Tournament to play, the Mountaineers (27-17) can be proud of where they are in the Big 12 standings. WVU id in fourth place.

Football/Draft

Defensive struggles could affect players’ draft status - Charleston Daily Mail
"When you suck," Cook said, "you’re not going to get picked."

Sims, Clarke Eye This Weekend's NFL Draft - WVU Athletics
Both projected as mid-round choices.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Clarke plays waiting game at NFL draft - Times West Virginian
As a defensive end, his job was to take quarterbacks apart, one piece at a time.

In (and Out) of the Draft - BGN
Changing priorities in the NFL, as well as differences in the game itself, could have effects on West Virginia's prospects in the NFL draft.

Recruiting:

Former commit Herr reclassifies for 2015, remains interested in WVU - WV MetroNews
The three-star offensive tackle from Elkton, Md., aims to solidify his academics as he attracts offers for next year.

Pro News:

Top 5 WVU Mountaineers drafted in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds in the modern era - WVU Pros
The Mountaineers have heard many memorable names called in the Second and Third Rounds of the NFL Draft. Who went on to have the best NFL careers?

Around the League (and Beyond):

An early guess on Baylor’s starting five for 2014-15 - Waco Tribune

Iowa State Cyclones post-spring depth chart analysis - ESPN

Andrew White Transferring From Kansas - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State baseball trying to salvage disappointing season - Wichita Eagle

OU scheduled to open 2017, 2022 seasons against UTEP - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU basketball: Kamari Murphy leaving Cowboys' program - Oklahoman

Private QB coach George Whitfield discusses Texas’ quarterback situation, Jerrod Heard, Tyrone Swoopes and Shawn Watson - Dallas Morning News

Streaking TCU has kept its head down while its stock has soared - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Matt Wallerstedt's 3-4 Defense: Coverages - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU baseball: Mountaineers face streaking Kansas - Charleston Gazette
Now, though, is not the time to get cocky, not with seven games remaining in the regular season and then the Big 12 tournament.

Video of Interest:

Celebrating West Virginia University's Student-Athletes for the 2013-14 Season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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