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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (3/24/14) Edition

Coverage of the Women's NCAA opening round win, open football practice in Wheeling, Coach Bradley talks, player features, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

WVU coach receives $300,000 retention bonus - Charleston Daily Mail
The $300,000 "retention incentive" is one of the perks included in the six-year contract Holgorsen signed in 2012.

Baseball Drops Finale at UNC Wilmington - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team dropped the series at UNC Wilmington.

Pitching falters in 13-10 series finale at UNC Wilmington - WV MetroNews
West Virginia drops to 12-8 as it prepares for Tuesday's home opener against Pitt.

Sloanhoffer Wins Big 12 All-Around Crown - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University gymnastics team scored a season-high 196.375 in a third-place effort at today’s Big 12 Gymnastics Championship, in front of 2,112 fans at the WVU Coliseum.

What a Month! - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team has a whirlwind month.

Furfari: Charleston’s Phillips made first basket ever in WVU Coliseum - Register-Herald
Levi Phillips, born and raised in Charleston, was an outstanding basketball player at West Virginia University in the early 1970s

Women's Tournament Hangover:

WVU uses 16-2 run to top Albany in opener - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc.

WVU Defeats UAlbany, Advances to Second Round - WVU Athletics
WVU defeated Albany earlier this evening to advance to the Second Round

Women beat Albany in NCAA tournament - Charleston Daily Mail
For a team that has consistently found ways to win this season, Sunday's first-round NCAA women's basketball tournament game appeared to have given second-seeded West Virginia a chance to need little searching for a winning formula.

WVU women beat Albany in NCAA tourney, 76-61 - Charleston Gazette
The next step for the Mountaineers figures to be even more difficult.

Winning ugly nothing new for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
WVU women's notebook

Challenge accepted: WVU women survive Albany’s comeback charge - WV MetroNews
Behind Christal Caldwell's 26 points, the No. 2-seeded Mountaineers advance 76-61.

WVU survives Albany, advances in NCAA play - Times West Virginian
An hour or so after West Virginia senior women’s basketball player Christal Caldwell scored a career-high 26 points, no small feat for someone who had already played 97 games at the school, she took to Twitter to sum up what the second-seeded Mountaineers’ day in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament had come down to: Survive and Advance !!!! That’s what it’s all about.

Great Danes Tamed - BGN
West Virginia shredded Albany's pressure defense in the first half in running out to a 17-point lead, then turned back a determined Great Dane rally to post a 76-61 win in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday.

Mountaineers Advance with 76-61 Win Over Albany - WVillustrated
WVU women survive second half surge from Great Danes behind Christal Caldwell's 26 points.

West Virginia Defeats Albany 76-61, Advances to NCAA Second Round vs. LSU - WVU Pros
Senior Christal Caldwell scored 26 points, and No. 2 seed West Virginia (30-4) sets a record for wins in a season in a 76-61 win over No. 15 seed Albany (28-5)

Carey pledges West Virginia will play better in Round 2 - WV MetroNews
Click to watch his postgame comments from Carey along with WVU players Asya Bussie, Averee Fields, and Bria Holmes.

Bussie says WVU ‘kind of let up once we had the huge lead’ - WV MetroNews
Asya Bussie, Averee Fields and Bria Holmes share their reaction to a 76-61 win over Albany.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Press Conference - WVillustrated
WVU beat Albany 76-61 to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers will take on LSU Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Albany - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 76-61 win over Albany in the first round of the 2014 NCAA women's basketball tournament

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Press Conference Quotes - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen addressed members of the media at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Holgorsen Discusses Spring Progress From Wheeling - WVillustrated
Mountaineers hold open practice on Saturday, head coach discusses key positions on offense as spring rolls on.

BGN Video: Holgorsen Press Conferece - BGN
The West Virginia football team did something it hadn't done for quite some time Saturday when it opened its spring practice session up to the media and fans at Wheeling Island Stadium.

Holgorsen from Wheeling: ‘Coaching staff is meshing’ - WV MetroNews
First of three open-to-the-public practices offers glimpse of Skyler Howard and defensive changes.

WVU hits Wheeling; spotlight hits Howard - Charleston Gazette
When the Mountaineers scrimmaged, Howard ran with the first team offense, which went mostly against the second team defense.

Wheeling Practice Win-Win for Mountaineers - WVU Athletics (autoplay audio)
Also an article and photo gallery

WVU’s Show Hits Wheeling - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Mountaineers trying to connect with their fans

WVU Fans Like What They Are Seeing - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Locals catch their first glimpse of 2014 ’Eers

WVU football practices in Wheeling - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The practice lasted for about two and a half hours and included offensive and defensive drill sessions as well as a full 11-on-11 scrimmage that took place in the final 20 minutes.

WVU takes its show to Wheeling - Register-Herald
With five spring practices under its belt, the West Virginia University football team took its show on the road Saturday, practicing before thousands of Mountaineer fans at Wheeling Island Stadium in Wheeling.

Room to Improve After First Open Practice - BGN
The West Virginia football team opened up its sixth practice of the spring to fans and members of the media Saturday afternoon at Wheeling Island Stadium.

WVU takes to the road for spring drills - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers hold first of three ‘open’ practices at Wheeling Island Stadium

Wilson Was Instrumental In Local Practice - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
To hear Quincy Wilson tell it, the whole thing sounded like his idea.

Bradley ready to get back to coaching - Charleston Daily Mail
For Tom Bradley, it really only seems like the hard part is over.

Bradley Adjusting to New Role at WVU - BGN
For his last 11 seasons as a coach, Tom Bradley was able to get in a certain routine.

Bradley’s take on defensive line assignment: ‘Coaching’s coaching’ - WV MetroNews
After 33 seasons at Penn State, veteran assistant starts anew at West Virginia.

Bradley hits field, meets the press - Charleston Gazette
He's a new assistant coach who is one of the most successful ever at the job.

Bradley ready to lead West Virginia defensive line - Daily Athenaeum
After 33 years of pacing the sideline in Happy Valley and two years working in radio, Tom Bradley has found a new home in Morgantown serving as senior associate head coach under Dana Holgorsen.

Bradley embraces opportunity at WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“It's been different,” Bradley said. “Thirty seven years. When I got (to West Virginia), I couldn't find the locker room.”

Bradley prepared to do what it takes to win - Times West Virginian
"It’s interesting," Bradley said following practice as he met with the real Mountaineer maniacs – the media – for the first time since his hire.

Football Player/Assistant Coach Quotes - WVU Athletics
Football coaches and players addressed members of the media Saturday.

West Virginia Mountaineers hope for turnaround at quarterback 2014 - ESPN
The fourth quarter of West Virginia’s 52-44 overtime loss to Iowa State in the season finale underscores the woes of WVU’s offense in 2013

"KuJo" Ready to Lead - EerSports
Now a junior, safety Karl Joseph says he is ready to lead the defense, and feels Tony Gibson will help him do that.

Howard deserves starting spot - Daily Athenaeum
Though the names have changed – Riverside City College transfer Skyler Howard replaced Ford Childress – the competition is just as wide open.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Logan Moore is living a dream at quarterback - Times West Virginian
I believe in fairy tales. No, not that they really happen, at least as we know them.

Defense Flying to the Ball - EerSports
New Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson talks about his defense's performance on Saturday afternoon and progress being made this spring. TV: Interviews from Wheeling -
Coaches Holgorsen & Bradley, Kwiatkoski, Millard, Moore, O'Toole, Rose & Thompson

WVU Spring Practice: Wheeling 2014 photos -


Bengals attend West Virginia Pro Day to scout Pat Eger and Curtis Feigt - Cincy Jungle
The Bengals could use some o-line depth, and they have their eye on 2 from West Virginia.

Pro News:

Rex Ryan: Geno Smith "Hard to Beat" as Starting Quarterback For New York Jets - WVU Pros
The New York Jets made a serious upgrade Friday to the team’s backup quarterback position by adding former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

Coal Burning Stove: Belnome not ready for MLB - WVU Pros
Belnome is 25 years old so time is of the essence for the former Mountaineer.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor dominates Creighton 85-55 to reach Sweet Sixteen - Our Daily Bears

The Recap: Sweet 16 Bound - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Falls to Stanford 60-57 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State Baseball: Freshman Shines in Shutout of Sooners, Cats Win 5-0 - Bring On The Cats

Sooners will need to improve on defense - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Why this crazy season might be an argument for Travis Ford instead of against him - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Final Score: Michigan Eliminates Texas 79-65 - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Football Announces 2013 Team Award Winners - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders pound Horned Frogs, 10-2, even Big 12 Conference series - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

WVU-Marshall Baseball in Charleston Rescheduled - WVU Athletics
Wednesday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

Video of Interest:

WVU's Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger break down the Mountaineers' victory over Albany in the first round of the Women's NCAA Tournament.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Polish beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Justyna Gradek.