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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (3/27/14) Edition

Post-mortems on both hoops seasons, football & baseball notes, pro updates (including WVU Pros), Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Mazey To Be Inducted in Cambria Co. Hall of Fame - WVU Athletics
WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey will be inducted in Cambria County HOF.

Big 12 Baseball Championship Tickets On Sale - WVU Athletics
All-session and weekend session tickets for the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City are on sale.

WVU women's loss was out of character - Charleston Gazette
For Christal Caldwell and the rest of the seniors on West Virginia's women's basketball team, the end came nothing like they'd imagined.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Some advice for WVU’s women’s basketball team - Times West Virginian
As someone who has reached the stage of life where my fondest possessions are my memories, I would like to offer some advice to West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team today, for they surely are having trouble believing or understanding that.

One that got away... - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team learned the hard way that the NCAA tournament doesn’t offer second chances.

WVU Seniors Leave Future in Good Hands - WVillustrated
Five Mountaineers played their final game in the gold and blue this week, now the players left behind are left to carry the torch.

News of Note:

Critiquing WVU men’s hardcourt - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The recent announcement that sophomore guard Eron Harris was leaving the West Virginia basketball program after the Mountaineers ended the season on yet another sour note

Is Huggins’ approach working? - Daily Athenaeum
After an unfulfilling conclusion to a potentially promising 2014 season, the only real solace for West Virginia men’s basketball fans was the fact they had a lot to look forward to in 2015.

Quarterbacks adjusting to new style of play - Daily Athenaeum
The signal caller doesn’t have to be what Michael Vick was years ago at Virginia Tech or even what Blake Bortles was last season at Central Florida. They simply have to extend plays.

Offense "Not Clicking"... Yet - EerSports
West Virginia's offense is a bit disjointed, adding in several new parts and working on implementing the right scheme. However, the players feel improvement coming.

FSU vs. Oklahoma State headlines best Week 1 games - Sporting News

Pro News:

Ray Gaddis named to SI's MLS Team of the Week - WVU Pros
Ray Gaddis has entered into his third season as a member of the Philadelphia Union. and his growth as a defender was recognized this week by Sports Illustrated.

Former WVU standout Devine looks for another shot in the NFL - Charleston Daily Mail
"When I was back in Houston, I used to watch highlights of him," Sims said. "Nice player. I didn’t know he was that small, but he’s fast. Pretty smooth, too."

Around the League (and Beyond):

New Arena Next for Baylor Basketball? - Our Daily Bears

ISU's resilience keyed by clutch guard Naz Long - AP

Tharpe's time as KU's starting point guard may be over - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State to announce details for $50 million upgrade to football stadium - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Spring Football | Defense Is "Light Years" Ahead Of Last Year - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Marcell Ateman has to work harder - Oklahoman (autoplay)

2013-14 Texas Longhorns Basketball Post-Mortem - Barking Carnival

Brandon Carter's absence means opportunity for other TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN

Jordan Tolbert to Transfer from Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

(6) Baylor Bears vs. (2) Wisconsin Badgers - NCAA Tournament Game - ESPN
7:47 pm tonight from Anaheim on TBS

Video of Interest:

The Mountaineers opened the 2014 home season with a 6-3 over the Pitt Panthers Tuesday afternoon at Hawley Field.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely lady of Spain. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Diana Morales.