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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (3/28/14) Edition

Football features, baseball opens up Big 12 play against Baylor in Charleston, varsity notes, WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, March 27 - WV MetroNews
Tom Bradley discusses his first few weeks on the job and his impression of the coaching staff around him at WVU. We also hear from seniors Christal Caldwell and Asya Bussie following their second round exit in the NCAA Tournament to LSU.

Four to Compete at Fort Benning World Cup - WVU Athletics
Juniors Maren Prediger (Germany), Ziva Dvorsak (Slovenia) and Meelis Kiisk (Estonia), and coach Hammond (Great Britain) will shoot for their home countries.

Relive the 2013 Women's Soccer Season! - WVU Athletics
While the Mountaineers are a long way away from their 2014 season opener, fans can relive the thrill of the 2013 season with the team’s highlight video.

Furfari: WVU women’s team certainly has been special - Register-Herald
There’s lingering heartbreak in the wake of last Tuesday night’s 76-67 loss to LSU that ended the West Virginia women’s basketball team’s hopes to keep alive in the NCAA Tournament.

News of Note:

Offense focuses on turnaround - Charleston Daily Mail
Whether it was the changes and inexperience at quarterback or inconsistent play and lineups at the receiver positions, Dana Holgorsen’s offense didn’t have the success at West Virginia last season to which it was accustomed.

Chuck McGill: Cogdell a welcome addition at WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
“It’s a thrill,” he said of the return to the program where he played his college football. “It’s a dream come true.”

Holgorsen staff, WVU seeking cohesion - Charleston Gazette
WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen has been striving for staff cohesion, and you can't blame the guy.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Hard-hitting Karl Joseph eager to lead - Times West Virginian
His first tackle came in his first game as a West Virginia University Mountaineer, a rivalry game against Marshall.

With pecking order established, WRs aim to build on 2013 production - WV MetroNews
Kevin White, Mario Alford and Daikiel Shorts are the clear leaders of a unit aiming to be more explosive.

WVU receiving group ready for increased workload in 2014 - Daily Athenaeum
After a forgettable 2013 campaign, West Virginia’s receiving corps is continuing to progress and looking to have a significant impact earlier and more often throughout the upcoming season.

WVU's Rose Willing to Do What it Takes to Win - WVU Athletics
Junior ready to swap techniques to win.

WVU Gridders Learning How to Cook - WVU Athletics
Sports dietitian teaching players how to cook healthy meals.

Pro News:

Throwback Thursday: Hot Rod Hundley named All-American in 1957 - WVU Pros
In 1957, Hundley was named as a First-Team All-American, joining Gary Thompson, Chet Forte, Len Rosenbluth and a guy named Wilt Chamberlain.

Around the League (and Beyond):

NCAA Tournament 2014 | Wisconsin Ends Baylor's Season in Sweet Sixteen - Our Daily Bears

DeAndre Kane vs. Shabazz Napier -

Report: Joel Embiid to Enter NBA Draft; Self, Embiid Deny Decision Has Been Made - Rock Chalk Talk

West Stadium Center ready for its Kansas State football debut - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Sooner Spring Football Notes | Alex Ross Making Significant Strides - Crimson And Cream Machine


A Fool's Errand: Texas-Sized Expectations - Barking Carnival

TCU’s offensive options grow in time for Oklahoma State - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Who Replaces Eric Ward's Production? - Viva The Matadors

Northwestern ruling sends clear message: NCAA, it's time to negotiate - Andy Staples -

What's On Tap:

WVU Opens Big 12 with Baylor in Charleston - WVU Athletics
a three-game series at Appalachian Power Park

Mountaineers host Baylor at Appalachian Power Park this weekend - Charleston Daily Mail
A lot has been written about West Virginia left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave, and rightfully so, but the reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year is not the Mountaineers’ only capable arm.

WVU opens Big 12 play vs. Baylor at APP - Charleston Gazette
WVU will finally begin Big 12 Conference play with a three-game set against Baylor at Appalachian Power Park this weekend, with the first game beginning at 2 this afternoon.

WVU baseball opens Big 12 against Baylor - Times West Virginian
It’s been quite a week for West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey, and the most important part of the week is yet to come as his Mountaineers open Big 12 Conference play with a weekend “home” series against Baylor at Appalachian Power Park.

Video of Interest:

Coach Mazey and Jeff Culhane review WVU's win over Pitt and look ahead to this weekend's conference opening series with Baylor

Video of (Dis)Interest:

If this doesn't get you in the mood for the weekend, well...

Miss Throwdown:

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