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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (4/10/14) Edition

Spring football winding down, more on facilities upgrades, big recruiting weekend, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 10 - WV MetroNews
Isaiah Bruce discusses his comfort level moving back to middle linebacker this spring. We also hear more from Oliver Luck on future facility upgrades with the WVU Coliseum.

In big picture, $106M just isn’t that much - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia is using $106 million and spreading it out over virtually every athletic facility it has. And in many cases it’s not to create glitzier facilities, but to simply bring them up to minimum standards:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Spring sports ‘oasis’ solves two problems - Times West Virginian
The question was asked in the midst of conversation about expanding the parking area around the Coliseum, an admitted problem by the athletic director and one that well might be part of why attendance has fallen at men’s basketball games over the past few years.

Watch Wearing the Jersey: Billy Fleming - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles West Virginia University junior second baseman Billy Fleming

2014-15 college basketball top 25: An extremely early look at next season's top teams -
The Next 10

Throwback Thursday: WVU downs Washington & Lee on sloppy field - WVU Pros
In 1946, the Mountaineer football team was in the middle of a tumultuous decade.

News of Note:

Millard, Howard different quarterbacks - Charleston Daily Mail
There are two things Shannon Dawson knows about quarterbacks and two things he has to remind observers about senior Paul Millard and junior college transfer Skyler Howard.

Pankey-Lucas duo leading thin ranks at offensive tackle - WV MetroNews
Neither has started a college game at their position, but tandem isn't lacking for confidence.

Pankey earns praise from Holgorsen, wins tackle job - Daily Athenaeum
Throughout the spring, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and his offensive staff have been tasked with evaluating position battles all over the field.

Technique Rules - WVU
A glance at WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook's burly frame might make one think he favors brawn over all other factors in offensive line play, but that's not the case for the Mountaineers' second-year coach.

WVU Looking to Finish Spring Strong - EerSports
West Virginia is just about finished with their spring practice schedule, but the Mountaineers are hoping to finish strong.

Holgorsen emphasizes communication - Daily Athenaeum
"We still have a long way to go," Holgorsen said

Dillon learns to deal with diabetes - Times West Virginian
What does West Virginia safety/linebacker K.J. Dillon have in common with Arthur Ashe, Bobby Clarke, Jay Cutler, Buster Douglas, Walt Frazier, Catfish Hunter, Billie Jean King, Adam Morrison, Ron Santo, Jack Tatum, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Robinson and, of all people, Ty Cobb and Jackie Robinson? Diabetes.

The Name Game - WVU Athletics
Some of the toughest names in WVU sports history to get a handle on.

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2014 -

Seats3D Available for Milan Puskar Stadium - WVU Athletics
Ballena Technologies’ Seats3D product allows users to see a virtual rendering from any section and row inside Milan Puskar Stadium.


Weekend brings visits -
The West Virginia football team will conclude spring practice this Saturday with the annual Gold-Blue game inside Milan Puskar Stadium and a number of talented prospects will be in attendance to observe the festivities.

WVU Commits Prepare For Classic - BGN
A pair of West Virginia hoops signees will trek to Beckley, W. Va., this weekend to participate in the 25th annual Scott Brown Memorial Classic.

Pro News:

VIDEO: Mel Kiper says Rams GM Les Snead is high on Stedman Bailey - WVU Pros
On ESPN's NFL Live, Stedman Bailey's name came up when discussing their #2 pick in next month's NFL Draft.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears' Bryce Petty focuses on pocket poise this offseason - ESPN

Cyclones' West used injury as learning opportunity - Des Moines Register

Joel Embiid Declares for NBA Draft - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State's Daniel Sams makes moves to wide receiver - Topeka Capital Journal

State of the Sooners: Oklahoma’s linebackers entering the 2014 spring game - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State Getting Some Much Needed Help at Safety - Cowboys Ride For Free

Charlie Strong building trust among Texas Longhorns recruits - ESPN

TCU Spring Practice Report: Defense - Frogs O' War

Tech football notes: WR coach solving depth chart - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Get your tickets now for the 2014 Gold-Blue game Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of Interest:

Offensive line coach Ron Crook discusses the squad's progress so far through the spring practice season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is s South African beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nicole Meyer.