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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/11/14) Edition

Gold-Blue Spring Game previews, baseball hosts Oklahoma State, hoops recruit, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 11 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor gives his final take on the spring football game set for Saturday. We also hear more from WVU ace pitcher Harrison Musgrave as the Mountaineers open up their Big 12 home schedule against Oklahoma State tonight.

WVU Hosts No. 18 Oklahoma State at Hawley Field - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball will play its first Big 12 series at Hawley Field.

Musgrave hopes to ‘feel the energy’ as No. 18 Cowboys visit Hawley Field - WV MetroNews
As WVU awaits completion of a new stadium, its stripped-down campus ballpark finally tastes some Big 12 flavor.

Watch Around the Horn With Randy Mazey - WVU Athletics
This week's inside look at Mountaineer baseball, with Jeff Culhane and Coach Randy Mazey

McBroom Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List - WVU Athletics
The watch list features the nation’s top players, and will be a "rolling" list until May 27 – when the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists are announced.

WVU No. 42 in Current Directors’ Cup Standings - WVU Athletics
WVU has compiled 313.00 points to date.

News of Note:

WVU football: All eyes in the backfield for Gold-Blue Game - Charleston Daily Mail
A year ago, WVU sacked the opposing quarterback just 16 times. The other team got the Mountaineers quarterback on the ground 28 times.

WATCH: Previewing matchups to watch at the Gold-Blue game - WV MetroNews
Three public practices gave fans a taste of what WVU football could offer in 2014, and Saturday's spring game will provide an extended look.

Smallwood Making Moves - EerSports
Wendell Smallwood has been putting in the extra work and could be lining up at a variety of different positions this fall.

Bradley, WVU defense settling into new roles - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
For former-Penn State interim head football coach Tom Bradley developing a rapport with the players at his latest stop-West Virginia University-has been easier than developing an understanding of the conference (Big 12) that the Mountaineers will compete in during the upcoming 2014 season.

Position battles on display Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
Following last season’s noticeable regression on offense, fans of West Virginia football can get their first look at some of the new personnel and ongoing position battles on the offensive side of the ball Saturday at the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Orlosky takes center stage in WVU O-line - Times West Virginian
Indeed, the men in the middle — guards Quinton Spain and Mark Glowinski — must stand strong, but the true center, Tyler Orlosky, will be the center of attention, so to speak.

Non-Conference Football Game Added for 2015 - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced today that Georgia Southern has been added to the 2015 schedule, completing the non-conference portion.

Georgia Southern to visit Morgantown in 2015, reportedly for $850,000 - WV MetroNews
Longtime Division I-AA power is climbing into the FBS this season as a Sun Belt Conference member.


Kansas coaches visit juco guard day before his planned trip to WVU - WV MetroNews
Coach says Tarik Phillip, MVP of the Jayhawk Conference this season, reportedly still leaning toward Mountaineers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Releases Post-Spring 2014 Depth Chart - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: Meet ISU's new secondary coach - Cyclone Fanatic

Spring football game preview 2014: Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN

Snyder: WR Deante Burton has 'proven that he can play' - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Football | Finding Playmakers Is Biggest Concern - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football notebook: Bob Connelly delivering a fresh message - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns RB Coach Tommie Robinson - All Access from Longhorn Network - Barking Carnival

Inside TCU's offensive overhaul - FOX Sports on MSN

Spring game preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Updated Football Gold-Blue Spring Game Information - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University is hosting its annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game presented by Kroger on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of Interest:

Jeff Culhane and Jed Drenning break down Saturday's Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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