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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/14/14) Edition

Baseball swept by OSU, spring football recaps, new hoops commit, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 14 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen gives his thoughts on the spring game. We also hear more from two roommates in Cody Clay and Isaiah Bruce following Saturday’s Gold-Blue game.

WVU Swept by No. 18 Oklahoma State - WVU Athletics
The baseball team was swept at Hawley Field.

WATCH: Players not panicking despite 7th consecutive loss - WV MetroNews
It marked the first time since 2010 that West Virginia was swept in back-to-back conference series.

BGN Video: OSU Postgame - BGN
West Virginia lost its seventh straight game as No. 18 Oklahoma State completed the series sweep with a 7-4 win on Sunday. Here, head coach Randy Mazey and players detail the primary issues facing the Mountaineers as they enter the heart of the Big 12 schedule.

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Oklahoma State - BGN
Photos from the third game of the WVU - Oklahoma State baseball series

News of Note:

Spring yields no answer at quarterback - Charleston Daily Mail
“We don’t have a starting quarterback right now,” said Shannon Dawson, arguably the person most concerned with that status since he is WVU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Spring game review: West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
West Virginia capped its spring drills with the Gold-Blue game on Saturday. Here’s a recap of what happened

Kevin White: The Defense Won Spring - EerSports
Wide receiver Kevin White talks about his own progress, as well as the step up in resistance from this year's secondary.

Worley impresses coaching staff with strong Spring - Daily Athenaeum
Daryl Worley experienced trial by fire in his freshman season in 2013. Just months after he was removed from suiting up for William Penn Charter School Friday nights, the cornerback was thrust into a prominent role in West Virginia’s secondary and forced to learn on the job in the crucible that is the Big 12.

Mountaineers Running Backs Impressive in Final Spring Practice - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The West Virginia assistant wearing the biggest smile on his face following Saturday's annual Gold/Blue Scrimmage was running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Garrison still proving he can carry the ball - Times West Virginian
The running back raves from the West Virginia coaching this spring have been directly mostly toward Wendell Smallwood, and rest assured he earned every one of them with his versatility, but it was a reborn running back who well may have taken the biggest jump up the depth chart.

Much still to be answered this fall - Register-Herald
In Saturday’s paper, I compiled a list of five things to watch at West Virginia University’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Game. Now, after watching the football scrimmage that concluded this year’s spring drills and taking some time to process what I saw, it’s time to go back and revisit those five points and how they turned out on Saturday.

No doubts about WVU kicking jobs - Charleston Gazette
“Our kicking game,’’ said coach Dana Holgorsen, “has been great.’’

BGN Video: Tom Nickolich Award & More - BGN
Roommates Cody Clay and Isaiah Bruce have a lighthearted offense-defense debate and discuss players and aspects while walk-on-turned-scholarship lineman Michael Calicchio reflects upon his career after being named the 2014 Tom Nickolich Memorial Award winner.

Spring Game Photo Gallery #2 - EerSports
EerSports photographer Craig Gunter shares some more photos from Saturday's annual Gold-Blue Game.


Phillip commits to West Virginia -
West Virginia added a valuable piece to its roster for next season Sunday after Independence C.C. (Kan.) guard Tarik Phillip committed to the Mountaineers following an official visit.

Juco guard Phillip commits to WVU after visit - WV MetroNews
The Jayhawk Conference MVP from Independence (Kan.) Community College was drawing interest from Kansas, Oklahoma State and Memphis.

Miles, Carter Explode In All-Star Event - BGN
A pair of West Virginia hoops signees took center stage in Beckley, W.Va., on Saturday night, competing in the 25th annual Scott Brown Memorial Classic.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears head to summer with Big 12 title defense on mind - Waco Tribune

Hoiberg Gets Paid - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Second-year QB sure looks like Jayhawks’ starter - Lawrence Journal World

K-State’s Deante Burton finds a home at wide receiver - Wichita Eagle

Red & White Game Injury Updates | Stoops Comments On Flowers And Grissom - Crimson And Cream Machine

What we learned from an important spring for Mike Gundy's team - Oklahoman (autoplay)

David Ash injury: Texas Longhorns QB fractures foot, needs surgery -

TCU post-spring wrap: Breakout candidates, position battles, top 10 players - Dallas Morning News

Three takeaways from Tech's spring game - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

Post-game comments from head coach Randy Mazey, after the Mountaineers were swept by Oklahoma State in game 3, 7-4, Sunday afternoon at Hawley Field.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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