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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (4/16/14) Edition

Baseball takes down Ohio State, football notes, recruiting updates, WVU Pros news, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 16 - WV MetroNews
Independence Community College head coach Tony Turner discusses the kind of impact Tarik Phillip will have at WVU in year one. We also hear from former Mountaineer Asya Bussie who was drafted in the second round of the WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx on Monday night.

Watch Around the Horn With Randy Mazey - WVU Athletics
It's once again time to go Around the Horn, with Mountaineer baseball coach Randy Mazey and Jeff Culhane.

Vance Strikes Out 14 in Win Against Ohio State - WVU Athletics
In his first career start for the WVU baseball team, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

Stopped cold: Surprising sophomore ends WVU’s losing streak with 14 Ks - WV MetroNews
Vance Ross beat Ohio State 4-1 on Tuesday night, making his first Mountaineers start a memorable one.

Ross Vance & Max Nogay: Ohio State post-game - YouTube
Post-game comments from LHP Ross Vance and DH Max Nogay, after the Mountaineers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 4-1, Tuesday night at Hawley Field.

BGN Video: Ohio State Postgame - BGN
No bullpen? No problem. West Virginia avoided its problem area, getting a complete game from starter Ross Vance and timely, two-out hitting for a 4-1 win over Ohio State on Tuesday. Here, head coach Randy Mazey, Vance and Max Nogay - who had a huge two-run homer - talk about the victory and the mental boost it provides.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Vance Strikes Out 14 in Win Against Ohio State - WVillustrated
In his first career start for the WVU baseball team, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

Harlee Named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference announces its Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2014 winter sport season, and West Virginia University senior Jess Harlee earns the honor for women’s basketball.

News of Note:

West Virginia QB battle will produce clear winner - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't above admitting mistakes, and that quarterback carousel last season, boy, that was a mistake.

New rule should help solve WVU QB question - Charleston Gazette
Beginning this summer, football rules will more closely mirror those of men’s and women’s basketball. Coaches are not only allowed to make strength and conditioning mandatory for as much as eight hours a week, they can also use two of those eight hours for film study with the players.

First team defense impressed Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
Even without causing a turnover in Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game, the first team defense looked very solid overall.

Defensive line: Can no-name group hold the front? - WV MetroNews
With football spring practice complete, MetroNews begins its position-by-position examination of West Virginia.

Molinari finds niche at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Since arriving in Morgantown following his graduation from Parkersburg South High School, Michael Molinari has worked hard at finding his niche with West Virginia University's football program.

BGN Video: More Gold-Blue Game - BGN
Quarterback Paul Millard, back Dustin Garrison and running backs coach JaJuan Seider talk about the upcoming offseason, physical development and what they see from their respective units.


Big 12 football roundtable: 2015 recruiting - ESPN
Both guys like what WVU is doing so far

WVU recruiting: Spring finale provides opportunity for recruits - Charleston Gazette
Still, West Virginia brought in more than a dozen prospects this past weekend, and many were wildly impressed with what they saw, maybe none more so than Medina (Ohio) offensive tackle Zeke Martin.

WVU Wants "Best Receiving Corps in the Nation" - EerSports
Champagnat Catholic (FL) wide receiver Steven Claude has reached eleven offers already, with a handful of teams

Pro News:

Kent Richardson signs with the Toronto Argonauts - WVU Pros
In the past two weeks, two Mountaineer DBs have signed on with CFL teams after the announcement of Kent Richardson signing with the Toronto Argonauts on Tuesday.

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report 4/15/14 - WVU Pros
This week’s look at Mountaineers on the hardwood examines a few players leading the way as they charge through their respective Playoffs as well as Kevin Jones continuing to excel in the Philippines and the a new WVUPro.

Surprised Bussie ‘just started crying’ when Lynx drafted her at No. 15 - WV MetroNews
Asya Bussie's agent advised her she could last into the third round of the WNBA draft, so the WVU center was pleasantly blind-sided.

Bussie looks forward to WNBA - Times West Virginian
It was as if it was a celebration of Asya Bussie being drafted on Monday night by the Minnesota Lynx, champions of the WNBA, with the third selection of the second round, the 15th overall pick of the draft.

Bussie’s Story Is One of Perseverance - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Asya Bussie certainly has a lot to celebrate this week. And quite deservingly so.

Ray Gaddis prepared for tough stretch with the Philadelphia Union - WVU Pros
Ray Gaddis and the Philadelphia Union are in the midst of one of their busiest stretches of the season, playing three games in eight days.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Five Baylor Bears who could break out in the 2014 season - Dallas Morning News

Rohach showing flashes of being the QB ISU needs - Ames Tribune

KU football coaches now turn to chemistry - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State offensive line works at plugging gaps - Wichita Eagle

Red/White Game Position Review | Mayfield Shines/Thomas With The Edge - Crimson And Cream Machine

The Cowboy defensive player who had the best spring was... - Tulsa World

Texas WR Jake Oliver, S Erik Huhn out for Orange-White game - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson, TCU Horned Frogs hope new offense levels playing field - ESPN

Texas Tech Red Raiders' Kenny Williams could become two-way star - ESPN

NCAA allows 'unlimited meals' (days after Shabazz Napier claimed hunger) -
New NCAA rule proposals enhance the athlete experience, in part by doing away with silly regulations.

Video of Interest:

Junior DH Max Nogay goes yard, while, in his first career start for the WVU baseball team, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field.

Post-game comments from head coach Randy Mazey, after the Mountaineers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 4-1, Tuesday night at Hawley Field.

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