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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/18/14) Edition

Baseball shuts out Oklahoma in series opener, football and varsity news, WVU Pros updates us on who's working out with who ahead of the NFL Draft, Big 12 roundup & more. Happy Easter!!


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 18 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins talks about adding Tariq Phillip to the WVU basketball program. We also hear from the USA Today sports writer Paul Myerberg as he gives an early look to the Big 12 football season in 2014.

WVU Sports Podcast: Asya Bussie - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
Asya Bussie, taken 15th overall in this week's WNBA draft. Asya is the highest draft choice in WVU women's basketball history.

Women's Soccer Shuts Out Battlers - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women's soccer team played its final home-spring game tonight, defeating Alderson Broaddus, 8-0.

SHUT UP - Every Day Should Be Saturday

Turnbull’s tenure dominates WVU wrestling history - Register-Herald
I don’t really know. I’m just asking.

News of Note:


Means Throws Eight Shutout Innings in Win at OU - WVU Athletics
WVU snapped a losing streak, winning at Oklahoma.

Mountaineers Take Game One In 7-0 Shutout Of Oklahoma - Crimson And Cream Machine
The Sooners dug themselves into a deep hole in the top of the first inning and never recovered.

Means makes first-inning run support stand up vs. Sooners - WV MetroNews
West Virginia beats Oklahoma 7-0 behind five early runs and left-hander's sharp eight innings.

Means, WVU baseball shut out Oklahoma - Times West Virginian
The Mountaineers (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) broke a six-game Big 12 losing streak after being swept by TCU and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weekends. WVU had 16 hits and did not make an error for the second-straight game.

Eight Plus One Equals Win - BGN
West Virginia's 7-0 win over Oklahoma on Thursday evening was brought to you by the numbers "one" and "eight".

Means, Mountaineers Shut Out Oklahoma - WVillustrated
WVU takes series opener against the Sooners to snap a six-game conference losing streak.

Oklahoma Sooners Vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Game Day Gallery - Crimson And Cream Machine

Deception the Key to Vance's Pitching - WVU Athletics
Ross Vance looking to continue his success.


Who Will be the Guy Under Center? - WVU Athletics
Holgorsen says decision to be made in August.

Full-contact practices a hit with Holgorsen, QBs - Charleston Gazette
"They weren’t making the progress that we wanted," Holgorsen said. "And so [for those last six practices] we said, ‘Hey, let’s let them get hit.’ The sense of urgency picked up."

Secondary: Trying to reverse two dreadful years of pass defense - WV MetroNews
West Virginia's defensive backs have been battered the past two seasons. Are they prepped to rebound in 2014?

Seider "Pleased and Proud" of RBs - EerSports
The WVU backfield has very few weaknesses, but even those they do have turned to strengths this spring. The only question left is, who starts?

'Bama on the Mind of WVU -
one underlying thought was in the heads of both coaches and players.

Pro News:

Charles Sims works out for the Washington Redskins - WVU Pros
As we draw ever closer to the NFL Draft, the prospect workouts for teams are picking up steam. On Wednesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that WVU’s Charles Sims was in Washington to workout for the Redskins.

Will Clarke works out for the Dallas Cowboys - WVU Pros
With less than a month to go until the draft begins, you can be sure this won't be Clarke's last stop.

Around the League (and Beyond):

What will Baylor football do for encore? QB Bryce Petty says national title hopes aren't crazy - Dallas Morning News

How trust falls could help ISU score more points - Ames Tribune

Montell Cozart named KU Starting QB for 2014 - Rock Chalk Talk

Bill Snyder: Contending K-State O-Line starter Hayes 'doing very, very well' - Topeka Capital-Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Linebacker Frank Shannon Accused Of Sexual Assault - Crimson And Cream Machine

Different task for Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer - ESPN

All Access with OC and OL Coach Joe Wickline - Barking Carnival

It's Official: Matt Joeckel Will Transfer To TCU - Frogs O' War

Tubby Smith signs best recruiting class since 2004 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Track Heads to Larry Ellis Invitational - WVU Athletics
The WVU track and field team travels to the Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend

Video of Interest:

Junior left-hander John Means threw eight shutout innings and the Mountaineers had a five-run first inning en route to a 7-0 victory over Oklahoma on Thursday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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