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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/21/14) Edition

Baseball takes weekend series at Oklahoma, latest hoops recruit has legal baggage, football notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 21 - WV MetroNews
Class of 2015 WVU commit Levi Cook breaks down his 2013-2014 season at Huntington Prep. We also hear from WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider who discusses the overall depth of the tailback unit.

Luck encouraging fans to join amateurism debate - Charleston Gazette
Recently, Luck sent an email to all Mountaineer Athletic Club Directors (those who donate at least $3,500 annually) asking their opinion on the topic.

Sloanhoffer's Career Ends at NCAAs - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University senior Hope Sloanhoffer ended her Mountaineer career with a 38.725 showing at the 2014 NCAA National Championships

WATCH: The WVU Coaches Show - WVillustrated
In case you missed it on television, be sure to catch this week's episode of The WVU Coaches Show in its entirety on WVi.

News of Note:


Comeback Leads to Series Win at Oklahoma - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits to defeat Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

WVU Comes From Behind to Beat OU - BGN
For the first five innings of Saturday's game against Oklahoma, it looked as if West Virginia was well on its way its second loss in a row and its third-straight series loss to a Big 12 opponent.

O’Brien’s big day highlights series-clinching comeback at Oklahoma - WV MetroNews
West Virginia overcame a four-run deficit by piling up 18 hits to beat the Sooners 9-5 on Saturday.

Oklahoma Sooners Drop Series To West Virginia Mountaineers In 9-5 Rubber Match - Crimson And Cream Machine
In a series deciding game, the Oklahoma Sooners took control early behind back to back homeruns.

Munden's Improvement Paces Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
Taylor Munden has led WVU offensively and defensively in 2014.

Campus Connection: Weekend Notebook - WVU Athletics
A big RPI booster for baseball this weekend.


Crux of Competition - BGN
The issue of depth on West Virginia's football team has been the subject of much conversation over the past few years, but there's one position heading into the 2014 season that isn't beset by that problem.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Summer, Alabama will be used to get WVU’s mind right - Times West Virginian
The ink had barely dried on the final reports out of West Virginia’s spring practice when thoughts turned forward toward the lazy, hazy days of late summer, days that will bring us into football season with a game that can either change the entire image of WVU football or sour it even further.

WVU Kicking It Into Another Gear - EerSports
West Virginia's offense already moved fairly quickly, but the Mountaineers took it to another level this spring, and it could benefit both sides of the ball.

WVU trying to find speed on defense - Register-Herald
Tony Gibson took over as West Virginia’s new defensive coordinator over the winter with the goal of trying not to do too much to rock the boat. As the fourth coach to hold that spot in as many years, the Van native — in his second stint as a Mountaineer assistant — knew that his players needed some stability.

WVU special teams: Aiming to be really special in 2014 - WV MetroNews
With specialists Josh Lambert and Nick O'Toole returning, the kicking game has solid components.

Syvertson used punting to get foot in the door with Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"Huey the punter,’’ defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said. "Huey’s a great kid.’’


WVU basketball: Phillip faces order for arrest - Charleston Daily Mail
“We are aware of the issues that took place more than two years ago, but it was our understanding, as well as other parties, that the issues were resolved,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said in a statement. “Our expectation is that the issue will be resolved.”

Arrest warrant out for WVU recruit - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s newest men’s basketball recruit, Tarik Phillip, has an order out for his arrest in North Carolina, according to a story in The Dominion-Post, which said three Gaston County Magistrate office spokespersons confirmed.

Scouting Tarik Phillip -
This week West Virginia Basketball Coach Bob Huggins announced the signing and addition of Tarik Phillip to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Phillip, a star guard at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, averaged 18.7 points per game.

WATCH: Levi Cook discusses development on ‘Sportsline’ - WV MetroNews
WVU basketball commit Levi Cook joined the Sportsline with a look back at his season at Huntington Prep.

Pro News:

2014 NFL Draft: Will Clarke would be great fit at LB for Philadelphia Eagles - WVU Pros
Before hearing his name called at Radio City Music Hall, the ears of former West Virginia Mountaineer Will Clarke are surely burning as his name continues to be a topic of conversation as next month’s NFL Draft approaches.

Doug Rigg talks about his Mountaineer career and the NFL Draft - WVU Pros
Doug Rigg was an outstanding linebacker for the Mountaineers who now has his eyes set on the NFL.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor football adds speed-burner for 2015 class - Waco Tribune

Tom Farniok blasts former Iowa State offensive coaches - Des Moines Register

No kidding: KU safety regularly reminds teammates of award - Lawrence Journal World

K-State gives basketball coach Bruce Weber one-year contract extension - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma football: Young but talented wide receivers will get plenty of opportunities this fall - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State football: Jimmy Bean finally starting to earn attention on the field - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas beats Horns after slow start for offenses - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU baseball makes historic sweep of Texas Longhorns - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

You've Heard This Before | Let's Talk About Changes to the Offensive Line - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

’Eers Are Coming To Town - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineer Athletic Club’s Coaches Caravan here [Parkersburg, ed.] on May 8

Video of Interest:

Highlights as the WVU baseball team tied a season high with 18 hits in a come-from-behind win at Oklahoma, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Brit. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lucy Watson.