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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/22/14) Edition

Luck is seeking feedback to improve the fan experience, baseball & football notes, Phillip's legal issues, Durante's commitment, varsity updates, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 22 - WV MetroNews
Jon Martin of discusses the latest on Jovon Durante possibly decommitting from WVU. We also go around the Big 12 as we hear from Iowa State color commentator Eric Heft who gives an update on the Cyclones spring season.

Fan Experience Committee Forming - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is forming a fan experience committee to discuss the needs of Mountaineer fans with the hopes of enhancing the fan experience at its events.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Luck open to WVU fans’ suggestions - Times West Virginian
West Virginia’s fans have spoken, perhaps not verbally but nonetheless have had their voices heard, over the past few years as attendance has fallen at the Mountaineers’ football and basketball games.

Rice Named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week - WVU Athletics
Senior outfielder Jacob Rice has been named the Big 12 Co-Player of the Week for his performances last week against Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Big XII Baseball Notes | Cowboys Move Into First Place - Sooners In Fifth - Crimson And Cream Machine
West Virginia took two of three games from Oklahoma, in Norman to help possibly turn the tide of their season and Kansas State got a much needed series win over Baylor to put them within one game of digging out of the cellar.

Vance Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Furfari: Paul Popovich, now 73, wishes he were playing baseball today - Register-Herald
If you’re a longtime baseball fan, you may recall Morgantown’s Paul Popovich.

News of Note:

Improvement Key to Spring - EerSports
"I thought throughout the spring we were improving every day," said Millard. "We’ve been modifying our offense a little bit, and I think all three of us, we did some good things. We did some bad things…. There are still things we can always fix."

WVU's Garrison Motivated to Return to Old Form - WVillustrated
Redshirt junior rusher has been through the highs and lows of college football. He is refocused to push for a bigger role entering 2014.

Chuck McGill: Peeking at WVU, MU spring football - Charleston Daily Mail
There’s little reason to believe West Virginia and Marshall will get on the same football field anytime soon, so let’s tackle the state’s only two Division I programs in one column and empty the spring notebook.

Big 12 coach rankings: Bob Stoops sets the bar others reach toward - Sporting News
9. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Former Mountaineers Make Mark in WVU Practice - WVillustrated
Some of WVU's professional football players returned to campus to take in practice and speak with the current group of Mountaineers.

Offensive line: Are Mountaineers vulnerable up front? - WV MetroNews
Neither tackle has started a game at the position and the depth looks iffy. Allan Taylor and Justin Hoff continue their post-spring analysis.

Dave Hickman: Catering to fans; Phillip’s issues - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind


Despite reports of flipping to Alabama, 4-star Durante still committed to WVU - WV MetroNews
Receiver refutes reports he pledged to the Crimson Tide on visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

WVU basketball: Second warrant issued for signee Phillip - Charleston Daily Mail
Phillip now faces two charges for failing to appear at separate court dates for alleged offenses while he attended Queen City Prep, in Charlotte, N.C., for the 2011-12 season.

Huggins expects Phillip’s warrant issues ‘will be resolved’ - WV MetroNews
Signee Tarik Phillip reportedly failed to appear on charge he stole an iPhone in North Carolina in 2012.

Pro News:

Coal Burnng Stove: Jets should want Geno to win QB job - WVU Pros
The New York Jets have one goal in mind

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report 4/22/14: Joe Alexander returns while Truck Bryant exits - WVU Pros
Here is a recap of the week that was among Mountaineers on the hardwood around the world.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football 2014 Spring Practice: Questions Answered - Our Daily Bears

Need for speed driving DE Meyers - Ames Tribune

Starting over: Change of scenery, offense seem to suit KU receiver Harwell - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State running backs work for top spot - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Football Spring Recap | Dimitri Flowers Does, In Fact, Play Like Trey Millard - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Why health is the biggest factor for OSU's 2014 offensive line - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns post-spring depth chart - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Manager: 4/21 - Frogs O' War

VIDEO | Double T Insider Recaps Spring Game, Talks with Kole Weldon and Brittany Lee - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU Hosts Maryland and Marshall at Hawley Field - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will begin a five-game week by hosting Maryland on Tuesday

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