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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/25/14) Edition

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Baseball hosts K State in key series for post-season hopes, football notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 25 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey previews this weekends series against Kansas State. We also hear former WVU linebacker Doug Rigg discuss his career as a student-athlete including his recent issues with pell grants.

A Night to Celebrate - WVU Athletics
In an effort to build fellowship among the Mountaineer student-athletes, the WVU Student-Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC), the voice of student-athletes on WVU’s campus, is presenting the first Blue & Golden Globes Awards dinner this evening at Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU Mountaineer: Reintroduced into Society - WVillustrated
Jonathan Kimble recently wrapped up his two years as Mountaineer. With a clean shave and a new outfit, you may not even recognize him.

News of Note:

Baseball

Baseball Hosts Kansas State at Hawley Field - WVU Athletics
WVU hosts Kansas State this weekend in a key Big 12 series.

WVU baseball: Mountaineers enter critical stretch for tourney hopes - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia’s baseball team is aiming high, almost preposterously high for a program that hasn’t been in the postseason since 1996 and a team that lost seven straight games earlier this month.

Mountaineers projected among last teams in for NCAA berth - WV MetroNews
WVU owns a stellar RPI, but only a so-so record as Kansas State visits for Big 12 weekend series.

Mountaineers eye at-large NCAA baseball berth - Charleston Gazette
With 15 games remaining in the regular season and then the Big 12 tournament to follow, West Virginia’s baseball team couldn’t be in a much better position than that in which it finds itself now.

La Flama Blanca - WVU Athletics
Sean Carley and Kenny Powers are almost an identical match.

Football

WVU quarterbacks: Can any of the current contenders win eight games? - WV MetroNews
Though Clint Trickett didn't take a snap this spring, his starting job looks secure based on what the other QBs showed.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU depth chart sends messages - Times West Virginian
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the depth chart West Virginia University put out at the end of spring practice was that the coaches were able to put out a depth chart, which certainly is an improvement over a year ago when the Mountaineers were really short on quality players.

Pro News:

Steve Slaton signs with the Toronto Argonauts - WVU Pros
That makes eight. The Toronto Argonauts announced the signing of Steve Slaton on Thursday making him the eighth Mountaineer currently on a CFL roster.

NFL schedule provides excitement for WVU fans - WVU Pros
Spring workouts have started and the NFL schedules are out, setting up some exciting matchup for WVU fans.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Art Briles pumped about the Baylor Bears defensive line - ESPN

Offense is ahead of schedule - Cyclone Fanatic

KU football: Spring breakdown — Running Backs (Spodcasters) - Lawrence Journal World

Report: K-State basketball will play Texas A&M in Kansas City - Wichita Eagle

Campus Insiders' Top 5 Oklahoma Football Plays Of 2013 | Agree Or Disagree? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy says Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback battle is ongoing - ESPN

Texas Longhorns spring game highlights - Burnt Orange Nation

Now healthy, TCU Horned Frogs Devonte Fields ready to return to form - ESPN

Matt Wallerstedt's 3-4 Defense: Introduction and D-Line - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU baseball begins series with Kansas State in Morgantown today - Register-Herald
Game one begins at 6 p.m. today. Game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and the first pitch for game three is set for noon on Sunday.

Video of Interest:

In this edition of Around the Horn, Jeff Culhane and Coach Mazey talk about the midweek victories over Maryland and Marshall and preview this weekend's series with Kansas State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is worth it for the McConaughey clips alone:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Colombian actress best known for her role on Modern Family. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sofia Vergara.