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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/28/14) Edition

Baseball sweeps K State in key Big 12 series, football notes, hoops at MSG, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 28 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey discusses the importance of this past weekend’s series sweep against Kansas State. We also hear from senior first baseman Ryan McBroom, who served as a key contributor to WVU’s success over the weekend versus the Wildcats.

Sloanhoffer Named Gymnastics MVP - WVU Athletics
WVU senior gymnast Hope Sloanhoffer was named Team MVP Saturday night.

News of Note:


Baseball Completes Sweep of Kansas State - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team won on Sunday to complete a sweep.

Mountaineers complete sweep of K-State - Charleston Gazette
If nothing else, West Virginia’s baseball team managed to show just how many different ways it could win games over the weekend.

Mountaineers Complete Sweep - BGN
Coming off an emotional walk-off win Saturday against Kansas State, West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey wanted to get a message across to his team about seizing opportunities when you get them.

Mountaineers ride newfound standouts to sweep Kansas State - WV MetroNews
Ross Vance remained perfect as a starter and Brad Johnson knocked in three runs in Sunday's 6-1 win.

Mountaineers sweep series with K-State - Times West Virginian
Combining a sledgehammer with a catch phrase borrowed from professional wrestling, baseball is fun again at West Virginia. And successful.

Vance strong again as WVU sweeps K-State - Register-Herald
Ross Vance won his third straight start, Brad Johnson drove in three runs and West Virginia completed a three-game sweep with a 6-1 victory Sunday at Hawley Field.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Vance, Johnson sparking WVU’s winning streak - Times West Virginian
It is fair to say that less than two weeks ago — on April 15, the day our income taxes came due — the Big 12 baseball world had not heard of either pitcher Ross Vance or outfielder Brad Johnson, a pair of players who had spent the first half of this baseball season buried on the West Virginia bench.

Randy Mazey: Kansas State game 3 post-game - YouTube
Coach Randy Mazey discusses WVU's sweep of Kansas State, winning the Sunday finale, 6-1, at Hawley Field.

Ross Vance: Kansas State game 3 - YouTube
Ross Vance discusses his first weekend start, where he struck out seven batters and recorded his third win of the season. WVU won the Sunday finale, 6-1, and swept the weekend series.

WATCH: Mazey, players react to WVU’s winning weekend - WV MetroNews
After sweeping Kansas State this weekend, West Virginia has returned to .500 in the Big 12.

Photo Gallery III: WVU vs Kansas St - BGN
Images from Sunday's sweep-completing 6-1 win over the Wildcats.

Ross Vance: The Guy With Two First Names - WVU Athletics
Vance has been the find of the year for WVU.


Defense looks positive heading into summer - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen will be entering his fourth season at the helm for the West Virginia football team, but with a multitude of issues over the last three seasons for his squad, Holgorsen knows his entire team needs to step up to compete with the rest of the Big 12 Conference in the fall.

WVU linebackers taking next step in development - Daily Athenaeum
After two consecutive years of West Virginia’s defense languishing at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference, the Mountaineers’ second level is ready to make a more significant impact and prove they can slow down the conference’s multitude of high-octane offenses in 2014.

Pro News:

CFL: Pat White 'rusty,' improving in this week's Edmonton Eskimos mini-camp - WVU Pros
Former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Pat White participated in his first mini-camp practice as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football

Coal Burning Stove: Defensive moves should get Irvin more playing time - WVU Pros
Bruce Irvin and the Seattle Seahawks are coming off of a Super Bowl win last season with some defensive shakeups.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Filling Holes -- Rebuilding Baylor Basketball for 2014-2015 - Our Daily Bears

DT Jensen returns to Cyclones - Ames Tribune

KU football: Spring breakdown — Offensive Line (Spodcasters) - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State Spring Game: WAY too early to panic - Bring On The Cats

Linebacker Jordan Evans feels like he's grown into OU's system - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State football: James Castleman seeing a lot of good things on the defensive line - Oklahoman (autoplay)

2014 Texas Defense X Factors - seven players that can make Texas a dominating defense - Barking Carnival

Money & TCU: The Financial Report of Texas Christian University for Fiscal Year 2013 - Frogs O' War

On pudding pops and football: Bill Cosby visits with Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech athletes - Dallas Morning News

What's On Tap:

Report: West Virginia, NC State to play at Madison Square Garden next season - WVU Pros
According to Jon Rothsein of CBS, West Virginia will play a neutral site game against the Atlantic Coast Conference’s North Carolina State Wolfpack on December 20 at Madison Square Garden.

Video of Interest:

Highlights as WVU Baseball defeats Kansas State, 6-1, at Hawley Field on Sunday to complete the series sweep.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

At least stick around long enough for the Cantina scene:

Miss Throwdown:

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