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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/29/14) Edition

Baseball notes, Pitt is a WVU prep school, varsity updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 29 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor gives his take on WVU solidifying a spot in the Big 12 Tournament. We also hear from sophomore pitcher Ross Vance who was victorious on Sunday helping the Mountaineers sweep the Kansas State Wildcats.

Dave Hickman: How will NCAA idea play out for members? - Charleston Gazette
Nothing suggested last week by a seven-member NCAA steering committee looking into the separation of the haves from the have-nots is etched in stone.

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

Furfari: Thorn is excelling in latest NBA capacity - Register-Herald
Rod Thorn was one of the greatest student-athletes in West Virginia University history without a doubt

News of Note:


Big XII Baseball Notes | Cowboys Maintain Top Spot In Conference Standings - Crimson And Cream Machine
The Mountaineers are climbing the conference ladder.

WVU shows killer instinct in sweep - Daily Athenaeum
Only two weeks have passed, but it seems like a long time since West Virginia was mired in a seven-game losing streak and in danger of not qualifying for any kind of postseason play.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Mazey has WVU ready to make a splash - Times West Virginian
He came upon us a year ago and won over our hearts, this West Virginia baseball coach named Randy Mazey.

Vance Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week - WVU Athletics
Sophomore left-hander pitcher Ross Vance has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for his performance last week in wins against Maryland and Kansas State.


WVU football: Mountaineers to get another post-graduate transfer - Charleston Daily Mail
Christian added he could have two seasons of eligibility because he only played two games last season.

WVU source: Pitt transfer likely to have one season of eligibility - WV MetroNews
Safety Cullen Christian played at Michigan as a freshman before spending last two years with Panthers.

Christian Transfers To West Virginia -
After three years at Pitt, and graduating from Pitt, Cullen Christian will transfer to West Virginia. He will go on scholarship, where he will be enrolled as a graduate student and be eligible to play in 2014.

WVU football lands Pitt transfer - Times West Virginian
They are not going to like this 80 miles to the north, but it appears West Virginia is using its one-time rival Pitt as a prep school.

Pitt transfer Christian ready for WVU -
"I visited there in high school and I had a good time up there and I really liked it," he said. "It was a real nice college campus and the only thing that really separated it was Michigan was a little bit bigger and Coach Gibson was there."

Cullen Christian: WVU Has That Swagger - EerSports
Christian says he will be in Morgantown next month for the start of summer workouts.

Cullen Christian Focused on Football, Academics in WVU Transfer - WVillustrated
The Pittsburgh transfer seems to follow Tony Gibson everywhere he goes, ready to fight for a job in 2014.

Chuck McGill: College football schedules beef up in new era - Charleston Daily Mail
This is compelling for West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck for a couple of reasons.

Show me a team with 4 QBs... - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
A wise man once wrote..... "If you tell me you have two quarterbacks then you're really telling me that you have none."

Names in the games: WVU football, D2 golf regional, Gyorko - Charleston Gazette

CFB: Where West Virginia can fit into new SEC football scheduling format - WVU Pros
With this news from the SEC, it works perfectly into what West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck believes he’ll see in future college football schedules.


WVU basketball: Tarik Phillip’s talent isn’t in question - Charleston Daily Mail
Phillip played 18 games. Eighteen.

Around the League (and Beyond):

McLane Stadium Update -- 4/28 - Our Daily Bears

The SEC, ISU, and Future Schedules - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Self stays busy on recruiting trail - Kansas City Star

K-State announces $65 million third phase of football stadium improvements - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners MBB Adds Late Addition In PG Giovanni McLean - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Why OSU's coaches are taking a selective approach to the 2015 recruiting class - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns hoops land Maryland Terrapins transfer Shaquille Cleare - Barking Carnival

All Hail the Kings - Frogs O' War

Two-sport Marquez focusing on Red Raiders - San Antonio Express-News

What's On Tap:

Varsity Club Planning Hawley Field Celebration - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University is planning to send Hawley Field out in style this weekend when the Mountaineers play host to 19th-ranked Texas for a three-game Big 12 series.

Video of Interest:

Junior shortstop Taylor Munden has a deep love for the game of baseball and a willingness to do whatever it takes to win.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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