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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (4/30/14) Edition

Baseball taking on MU in Charleston today & closing Hawley Field with series against UT this weekend, football notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, April 30 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey previews today’s matchup against Marshall set to take place in Charleston from Appalachian Power Park. We also hear from the newest member of the WVU football program, defensive back Cullen Christian.

Huggins has WVU headed back to MSG for game against N.C. State - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers are scheduled to face the Wolfpack on Dec. 20 in New York.

Mountaineers to play in Madison Square Garden - Times West Virginian
West Virginia is going back to Madison Square Garden.

News of Note:


WVU baseball: Mountaineers face Marshall at Power Park on Wednesday - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers have won six straight games and eight of nine since then with a revamped staff that Bennett hopes to join in tonight’s 6 p.m. game against Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.

Stakes not small for WVU, Herd - Charleston Gazette
Tonight’s scheduled 6 p.m. game between the two at Appalachian Power Park isn’t necessarily crucial for either one, but for a variety of different reasons it’s still important.

WVU Baseball Takes on Marshall in Charleston - WVillustrated
Mountaineers look to keep hot streak going with mid-week outing against the Thundering Herd in Charleston.

WVU, MU meet tonight in Charleston - Register-Herald
WVU looks to complete a sweep of this year’s two-game series with a victory at the home field of the West Virginia Power.

WVU to square off with Marshall today - Times West Virginian
The West Virginia baseball team is set to travel to Charleston today for a 6 p.m. non-conference game against Marshall at Appalachian Power Park.

A Fond Farewell to Hawley Field - WVU Athletics
We say goodbye to WVU baseball's 43-year-old facility this weekend.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Hawley Field prepares for its final days - Times West Virginian
It was Sunday last, a West Virginia sweep of Kansas State in the works when a foul ball was hit down the left field line, the left-fielder crossing into foul territory only to run out of room, the ball bouncing beyond the chain link fence.

FURFARI COLUMN: Hawley’s son to toss out first pitch Sunday - Times West Virginian
William “Bill” Hawley, a Morgantown area native who now lives in Wilmington, N.C., will be back here on Sunday for the closing of historic Hawley Field.

Senior PGA, a possible Herd assistant and WVU baseball - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook


WVU transfer left Pitt because ‘I wasn’t going to get a fair shot to play ever’ - WV MetroNews
Former four-star recruit Cullen Christian has one more season of college football, and by his own admission, a lot to prove.

Christian Talks WVU Transfer - EerSports
Former Michigan and Pitt defensive back Cullen Christian talks about his decision to transfer to West Virginia and what he hopes to contribute this fall.

Big 12 post-spring breakdown: quarterbacks - ESPN
8. West Virginia (pre-spring ranking: 7)

Big 12 post-spring breakdown: running backs - ESPN
1. West Virginia (pre-spring ranking: 4)


WVU Crossing the Border to Recruit - EerSports
West Virginia is going international, visiting Canada Prep Football Academy (ON) today to check on defensive lineman Neville Gallimore and offensive tackle Daethan Nedeau

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report 4/29/14: Alex Ruoff forges ahead - WVU Pros
In this week's Hardwood Report, Joe Alexander's season came to a close on Saturday night, and we see Alex Ruoff lead BG Goettingen to the next round of the playoffs in Germany.

Adam Jones makes special trip back to WV home to meet his fans - WVU Pros
Adam "Pac-Man" Jones former WVU Mountaineer and current Cincinnati Bengals football star is coming to Collectibles Etc. for an autograph event Saturday May 3, 2014 from 2-4 pm.

NFL: The greatest West Virginia Mountaineer players in NFL Draft history - WVU Pros
West Virginia’s Charles Sims and Will Clarke await the 2014 NFL Draft in less than two weeks, looking to follow in the footsteps of former Mountaineer greats that made an impact in the NFL.

LeSean McCoy says Michael Vick of New York Jets is 'way better' than Geno Smith - ESPN New York
The New York Jets may not have identified their starting quarterback, but as far as LeSean McCoy is concerned, Michael Vick is the easy choice over Geno Smith.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2015 PG/SG King McClure commits to Baylor over Kansas, Arkansas, and SMU - Our Daily Bears

NBA talk will always hover around Hoiberg - Ames Tribune

KU honors 2014 scholar athletes of the year - Lawrence Journal World

K-State can capitalize on wind power - Topeka Capital Journal

Spring 2014 depth chart analysis: Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN

Mike Gundy on pace to become Oklahoma State's longest-tenured football coach - Tulsa World

Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong selling hard truths in tour - ESPN

How TCU's air raid switch could rewrite the narrative -

Tech receiver's future remains cloudy as he rehabs from another knee surgery - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

WVU-Marshall Battle Wednesday in Charleston - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will travel to Appalachian Power Park.

Video of Interest:

Send Hawley Field out on a crowded note this weekend when the Mountaineers play host to 19th-ranked Texas for a three-game Big 12 series.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Colombian bombshell. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elizabeth Loaiza.