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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/7/14) Edition

Charleston hosted final open spring practice, baseball swept by TCU, gymnast going to NCAAs, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Baseball Swept at TCU - WVU Athletics
West Virginia falls to 16-11 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Mitch Vingle: IMG, baseball, Huggins’ salary - Charleston Gazette
Comparatively, it’s a less-crazy time of year in sports.

Sloanhoffer Advances to NCAA Championships - WVU Athletics
WVU senior advances to NCAA National Championships.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bussie eyes life after WVU basketball - Times West Virginian
The end, right now, is a blur for Asya Bussie.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen News Conference Quotes - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen addressed members of the media Saturday.

Holgorsen happy with practice in capital city - Register-Herald
Mountaineers working hard to rectify 4-8 season

Is Holgorsen Earning Back Fans’ Trust? - WVillustrated
West Virginia's Athletic Director Oliver Luck expressed his trust in WVU's head football coach Dana Holgorsen after last season's disappointing finish, but can the fans say the same?

Football Assistant coach and Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
Assistant coaches and players addressed members of the media Saturday afternoon

Howard’s learning curve continues - WV MetroNews
Twice quarterback Skyler Howard drifted into and out of the pocket, scanning for downfield receivers, and failing to spot the dump-down man open in the flat.

Quarterback play has to be strong in 2014 - Daily Athenaeum
If the Mountaineers really want to be competitive and relevant in the Big 12 in 2014 and beyond, the most significant aspect they’re going to need to address is cultivating much better and more consistent quarterback play heading forward.

West Virginia boasts crowded QB field - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Competition for starting quarterback at West Virginia is a numbers game.

Quick Hits: Mountaineers Scrimmage in Charleston - WVillustrated
News, notes and video from Saturday's open practice at Laidley Field as thousands of fans cheer on the Mountaineers.

Capital Idea: WVU Practices In Charleston - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen was looking for two things when he elected to take his Mountaineers on the road for a couple of Saturdays for two of their allotted 15 spring practices.

Thousands on hand for WVU spring football practice - Times West Virginian
This was what Dana Holgorsen had in mind when he decided to turn his spring practice into a traveling show, the third and final open practice before the spring game coming to the state capital and being welcomed by the citizens like a tax cut.

Fans enjoy Mountaineer open practice in Charleston -
Performing in front of a sizeable crowd at the University of Charleston Stadium, the Mountaineers ran through a number of basic drills, and a handful of live action plays in preparation for next week's Gold-Blue Spring Game.

Garrison Going Back to the Future - WVU Athletics
We saw the Dustin Garrison of old Saturday in Charleston.

Garrison gets 2 TDs in WVU’s Charleston scrimmage - Charleston Gazette
Garrison, though, has a bit of a message for anyone who thinks he might be a long shot in WVU’s running back derby: Don’t overlook the little guy.

Dustin Garrison shows his old burst, new power in scrimmage - WV MetroNews
Redshirt junior was the standout among West Virginia's running backs on Saturday in Charleston.

Garrison ready to return in 2014 after injury - Daily Athenaeum
During an open scrimmage Saturday at Laidley Field, West Virginia running back Dustin Garrison played like the same runner he once was.

WVU cornerbacks coach prefers backpedal method - Charleston Daily Mail
"I’m always going to be married to what we do," Mitchell said, "but this allows me to go back to what I believe in."

Watch Golson as WVU goes for turnaround - Charleston Gazette
But the DC has flexibility because of one cat: linebacker Brandon Golson.

Scrimmage shows WVU offense still needs work - Charleston Gazette
All things considered, West Virginia’s Saturday scrimmage at UC Stadium was probably a win for the offense.

Rare Moments - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers’ offense remains work in progress

Defense Impresses in Charleston - BGN
After focusing a lot on individual and position-specific drills for a large portion of the first two open practices of the spring, West Virginia used the majority of Saturday’s practice at Laidley Field in Charleston to go 11-on-11 and work in different situations in an extended team session.

Defensive first unit refuses to yield a TD in scrimmage - WV MetroNews
Tony Gibson likes the look of his starters after Charleston practice.

Bruce, Defense Adjusting - EerSports
"I don’t feel like it’s so tough, I feel like they simplified it so much to where you don’t have to do so much thinking. So at that point it doesn’t matter what down it is, you know your responsibility, you won’t have to have so many packages to come in," said Bruce.

Chuck McGill: Clay, Wellman bring toughness to Charleston - Charleston Daily Mail
At times, the state natives — former George Washington standout Cody Clay and Spring Valley grad Elijah Wellman — were on the football field at the same time.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Calicchio hopes to answer call for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
The first thought that comes to mind as Michael Calicchio approaches — his white No. 63 West Virginia jersey having darn near as many Xs in its size designation as the defense has on the chalkboard on the locker room wall, as in Size: XXXXXXLarge — is that he surely is going to greet you with the words "You rang?"

Rumph Steps Up -
Rumph proved to add depth at corner playing in a backup role, but this spring the Mountaineer coaches slid Rumph to safety. The Daytona Beach native, is already running with the first team.

Dunlap says Charleston practice worth the trip for WVU - Charleston Gazette
"But I think everybody liked it. It’s good to get out like that.’’

VIDEO: Dawson Covers it All - EerSports
West Virginia Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson covers just about everything possible, speaking with media after Saturday's practice in Charleston.

VIDEO: Crook Talks O-Line - EerSports
West Virginia Offensive Line Coach Ron Crook discusses his unit's physicality, numbers, progress and more after Saturday's practice in Charleston. TV: Interviews from Charleston -
Coaches Bradley, Gibson & Mitchell, plus Garrison, Bruce, Banks & Clay

WATCH: WVU Assistant Coaches on Practice in Charleston - WVillustrated
Seider, Dawson, & Gibby

WATCH: WVU Football Players Talk at Open Practice - WVillustrated
Banks, Garrison, Bruce, Dillon, & O'Toole TV: Practice highlights 4/5/14 -

Photo Gallery I: WVU Charleston Practice - BGN
A first look at West Virginia's spring football practice in Charleston.

Charleston Practice Photo Gallery - EerSports
EerSports Photographer Craig Gunter shares some photos

Pro News:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mazzulla reflects on tourney run - Times West Virginian
Joe Mazzulla, today an assistant coach at Fairmont State but in another life the man maybe most responsible for getting West Virginia University into the Final Four during the magical season that was 2009-10.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2014 Spring Scrimmage Highlights - Our Daily Bears

Who's Afraid of the Hapless, Irrelevant Cyclones? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU football notebook: DT McKinney gone from team - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State may be college football's best 2014 sleeper -

Blake Bell Will Miss The Rest Of The Spring After Suffering Knee Injury - Crimson And Cream Machine

Orange Blitz Review - Cowboys Ride For Free

New Texas practice intensity starts with coaching staff - Burnt Orange Nation

Doug Meacham critical to TCU’s success - Dallas Morning News

Webb, Washington shine in Tech scrimmage under lights (With video) - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

There is a 1 in 325 chance that you will see a triple play. WVU shortstop Taylor Munden combined with Ryan McBroom to make it happen Saturday evening at TCU.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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