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Mountaineer Morning Links: Cinco de Mayo (5/5/14) Edition

Baseball sends Hawley out in style winning series over UT 2-1, football notes, pre draft coverage and more from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 5 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey discusses WVU’s series win over Texas in this edition of the NAPA Auto Parts Gold and Blue Now. We also hear from senior first baseman Ryan McBroom who played his final game in Morgantown on Sunday as the Mountaineers defeated the Longhorns 12-6 at Hawley Field.

Fan Experience Committee talks improvement -
And the groundwork for that goal was laid Saturday afternoon when the group held their first meeting according to Matt Wells, associate athlete director for marketing and sales.

Rowing Finishes Fifth at Big 12's - WVU Athletics
Schrand and Verwey earn All-Big 12 honors in fifth-place performance.

2014-15 Cheer Teams Announced - WVU Athletics
WVU has announced the cheerleading squads for the 2014-15 season.

News of Note:


WVU Wins Series Against Texas in Hawley Finale - WVU Athletics
In the final game at Hawley Field, the WVU baseball team sent it out in grand fashion, defeating No. 11 Texas 12-6 to win the season series.

Great Hawley Field Sendoff - WVU Athletics
Tremendous fan support for Hawley Field's final weekend.

WVU closes out Hawley Field with 12-6 win over Texas - Charleston Gazette
Over the weekend, Hawley treated most of the Mountaineers great. They had double-digit hits in all three games against a Texas pitching staff that came into the weekend ranked first in the Big 12. WVU won 5-3 on Friday and lost a 2-0 decision Saturday despite 11 hits.

West Virginia whips Texas 12-6 in fond farewell to Hawley Field - WV MetroNews
On Senior Day, the Mountaineers banged out 14 hits to take the weekend series from the 19th-ranked Longhorns.

WVU Rips Texas, Bids Farewell To Hawley - BGN
There was little doubt about it, this Texas rubber match being a showcase of what West Virginia’s program has accomplished by facing what it hopes to become.

WVU wins final series at Hawley Field: PHOTOS - Times West Virginian
The lazy fly ball drifted through the air, riding a strong wind blowing out toward left field but not hit hard enough to threaten going out of the ball park. West Virginia left-field Jacob Rice settled under the baseball, the baseball that would represent the final out in Hawley Field’s history.

WVU knocks off Texas in finale at Hawley Field - Inter-Mountain
In the final game at Hawley Field, the West Virginia University baseball team sent it out in grand fashion, defeating No. 11 Texas, 12-6, to win the season series.

Constantini: Beating Texas ‘proves to the whole country that we’re for real’ - WV MetroNews
As West Virginia celebrated a 12-6 win over Texas in the series rubber game, third baseman Michael Constantini called it more validation for a program on the climb.

Move to Closer Paying Off for Carley - BGN
It had become a sight seen too often by the West Virginia baseball coaching staff throughout the first half of the 2014 season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: McBroom shines in a season that almost wasn’t - Times West Virginian
Ryan McBroom couldn’t quite believe it had come this quickly, his Senior Day, the final game he would play in Hawley Field in what would be the final West Virginia baseball game ever played in Hawley Field with the new stadium now under construction.

BGN Video: Texas Postgame Celebration - BGN
Randy Mazey said he looked up in the stands every trip out to coach third base. And there's no wonder why.

Photo Gallery III: WVU vs Texas - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 12-6 series-clinching win over Texas on Sunday

The Last Time - BGN
Sunday was full of lasts for the Mountaineer baseball team at Hawley Field.

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU Baseball's Last Game at Hawley Field - WVillustrated
Browse photos from West Virginia Baseball's win over Texas in the last series to ever be played at Hawley Field

HERTZEL COLUMN: UT’s Garrido remembers his first ride on country roads - Times West Virginian
It’s actually been 51 years since Augie Garrido was assigned to the Charleston team in the Eastern League as a 23-year-old prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Now, he stood there in front of his dugout with the memories gushing back to him.


Big 12 Coaching Profile: WVU’s Dana Holgorsen needs to get defensive - SportsWatch
Holgorsen’s time at WVU hasn’t been conventional by any means, but then again, maybe that’s what makes things more exciting.

Big 12 post-spring football breakdown of special teams - ESPN
5. West Virginia (pre-spring ranking 7)

Pro News:

Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy right, wrong about New York Jets' Geno Smith - WVU Pros
Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy pulled no punches in his opinion of who should be the New York Jets starting quarterback this year.

Vick to wear No.1, says he's Jets' No.2 QB - Jets Beat
Michael Vick and Geno Smith will be dueling it out this summer at training camp, but surprisingly the veteran gunslinger already admitted his younger counterpart could have the leg up in the quarterback competition.

2014 NFL Draft: How Charles Sims can eclipse Steve Slaton's rookie season - WVU Pros
Charles Sims can accomplish more than just being the first West Virginia running back selected in the NFL Draft in five years next Thursday.

Steve Slaton "Happy" for the opportunity to play for the Toronto Argonauts - WVU Pros
The last time Steve Slaton stepped on a football field to play in a game was New Year's Day in 2012 as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

2014 NFL Draft: The Cincinnati Bengals select... - WVU Pros
We’ve gone through three teams that are home to WVU Pros and how they could bolster their lineups next season via the NFL Draft. Next up, the Cincinnati Bengals and how they could find help for Adam "PacMan" Jones.

2014 NFL Draft: The Pittsburgh Steelers select... - WVU Pros
Keeping our mock draft selections going for the first round of the NFL Draft which begins next Friday. Moving on, we look at the Pittsburgh Steelers are what could help Terence Garvin next season.

West Virginia NFL draft prospects - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Clarke, Eger, Sims, Feigt, Cook & Rowell

Around the League (and Beyond):

Report: Baylor WR Robbie Rhodes arrested Friday on drug charges - Our Daily Bears

Q&A Part 1: Yancy McKnight on JUCO's, Jensen & development - Cyclone Fanatic

KU breaks ground on Naismith rules' new home - Lawrence Journal World

After looking over shoulder, Waters' focus is downfield - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma football: Receiver Lacoltan Bester has a shot at being drafted - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State football: Tight end Jordan Frazier says quick transition to college is going well - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Did Texas DC Vance Bedford take a shot at Johnny Football on Twitter? - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU offense explodes for 18 hits to run-rule K-State 21-7 - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kingsbury Considers Return of Michael Starts, Jeremy Reynolds & Anthony Smith - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU-Virginia Tech Baseball Game Sold Out - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball game against Virginia Tech on Tuesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. is sold out.

WVU Caravan arrives in Parkersburg Thursday - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Event set to start at 6 p.m. at J.P. Henry’s Restaurant

Video of Interest:

Highlights as WVU Baseball wins the final game at Hawley Field, 12-6, over No. 11 Texas, taking the series on Sunday afternoon in Morgantown.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Excellent work by the SBN Texas A&M boys, Good Bull Hunting:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the hottest ladies ever to emerge from Mexico. CLICK HERE for today's animated gif gallery of Salma Hayek.