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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/6/14) Edition

Baseball takes on VT & looks to solidify post-season berth, Coach Mazey features, new football commit, pre-draft reports (including WVU Pros), Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 6 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey previews today’s matchup against Virginia Tech from Princeton. We also hear ESPN analyst and former Mountaineer star Anthony Becht as he discusses how Charles Sims’ game translates to the National Football League.

This Week's Notebook - WVU Athletics
An overdose of West Virginia University sports notes make up this week’s Campus Connection …

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


News of Note:


Baseball bracketologists are favoring West Virginia’s NCAA chances - WV MetroNews
Barring a collapse in the final two weeks of the regular season, the Mountaineers should reach a regional for the first time in 18 years.

Mike Casazza: Schedule put WVU baseball in position for possible NCAA tournament berth - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU was No. 22 in Monday’s RPI and the strength of schedule ranked No. 30, and those numbers will be shaped by the final two non-conference games and two conference series. Still, it was the opening sequence of the season that gave meaning to the forthcoming finish.

Mountaineers Climb in RPI, Continue Push to Postseason - WVillustrated
WVU Baseball has come a long way in less than two seasons under Randy Mazey, but the head coach says there is still plenty of work to be done.

No time to celebate wins over Texas, WVU to face Virginia Tech - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The West Virginia baseball team hasn't had much time to celebrate its series win last weekend over Texas in what will be the final games to be played at Hawley Field in Morgantown.

Mountaineers, Hokies renew rivalry - Register-Herald, Beckley
West Virginia closed out Hawley Field in fine fashion Sunday, picking up a series win against No. 11 Texas in front of a crowd of 2,237 that was the second-most ever to see a game at the Mountaineers’ baseball facility, which first opened in 1971.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mazey’s master plan coming to fruition at WVU - Times West Virginian
It was the chance Randy Mazey had waited for, the chance to get his own team back again.

Dave Hickman: WVU’s Mazey still hoping to level the playing field - Charleston Gazette
WVU’s second-year coach wants to change when the game is played. A few years ago he wrote a proposal that would essentially shift the season from late winter and spring to spring and summer.

Mazey wants to implement radical change - Register-Herald
When Randy Mazey was hired as the head baseball coach at West Virginia University in July of 2012, the Johnstown, Pa., native faced obstacles most believed were too large to overcome.

Baseball One of Many Benefiting from Big 12 - WVU Athletics
A lot of programs have seen spikes in attendance.


Big 12 football post-spring breakdown: Defensive line - ESPN
7. West Virginia (pre-spring ranking 7)

Former WVU signee receives 5 years’ probation for sexual abuse - WV MetroNews
2013 recruit d'Vante Henry was dismissed from the team last fall after allegedly assaulting a woman in her room.

Mountaineers hoping for late NFL draft call - Charleston Gazette
Indeed, unlike a year ago there doesn’t figure to be much action for former Mountaineers in the early rounds of this year’s draft.


Anderson Pledges To WVU - BGN
West Virginia added its 11th commitment to the football recruiting class of 2015 on Monday when Miramar High (Fla.) running back Alex Anderson pledged to the Mountaineers.

Anderson Commits to WVU -
Anderson had given WVU a soft verbal earlier in the recruiting process after a trip to Morgantown. With the coaches unsure if they wanted to take the commitment from Anderson he had to hold of on an official verbal commitment.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - ESPN
WEST VIRGINIA Total commits: 10 ESPN 300 commits: 2

Pro News:

2014 NFL Draft: Ranking Will Clarke's Best Games for West Virginia - WVU Pros
No matter what position he plays at the next level, former West Virginia Mountaineer defensive end Will Clarke can make a difference on a football field.

2014 NFL Draft: The Seattle Seahawks select... - WVU Pros
Continuing on with our draft selections, we take a look at the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and what they could do to help out their top-notch defense. But will it be with a defensive player?

Coal Burning Stove: Projections are often wrong - WVU Pros
We’ve all seen it. The face of a projected top ten draft pick who falls into the second round. It happens. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. But it happens. Projections are often wrong.

Around the League (and Beyond):

With McLane Stadium rising, football season can’t come soon enough - Waco Tribune

Iowa State Cyclones spring wrap - ESPN

Kansas Jayhawks spring football wrap 2014 - ESPN

Kansas State Wildcats spring depth chart analysis - ESPN

Oklahoma Sooners Football | $350M+ Stadium Expansion Confirmed - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Cowboys football spring wrap - ESPN

Texas Longhorns spring wrap - ESPN

Monday Morning Manager: May 5th - Frogs O' War

Spring depth chart analysis: Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN

What's On Tap:

WVU Set to Play Virginia Tech in Princeton - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team is set to take on Virginia Tech on Tuesday evening at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton. First pitch for the sold out game is set for 6 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Taylor Munden sent a two-run homerun out of the park, and senior Ryan McBroom had three hits and two RBIs in the series-winning 12-6 victory over the Texas Longhorns in the last series at Hawley Field.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE, but not nearly as much as you think:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the Bikini Team model of the month for May. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tawny Jordan.