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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (3/31/15) Edition

Spring Football reports, Hoops season reviews/looks ahead, Baseball Backyard Brawl, WNIT, recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Baseball Travels for Matchup at Pitt - WVU Athletics
Tuesday, March 31, for a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Charles L. Cost Field.

WVU puts winning streak on the line at Pitt - Exponent Telegram
The Mountaineers have an overall record of 15-10 and are currently riding a six-game winning streak following a weekend sweep of Charleston Southern.

This may be Carey's finest coaching performance in 14 years - Beckley Register-Herald
Regardless of whether the West Virginia women’s basketball team wins another game this year, I firmly believe that this is probably the best job Mike Carey has done in his 14 seasons as the Mountaineers’ head coach.

Civic Center could host WNIT final - Charleston Daily Mail
The school has already put a bid in to be the home team for Saturday’s championship game against either Michigan or UCLA, knowing full well the Coliseum is booked that day.

Wearing the Jersey: Dayah Haley - WVU Athletics
Senior gymnast Dayah Haley's story is one of loss, inspiration and triumph.

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

News of Note:

WVU can find success with greater efficiency - Charleston Daily Mail
Getting possessions is one thing, and for WVU, it’s a major thing because it can account for shortcomings. Quantity must be accompanied by quality, and that’s where WVU went wrong this season and must get right next season.

Postseason 2-4-7 - EerSports
Two departing seniors, four starting spots, and seven stats from the 2014-15 season.

Look ahead, Part II: Mountaineers’ frontline well-stocked for next season - WV MetroNews
In the finale of a two-part preview of 2015-16, Allan Taylor evaluates what returning players must do for WVU to build upon its run to the Sweet 16.

For better or worse, WVU basketball set school records - Charleston Gazette
At the top of the list has to be turnovers forced, which was really what this team was about.

UK beating of WVU most dominating that's memorable - Times West Virginian
It was absolutely shocking to this TV viewer the way No. 1-ranked Kentucky dominated West Virginia, 78-39, last Thursday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, March 30 - WV MetroNews
Garrett and Brad take a look back at the 25-10 basketball year for the Mountaineers.


Linebacker Depth, Experience Give Gibson Confidence - EerSports
West Virginia’s defense as a whole is returning plenty of depth and experience this fall, and that holds especially true in the linebacking corps.

Ten spring developments: Big 12 - ESPN
Mountaineers focused on margins

West Virginia Mountaineers: WVU will be the next team to make a leap in Big 12 - FOX Sports
West Virginia rebounded from a 4-8 mark in 2013 to finish 7-6 last season and earn its first winning record (5-4) in Big 12 action since joining the league.

Recapping the Big 12 pro days - ESPN
Here's a look back at how the conference's top draft prospects performed, plus a few under-the-radar players to keep an eye on


WVU Offers JUCO RB, Familiar Face Announces It - EerSports
West Virginia has offered East Mississippi (MS) C.C. running back Dacorius Law

Big 12 college football recruiting scorecard - ESPN
The latest from the Big 12 on the recruiting trail

Pro News:

Rodney Harrison blasts Geno Smith, thinks Jets will win 5 games -
Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison doesn't think a bunch of moves in free agency suddenly make the Jets competitive in the AFC East.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Taion Sells shines again for Baylor Bears in scrimmage - ESPN

Georges Niang of Iowa State Cyclones returning for senior season - ESPN

On the spot: Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Kyron Watson - ESPN

JUCO PG Corlbe Ervin commits to K-State - Bring On The Cats

Running Back Keith Ford Suspended Indefinitely - Crimson And Cream Machine

Travis Ford: Two Sides to the Story - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas, Shaka Smart reportedly discussing Horns head coaching position - Burnt Orange Nation

Top-10 player spring update: TCU Horned Frogs football - ESPN

Texas Tech Linebackers Preview - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Open Football Practice at Shepherd University - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football team will hold its first off-campus open practice this spring at Ram Stadium in Shepherdstown, W.Va., on Saturday, April 4, starting at 1 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Epitome of a class act by Coach Mike Carey and the WVU women's team:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Miami native. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Stephanie Rao.