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Baseball downs Pitt, WNIT semis tonight, spring football practice resumes, recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Guerrini Leads Baseball in Win at Pitt - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team won a game at Pitt on Tuesday.

Guerrini, Hardy Spark WVU Win over Pitt - BGN
West Virginia catcher Ray Guerrini drove in all four Mountaineer runs and cut down a potential Pitt rally on defense as WVU downed the Panthers 4-1 in non-conference baseball action at Cost Field in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Guerrini’s blast and bunt carry streaking West Virginia past Pitt - WV MetroNews
The catcher drove in all four runs as the Mountaineers won their seventh straight.

Hammond Named CaptainU Coach of the Year - WVU Athletics
"It’s always nice to receive honors at the end of the year," said Hammond.

Ben Reed to Headline Charleston Scholarship Dinner - WVU Athletics
Reed was a quarterback at WVU from 1984-87.

Tackling made Chuck Smith a WVU superstar - Beckley Register-Herald
Charles “Chuck” Smith, who turned 59 on Jan. 14, was something of a superstar for West Virginia University in football from 1973 through 1976.

WNIT:

WVU women coming together at the right time - Charleston Daily Mail
“I’ve said it all year: We have talent,” Carey said. “It’s not that we don’t have talent. We weren’t playing with heart. We weren’t together. There were cliques and all that going on with this team.”

Mountaineers host Temple in WNIT semis - Charleston Gazette
“Oh, I’d rather be in the NCAA [tournament]. No doubt about it,’’ Carey said. “I’d like to win being at this point in the NCAA. That’s what we’d like to do instead of the NIT.

Carey pleased team is playing the way WVU is supposed to - Exponent Telegram
It is hard to imagine that the team he was so disappointed in that day remains playing, but then that little speech may have had a lot to do with it.

Mountaineer Women Salvaging Season with WNIT Run - WVillustrated
After an up and down season, the WVU women's basketball team has bought in, culminating in a re-energized group seeking a WNIT Championship.

WATCH: Mountaineers Prep for Temple in WNIT Semifinal - WVillustrated
See full interviews with Mike Carey and the WVU women's basketball team ahead of Wednesday's WNIT semifinal against Temple.

FURFARI: This may be Carey's finest coaching performance yet - Times West Virginian
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 at the Mountaineers’ head coach.

A Classy Coach Helped An Opposing Player Join The 1,000-Point Club - ESPNW
West Virginia was leading Villanova 73-67 with 7.9 seconds remaining in overtime on Sunday in a WNIT quarterfinal. And then something awesome happened.

Carey, Perretta showed what sports is about - Exponent Telegram
“He asked me if we could go ahead and foul her,” Carey would admit in the interview room after the game.

News of Note:

Miles, Big 12, money and Hundley - Charleston Gazette
The views from here

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, April 1 - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey breaks down the WNIT semifinal matchup against Temple. While Allan Taylor joins us to look ahead for what is to come in the future for the WVU Men’s Basketball team.

Football

WVU spring football resumes; baseball beats Pitt - Beckley Register-Herald
The practice session was closed to the media and public, but fans and reporters will soon get a look at the Mountaineers when the first of four Saturdays of open practices is held three days from now at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown.

Gibson: Year Two Should be a Year Better - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers finally have some continuity on defense.

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, March 31 - WV MetroNews
Garrett and Brad breakdown the quarterback battle during spring football.

WVU Spring Football Outlook: Defensive Backs - BGN
As WVU stays behind closed doors for much of this week's spring football practice, we wind up our defensive analysis with a look at the secondary.

Bruce Tall Eager to Mold WVU Defensive Line - WVillustrated
Returning to his old stomping grounds, new defensive line coach brings familiarity that should benefit WVU's front this fall.

College Football's Top 25 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2015 - AthlonSports.com
Dravon Henry, S, West Virginia

Kevin White: 'I bring a lot more to the table' than Amari Cooper - NFL.com (autoplay)
West Virginia's Kevin White says there should be no argument about the best wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft. "I think I bring a lot more to the table" than Alabama's Amari Cooper, White said.

Strong Words From Kevin White - EerSports
"Amari Cooper is a great receiver, a great competitor, but I think I bring a lot more to the table," White said, per NFL.com.

Windy City White in Latest ESPN Mock Draft - EerSports
Todd McShay unveiled his Mock Draft 4.0 Monday, and he dropped West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White three spots, from the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 to the Chicago Bears at No. 7, although he maintains White is still the No. 4 player in his mind.

Recruiting:

Tre Jackson Has Decision Date Set - Scout
Tre Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound cornerback from Baton Rouge (La.) University lab has picked up offers from schools like Arkansas State, Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, West Virginia and Tulane.

Pro News:

Is Rodney Harrison right about Jets QB Geno Smith? - ESPN New York
Rodney Harrison is not a fan of Geno Smith, and when you look at the numbers it's hard to shoot holes in his stance on the New York Jets quarterback.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Top-10 player spring update: Baylor Bears - ESPN

ISU Assistant Coach Matt Abdelmassih Leaves For St. John's - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU's Perry Ellis receives honorable mention in All-America voting - Lawrence Journal World

Catching Up with Tyler Lockett - Kansas State

WR Jordan Smallwood Out with Knee Injury - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State is 'fully committed' to keeping Travis Ford - Sporting News

Tuesday Texas Longhorns coaching search rumors - Burnt Orange Nation

So far in TCU spring, the cornerbacks have caught Patterson’s eye - Star Telegram

A Look Back At Recruiting: Texas Tech's 2010 Class - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Temple Owls vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's NIT Semifinal, 7 pm tonight from the Lyons Den

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.

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Miss Throwdown:

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