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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/13/15) Edition

Baseball sweeps Butler in new park, football reports, recruiting news, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Women's Soccer Falls to Maryland - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Maryland Sunday.

Tennis Falls at No. 19 TCU - WVU Athletics
“TCU played well today. They are playing with confidence and it shows. Our goals remain the same, and we want to get better going into the conference tournament,” said second-year coach Miha Lisac.

Rowing Completes Knecht Cup - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers' top finishes came from the Women’s Second Varsity Eight boat, which won the Petite Final on Mercer Lake, Sunday afternoon.

McNeil Leads Track at Mason Spring Invitational - WVU Athletics
Paced by a career-best mark from freshman Shamoya McNeil, the West Virginia University track and field team completed the Mason Spring Invitational hosted by George Mason University

News of Note:

WVU looks to plug receivers in on the outside - Charleston Daily Mail
"It’s going to be a while before we have established guys on the outside," coach Dana Holgorsen said.

WVU’s Newest Receiving Corps Beginning to Take Shape - WVillustrated
With several question marks at wide receiver this spring, the WVU coaching staff is beginning to mention some names that have emerged in the race to be the Mountaineers' top receivers.

Gold and Blue Now: April 13 - WV MetroNews
Brad and Greg discuss the big news from spring football this weekend, as Daikiel Shorts has been moved to the outside receiver position.

O'Toole out to be near-perfect punter - Exponent Telegram
"My first season was good. I had some ups and downs, but not as bad as this last season was," he admitted.

Ranking the Big 12's top coaches under 50 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
2. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen: Wide receiver Kevin White can make an immediate impact in the NFL - NFL Videos (autoplay)
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen coached Kevin White in college and believes the wide receiver can make an immediate splash at the professional level. Find out why he's so sold on the top prospect.

A new draft trade scenario emerges for Redskins - 247Sports
The Miami Dolphins which select with the 14th overall pick, could be potential trade partners with the Redskins (No. 5 pick) with West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White in the crosshairs.

West Virginia WR Kevin White to visit Bears - Chicago Sun Times
Three weeks before the start of the NFL Draft, at least one receiver will speak directly with the Bears.


Offensive Attack Leads Baseball in Sweep of Butler - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team swept Butler on Sunday.

WVU completes sweep of Butler - Exponent Telegram
WVU coach Randy Mazey saw his team sweep Butler in the first series at Monongalia County Ballpark. WVU wrapped up the sweep Sunday with a 12-4 victory.

WVU's Power Surges In Win Over Butler - BGN
KC Huth and Justin Fox homered and Chad Donato scattered four hits over six innings as West Virginia beat Butler 12-4 on Sunday to complete the series sweep.

Sweep Satisfaction As WVU Tops Butler - BGN
In front of a record weekend crowd, West Virginia completed the sweep of Butler with a 12-4 win on Sunday. Almost 7,000 fans came to see the Mountaineers play in their new stadium, and the team did not disappoint as Chad Donato and KC Huth dominated the Dogs in the final game of the series.

WVU Completes Sweep -
On Sunday afternoon, West Virginia used homeruns from Justin Fox and KC Huth as part of an offensive outburst, beating Butler 12-4 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Huth coming alive at the plate after overcoming injury - Daily Athenaeum
"KC has been playing really well. He missed all of fall practice with an injury. Getting him back in the lineup, now he’s at the halfway point and he’s catching fire," said head coach Randy Mazey. TV: Baseball Interviews -
Mazey, Huth & Donato

WATCH: WVU Completes Series Sweep to Open Ballpark - WVillustrated
See what West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey and the Mountaineers had to say after a 12-4 victory over Butler.

Photo Gallery: WVU Completes Butler Sweep - BGN
West Virginia completed a three-game sweep of Butler with a 12-4 win on Sunday, capping a perfect opening to its new home at Monongalia County Ballpark.


Player of the Year and All-American Honors for Ahmad - EerSports
West Virginia commit Esa Ahmad continues to rack up the honors for his tremendous play this season.

Huggins Scouting in the Lone Star State - EerSports
After a quick stop to see a top offered prospect in the 2015 class, Huggins traveled down to Dallas for the opening of the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series.

Mountaineers offer stud back - EerSports
Running back Kyshaun Bryan (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) picked up an offer from West Virginia.

Pro News:

Truck Bryant dominates Europe; doesn't forget West Virginia roots - College to Pro Sports
Now, he’s turned into the leading scorer of not only his Czech Republic team, BK Kolin, but also the entire NBL League.

Jets QB Geno Smith Needs To Work On Mind, Not Mechanics - CBS New York
The problem with Geno Smith the last two years has involved his head more than his arm.

Colts punter Pat McAfee will never forget Troy Polamalu - Sporting News
The Colts punter recognizes Polamalu for his abilities, but also brings up the fact that the modern-day Samson may have stolen his "one shining moment."

Padres vs. Giants: Jedd Gyorko's great catch sets stage for San Diego win - FOX Sports
Sometimes great defense can spur great offense. And that's exactly what happened Friday night in San Diego's 1-0 victory over the defending champion San Francisco Giants.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears back for more: BU eying 3rd Big 12 title after productive spring - Waco Tribune

Iowa State: Two football players arrested including coach's son -

Top-10 player spring update: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Cody Whitehair anchors veteran K-State offensive line - Topeka Capital Journal

OU Spring Football Takeaways | Quarterback Competition Closer Than Expected - Crimson And Cream Machine

Boone Pickens, Mike Gundy relationship improving - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Longhorns hold second spring scrimmage on Saturday - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Reveals New Nike Uniforms at Spring Game - Frogs O' War

P/CP: Does Texas Tech always NEED to take a QB in every recruiting class? - Viva The Matadors

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