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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (4/17/15) Edition

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Football set for weekend practices at Greenbrier, Sooners in town for weekend baseball series, recruiting updates, WVUPros news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 16 - WV MetroNews
Baylor play-by-play voice John Morris talks about the replacement for Bryce Petty. We also hear from WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey as his squad prepares for a weekend series with Oklahoma.

Men’s Soccer Hosts Marshall at Dick Dlesk - WVU Athletics
The WVU men’s soccer team will host Marshall in spring season action on Friday, April 17 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m.

Rifle Successful at Changwon World Cup - WVU Athletics
Three members of the West Virginia University rifle team and coach Jon Hammond competed at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Changwon World Cup, April 10-16, in Changwon, Korea.

Two Sign with Rifle Team - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University rifle coach Jon Hammond has announced that Will Anti and Virginia (Ginny) Thrasher have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the National Champion rifle team for the 2015-16 season.

Mountaineers Named Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of Year - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University student-athletes David Palley, Haily VandePoel, Averee Fields and Jaida Lawrence were named the Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their respective sports, announced today by the league office.

THE READ OPTION: The Jameis Winston lawsuit arrives - SBNation.com
Gonna try and remember to grab this each day for inclusion. It's the mothership's version of the S/T .

News of Note:

Football

Greenbrier turning gold and blue this weekend - Beckley Register-Herald
Greenbrier County is about to officially become Mountaineer Country.

Campus Connection: Weekend Notes - WVU Athletics
This week's WVU sports news and notes.

WVU O-line has familiar ring - Charleston Gazette
There are no stars on either line. At the beginning of spring drills, coach Dana Holgorsen went so far as to say his D-line "has to get it together better this year."

Defensive Outlook: WVU Coaches - BGN
West Virginia's defensive coaches weren't happy with the results of Saturday's scrimmage work, but one day doesn't detract from the successes and progress they have seen this spring.

Jefferson resembles slighter version of Riddick, has same mission—sacks - WV MetroNews
The 6-5, 225-pound junior college transfer is learning the ropes at defensive end this spring.

2015 NFL Draft: Shocking talent, depth at receiver - CBSSports.com
Led by Alabama's elusive Amari Cooper and West Virginia's explosive Kevin White -- or vice versa -- there could be as many as seven wide receivers featured in the first round of the draft April 30 in Chicago.

Wide receiver Kevin White has pre-draft visit with Giants - NJ.com
West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White visited the Giants facility on Wednesday.

Film Room Friday - Texas Tech vs WVU, A Shootout For The Ages - Viva The Matadors
Breaking down a game where we were oh so close to a victory.

Baseball

Mazey knows what it takes for success on the mound - Exponent Telegram
During his time as an assistant coach at TCU and since he has come to West Virginia as the baseball coach, Randy Mazey has had a reputation for the way he handles pitching and pitchers and that is half the battle.

WVU welcomes Oklahoma for key Big 12 series - Exponent Telegram
"I told them this is a tale of two seasons," Mazey said Thursday before his team began preparations for a weekend home series against Oklahoma.

First-place Sooners visit for crucial weekend series at The Mon - WV MetroNews
West Virginia enters the series with a better RPI than Oklahoma but 2.5 games back in the Big 12 standings.

Oklahoma comes to West Virginia for first Big 12 Conference home series - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers may have taken the bait and fallen in a trap game against Penn State Tuesday night, but there should be no overlooking the next opponent they face in the first Big 12 series in Monongalia County Ballpark history: The Oklahoma Sooners.

Hoops

Juco coach: Myers a ‘special talent’ who will flourish in WVU’s press - WV MetroNews
Williston (N.D.) State College coach Cory Fehringer says the Mountaineers' latest signee has the drive to be a productive Division I player.

Recruiting:

WVU offers Tennessee QB - 247Sports
West Virginia is the latest program to extend an offer to Columbia (Tenn.) Spring Hill quarterback Tylin Oden.

Pro News:

Devin Ebanks lands on the All-Mexican LNBP 1st Team - College To Pro Sports
After a season in the NBA D-League split between the Texas Legends and Springfield Armor in chilly Massachusetts, Devin Ebanks is finding great success in warmer climates.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor position series: ‘Wide Receiver U’ restocked for 2015 - Dallas Morning News

What to take away from the spring game - Ames Tribune

Kansas enjoying tight competition at quarterback - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

K-State seeks to replace Finney’s production at center - Collegian

Oklahoma football: Receivers seem to have made strides under new coaching - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Jordan Sterns could be a centerpiece of Oklahoma State's defense - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas QB Jerrod Heard has "closed the gap" on Tyrone Swoopes - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU staying constant amidst swirling change - FOX Sports

Texas Tech position series: Switch in schemes means questions at defensive line - Dallas Morning News

What's On Tap:

Baseball Hosts No. 23 Oklahoma in Pivotal Series - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team will host No. 23 Oklahoma in a Big 12 series from April 17-19 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

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