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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/21/15) Edition

Football reports, Baseball hosts Marshall, recruiting news, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Parry Joins Women's Soccer Team - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown announced today that forward Aaran Parry will transfer from Tennessee and join the Mountaineers for the 2015 season.

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

Wearing the Jersey: Brianna Kerekles - WVU Athletics
From not running track until her senior year of high school to earning a spot on the Big 12 podium this winter, hear all about Brianna Kerekes' journey in this week's Wearing the Jersey

Cooke to Join Men’s Golf - WVU Athletics
Vienna, W.V., native Alan Cooke will join the Mountaineers next season.

THE READ OPTION: How long until Tim Tebow's back working for ESPN? -
Welcome to your daily digest of college football stuff.

News of Note:


Football Spring Game Information - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University is hosting its annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU’s Tall: ‘This is what I’m supposed to be’ - Charleston Daily Mail
Bruce Tall’s path back to West Virginia University, through 34 seasons of coaching college football at eight different schools, was set in motion during his adolescence.

Hard work propels WVU sophomore linebacker Preston - Charleston Daily Mail
To most, it would seem like the smallest sample imaginable, a single play that was not merely the first of a season, but the first of Xavier Preston’s career.

Jeremy Tyler’s spring performance pushing Henry at free safety - WV MetroNews
Junior-to-be Jeremy Tyler, who unsuccessfully challenged Henry during preseason camp last season, is mounting a more serious run this spring.

WVU Coaches Challenging Rushel Shell During Spring Practice - WVillustrated
Members of the WVU coaching staff pointed out the need for Rushel Shell to take over the tailback position during the spring, which he admitted is still a work in progress.

WVU offense trying to keep pace with experienced D - Beckley Register-Herald
For the first time since Dana Holgorsen’s arrival in Morgantown prior to the 2011 season, the question mark this spring is hanging more over the heads of the West Virginia University offense than it is the defense.

Howard, Wellman Detail Spring Drills - BGN
West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen revealed to the media that Skyler Howard was the clear starter at quarterback heading into the final week of spring practice, but there was one person that he didn't share that information directly with.

Howard’s roller coaster ride - Charleston Gazette
It was just two years ago that Skyler Howard’s football career seemed to be going the wrong way. And it wasn’t just inching there, but traveling at breakneck speed.

Skyler Howard Earns Holgorsen’s Approval as Top QB - WVillustrated
After Dana Holgorsen's approval of Skyler Howard as the best option at quarterback right now, the junior from Fort Worth, Texas is ready to take the job and run with it.

Skyler Howard seizes control in the battle for starting quarterback job - Daily Athenaeum
Over the weekend, head coach Dana Holgorsen said Howard, who played in four games and started two for the Mountaineers last season, is the "clear-cut No. 1 right now."


Baseball Hosts Marshall On Tuesday - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team will host Marshall on Tuesday, April 21, for a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Marshall visits West Virginia for matchup tonight - Daily Athenaeum
An old in-state rivalry will be renewed tonight in Morgantown.

WVU hosts Herd today - Beckley Register-Herald
The West Virginia University baseball team will host Marshall today for a 4 p.m. nonconference game at Monongalia County Ballpark.


Juwan Staten preparing for NBA Combine - College To Pro Sports
For the first time since Kevin Jones dominated his last season in the Big East, WVU has a player who could hear his named called in the NBA Draft.


WVU catapults to the top for Florida QB - Scout
Fresh off his initial BCS scholarship offer, 2016 Panama City (Fla.) Arnold dual-threat quarterback Cody Saunders anointed a clear-cut leader in his recruitment on Monday evening.

WVU Offers JUCO Offensive Tackle - EerSports
West Virginia offered Hutchinson (KS) C.C. offensive tackle Tate Leavitt this afternoon, the 6-foot-6, 298-pounder announced on Twitter.

Ball Close to Committing? - Scout
Marcelino Ball has already talked with his parents about committing, so you know he is serious about it. Could it happen this weekend? He is not ruling it out...

Terrance Davis leads The Opening D.C.'s Top Performers - EerSports
Terrance Davis put together one of the better guard performances we've seen all year on The Opening Regional circuit and leads our top performers.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Oklahoma State takes a big step with its class while the rest of the Big 12 hits the road to recruit. Here's the latest from the trail

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Ebanks debuts in Puerto Rico - College To Pro Sports
This week’s WVUPros on the Hardwood Report features updates from Puerto Rico, Germany, Russia, Israel, France and Poland as Mountaineers worldwide take the court.

Ellis Lankster signs with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL - College To Pro Sports
Ellis Lankster will continue his career north of the border in the CFL, joining other familiar faces such as Noel Devine, Jock Sanders and Steve Slaton.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Spring depth chart breakdown: Baylor Bears - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Hoiberg displays "#progress" - Ames Tribune

2015 Spring Football - Offensive Line - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State football seeks more production in running game - Topeka Capital Journal

OU notebook: Baker Mayfield says Mark Andrews reminds him of former Texas Tech star Jace Amaro - Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL: Let the unreasonable expectations take root - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns post-spring depth chart - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU position series: Familiar faces back in Horned Frogs’ special teams - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech Coaches' Preview - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Baseball: Herd visits WVU - Charleston Gazette
The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Time has been moved up to 4 pm due to pending inclement weather.

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