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Mountaineer Morning Links: Gold/Blue Spring Game Primer (4/24/14) Edition

Spring game previews & features, Kansas in town for baseball series, recruiting notes, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU No. 43 in Current Directors' Cup Standings - WVU Athletics
WVU has compiled 377.50 points to date.

Men’s Soccer Set for Two Matches - WVU Athletics
The WVU men’s soccer team will continue its spring season this weekend with a pair of contests.

Track Finishes Day One at Penn Relays - WVU Athletics
This marks the fifth straight year WVU has participated at the Penn Relays.

White, Harris Headline CPASS Event - WVU Athletics
Beginning at 9 a.m., the event begins with a large panel of WVU’s Pioneering African-American men’s athletes and continues at 10 a.m. with Pioneering African-American quarterbacks, featuring Major Harris, Pat White, Rasheed Marshall and Darren Studstill.

Moss still holds two Mountaineer football records - Beckley Register-Herald
Bob Moss, also called "Bobby" in his heyday as a Mountaineer, excelled as a member of the West Virginia football team in 1952-55.

THE READ OPTION: When a college athletic department has more money than it claims - SBNation.com
Good morning! It's your Friday roundup of college football stuff.

News of Note:

Football

WVU quarterback Howard has come a long way - Charleston Daily Mail
Skyler Howard is the sort of person who grades himself on the sum of his experiences and not just one outcome, which is why the junior evaluates his year on campus at West Virginia University in a particular manner.

Injuries disrupt WVU’s spring - Charleston Gazette
That’s 10 guys missing or limited during the next-to-last scrimmage of the spring. Even on a defense with 17 players who have starting experience, that’s going to make a dent.

Spring practice winding down for WVU - Beckley Register-Herald: College Sports
The West Virginia University football team held its final spring practice Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s Gold-Blue Spring Game at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown.

Kickoff, Return Team Spots Still Up For Grabs - BGN
With returning starters at punter and placekicker, the battle for specialist playing time at West Virginia might be perceived as already decided. But while Nick O'Toole and Josh Lambert will certainly be the number ones at those positions this fall, there is still another spot that is up for grabs.

West Virginia holds annual Gold-Blue Spring Game - Daily Athenaeum
Coming off a 7-6 (5-4, Big 12) season in 2014, the Mountaineers must find replacements for departed quarterback Clint Trickett, receivers Kevin White and Mario Alford and guards Quinton Spain and Mark Glowinski.

Previewing Kansas, Kansas State, West Virginia spring games - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
In this week's Big 12 roundtable, we preview the final three spring games in the Big 12

WVU Walk-On Earns Scholarship - EerSports
West Virginia redshirt junior linebacker Justin Arndt learned this afternoon that he has been put on scholarship, according to several congratulatory tweets from teammates

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics
Two Tonys - Tony Gibson and Tony Caridi - help get us ready for Saturday's Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and proceeds from the game will benefit the WVU Children's Hospital.

Ranking the Big 12 College Towns (Expert Poll) - AthlonSports.com
5. Morgantown, W.V.

The Backyard crawl - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
By my bookkeeping, West Virginia and Pitt can’t or won’t resume their football rivalry before 2022.

Polish vs. Potential: Should Amari Cooper or Kevin White Be the First Wide Receiver Drafted? - Grantland
The Alabama wideout landing in the top five was supposed to be a sure thing. Then Kevin White went to the combine.

Kevin White is really, really high on Kevin White - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
I can’t believe I’m saying this, given the stage, but I think this is great because I like Kevin White’s verve and I actually enjoyed the conversation here.

White has chip on shoulder - ESPN Video
Former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White joins SportsCenter to talk about the draft, having a chip on his shoulder and what kind of team he would like to go to.

Baseball

Baseball Hosts Kansas in Big 12 Action - WVU Athletics
Friday’s opener will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m. and Sunday’s finale is at 1 p.m.

Mountaineer baseball faces Kansas in critical conference series at home - Daily Athenaeum
As the Mountaineers prepare to take on the last-place team in the Big 12, West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey said the pressure is on his team to not get complacent.

Mountaineers welcome Jayhawks for 3-game series - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia (23-15, 5-7 Big 12) is currently in sixth place in the Big 12 standings, while Kansas (17-24, 4-8 Big 12) is in ninth place, but only one game out of sixth place.

WATCH: WVU Welcomes Kansas for Home Stand - WVillustrated
WVU Baseball head coach Randy Mazey spoke with the media on Thursday in preparation for this weekend's three-game home series against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Parking/Shuttle Info for Rest of Baseball Season - WVU Athletics
On the cusp of the third home weekend series at Monongalia County Ballpark, the West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced parking and shuttle information for the remainder of the 2015 home season.

Hoops

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 23 - WV MetroNews
Beckley Register Herald sports editor Cam Huffman discusses sophomore guard Chase Connor’s decision to transfer. We also hear from ESPN blogger Brandon Chatmon about his spring football trip to Morgantown.

Recruiting:

West Virginia pursuing Slade - Scout
Darion Slade is one of top athletes in the Tar Heel State. West Virginia has offered Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth playmaker and he hopes to visit soon.

Pro News:

WVUPros in the Arena Leagues Roundup: Week 4 - College to Pro Sports
Mountaineers playing in various Arena Football Leagues were in action this past weekend as the season approaches its midpoint.

Feel Good Friday: Bruce Irvin grants a wish for a special "12" from Orlando - College To Pro Sports
Bruce Irvin recently hung out with a group of Seattle Seahawks fans in Orlando. One fan in particular touched his heart, and Irvin wanted to grant him a wish.

Around the League (and Beyond):

3 terrifying ways Baylor will use its 410-pound tight end - SBNation.com

Football: How get well letters are helping Meyers as he battles cancer - Ames Tribune

2015 Spring Football - Running Backs - Rock Chalk Talk

Spring game preview: Kansas State Wildcats - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Comparing Trevor Knight and Baker Mayfield - Crimson And Cream Machine

Spring depth chart breakdown: Oklahoma State Cowboys - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Check out this video of new Texas TE coach Jeff Traylor mic'd up at practice - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU post-spring position battles: Linebacker, cornerback races wide open entering summer - Dallas Morning News

Kliff Kingsbury says Texas Tech QB battle will continue into fall - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What's On Tap:

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.

2015 Spring Game Parking Guidelines - WVU Athletics
The following information should assist the general public with parking arrangements surrounding the 2015 Gold-Blue Spring Game on Saturday, April 25, at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Football Season Ticket Renewal Deadline May 1 - WVU Athletics
WVU football season ticket holders are reminded to renew their 2015 season tickets online at WVUGAME.com.

Video of Interest:

Around the Horn for April 23, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous model of Greek heritage. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elaine Gregory.