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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/28/15) Edition

Football & pre-draft reports, baseball takes on Marshall in Charleston, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

’Eers coaches in town for caravan event - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Will honor ’75 Peach Bowl team

Eight Mountaineers Earn Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
A program-best eight members of the West Virginia University rifle team were named to the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Academic Team.

West Virginia concludes spring season - Daily Athenaeum
The spring season for the West Virginia women’s soccer team has come to a close and the Mountaineers will end the slate with a 3-2 record.

Duo Named to Canadian World Cup Team - WVU Athletics
Two from WVU women's soccer named to Canadian World Cup Team.

Track DMR Team Named Athletes of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Mazzulla enjoys coaching after great hoops career at WVU - Beckley Register-Herald
Joe Mazzulla, an outstanding point guard at West Virginia University from 2007 through 2011, now is enjoying a budding career as a college coach.

THE READ OPTION: NFL Draft shows how much recruiting ratings matter -
Good morning! Here's your daily roundup of college football stuff as we entered NFL Draft week.

News of Note:


Deep thoughts - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The first thing Dana Holgorsen said to the media Saturday, a short while after an 88-play scrimmage before a crowd of (uh) 8,118, was "Glad that’s over with."

Jared Barber’s rusty eyes - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Shaq Petteway and Kwiatkoski look like starters outside and Barber is the man in the middle, but that’s not settled, and Dana Holgorsen and Tony Gibson made that clear.

WVU’s Dillon hopes to follow White’s lead - Charleston Gazette
"I look at what Kevin White did last year as a senior,’’ Dillon said. "And look at where he is now.’’

Dillon: "Kick it to Me. I’m Trying to Take it to the House" - EerSports
When asked during post-game media interviews if he would openly take on the previously plagued punt return job for the Mountaineers, Dillon had no doubt that he would take on the responsibility, headfirst.

WVU experiments with Crest this spring - Daily Athenaeum
While many West Virginia football fans expected to see quarterback William Crest throwing passes this fall, they may see him catching them instead.

Crest's tweets make his mind worth picking - Exponent Telegram
Holgorsen’s rules limit access severely. No talking to first-year players. No talking to players who haven’t played in a game. No talking to players whom Holgorsen doesn’t want you to talk to.

Fierce Competition at ‘Every Position’ Tops WVU Spring Football - WVillustrated
West Virginia Illustrated's Matt Hauswirth breaks down each position group as the spring season concludes for the West Virginia University Football team.

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, April 27 - WV MetroNews
Brad and Garrett break down the spring game and break down William Crest’s performance.

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 28 - WV MetroNews
Xavier Preston talks about how learning one of the three linebacker positions will help him play faster.

Spring game review: West Virginia Mountaineers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Several newcomers were the story in their debuts as West Virginia held its Gold-Blue spring game on Saturday.

What we learned in the Big 12 this spring - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
3. Skyler Howard is the man in Morgantown

Big 12 Power Rankings: Post-spring - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia


White Wants to Be Like Fitzgerald, Jones - EerSports
West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White joined the Dan Patrick Show this morning, and while the famed host attempted to get him going on Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper again White did not take the bait.

Where could Shaq Riddick get drafted? - College to Pro Sports
Many considered Riddick to be WVU’s top prospect before last season before he ever played a snap. Riddick played one season at WVU after transferring in from Gardner-Webb.


Major change in Munden - Exponent Telegram
“I never thought in my life I’d hit double digit home runs,” Munden said after the Kansas game.

Baseball Travels for Midweek Contests - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will begin a five-game week by traveling to Marshall on Tuesday, April 28, and then traveling to take on Radford on Wednesday, April 29.

Mountaineers, Herd ready for baseball battle at Power Park - Charleston Daily Mail
Marshall is the home team against WVU at 6 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park.

WVU, Marshall clash today at Appalachian Power Park - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia and Marshall will attempt to do something today that they’ve not had much luck accomplishing in recent years — play a baseball game against each other in Charleston.

West Virginia faces Marshall tonight in rematch of last week’s game - Daily Athenaeum
After a Mountaineer win last week, the West Virginia and Marshall baseball teams are set for round two of the hardball version of the Friends of Coal Bowl at 6 p.m.

Herd to host West Virginia today in Charleston - Beckley Register-Herald
With the same pitching matchup as their first meeting last week, in-state rivals West Virginia and Marshall will hook up one more time today.


WR Rontavius Groves has WVU near the top - EerSports
Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn wide receiver Rontavius Groves took a visit to West Virginia over the weekend to take in the Mountaineers' spring game and visit the campus for the first time.

St. John’s to Host Malik Ellison, Durand Johnson This Week -
He is graduating from Pitt on Sunday (today) and will then visit West Virginia Monday before visiting St. John’s, sources confirmed.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's the latest on the recruiting trail in the Big 12.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor opens as 35.5-point favorite over SMU in 2015 Opener - Our Daily Bears

Mitchell Meyers breaks down his Hodgkin's lymphoma strategy - Des Moines Register (autoplay)

Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings to undergo knee surgery - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State football spring game - what we saw - Bring On The Cats

Sooner defensive backs needed to hear a new voice - Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL: A way too early look at 2015 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Charlie Strong admits 'I cannot fail' at Texas in uniquely transcendent time - Sporting News

Spring depth chart breakdown: TCU - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Tech Offensive Line Preview - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Football Season Ticket Renewal Deadline May 1 - WVU Athletics
With the priority deadline just two weeks away, WVU football season ticket holders are reminded to renew their 2015 season tickets online at

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another Australian beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Emily Sears.