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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/4/15) Edition

AD Lyons interviews, more draft fallout, baseball swept, football & hoops notes, recruiting updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Lyons says WVU must have right mindset to move forward - Exponent Telegram
First of two parts from a weekend visit with new West Virginia University athletic director Shane Lyons, who discusses the program, his view of his responsibilities, the football program and the media situation.

A Lyons' share of work ahead - Exponent Telegram
And where does that stand today as Shane Lyons takes over from Oliver Luck as athletic director?

Sitting Down with Lyons: Facilities -
If things go according to plan by the time the West Virginia football team opens the 2016 season there will be several significant upgrades to Milan Puskar Stadium according to athletic director Shane Lyons.

WVU in Top 50 of Capital One Cup Standings - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineer women sit at No. 28 with 13 points, while the men No. 40 with 10 points.

Track Completes Jesse Owens Classic - WVU Athletics
Throughout the two days of competition, Mountaineer competitors recorded eight personal-best marks and nine season-best marks.

From humble roots, Santucci just keeps running - Exponent Telegram
“So who the heck is Clara Grandt and how did she run 2:29:54 in her marathon debut on Monday?”

Entire College Football Stadium Belts Out "Take Me Home, Country Roads - Country Rebel Clothing Co.
In this breathtakingly beautiful video, West Virginia University football fans join together in unison to belt out John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads"..

News of Note:


WVU’s Glowinski gets ‘best birthday present’ with NFL draft call - Charleston Daily Mail
“That’s the best birthday present you can ask for,” he said.

FURFARI: Bears' drafting of White bringing fond memories of others from WVU - Beckley Register-Herald
The Chicago Bears’ No. 7 overall pick of West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White in the first round of the 2015 National Football League Draft brought to me some fond memories.

WVU in the NFL Rookie Contracts: What to Expect - EerSports
Here's a look at what West Virginia's former stars can expect.

Observations, trends from the NFL draft - Charleston Daily Mail
Here are a few more observations of the draft, which concluded Saturday night


Gibson hoping to fill White's shoes at WR - BGN
If there was one message that Kevin White wanted to get across to Shelton Gibson as he and fellow senior receiver Mario Alford brought their West Virginia careers to a close last season, it was that the time had come to pass the torch.

Which WVU Players Could Be Drafted in 2016? - EerSports
A look at the most likely Mountaineers to hear their name called in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Ranking the Big 12's Quarterbacks for 2015 -
6. Skyler Howard, West Virginia, 2015 Year of Eligibility: Junior


Baseball Swept by No. 4 TCU - WVU Athletics
Another good pitching performance kept the West Virginia University baseball team off-balance as it fell 5-0 to No. 4 TCU on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,691 fans at Monongalia County Ballpark.

No. 4 TCU completes sweep of WVU baseball - Charleston Gazette
In almost every way, it was a perfect setup for West Virginia’s baseball team.

TCU completes sweep of WVU - Exponent Telegram
Mazey ejected from 5-0 loss

Weekend sweep drops Mountaineers into Big 12 cellar - WV MetroNews
TCU's dominant pitching left its mark on West Virginia, which has lost 10 of its last 13 games.

Swept Away: TCU Tops WVU Again - BGN
TCU’s Alex Young pitched eight innings as the No. 4 Horned Frogs completed the three-game sweep with a 5-0 win, sending West Virginia into last place in the Big 12 and out of the conference postseason of now.

Mazey, Players Review Sweep, Umpire Ruling - BGN
West Virginia got a solid outing from starter Chad Donato, but was hurt by an even stronger TCU staff and several questionable calls by the umpiring crew. Here, head coach Randy Mazey and the battery review the sweep - and the decisions and rulings.

TCU Sweeps WVU with 5-0 Win - WVillustrated
Randy Mazey and Ray Guerrini speak with the media following Sunday's loss to the Horned Frogs as the Mountaineers have fallen in 5-straight contests.


Looking ahead: West Virginia Mountaineers basketball - ESPN
The pressing style that helped put the Mountaineers in the Sweet 16 will be back, but improvement is needed on offense.

Season worth telling - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
There’s no crack of a smile. It’s all serious business when Bob Huggins briefly breaks down the top point guards who came through West Virginia.


NLN South Charleston - Top Players and Recruiting Notes - EerSports
Breaking down the action at the Next Level Nation exposure camp in South Charleston, West Virginia.

Juco recruiting target Buay Tuach signs with Loyola Marymount - WV MetroNews
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had visited West Virginia on April 17.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Time for Big 12 to bring back championship game, but with twist - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The conference is thinking of adding a finale, and if it does it should consider putting that game at the home of the regular-season champion.

Briles: Jets got a winner in Petty - Waco Tribune

Cyclone Undrafted Free Agents: Farniok, Bibbs, Irving, and Morrissey - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football 2015 NFL Draft Recap and UDFA Signings - Rock Chalk Talk

Jake Waters reportedly signing with Jacksonville - Bring On The Cats

San Francisco Takes Tight End Blake Bell In The Fourth Round - Crimson And Cream Machine

NFL Draft: Denver Broncos select former Oklahoma State linebacker Josh Furman in seventh round - Oklahoman

Texas DB Mykkele Thompson drafted by the New York Giants - Burnt Orange Nation

NFL destinations for this year's Horned Frogs - Frogs O' War

Breaking Down the Spring Football Game - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Motown bucket list: Things to do before you graduate - Daily Athenaeum
Here are all the great, timeless traditions you must experience at West Virginia University before graduating.

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Miss Throwdown:

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