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With the end of spring football quickly approaching, Dana Holgorsen looks at West Virginia's defense and doesn't see a major difference from this time a year ago.

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News Of Note

Football:

West Virginia Moutnaineers' defense looks to reload, not rebuild | ESPN
With the end of spring football quickly approaching, Dana Holgorsen looks at West Virginia's defense and doesn't see a major difference from this time a year ago.

Early enrollees adjust quickly for Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia welcomed nine freshmen to the football team in January, players who enrolled early not to escape high school but to accelerate college during the 15 spring practices. So far, so good for a few of them and for WVU’s offense, defense and maybe even special teams.

Crest just wants to make a difference | Exponent Telegram
In a way, we all feel for William Crest. He’s the West Virginia "quarterback" who has so much to offer, has been the good soldier since he walked out of Dunbar, the same high school in Baltimore that gave the Mountaineers Tavon Austin, and has spent his time swimming upstream against a very strong current.

Adams' NFL Ties Beneficial to WVU | WVU Athletics
The research started immediately for Blue Adams when the possibility existed that he could fill the open secondary position on Dana Holgorsen’s defensive coaching staff. What he discovered certainly didn’t scare him away from the job, although he must find two new starting corners among a current pool of players that consists of just five scholarship guys for the spring.

Baseball:

Big 12 Foe Kansas State Heads to Morgantown | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team resumes Big 12 Conference play this weekend, April 15-17, when Kansas State makes its first visit to Monongalia County Ballpark.

WVU’s makeup uncertain heading into Kansas State series | The Daily Athenaeum
With 23 games left in the season, the West Virginia University baseball team is past due to arrest its free-fall and begin its battle back up the Big 12 standings. Right now, however, the Mountaineers don’t even know who’s going to play every day.

Basketball:

Holmes Picked by Atlanta in WNBA Draft First Round | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University senior guard Bria Holmes became the highest Mountaineer ever selected in the WNBA Draft with her first round, 11th overall selection by the Atlanta Dream on Thursday evening. Holmes is the fifth Mountaineer to be picked in the WNBA Draft, all of which have occurred under coach Mike Carey's tenure.

Holmes goes 11th in WNBA Draft to Atlanta Dream | The Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia women’s basketball star Bria Holmes did not have to wait long for WNBA President Lisa Borders to announce her name, as the Atlanta Dream drafted Holmes with the 11th overall pick in Wednesday’s draft in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Dream calls Bria Holmes for 11th overall pick in WNBA draft | WV MetroNews
After Bria Holmes became West Virginia’s highest WNBA draft pick, going 11th overall Thursday night, the All-Big 12 guard spoke with Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper. What she told him made her college coach Mike Carey proud.

West Virginia Athletics:

Anti Shoots in Finals at JO Championships | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University rifle freshman Will Anti shot in two finals and finished third in the men’s 10m air rifle at the 2016 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship (NJOSC), April 9-13, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

WVU looks to develop, extend win streak | The Daily Athenaeum
After a pair of road wins to open the spring exhibition season, the West Virginia men’s soccer team returns home to host Bucknell on Saturday.

West Virginia set for two spring tests tomorrow at George Mason | The Daily Athenaeum
Just a week after its first win of the spring, the West Virginia women’s soccer team will have a tough Saturday afternoon slate at George Mason University. The Mountaineers will play a doubleheader against Maryland and American.

West Virginia prepares for final regular season tournament | The Daily Athenaeum
The Rutherford Intercollegiate at Penn State this weekend will mark the last tournament of the regular season for the West Virginia University men’s golf team, two weeks before the Big 12 Championships.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Tubby Smith Leaves Texas Tech for Memphis | Viva The Matadors
Tubby Smith has accepted an offer to become the new head basketball coach at the University of Memphis, fresh off a 2015-2016 season in which he led Texas Tech to its first NCAA tournament appearance in nearly a decade.

With Tubby Smith Out, A Leading Candidate At Texas Tech Already Emerges | Viva The Matadors
After only a few hours, a new head coach candidate has emerged.

UNLV's new coach may leave for Texas Tech after just 2 weeks, but there's a good reason | SBNation
If Chris Beard jumps from UNLV to Texas Tech after less than a month on the job, it will be pretty clear why.

Texas Tech Has Cancelled Saturday’s Spring Game | LandGrant Gauntlet
It has not been a good news day for Red Raider Nation. First, men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith bolted for Memphis this morning without even saying goodbye to the team, and now the school has cancelled Saturday’s spring game.

Around The NCAA:

Ranking all 67 games of the 2016 NCAA Tournament | SBNation
Talking about a season that starts in seven months is cool and all, but the grand finale to 2015-16 that we were all treated to was so fulfilling that it deserves one final look.

Recruits love the NCAA's new social media rule, which could be a mess for coaches | SBNation
Every year, the NCAA adopts new legislation. Most fans will never notice the effects of most of those rules. But one revealed Wednesday caught the eye of many, and it concerns social media.

Navy's Keenan Reynolds is more than just one of the NFL Draft's most interesting prospects | SBNation
Let's talk to the greatest service academy player since Roger Staubach. He has a lot of options, per usual.

Michigan RB's condition a 'miracle' after reported forklift accident, says Harbaugh | SBNation
According to Jim Harbaugh, it's divine intervention the fifth-year senior wasn't seriously injured.

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