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2016 NFL Draft Among Best In West Virginia Football History

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After KJ Dillon’s name was called in the fifth round on Saturday, it did not take long to come to the realization that the 2016 NFL Draft was a special one for the WVU football program.

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News Of Note

Football:

2016 NFL Draft Among Best in WVU Football Program History | WV Illustrated
After KJ Dillon’s name was called in the fifth round on Saturday, it did not take long to come to the realization that the 2016 NFL Draft was a special one for the WVU football program.

Smallwood ready to show his worth in Philadelphia | Exponent Telegram
Growing up in Wilmington, Del. — just a 30-minute drive away from Lincoln Financial Field — Wendell Smallwood grew up watching the Philadelphia Eagles every Sunday dreaming of the day he’d get to be suiting up in the NFL.

Big bucks await if you're good enough | Exponent Telegram
We’ve all enjoyed that moment when we were informed we’d gotten the job we interviewed for or made the athletic team we had tried out for or had been chosen to play in the school band or be a member of the dance team. It was a wonderful feeling, to be sure. But none of us has experienced what Karl Joseph did this week.

Spring depth chart breakdown: West Virginia Mountaineers | ESPN
The Mountaineers have enough experience and quality depth throughout their offense to be Big 12 contenders.

West Virginia Mountaineers 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis | AthlonSports.com
As optimism grows surrounding what may be the most potent offense head coach Dana Holgorsen has had in Morgantown the schedule also is much friendlier than it was in 2015.

125 Years of Mountaineer Football | WVU Athletics
It all began 125 years ago on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Morgantown when Washington & Jefferson introduced West Virginia University to the great game of football.

Baseball:

WVU Wins Series Behind Vance’s Complete Game | WVU Athletics
Senior left-hander Ross Vance threw his first complete game of the season to lead the West Virginia University baseball team to a 5-1 victory and series win over Baylor on Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Photo gallery: West Virginia splits doubleheader, takes series vs Baylor | WV MetroNews
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Photo coverage from West Virginia’s Saturday split with Baylor after an ominous Sunday forecast forced the teams into doubleheader action to finish...

West Virginia splits doubleheader, takes series over Baylor with 5-1 win | WV MetroNews
An ominous Sunday forecast kept West Virginia and Baylor from playing a traditional weekend series by forcing a doubleheader, but it didn’t keep Saturday’s game two starter Ross Vance from throwing a nine strikeout, complete game performance in the Mountaineers’ 5-1, series-winning victory.

West Virginia Athletics:

Sear T-12th at Big 12 Championship | WVU Athletics
Max Sear carded a 69 in the final round of play to finish tied for 12th place as the West Virginia University golf team wrapped up its first ever Big 12 Golf Championship on Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

NFL Draft 2016: The Dallas Cowboys Select Baylor TE Rico Gathers in 6th Round | Our Daily Bears
In a somewhat surprising move, Rico Gathers was selected in the 6th round of the NFL Draft by none other than the Dallas Cowboys.

Former Louisville assistant details Texas HC Charlie Strong's evaluation process | Burnt Orange Nation
A former Louisville assistant details how old boss landed so many overlooked prospects.

Around The NCAA:

2017 NFL mock draft: Deshaun Watson and a bunch of running backs | SBNation
Three quarterbacks in the top 10 and four running backs are among the first 32 picks in an early look at the next draft.

2016 NFL Draft results by college: Ohio State dominates, but which conference wins? | SBNation
2016 belonged to the Buckeyes, but where's everybody else stack up?

Laremy Tunsil Instagram hack leaves Ole Miss's future murky | Campus Rush
It all sounded pretty damning from an NCAA standpoint. Former Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil appeared to admit Thursday night to taking money from Ole Miss staffers.

Alabama football: Bo Davis to leave for recruiting violations. | SI.com
Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis will leave the program for violating recruiting regulations

Cincinnati and Tommy Tuberville are always wild cards. 2016's a whole new level. | SBNation
Cincinnati dealt with terrible luck, lost three close games, collapsed at the end of 2015, and lost some assistant coaches. Now Tommy Tuberville prepares for a season that features up to TEN tossup games. From 3-9 to 11-1, anything is possible.

Why'd East Carolina fire a good football coach? In search of a higher ceiling | SBNation
In an ambitious AAC, East Carolina fired a known quantity (and good dude) in search for a higher ceiling. And if Scottie Montgomery can make something of Ruffin McNeill's veterans (and fare better in close games), the search could bear fruit.

UConn is improving at football for the first time in a really long time. Now to score points! | SBNation
In his second year as UConn head coach, Bob Diaco engineered massive defensive improvement and brought the Huskies to their first bowl in 5 years. Now comes the next test: making a habitually bad offense less of a liability.

Recruiting

Spring evaluation period already in full swing | Charleston Gazette-Mail
With spring practice and the spring game in the rear-view mirror, West Virginia football coaches hit the road this past week, kicking off the spring evaluation period. With the glut of in-state talent, it should come as no surprise that the staff began their journeys in the Mountain State.

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