Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (1/31/13) Edition

Baseball previews, hoops & football notes, football recruiting, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Jan. 31 - WV MetroNews
Football recruiting, WVU baseball and Jedd Gyorko highlight today's edition.

Brighter times on the horizon for WVU athletics - Daily Athenaeum
For West Virginia sports, this just isn’t the year for success. With the exception of having the top-ranked rifle team in the country, the Mountaineers have struggled this season.

Gyorko Named Top MLB Prospect - WVU Athletics
Former All-American Jedd Gyorko has earned numerous honors.

The Cleveland Cavaliers send Kevin Jones back to Canton - WVU Pros
The Cavs announced this afternoon that they have re-assigned Kevin Jones to the Canton Charge. Details here.


Baseball Preview:

Mazey likes WVU in underdog role - Times West Virginian
“I think there will not be a game that we play in this conference where we are not the underdog,” he said.

West Virginia, Marshall to play in baseball for first time since 2008 - Daily Athenaeum
Head coach Randy Mazey and the West Virginia baseball team will kick off its first season in the Big 12 Conference Feb. 15 when it heads down to Jacksonville, Fla., for a three-game set against North Florida.

Video: Baseball Preview - BGN
A new beginning for West Virginia's baseball program is only a couple of weeks away, as the Mountaineers will play their first season under new coach Randy Mazey -- a season with plenty of challenges, from higher-caliber competition to unique travel demands.

VIDEO: WVU Baseball Preseason Interviews - WVillustrated
The West Virginia University baseball team has begun its preseason practices prior to the season opener.This will be an interesting season. There are many changes for the players to deal with.


News of Note:

Murray WVU's Lone Double-Digit Scorer - WVU Athletics
The last time WVU failed to have a double-digit scorer was 1944.

WVU needs to play like it did vs. Kansas - Register-Herald
Despite the struggling start, the Mountaineers definitely did some things well to remain competitive virtually throughout the 40 minutes of action.

WVU freshmen playing well despite team’s struggles - Daily Athenaeum
This season has undoubtedly been a tumultuous one for the West Virginia men’s basketball team, but despite its well-documented struggles, there have been some bright, young spots amongst the collective adversity.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Do top teams get the calls? - Times West Virginian
"Did I think they would shoot 34 free throws and we shoot 15? No," said Huggins following the game.

For Redman, it came and it went in the blink of an eye - Cumberland Times-News
"It went so fast," Redman said.

’Eers turn out for area kids - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The answer following Thursday night's 17th annual Steak and Burger Dinner at the Grand Pointe Conference Center was the children of Wood County as the event raised approximately $25,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg.

Molinari makes trip for kids - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"I really could not see myself not making this trip," Molinari said.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

Coach: WVU commit has ‘nasty streak’WV - MetroNews
The head coach of WVU offensive line commit Grant Lingafelter breaks down his game.

West Virginia coach tweets 'addition by subtraction' after recruit flips - SBNation.com
A West Virginia assistant plays the jilted lover like a man who has felt heartbreak before.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 discusses bowl pecking order - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Cotton Bowl likely to be part of the playoff format.

Big 12 wants NCAA to allow league championship game - SI.com/AP
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says the league likely will seek permission from the NCAA to hold a championship game even though it doesn't have the 12 members required under the current rules.

Baylor's comeback falls short against Oklahoma 74-71 - Our Daily Bears

Oklahoma State freshman hits game-winner over ISU - Ames Tribune

Kansas State crushes Texas, 83-57 - Burnt Orange Nation

KU freshman Rio Adams bringing energy, on and off court - Lawrence Journal World

Inside Voice: Let The Games Begin… - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Hoops: A Conversation with Dan, Where He Makes Us Feel Good About the Program - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


What's On Tap:

Big 12 spring football is on the way - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The season is over and recruiting season is heating up, but teams will be back on the field before you know it. Well, the practice field, anyway.


Video of Interest:

The Buzz this week centers around a re-match with Oklahoma on the hardwood Sunday as we meet freshman point guard Darius Faulk. Randy Mazey and the WVU baseball team started practice this week, and we caught up with the Head Coach. And the WVU Tennis Team defeated Marshall this past Saturday and we were there to capture the sights and sounds.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of our favourite Brits (see what I did there?). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rosie Jones.


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