Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (2/12/13) Edition

Hoops notes, Baseball notes, Rifle #1, Geno & the draft, recruiting notes, Big 12 Roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Tuesday, Feb. 12 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins talks about his team confidence, WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey says his team is going can surprise some people this year and Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com discusses Geno Smith’s drafts stock.

Rifle Enters Postseason at No. 1 - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team continues to rank No. 1 in the NCAA.

Zublasing Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
WVU Varsity Sports Report

WVU senior center Ayana Dunning is performing well in her final season in Morgantown - Daily Athenaeum
When senior center Ayana Dunning is performing at a high level, the West Virginia women’s basketball team is hard to beat.

WVU fans should jump on the Mazey Train - Daily Athenaeum
The plans have been put forth to construct a brand new, multimillion-dollar ballpark, the team will sport new uniforms and a new logo, and they’ve created a completely revamped attitude about WVU baseball.

Baseball Preview: Pitchers - WVU Athletics
The first of four segments previewing the 2013 baseball season.

Video: Baseball Previews - BGN
First baseman Ryan McBroom acknowledged there will be challenges this season -- from tough Big 12 competition to having to travel even for many home games -- but said with new leadership in place, anything is possible.

Will Geno go No. 1? - WV MetroNews
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com was a guest on the MetroNews Statewide Sportsline.


News of Note:

Nothing Complex - BGN
With his West Virginia team showing signs of being a confident club for perhaps the first time all season, coach Bob Huggins said the reasons for the Mountaineers’ recent improvement -- and their early struggles -- are simple.

Terry Henderson Continues to Develop for Mountaineers - WVillustrated
Freshman guard reflects on what he's learned so far this season and looks ahead to fixing the issues facing WVU basketball.

FURFARI COLUMN: Baylor next in WVU men’s run - Times West Virginian
Baylor is next in the path of the West Virginia University men’s basketball team that seems to be on an honest-to-gosh roll.

WVU Men's Basketball: Baylor Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia looks to extend its winning streak to four games on Wednesday.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

New faces at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
let's see if WVU was able to fill the needs created by the loss of 22 seniors and junior Stedman Bailey.

New coaches help sway new recruits to WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Hired after the Pinstripe Bowl, Galloway, Gibson and Mitchell were forced to jump in on recruiting the 2013 class. The three had their work cut out for them until signing day, which fell last Tuesday.

NCAA Proposed Changes to Initial Eligibility Requirements. Initial Eligibility Requirements for Class of 2016 - College Sports Scholarships
One idea would make them easier on athletes, while another would make earning the required GPA even harder.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12, college basketball setting up for a thrilling finish - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Kansas ends losing streak with 83-62 Sunflower victory over K-State - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield Fractures Foot In 75-48 Win Over TCU - Crimson And Cream Machine

Has Baylor’s Cory Jefferson played himself into NBA contention? - Dallas Morning News

Lucious’ foul trouble stunts Cyclones - Ames Tribune

OSU moves up in men's basketball rankings - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

2013 Texas Basketball Season Testing Longhorn Fans’ General Apathy - Barking Carnival

Five-star basketball recruit will visit Texas Tech amid rough season - Dallas Morning News

Joe Paterno report is 200 pages of nothing, but the full story is still coming - SBNation.com


What's On Tap:

Baseball Opens on Friday - WVU Athletics
Randy Mazey likes the makeup of this year's team.


Video of Interest:

A bit early for this, but ok...


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one again gracing the cover of this year's SI Swimsuit Issue. CLICK HERE for today's bodypainting gallery of Kate Upton (whatever you do, don't look at the last pic in this linked gallery...I won't vouch for your safety).


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