Mountaineer Morning Links: Baylor Game Day (2/13/12) Edition

Baylor previews, Women's previews for Oklahoma St., Bedenbaugh to OU, draft notes, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Wednesday, Feb. 13 - WV MetroNews
WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is bolting WVU for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. Baylor gets set to host the Mountaineers in Waco while the WVU women prepare for the OK State Cowgirls at the Coliseum.

OU wants Bedenbaugh to upgrade talent - WV MetroNews
Offensive line coach would be fourth WVU assistant to depart this offseason.

WVU's Bedenbaugh Reportedly Headed To Oklahoma - WVillustrated
Reports indicate WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has accepted the same position at the University of Oklahoma.

Sooners Tab Bill Bedenbaugh To Fill Offensive Line Coaching Vacancy - Crimson And Cream Machine
The early reports however would suggest that this is a heck of a hire and a solid (potential) addition to the Oklahoma coaching staff.

WVU women in crucial stretch - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers host No. 25/24 Oklahoma State

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Mike Carey and Senior Center Ayana Dunning

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

Geno Smith only first-round QB in Mock 2.0 - NFL.com
West Virgina's Geno Smith -- a no-show for the Senior Bowl -- was the only quarterback to earn a first-round grade in Daniel Jeremiah's Mock Draft 2.0.

Geno Smith will do everything at the NFL Combine - WVU Pros
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported that Smith will do a full workout in front of scouts, coaches and NFL executives.

NFL Draft Pundits weigh-in on: Tavon Austin | WVU Pros
Here are other tweets concerning Austin from people who cover the Mountaineers, college football and the NFL.


News of Note:

Mountaineers to Face Difficult Stretch - WVU Athletics
Seven of WVU's remaining eight against good teams.

WVU tries to spring a Bear trap - WV MetroNews
The streaking Mountaineers face one of the nation's tallest and most talented freshmen.

Keep on moving - Times West Virginian
WVU looks to continue run at Baylor

WVU Winning Streak Will Be Tested - WVillustrated
A win at Baylor Wednesday night will give West Virginia its first four-game winning streak of the season.

Preview: WVU vs Baylor - BGN
Baylor, trying to solidify a spot in the NCAA tournament, is one of the teams West Virginia needs to surpass in order to make its own run. The first of two meetings on Wednesday night will determine just how far the Mountaineers have come.

West Virginia begins tough conference stretch with matchup against Baylor Bears - Daily Athenaeum
Following a tumultuous first half of the season, the West Virginia men’s basketball team is in the middle of a potential turnaround.

WVU two games out of Big 12 lead; heading to Baylor - Register-Herald
They’re just two games behind Kansas and Kansas State — who are tied at the top at 8-3

HERTZEL COLUMN: If WVU  can dance, who knows? - Times West Virginian
If ever it has been important for West Virginia University to make a late run and find a way to squeeze into the field for the NCAA Tournament, this is the year to do so.

Be patient with Huggs, young Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum
While things are starting to turn around for the West Virginia men’s basketball team, they definitely don’t look good just yet.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

WVU uses recruiting class to address pass rush issues - Daily Athenaeum
Holgorsen and the staff hope additions made to this year’s recruiting class will be able to come in and make an impact right away.

How the other half lives: Evaluating Big 12 recruiting in 2013 Pt. 1 - Barking Carnival
How did everyone else do in 2013?

Ask a compliance officer: Your NCAA recruiting violation questions answered - SBNation.com
You have questions about what constitutes a recruiting violation and just exactly who is a booster. We contacted a SEC compliance expert and asked him stupid questions instead.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears' top priority: Protecting own turf in Big 12 free for all - Waco Tribune

Kabongo’s return means UT a mystery for ISU - Ames Tribune

Kansas Basketball: Does Naadir Tharpe Need to Start? - Rock Chalk Talk

Early foul trouble sign of K-State’s night - Wichita Eagle

Sooners 75 - Frogs 48: The Playmakers - Crimson And Cream Machine

The mess that would be the best? - Cowboys Ride For Free

DeLoss Dodds spinning madly, out of touch, or both - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU numbed into defeat by record low in Oklahoma - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech set to face second straight top-25 foe at home in Oklahoma State - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

WVU to Face Oklahoma State - WVU Athletics
The women’s basketball team returns home for a 7 p.m., matchup with No. 25/24 Oklahoma State on Wed.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPN2/ESPN3

(17) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
7 pm tonight from United Spirit Arena on ESPNU

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Erwin Special Events Center on RSN alternate & ESPN3


Video of Interest:

Senior Ayana Dunning shares her thoughts on tomorrow night's match-up against Oklahoma State. WVU is looking for the sweep, after taking one from Oklahoma State earlier this season. Tip-off is set for 7pm at the WVU Coliseum.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

Part I was yesterday. Here's Part II (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE):


Hump Day Video of the Week:

I should get paid, as much as I promote this thing...at least a comped copy:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of our favorite SI Swimsuit models and she happens to hail from Mother Russia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Irina Shayk.


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