Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (2/21/13) Edition

Tier 3 contract on hold, hoops notes, NFL Combine previews, WVUPros on Stedman, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Thursday, Feb. 21 - WV MetroNews
Dave Rogers talks about the WVU Basketball recruit, Donte Grantham, Deniz Kilicli on the officiating this year in the Big 12, and Berry Tramel on the status of the Big 12 as a basketball whole.

College basketball's scoring problem and West Liberty University coach Jim Crutchfield - Grantland
If you're a college basketball fan, this is a must read. For WVU fans wary of this season's plodding pace, this article in Grantland provides a surprisingly local counterpoint for those of us longing for the tempo of the early 90s. West Liberty (WV) coach Jim Crutchfield suggests that the antidote is: less coaching?

Where Are the Points in College Basketball? - WVU Athletics
Teams are no longer scoring like they used to.

A Few Words on Big 12 Officiating: It Stinks - Connect Bridgeport
As painful as it has become to watch the West Virginia men’s basketball team at times this year in their maiden voyage through Big 12 play, there is one thing that’s been harder to watch.

King cherishes WVU - Martinsburg Journal
Mike King, who just celebrated his 51st birthday, has fond memories of playing in the early 1980s on the West Virginia men's basketball teams.


News of Note:

WVU Tier 3 talks put on hold - Times West Virginian
According to sources, the suspension of negotiations over the rights is a standard, built-in response to a protest of the procedures.

Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
No. 5: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Top 10: The most intriguing players at the combine - CBSSports.com
2 & 8

Smith leads four Mountaineers participating in NFL Scouting Combine - Daily Athenaeum
Madsen will work out Saturday, while Smith, Austin and Bailey work out Sunday.

NFL Draft Pundits weigh-in on: Stedman Bailey - WVU Pros
Before Stedman Bailey enters the NFL Combine, here what the people who cover the NFL Draft have to say about the WVU product.

Could the Steelers land Stedman Bailey? - Pittsburgh Sporting News
With Mike Wallace all but gone from the Steelers and Antonio Brown seemingly creating locker room problems, the Steelers’ receivers are falling apart.

Keep Grinding - BGN
West Virginia’s baseball team is showing an aggressive approach under first-year head coach Randy Mazey.

Second chance vs. Baylor on horizon for WVU women - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers will get their second opportunity at the top-ranked Lady Bears after falling by 18 points in the first meeting in Waco, Texas.

Fields stepping up as consistent force for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
The sophomore forward from Murray, Ky., is on a tear the last two games, scoring seven critical points in the win against Iowa State and a career-high 19 points in the previous game’s loss to Oklahoma State.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

WVU In Top 25 - BGN
West Virginia moved to the number 25 spot in Scout.com's latest Team Recruiting Rankings for the Class of 2013, riding the strength of four-star prospects Devin Williams and Elijah Macon.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Kansas beats Oklahoma State in double overtime - Wichita Eagle

Baylor's bubble bursts in home loss to Iowa State - Our Daily Bears

Significant Problems Surface As Oklahoma Downs Texas Tech 86-71 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Spradling leads Cats past West Virginia - Manhattan Mercury

Longhorns men’s notebook: Former player Johnson texts ‘I’ll be fine' - Austin American Statesman

Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Around the Diamond: Big 12 Week in Review - Frogs O' War

Despite seeking permission from NCAA, Bob Bowlsby says Big 12 holding off on conference title game - Dallas Morning News


What's On Tap:

No. 1 Rifle Qualifies for NCAA Championships - WVU Athletics
The No. 1 WVU rifle team qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships as the field's top-ranked team.

Women's Soccer Unveils Spring Slate - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s soccer team will take part in six matches during the 2013 spring season, including four matches at home at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Activities Planned for Pink Meet Invitational - WVU Athletics
Sundry items for donation will be collected for the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center Sunday.


Video of Interest:

When will this end?


Video of (Dis)Interest:

...and knowing is half the battle.


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former VS Angel and SI Swimsuit model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Noemi Lenoir.


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