Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (3/12/13) Edition

Rifle celebration, Draft outlook for Tavon & Geno, Hoops notes/previews, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, March 12 - WV MetroNews
WVU coach Bob Huggins previews the third matchup of the season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Allan Taylor previews the Big 12 tournament from Kansas City. Coach Jon Hammond discusses his rifle team’s NCAA national championship.

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

Video: Rifle Championship Celebration - BGN
Now, after winning the program's 15th championship, he has a greater appreciation of what it takes to stay at the top.

Gymanstics Maintains No. 21 Mark - WVU Athletics
in the GymInfo Poll.

Baseball Set to Renew Pitt Rivalry - WVU Athletics
The baseball team is heading to Pitt for a non-conference game.

West Virginia Mountaineers' Tavon Austin wins Johnny Rodgers Award as top return specialist - ESPN
Austin was second nationally in all-purpose yardage and averaged 12.7 yards on punt returns and 25.4 yards on kick returns.

Tavon Austin, Dion Jordan among most versatile draft prospects - NFL.com
NFL evaluators love prospects who can contribute in many ways. Daniel Jeremiah spotlights five multifaceted weapons in this draft, including West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Oregon's Dion Jordan.

Do the Vikings want to replace Percy Harvin with Tavon Austin? - WVU Pros
With the impending trade of Percy Harvin to Seattle, do the Vikings now have their eyes on Tavon Austin?

Greg Cosell: Geno Smith 'an NFL talent' with 'issues' - NFL.com
Don't expect to see the next Andrew Luck selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, but West Virginia's Geno Smith comes equipped with some pro-ready qualities

Philadelphia Eagles full braintrust in WV to workout Geno Smith - Bleeding Green Nation
The Philadelphia Eagles have taken virtually their entire braintrust to Morgantown, West Virginia today to hold a private workout with Mountaineers QB Geno Smith.


News of Note:

Keeping the Faith - BGN
His Mountaineers will enter this week’s Big 12 Conference tournament on the heels of a six game losing streak, but WVU coach Bob Huggins again insisted Monday that there is still a chance this team could make a bit of noise in Kansas City.

Spurt gives Mountaineers hope for Big 12 tournament - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU scored 54 points in second half and made 52.6 of its shots in loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

Can WVU make Big 12 run? Huggins says 'it's never too late' - Charleston Daily Mail

Last chance for WVU to show us something - Charleston Gazette

Huggins Believes A Big 12 Tournament Run Is Possible For WVU - WVillustrated
Huggins told the media on Monday, "I still think we can make a run." WVU opens Big 12 Tournament play Wednesday night against Texas Tech.

WVU Men Open With Texas Tech - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Eers have lost six straight heading into Big 12 tourney

Do-or-die time for Mountaineers - WV MetroNews
West Virginia must win four games in four days — beating Kansas along the way — to reach the NCAA tournament.

Men’s Basketball: WVU Vs. Texas Tech Game Preview - WVillustrated
The West Virginia University Basketball Team finds themselves in a place they have not been in for a very long time. With conference tournaments revving up, the Mountaineers are no where near the conversation for the NCAA Tournament or the tournament bubble.

Huggins: Putting it together - WVSports.com
Head coach Bob Huggins hopes that the Mountaineers furious second half comeback against Iowa State that ultimately fell short will be a catalyst for the tournament.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Patterson is in the hot seat - Times West Virginian
This is the year Patterson assumes the title of defensive coordinator of the Mountaineers, which fielded among the five worst defenses in college football last year and by far the worst ever in WVU’s long football history.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Basketball 2013 Senior Video - Our Daily Bears

Clyburn, McGee and Ejim headline Cyclone all-Big 12 honorees - Ames Tribune

Jeff Withey, Ben McLemore selected to All-Big 12 first team - Lawrence Journal World

Weber named Big 12 Coach of the Year - Manhattan Mercury

OU's Osby selected to All-Big 12 Basketball First Team - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Bracketology - Cowboys Ride For Free

In the waning days of his worst season at Texas, Rick Barnes's security comes into question - Daily Texan

Year 1 of TCU under Trent Johnson - be patient - Big Mac Blog

Jaye Crockett Selected All-Big 12 Honorable Mention - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site


What's On Tap:

2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers to battle Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

Season Ticket Renewals Now Being Accepted - WVU Athletics
The priority renewal deadline is Wednesday, May 15, and ticket renewal statements for the 2013 WVU football campaign will be mailed to current season ticket holders later this week.

Baseball Charleston Single Game Tickets Available - WVU Athletics
single game tickets for the Mountaineers’ 10 regular season home games at Appalachian Power Park are now on sale.


Video of Interest:

Rifle head coach Jon Hammond discusses the team's 15th National Championship.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



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