Mountaineer Morning Links: TCU Pre-Game (5/10/13) Edition

Lots of baseball coverage heading into the final stretch of the season, some basketball notes, post-draft news, plus your daily Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 10 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey discusses his team’s role as a frontrunner, and TCU coach Jim Schlassnagle says WVU will not surprise his team this weekend. Rams receivers coach Ray Sherman projects Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will have a big impact this season in St. Louis.

Successful Return - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Caridi, Huggins, Holgorsen headline fund raising event.

VIDEO: Bob Huggins Discusses State of WVU Basketball - WVillustrated
Mountaineers coach reflects on last season's disappointments and looks ahead to the future of the program.


Post-Draft News:

Geno Smith could get help from New York mogul Jay-Z - Pros Report
And things have only gotten worse for the former Mountaineer field general. But things could be looking up depending on who his new agents are.

Geno Smith's generation - ESPN
Geno Smith is a millennial, the generation of people born between 1980 and 2001 who irritate their elders with their empowered attitude and inability to develop thick skin. That might explain some of the reaction to him in the past two months.

Rams see fast start for Austin, Bailey - WV MetroNews
St. Louis receivers coach lauds rookie tandem for athleticism and passion.

2013 NFL impact rookies - Sporting News
Ten rookies should make a quick impact. Click through and meet them.


News of Note:

Adversity created success for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
There aren't a lot of statistics that can explain how West Virginia's baseball team enters this weekends series tied for the top spot in the Big 12 standings.

Big 12 home stretch - Charleston Gazette
First-place Mountaineers host TCU for 3 at the APP

WVU's Mazey Prepares To Face Former Team - WVillustrated
The West Virginia University baseball program will put first place on the line when it takes the field this weekend against TCU.

WVU top storyline of Big 12 baseball - WV MetroNews
With 21 wins in their last 29 games, the Mountaineers are chasing an unlikely conference title.

Rising Stakes - BGN
The more West Virginia wins, the bigger the games become. The Mountaineers have positioned themselves for a shot at the Big 12 regular season title and, at minimum, a top four seed in the Big 12 tournament.

WVU challenge: Deal with success - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers face crucial series with TCU in Charleston

WVU to host Mazey’s former team starting tonight - Register-Herald
“I’m a Mountaineer now. I’m not a Horned Frog anymore. So we’re going to go out and try to win three games.”

What are the Mountaineers’ chances for an NCAA bid? - WV MetroNews
Two RPI gurus discuss West Virginia's place on the tenuous baseball bubble.

Looking back, back, back - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
I don’t know about you, but I still can’t get over WVU baseball’s “home” record this seasons. It’s 16-3.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Musgrave symbol of WVU surge - Times West Virginian
Harrison Musgrave is studying history at West Virginia University. He’s also making history.

WVU baseball thriving under 1st-year coach - Pittsburgh Tribune Live
WVU enters Friday's game against TCU in Charleston, W.Va., having won seven of nine and 10 of 14 games.

Final Road Test Awaits TCU At West Virginia - Frogs O' War
Frogs wrap up a six-game road trip.


Recruiting:

You’ll smile at the 1:15 mark - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Casper College coach Dan Russell encouraged me to watch this video so I could figure out Remi Dibo (and it is DEE-bo).

WVU coach Huggins fills final hoops scholarship - Register-Herald
A native of Paris, France, Dibo played last season at Casper College in Wyoming. He will have two years left to play for the Mountaineers.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Ranking the Big 12/SEC from top to bottom - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
19...fair?

Ex-Baylor player pens book about basketball scandal - Waco Tribune

An Open Invite to David Ubben - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Preseason projection says KU's 2013 football schedule loaded with bowl teams once again - Lawrence Journal World

Weber Announces the Signing of Nigel Johnson - Kansas State Official Athletic Site

Oklahoma Men's Basketball Coach, Lon Kruger, Discusses His Career & The Evolution Of Sports - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Wes Lunt to transfer - Oklahoman

Texas adopting Oregon shotgun shift - Burnt Orange Nation

Spring Football Look Ahead: The Defensive Line - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Defensive Line and Linebacker Technique - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

WVU to Face TCU in Key Big 12 Series - WVU Athletics
Friday night’s game is a Gold Rush and will get underway at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s contest will start at 4 p.m. while first pitch for Sunday’s finale is slated for 1 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling 304-344-BATS.


Video of Interest:

Coach Randy Mazey and Kyle Wiggs talk about the great crowds that have been coming to see the Mountaineers in the last few series; winning two of three from Oklahoma, and looking ahead to this weekend's matchup with TCU in Charleston.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

As someone who (unsurprisingly) has almost fallen off using the treadmill in a normal manner...this is impressive:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model best known for her work in the SI Swimsuit issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Alyssa Miller.


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