Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/13/13) Edition

Lots of rookie mini-camp news, hoops & football notes, TCU takes 2 of 3 handily from baseball, your daily Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 13 - WV MetroNews
we hear from Randy Mazey and Ryan McBroom about the Mountaineers series loss to TCU and Steve Lassan from athlonsports.com talks about how wide open the Big 12 will be this season in football.

VIDEO: Dana Holgorsen Discusses WVU Football - WVillustrated
Mountaineers head coach talks quarterbacks, expectations and program's future as offseason gets underway.

West Virginia's Bob Huggins talks about tough season at Hall of Fame Luncheon Club - CantonRep.com
Three years after leading West Virginia to the Final Four, the Mountaineers head coach found himself out of the postseason for the first time in a quarter century.

Huggins Looking for Someone to Step up in 2013-14 - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
It was the worst single-season record a Huggins-coached team had ever experience.

Bruce Irvin tagged as potential Breakout Player for 2013 - Pros Report
After recording 8 sacks as a rookie, leading the NFL, the Seahawks appear to be ready to expand his role in their already ferocious pass rush.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Flying WV return ‘just phenomenal’ - Times West Virginian
Annually, Mountaineer merchandise is around No. 15 in the nation in retail sales of its goods, the logo being that strong.


Rookie Mini-Camp News:

Rex Ryan talks about Geno Smith's first practice, maturity and more - Pros Report
Rex Ryan offered up the following remarks on Smith at a post-practice press conference.

Rex Ryan: Geno Smith is no diva with the Jets - ProFootballTalk
Jets coach Rex Ryan says he has no idea where that came from.

Geno Smith throws at New York Jets' minicamp, brushes aside questions about criticism - ESPN New York
On Day 1, Jets QB Geno Smith played like a rookie, experiencing normal hiccups Friday in his first NFL minicamp practice. Afterward, he behaved like a veteran, calmly brushing aside a barrage of questions about the recent torrent of criticism.

Geno Smith on target in his first practice with the Jets - Pros Report
After reporting to the Jets training facility for rookie camp on Thursday, the team held their first practice on Friday morning.

Geno Smith impressive in second day of Jets rookie camp - Pros Report
Through two days of rookie camp with the Jets, Geno Smith is quieting his critics with his performance and demeanor on the field and engagement off it.

NY Jets rookie QB Geno Smith calls himself a 'natural leader' as he brushes off recent criticism - NY Daily News
Geno Smith brushed off the wave of criticism heaped on him in recent weeks after his first practice at Jets rookie minicamp on Friday. "I don't resent any of it," Smith said. "I don't pay attention to any of it."

New York Jets need to trade Mark Sanchez, name Geno Smith starting quarterback - NY Post
The Jets’ decision-makers are in love. You can tell from talking to people around the team during this weekend’s rookie mini-camp that many in the organization are smitten with new quarterback Geno Smith. It’s beginning to look more and more like the starting job is his to lose.

Bailey Brings Big Play Potential - StLouisRams.com
If Austin’s numbers were reminiscent of a video game console, Bailey’s were something straight out of an arcade.

WR Stedman Bailey Press Conference - StLouisRams.com (autoplay)
WR Stedman Bailey speaks to the media after his rookie mini-camp practice May 10, 2013.

Bailey makes big impression with St. Louis - Times West Virginian
“This is something I’ve been waiting for my whole life,” Bailey

Austin, Bailey wrap up mini camp in St. Louis - Pros Report
Both Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey have drawn praises from the Rams' coaching staff over the weekend during their two-day rookie mini camp

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers learning NFL facts of life - Times West Virginian
Day one of the rest of their lives as NFL players is over, and quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey have begun what they hope is a decades-long journey to the same kind of stardom that they found in college.

Former WVU Players Debut in NFL Minicamps - WVillustrated
Draft picks and free agents making first impressions this weekend throughout the league.


News of Note:

TCU Wins Series over Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The Horned Frogs (25-25, 10-11 Big 12) took the series win over the Mountaineers (30-22, 12-9 Big 12) after victories in the series final two games. The series loss is the first off the season at home in conference play.

Frogs’ reliever ends series streak - Charleston Daily Mail
All good things must come to an end.

Mazey: TCU ‘abused our pitching’ - WV MetroNews
TCU mashed two homers and eight doubles in a 16-6 rout that likely mashed West Virginia’s chances of a Big 12 title.

Camouflaging a shaky Sunday - WV MetroNews
Ever-optimistic Mazey vows WVU will rebound from a crushing loss to TCU.

Making a Strong Case as Big 12's Best - WVU Athletics
"Without Harrison Musgrave, you guys (the media) are probably not talking to me right now," Mazey joked.

Interviews: WVU vs TCU Game Three - BGN
Jacob Rice didn't think West Virginia let down after scoring four runs in the first inning against TCU -- rather, it was the performance of reliever Alex young that turned the tide.

Photo Gallery: WVU Baseball Mother's Day - BGN
WVU celebrated Mother's Day with on-filed ceremonies prior to Sunday's WVU - TCU game


Recruiting:

'Crafty' Dibo should fit in well - Charleston Daily Mail
Remi Dibos scoring average and 3-point percentage at Casper College leave few concerns about whether the newest West Virginia basketball signee can make it with the Mountaineers.

Dibo might be Huggins' most intriguing signee - Charleston Gazette
College basketball standout Remi Dibo was wrestling between scholarship offers from Memphis, Washington State and West Virginia when he took a recruiting visit to Morgantown.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Lunt Leaving Leaves Chelf Looking Like Leader - Football.com (Mike Casazza)
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was staring at a long summer answering questions about who will be his starting quarterback. When sophomore Wes Lunt announced his plan to transfer Thursday, Gundy was left with two choices.

TE Jordan Feuerbacher commits to Baylor over Oregon State, Boise State - Our Daily Bears

ISU’s newest commit already being compared to A.J. Klein - Ames Tribune

Basketball notebook: KU's Sadler mentioned for job at ISU - Lawrence Journal World

Georgetown player says he’s transferring to Kansas State - Wichita Eagle

Sooners Quarterback Kendal Thompson Arrested - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Football: Cue up Phillip Phillips... - Cowboys Ride For Free

Daniel Gresham officially decommits from the Texas Longhorns - SBNation.com

TCU Explodes For 16-6 Win Over West Virginia - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Thoughts on the Post-Spring Depth Chart - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Pat White returning to Mid-Ohio Valley Classic - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Former West Virginia University standout Pat White, the first quarterback in college football history to start in four bowl victories, once again will be a featured guest at the Mid-Ohio Valley Classic, set for Saturday and Sunday at Woodridge Golf Club.


Video of Interest:

Comments from WVU head coach Randy Mazey, after the Horned Frogs took the series from the Mountaineers, defeating WVU 16-6 in game three.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American actress. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Katrina Bowden.

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