Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/16/13) Edition

Tier 3 goals, Coaches Caravan in Martinsburg, baseball finishes regular season in Stillwater, hoops recruiting, pros notes, your daily Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, May 16 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey talks about his team’s chances to win the Big 12, Harrison Musgrave’s season almost never got off of the ground and Jed Drenning talks about the WVU receiver corps for this upcoming football season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU Tier 3 bidding goals are ambitious - Times West Virginian
As the latest details of what WVU is looking for have become public, there has been any number of surprises, not the least of which is that at least six men’s basketball games will be made available to the winning bidder.

WVU will increase use of television - Charleston Daily Mail
Among new programming ideas for television are signing day specials, preseason and postseason specials and awards banquets for unspecified sports.

More guesses? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Sorry, I tried, but I can’t give you any more information about the new scoreboard or the planned renovations at Mountaineer Field.

Women's Soccer Hits $100K Total - WVU Athletics
The women’s soccer team raised $15,781 this spring in its effort to help fight breast cancer.

Tavon Austin and Geno Smith's Panini rookie cards - Pros Report
This weekend, 40 of the top NFL rookies will merge at the Rose Bowl in Southern California for the 2013 NFLPA Premier. Among those players are Tavon Austin and Geno Smith. To go along with the event, Panini released images of what their rookie cards will look like.

Jets' quarterback battle is a losing proposition - Sporting News
Unfortunately, the battle between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith sets up better as a Greek drama with only a Pyrrhic victory in sight.

WVU Football Favorite Takes on New Business Venture in Charleston - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer Wide Receiver, John Pennington, has started a unique business for active adults in Charleston, West Virginia called The Athletic and Social League.


News of Note:

Huggins steals show as WVU visits - Martinsburg Journal
The West Virginia coach was in fine form, delivering joke after joke, drawing laugh after laugh.

Mountaineers hit the road for Oklahoma State - Charleston Daily Mail
The West Virginia University baseball team enters its final regular-season series at Oklahoma State starting at 7:30 p.m. today, but how much the No. 20 Cowboys will see Mountaineers star pitcher Harrison Musgrave remains up in the air.

Mountaineers might keep ace in hole - Charleston Gazette
Musgrave might not pitch this weekend vs. Oklahoma Stat

Wacky Travel Schedule Hammers WVU Once Again - WVillustrated
In less than one week, WVU traveled to and from Charleston and Beckley. Now the Mountaineers are in Stillwater, Oklahoma still alive in the hunt for a Big 12 regular season title.

‘It’s been great for the state’ - Register-Herald
WVU, Marshall officials say baseball series will continue in the future

Not all are in favor of WVU call to add golf - Charleston Gazette
It seems a virtual certainty that when West Virginia adds the men's sport that will bring the program up to the minimum number required by the Big 12, it will be golf. And that angers track people. And tennis people.


Recruiting:

Grantham tweets of prep-school future - WV MetroNews
A year of development against strong competition at either of these prep schools could open the door to more interest from major-conference programs. It also could lead to renewed interest from West Virginia.

Brett Morris will walk on at WVU - Register-Herald
Morris, the Class AA all-state captain, will join Shady Spring’s Chase Connor, who will also be walking on for the Mountaineers, and Greenbrier East’s Richard Romeo, who is already a walk-on in the program.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Stadium Video Update: May 14 - Our Daily Bears

Any changes in store for Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa football? - Des Moines Register

What will Bill Self's Jayhawk Rotation Look Like? - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State's Weber, Patterson pleased with their seasons - Garden City Telegram

2013 Sooner Kickoff Will Be Available Next Month - Here's A Sneak Preview - Crimson And Cream Machine

ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit: 'Oklahoma State could be a very dangerous team' - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas Longhorns Football: 2013 Season Trailer - Barking Carnival

TCU Suspends Devonte Fields for the First Two Games of the 2013 Football Season - Frogs O' War

Smith talks recruiting, building Tech program to fans in Amarillo - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Includes one about WVU and the Big 12

Medical personnel changes at Penn State football raise questions - SI.com
Do athletics still have too much power at Penn State?


What's On Tap:

WVU Closes Out Regular Season at Oklahoma State - WVU Athletics
Thursday’s opener will begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s finale will be at 4 p.m. Friday’s matchup will be televised by Fox College Sports.


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