Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/6/13) Edition

Baseball takes series from OU & tied for first, quarterback competition heats up, Huggins signs another, Geno in New York, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 6 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey talks about what this weekend’s sweep of Oklahoma means, Dwight Wallace talks about new WVU quarterback Clint Trickett and Tony Gibson knows that the Mountaineers success this upcoming season will depend on how the team approaches summer workouts.

A Field of Dreams - WVU Athletics
Visionaries make new baseball stadium a reality.

Track Places Eighth at Big 12s - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University track and field team scored 33 of their 40 points on the final day of competition

Rowing Places Fourth at Big 12s - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers competed in five of the six events, tallying 75 points for a fourth-place finish overall.

Furfari: Alums have idea on league - Martinsburg Journal
With West Virginia University nearing the end of its first year as a member of the Big 12 Conference, some people are speculating where it could -or should- have been competing in intercollegiate athletics.


Post-Draft News:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Geno Smith compared to Joe Namath - Times West Virginian
Now Geno Smith is going to be the Jets quarterback, so what should you think of? Joe Namath, what else?

Geno Smith of New York Jets remains in spotlight for all the wrong reasons - ESPN New York
One week removed from his infamous draft-day slide New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has remained in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Geno Smith must learn that he has a lot to learn - ESPN
Geno Smith would be wise to heed Joe Montana's advice and realize that he has a lot learn, writes Ashley Fox.


News of Note:

WVU Clinches Series over No. 10 Oklahoma - WVU Athletics
WVU, which won two of three games in the Big 12 series, improved to 29-20 overall and 11-7 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma fell to 34-14 overall, 11-7 in the league. The win gives WVU a tie for first place in the conference standings.

Tied for first in Big 12, WVU baseball is adjusting once modest goals - Charleston Daily Mail
Mountaineers hadn't defeated a top 10 team since 1999, but do it on back-to-back days against Oklahoma this weekend

Landmark win for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Victory over No. 10 Sooners clinches WVU spot in Big 12 tourney

Early Arrival - BGN
West Virginia went 11 years between victories over a top 10 baseball team, but Randy Mazey’s team made the second gap considerably shorter.

WVU pitcher Musgrave a big shot in Big 12 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Musgrave lost 10 pounds and cleaned up his mechanics. The turnaround resulted in one of the best individual starts in school history.

Video: WVU vs Oklahoma Postgame - BGN
Starting pitcher John Means & coach Randy Mazey.

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU Baseball Clinches Series over No. 10 Oklahoma - WVillustrated

Sizing Up WVU Quarterback Competition - WVillustrated
The West Virginia University football team entered spring practice with two quarterbacks competing for the starting job vacated by Geno Smith. Junior Paul Millard and Redshirt-freshman Ford Childress

WVU quarterback battle ‘wide open’ - Times West Virginian
The biggest question facing West Virginia as it heads into the summer is whether the arrival of Clint Trickett solved the Mountaineers quarterback riddle when they head to camp in August or made it any more intriguing.

Trickett’s addition brings excitement - Daily Athenaeum
And with Trickett’s sudden arrival, there could now be a multitude of different scenarios that play out.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Outstanding performances and players - Times West Virginian
According to Athlon, the greatest running back at West Virginia during the BCS era was Steve Slaton, whom they put at No. 21 despite his leaving a year early.

Big 12 meetings, Grantham, WVU and Akers update - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook


Recruiting:

Ex-Rhode Island forward Jonathan Holton commits to West Virginia - CollegeBasketballTalk
After spending a year away from Division 1 basketball at Palm Beach State College, Jonathan Holton has committed to Bob Huggins at West Virginia, according to Adam Zagoria.

JUCO transfer commits, awaits clearance - Charleston Daily Mail
Bob Huggins has filled one of the two vacant scholarships for the 2013 West Virginia basketball roster, though the addition of junior college forward Jonathan Holton has a condition.

Huggins adds another recruit for next season - Charleston Gazette
Bob Huggins has added another piece to his 2013 recruiting class, this one with some baggage but also some experience.

Power forward commits to WVU - WV MetroNews
Jonathan Holton is an inside-outside prospect who carries legal baggage from season at Rhode Island.

Huggins signs troubled star - Times West Virginian
He averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman with the Rams, but his career ended when he was arrested and charged with two counts of video voyeurism in March 2012.

Braxton Berrios recruit scouting report: Wes Welker clone - SBNation.com
Braxton Berrios is a four-star athlete/wide receiver prospect from North Carolina who has scholarship offers from plenty of major-conference programs.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Lache Seastrunk is WEARING THAT UNIFORM, BABY. - Our Daily Bears

The Best Returning Frontcourt in the Big12 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Ben McLemore's Former AAU Coach Reportedly Accepted Money From an Agent - Rock Chalk Talk

Maine transfer Justin Edwards visits K-State - KState Collegian

Is Blake Bell Your Leading Dark Horse Candidate For The Heisman Trophy? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: A look at key positions where newcomers could see playing time - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Alamo Bowl rings: Bad idea? - Burnt Orange Nation

Spring Football Look-Ahead: The Quarterbacks - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron | Coming Soon . . . - Viva The Matadors

2013-14 Midnight Madness moved to September | One And One - SI.com
Midnight Madness, the annual kickoff to the college basketball season's official practices that was no longer held at midnight, now will no longer be held in October, either.


What's On Tap:

WVU hierarchy coming to area for Coaches Caravan - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Event will be Thursday, May 9


Video of Interest:

Ryan McBroom and Matt Frazer each had a fantastic offensive series against #10 Oklahoma, and they discuss WVU's series victory over the Sooners at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native Chicagoan. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Michelle Baker.


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