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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Pre-Game (2/15/12) Edition

Hoops notes, Football notes, Baseball starts tonight, Bedenbaugh officially gone, WVUPros on Tavon at the Combine, Big 12 watching guide & roundup, plus more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Friday, Feb. 15 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins previews the Texas Tech game on Saturday afternoon, Averee Fields talks about her teams NCAA Tournament chances and former WVU football players passes away.

Noreen Honored By Big 12 - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has named 22 student-athletes to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced.

Baseball Preview: Outfielders - WVU Athletics
The fourth of four segments previewing the 2013 baseball season.

Baseball Opens Season Friday - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball game is opening this weekend.

West Virginia to open season against North Florida - Daily Athenaeum
action set to kick off Friday at 6 p.m.

Chasing Titles - WVU Athletics
With less than a month left in its season, the WVU Rifle team is chasing their fourth Great American Rifle Conference Championship.

Jedd Gyorko could start at 2nd Base for the Padres this Season - WVU Pros
Jedd Gyorko begins his second trip to spring training with the San Diego Padres on Friday of this week.

Could Tavon Austin pull a Chris Johnson at the NFL Combine? - WVU Pros
In 2008, Chris Johnson lit up the NFL Combine and shot up the draft boards. This year, many see Tavon Austin as the guy to watch.

Fullback Walt Easley Has Died - WVU Athletics
Teammates, coaches recall Easley's career.

News of Note:

WVU progressing at a snail’s pace - Times West Virginian
“I don’t know what they ran when we threw them the ball the first time,” Huggins said. “I have no idea. I’ve never seen that out of bounds play. We’ve never lined up like that. I’ve never seen it. I don’t know what the hell they were doing.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: Kilicli not looking to go this way - Times West Virginian
Kilicli, you see, senses what he wants most out of life at present slipping away from him and he is putting forth everything inside him to avoid it from happening

Baylor loss sends WVU back to reality - Register-Herald
“We had live ball turnovers that they scored on, and then we hung our heads and they beat us in transition,” he continued.

No dancing for WVU this year - Daily Athenaeum
it’s time for the collective members of the West Virginia faithful to start to come to terms with a simple but painful fact, if you haven’t already.

Wearing the Jersey: Dominique Rutledge - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey, presented by Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, profiles Mountaineer senior forward Dominique Rutledge.

Offensive line coach leaves West Virginia for Oklahoma - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bedenbaugh has been connected with Holgorsen since the two attended Iowa Wesleyan.

Football Notebook - WVU Athletics
Safety and O-line could be two areas of strength this spring.

Big shoes to fill: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
WR Jordan Thompson

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 plans to experiment with 8 football officials next season instead of 7 -
The idea is to keep pace with college football's speed, spot more fouls and better protect players. Other conferences will follow the results if the Big 12 receives approval.

Heslip and Neubert Named Academic All-Big 12 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site

Video: What the Cyclones need to fix after Texas loss - Des Moines Register

The Impact of Home Court on Free Throw Attempts in the Big 12 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State looks for bounce-back win against Baylor - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma basketball players talk about finding new ways to recreate Buddy Hield’s energy - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Markel Brown says it's the ball, not the shoes - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Longhorns notebook: Barnes hopes current lineup sticks - Austiin American-Statesman

TCU places 2 on Academic All Big 12 team - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Red Raiders Weekly Basketball Trending - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on MASN, YES, RSNalt & ESPN3

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
Women's Basketball,1:30 pm Sunday from Hilton Coliseum on ROOT Pittsburgh

Oklahoma Sooners vs. (17) Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday From Gallagher-Iba Arena on YES, RSNalt & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
1:45 pm Saturday from Hilton Coliseum on CSNBA & ESPN3

Baylor Bears vs. (10) Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from Bramlage Coliseum on ESPNU

Texas Longhorns vs. (14) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
9 pm Saturday from Allen Fieldhouse on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Coach talks with Tony about last Wednesday's loss at Baylor and looks ahead to Saturday's home matchup against the Red Raiders of Texas Tech.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a SI Swimsuit edition rookie this year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of another gorgeous South African, Natasha Barnard.