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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (2/20/13) Edition

WVU earns it's first 2013 Fullmer Cup points for Bell & Joseph arrests, NFL Draft/Combine previews, hoops notes, soccer recruiting classes, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU’s Joseph, Bell arrested - Times West Virginian
“I have been made aware of the situation and I am gathering facts at this time. I will take appropriate action when all the facts are in,” WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen said in a statement.


Pro Basketball Update - WVU Athletics
Three former West Virginia men’s basketball players are playing in either the NBA or the NBA’s Developmental League.

Wearing the Jersey: Petra Zublasing - WVU Athletics
West Virginia's standout senior shooter.

Mountaineers chalk impressive recruiting class - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s soccer team still has about six months until the 2013 season kicks off, but head coach Marlon LeBlanc has already added nine new players for the Mountaineers’ second season in the Mid-American Conference, coming up this fall.

West Virginia adds 10 to roster - Daily Athenaeum
"I’m very excited about our recruiting class," said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. "We’re excited because of the depth and the enthusiasm and the abilities they all bring."

NFL Draft/Combine News:

Geno Smith resembles Sam Bradford; more player comparisons -
Is West Virginia playmaker Tavon Austin the next Percy Harvin? Bucky Brooks provides 10 notable comparisons between draft prospects and established NFL stars, hitting both sides of the football.

West Virginia QB Geno Smith: "My Goal is to Be Picked No. 1 Overall" - Sports Radio Interviews
Geno Smith joined KCSP in Kansas City with Danny and Carrington to talk about why he decided to throw at the scouting combine, whether he would like to shut up the doubters, if he considers himself the top quarterback in the class, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. saying no quarterback should be in consideration with the No. 1 pick and whether he believe he can make an impact right away in the NFL.

WVU's Tavon Austin one to watch in NFL Draft - NFLSpinZone
While West Virginia University QB Geno Smith might take center stage as far as one of the keys to how the 2013 NFL Draft unfolds, his teammate Tavon Austin

2013 NFL Draft: Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith among best prospects -
Before the draft season really kicks into high gear, Gil Brandt takes a look at the 100 best prospects as things stand right now -- and says Luke Joeckel reminds him of a certain blue-chip veteran.

Geno Smith NFL Combine Preview - WVU Pros
Geno Smith is out to prove that he is the best quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft this weekend at the Combine.

Joe Madsen NFL Combine Preview - WVU Pros
While most of the attention is going to be on Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, Joe Madsen is on a mission to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

NFL combine -- What to watch for - ESPN
Will a QB class considered lackluster be able to change that perception at the NFL combine?

News of Note:

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU men can’t handle the pressure - Times West Virginian
Even Bob Huggins, the coach, understands how wrong he was in evaluating what he had on hand.

Huggins says WVU ‘due’ for key win - Register-Herald

Kilicli asked to do a lot at WVU - Register-Herald
“I thought Deniz was open quite a few times,” coach Bob Huggins said after the Texas Tech game. “We’ve got to pass the ball better.”

Relationship with Huggins helped Kilicli in tough times - Daily Athenaeum
It hasn’t been the easiest senior season for West Virginia forward Deniz Kilicli.

Harris' Fouls Halt WVU's Comeback Bid - WVillustrated
Freshman Eron Harris committed a personal foul and technical foul on the same play, which allowed Kansas State to extend its lead from 14 to 18 points at a key moment in the game.

WVU student athletes investing more time in Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
It’s just insane how many hours of traveling and commitment the Mountaineers are putting in now, with the closest opponent geographically in the Big 12 Conference being Iowa State – a 14-hour drive and nearly 1,000 miles to the west.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Updated 2013 Class Rankings -
#25 hoops class

Around the League (and Beyond):

Close, then not so close, then close: UT 68, TCU 59 - Frogs O' War

Scott Drew leading Baylor basketball to new heights - FOX Sports on MSN

Why impressive ISU freshman Georges Niang still has work to do - Des Moines Register

Big 12 Update: Wednesday D-Day - Rock Chalk Talk

Tournament Tuesday: And then there were three - Bring On The Cats

Big 12 basketball notebook: Lon Kruger knows a good point guard when he sees one - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

OSU might have Big 12 Player of the Year in freshman Marcus Smart - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Inside the Numbers, Week 15 - Burnt Orange Nation

Do All Texas Tech Head Coaches Need to Be From Texas? - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
7 pm tonight from United Spirit Arena on ESPNU

(9) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (14) Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba on ESPN2/3

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPNU

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Miss Throwdown:

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