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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma State Pre-Game (2/22/13) Edition

Oklahoma State previews, NFL Combine previews, notes from all over, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide, plus more


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Cowboy's Beer, in preparation for tomorrow's opponent.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Friday, Feb. 21 - WV MetroNews
Today, Bob Huggins previews the game against Oklahoma State and Josh Morris of talks about draft prospects Geno Smith and Tavon Austin.

Report: WVU to Hire Ron Crook as OL Coach - WVillustrated
"If he gets the job at West Virginia, they're going to have a hell of an offensive line coach," Ertz said Thursday at the NFL Combine.

Baseball Travels for Four Games - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will take on Youngstown State and Wake Forest.

Carey, Mountaineers looking to ride momentum into matchup with TCU - Daily Athenaeum
Despite the TCU women’s basketball team’s record and 1-13 Big 12 Conference mark, it has been competing against some solid opponents this season.

No. 1 WVU has sights set on GARC title - Daily Athenaeum
Three days after finding out they will be the No. 1 overall one seed in the NCAA championships, the West Virginia rifle team will first have to concentrate on the Great American Rifle Conference championships this weekend.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU rifle star shoots toward goals - Times West Virginian
If it can pull it off, it would be the 17th national championship the school’s shooters have won, and this one would assuredly be won on the shoulders of Petra Zublasing, a rather incredible athlete having an incredible senior season.

WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
A preview of this weekend's Mountaineer sports action.

NFL Combine:

WVUPros 2013 NFL Combine Primer: Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Joe Madsen and Stedman Bailey - WVU Pros
Here is everything you need to know about some of your favorite Mountaineers heading into this weekend, plus a few other articles that caught our eye.

2013 NFL Combine - Center Analysis - College Football News
Pre-Combine quick looks at the centers invited to Indy.

NFL Draft Pundits weigh-in on: Geno Smith - WVU Pros
Geno Smith is going to be one of the most talked about players at this weekend's NFL Combine.

NFL Coaches, GMs Discuss Mountaineer Players from Combine - WVillustrated
College and professional football are colliding at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend as the NFL Scouting Combine takes over Indianapolis.

WVU's Joe Madsen Speaks from NFL Combine - WVillustrated
Mountaineer speaks about his college career, the Combine process and what he's learned from his past.

PFT's Mike Florio Talks WVU Players in NFL Combine - WVillustrated
NFL analyst, a Wheeling native, shares his thoughts on Smith, Austin, Bailey and Madsen with the Draft approaching.

Film Room: Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia - Top Tier Football
Top Tier Football breaks down the tape on wide receiver Stedman Bailey and projects him for fantasy football.

News of Note:

Oklahoma State seeks sweep of Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Where the Cowboys have been able to make the best of even bad situations, the Mountaineers often make those same scenarios worse.

Seeking signature win - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers don’t have win vs. RPI top 60

Cowboys’ backcourt will give WVU problems - Daily Athenaeum
Slowing down talented guards who have the ability to score the basketball in a lot of different ways hasn’t been the easiest thing for the West Virginia men’s basketball team to do this season.

D1 recruit in state and a popular WVU hire - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Multimedia deal reportedly on hold because of complaint - Register-Herald

$5 million reasons why IMG deal is good for WVU - Exponent Telegram
Media sources have reported that WVU was expecting to make $5 million more than the $4 million it was making every year while controlling the Tier 3 rights independently.

Leach v. Holgorsen: A look back - Football Study Hall
We thought we had charting gold on our hands.


Martinsburg coach talks Grantham, WVU - WV MetroNews
Martinsburg head basketball coach Dave Rogers talks about his team and breaks down the recruiting process for Donte Grantham.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor-SMU matchup in 2013 to be officially canceled - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State — right now — is solidly in the NCAA Tournament - Des Moines Register

Travis Releford comes through with crucial plays late for KU - Lawrence Journal World

K-State’s Weber doesn’t shy from recruiting trail - Kansas City Star

Who should be Oklahoma’s starting point guard? Sam Grooms vs. Isaiah Cousins - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys can still win Big 12 championship - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Mack Responds to the New Recruiting Rules - Barking Carnival

TCU Baseball Opens Home Slate Friday vs. Cal-State Fullerton - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Red Raiders Weekly Basketball Trending - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

(14) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on ESPN2/3

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
1:45 pm Saturday from Hilton Coliseum on Altitude & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (9) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Phog Allen on MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
5 pm Saturday from Lloyd Noble Center on ESPNU

(13) Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from Erwin Special Events Center on LHN

Video of Interest:

Coach talks with Tony Caridi about the re-match with nationally ranked Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

This one is getting heavy play since last night:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a beautiful Russian, best known for her SI Swimsuit cover in 2011. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Irina Shayk.