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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (3/27/13) Edition

Pre-draft notes (including WVU Pros update), football notes, baseball stadium, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, March 27 - WV MetroNews
In this edition of Gold and Blue Now we hear from officials about WVU’s new baseball stadium and Shannon Dawson talks about finding leaders on...

Claims of ‘inequitable’ radio deal misrepresented - WV MetroNews
WVU doesn't charge a radio rights fee currently, but it's pure delusion to think the school isn't recouping that revenue through other streams of the agreement.

Furfari Column: Response to column on finances - Martinsburg Journal
It pleased me that all who saw fit to comment and respond were in agreement with what I said.

WVU Routs Eastern Kentucky - WVU Athletics
16-9, at Turkey Hughes Field

Geno Smith 2013 NFL Draft scouting report -
Geno Smith is unquestionably the best quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft, but he's not a flawless prospect.

VIDEO: Interview with Tavon Austin - WVillustrated
Wondering what Tavon Austin is up to while he awaits his fate in the NFL? Watch our full-length video interview with the former Mountaineer Football Star to get all the answers.

Terence Garvin could be a versatile NFL player - WVU Pros
Throughout his Mountaineer career, Terence Garvin showed that he was a versatile, athletic player with the ability to play several different defensive positions.

WVU's Da'Sean Butler Facing Decision To Play Or Coach - WVillustrated
Butler served as a Graduate Assistant last season while rehabbing his third knee injury in the past three years. Now he has to decide whether to play or continue his coaching career.

News of Note:

The Potential of Pro Baseball in Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Minor league executives discuss the potential of pro baseball in Morgantown.

Mountaineers, New York-Penn League working on a deal - Charleston Daily Mail (link removed due to virus scare)
WVU hopes deal will lead to a new ballpark to share with minor league team

Field of dreams - Times West Virginian
Morgantown eager for complex, minor league team

HERTZEL COLUMN: Ballpark can only be a plus - Times West Virginian
vision is just as necessary for success … vision not only in running the league but in finding places that have the necessary kind of vision to make a franchise work.

Morgantown, WVU getting N.Y.-Penn League team - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
WVU, and possibly Fairmont State, will use the stadium to be located just off Interstate 79 at Exit 155 from March to May.

New WVU Baseball Stadium Renderings Released - WVillustrated
Take a look at the potential new WVU baseball stadium according to renderings provided by Designstream LLC.

Bringing some Stanford to WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said Crook's being versed in the power running game will enhance the offense.

Versatile Eger adjusting to another line position - Inter-Mountain
The senior is learning his fifth position in as many years this spring

Spring steps forward: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
a series looking at guys who will be stepping into bigger roles this season and what they have to provide


WVU hoops future on display in Beckley - Charleston Gazette (link removed due to virus scare)
According to Bob Bolen, all four 2013 Mountaineer recruits will be on display - on the same team no less - in the 24th Scott Brown Classic there.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Spring Practice Note: RT Troy Baker Tears Left ACL - Our Daily Bears

Cyclones head into spring with plenty to work on - Ames Tribune

KU-Michigan will be clash of veterans vs. youngsters, defense vs. offense - Kansas City Star

Red Cross seeks volunteers for K-State football games - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Travel To Tulsa To Put Win Streak On The Line Against ORU - Crimson And Cream Machine

Wes Lunt should win the Oklahoma State QB race - Oklahoman

Re-Energized Mack Feels Re-Energized. Again. - Barking Carnival

A redemption story: The case for Casey Pachall to start at quarterback - TCU 360

Reports: Texas Tech Interested in New Mexico St. Marvin Menzies - Viva The Matadors

Video of Interest:

Pat O'Conner, president of minor league baseball, and Ben Hayes, president of the New York-Penn League, were on campus at WVU to discuss the potential of professional baseball in the Morgantown area.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Not sure if I'd kill my friends for doing this or not

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model from Illinois. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tyler Suess.