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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (3/5/13) Edition

Hoops previews (women & men), nomad coaches, varsity sports notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, March 5 - WV MetroNews
WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins says his team does a poor job making adjustments once the other team makes its adjustments. Women’s coach Mike Carey thinks they are in good shape at this point in the season as they face the Lady Longhorns on the road. WVU women’s guard Christal Caldwell expects a very physical game from a large Texas squad.

Nomad coaches: nature of the game - Charleston Gazette
The reality is that where this group of nomadic whistle-tooters is concerned, there really is no such place [destination job]. Anywhere.

Odds to win 2014 BCS National Championship - Linemakers/Sporting News
500/1, FYI

Williams Qualifies for NCAA Championships - WVU Athletics
Kelly Williams qualifies for the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Baseball Opens 2013 Home Campaign - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team is set to open the 2013 season.

Burnett Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
this week’s Varsity Sports Report

The Extra Tenth: Hope Sloanhoffer - WVU Athletics
The junior gymnast is featured in this week's The Extra Tenth.

News of Note:

WVU set for duel against Longhorns - Times West Virginian
Certainly Texas doesn’t fear the Mountaineers, who could win by only 53-49 at home in the season’s first meeting.

Mountaineers look to shake off Baylor loss on the road vs. Texas - Daily Athenaeum
It’s a game West Virginia head coach Mike Carey said his team needs to win.

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Coach Mike Carey along with his players prior to the Mountaineers play at Texas on Tuesday.

WVU, Oklahoma Meet For Third Time - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers look to snap four-game skid.

Sooners, Mountaineers set for tipoff - Times West Virginian
As the Mountaineers prepare for a rare third regular-season game against conference opponent Oklahoma, Huggins says the preparation will be as it always is.

WVU Men's Basketball: Oklahoma Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia is entering its final week of the regular season, and does so arguably playing its worst basketball of the year.

Harris a bright spot for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Freshman could lead WVU scoring despite his sub double-digit average

Stuck In Their Ways - BGN
According to WVU coach Bob Huggins, the Jayhawks made critical adjustments -- the same sorts of adjustments his Mountaineers have struggled to make themselves all season.

Bad season doesn't define Huggins - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Huggins is having a bad year; he could experience his first losing season in 27 years, which would be a major news flash.

Events conspired against WVU - Charleston Gazette
Schedule, travel contribute to Mountaineers’ agonizing season

Around the League (and Beyond):

Texas Tech no match for motivated Kansas on senior night - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Texas slams door on Baylor men, 79-70 - Waco Tribune

Ejim's Edge - Wide Right & Natty Lite

How's the coach doing? aka the RPI watch: 3.3.13 - Bring On The Cats

OU baseball: Nine reasons why the Sooners will win the 2013 Big 12 crown - Crimson And Cream Machine

The many faces of Travis Ford - Cowboys Ride For Free

Monday Morning Manager: "Destiny" (March 4th, 2013) - Frogs O' War

Separation of powers - WV MetroNews

K-State, Kansas in Big 12 stretch run - Bluefield Daily Telegraph / AP

Allen Fieldhouse one of college basketball’s must-see venues - Daily Athenaeum

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
Women's Basketball, 8 pm tonight from Erwin Special Events Center

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (9) Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Bramlage Coliseum on ESPN3

Video of Interest:

After a loss to Baylor on Saturday, the Mountaineers travel to Austin, Texas to take on the Longhorns in the last game of the regular season. Head Coach Mike Carey spoke with the media to share his thoughts on the upcoming game.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Make sure Coach sees this

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Dutch TV personality and model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sylvie van der Vaart.