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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma Game Day (3/6/13) Edition

Hoops previews, spring football media luncheon coverage, women lose regular season final, rifle prepares for NCAA's, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, March 6 - WV MetroNews
Travis Jones talks abut the Mountaineers loss at Texas, Dana Holgorsen talk about the effect of losing coaches and Keith Patterson says the defensive players will start with a clean slate.

AG to help WVU review media contract - Register-Herald
more on this later this morning

2013 College Football Hall of Fame ballot has 82 names -
Former WVU, TT and S. Carolina Coach Jim Carlen is on the list

Mountaineers Drop Decision to Texas - WVU Athletics
WVU falls to Texas 58-45 in its regular-season finale.

FURFARI COLUMN: Dunning key to WVU success - Times West Virginian
Mike Carey, veteran head coach of the West Virginia women’s basketball team, couldn’t be happier to have Ayana Dunning as the center for three seasons.

Championship Mindset - BGN
Coach Jon Hammond and the Mountaineers hope to return with the program's 15th national championship.

Frazer’s Home Run Leads to Victory - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team defeated EKU in its home opener.

WVUPros NFL Free-Agency Tracker 2013 - WVU Pros
With the NFL offseason upon us, several Mountaineers find themselves at the end of contracts.

News of Note:

Sooners vs. Mountaineers, Take 3 - WV MetroNews
It's a case of repeat deja vu as WVU faces Oklahoma for the third time during the regular season.

WVU faces Sooners a third time - Times West Virginian
To end the streak, his team will have to shoot better than it has been doing and that means that freshmen Terry Henderson and Harris, the two shooting threats, will have to have big games.

Huggins: Still fighting -
"We're going to prepare the best we can possibly prepare," he said.

Comparing Big 12, Big East Basketball - WVU Athletics
WVU players say the two leagues are very comparable.

Look for a reshaped WVU basketball team next season - Charleston Gazette

Spring Football:

WVU set for spring football - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"I think our players are extremely motivated at this point."

WVU coaches expect lots of competition this spring - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen will oversee his first quarterback competition as a head coach

Proving ground - Times West Virginian
Spots up for grabs going into WVU spring ball

Search for a QB begins - Charleston Gazette
WVU spring practice marks start of competition to replace Smith

Four Vying To Replace QB Smith - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Starter will be named sometime in August

Four quarterbacks in line to fill Smith's shoes for WVU - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday at the team's annual football luncheon that he does not expect to name a starter until fall camp and insisted the competition is wide open.

Dawson preps for long quarterback battle - WV MetroNews
Offensive coordinator says WVU's starter may not be decided until the week of the season opener.

Patterson touts defensive ‘clean slate’ - WV MetroNews
Defensive coordinator discusses the plan for repairing West Virginia's mindset.

Mitchell hopes to turn the corners - WV MetroNews
West Virginia's new cornerbacks coach aims to rebuild confidence at the position

HERTZEL COLUMN: Crook feels at home with Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
“As a kid growing up in this state, everything you do revolves around Mountaineer football”

Ron Crook Ready to Get Started with WVU OL - WVillustrated
Mountaineers' new assistant returns home, focuses on building strong front line in Morgantown.

Crook on returning to West Virginia - WV MetroNews
New offensive line coach discusses the homestate ties that drove his return.

WVU coaching staff unset as spring practice nears - Register-Herald / AP
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has some catching up to do with his staff before he can start building his team for next fall.

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coaches Interviews - WVillustrated
Mitchell, Galloway, Dawson, Patterson, DeForest & Crook


Kd Cannon recruit scouting report: Elite 2014 deep threat -
A clone of 2013 Baylor signee Robbie Rhodes, the star Mount Pleasant wide receiver adds some nice attributes to his elite skill as a deep threat to make him one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Kyan Anderson is Awesome, K-State is better: Frogs lose 79-68 - Frogs O' War

Sooners' Buddy Hield Expected To Return From Injury Versus West Virginia - Crimson And Cream Machine

The Baylor Bears Bubble Watch is Officially Over - Our Daily Bears

Up The Bracket - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU seniors let their play do the talking - Lawrence Journal World

Who is OSU's secrect ingredient to a deep run in March Madness? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Scott Drew and Rick Barnes: The Crossroads? - Barking Carnival

Tech baseball travels to face defending national champions - Daily Toreador

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Noble Center on ESPN2/3

(13) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Hilton Coliseum on ESPNU

Videos of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen previews spring football drills set to begin on Sunday, March 10.

West Virginia shoots for another national championship at this weekend's NCAA rifle championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an All American VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lily Aldridge.