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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (4/15/13) Edition

Basketball prospects shine, pre-draft notes, TIF & Tier 3, spring football notes, baseball wins, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Special session sought for tax district bill - Charleston Daily Mail
Legislation would help WVU build new baseball stadium

Televised spring game unlikely - Charleston Daily Mail
Attorney general Patrick Morrissey to unveil findings of WVU multimedia rightson Monday

Reseating a Common Practice Nationally - WVU Athletics
For the first time since the inaugural game against Colgate on Dec. 1, 1970, the WVU Coliseum will be reseated.

Dierdorff Brilliant as WVU Wins Series - WVU Athletics
Senior Dan Dierdorff pitched brilliantly, giving the WVU baseball team a 2-1 victory and series win against Liberty on Sunday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

WVU takes two of three from Flames, has won 12 of last 17 games - Daily Athenaeum
The WVU baseball team concluded a busy five-game week by winning two of three games against the Liberty Flames in Lynchburg, Va., this weekend.

Women’s Soccer Drops Home Match - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 home match to St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Kevin Jones records first career NBA double-double - WVU Pros
We've illustrated Kevin Jones' strong play for the Cavs over the last week and a half. On Sunday, Jones played his best game yet.

Pre-Draft News:

Tavon Austin, Star Lotulelei top NFL Draft's overrated prospects -
Tavon Austin is the hottest name in the 2013 NFL Draft, but is he really worth a top-10 pick?

'13 Draft: WR Rankings -
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Tavon Austin's NFL pre-Draft tour winds down - WVU Pros
Tavon Austin is perhaps the hottest name in the NFL Draft this year. He won't get drafted with the first pick, but as it stands now, he will not have to wait long after the Kansas City Chiefs make the first selection to hear his name called.

VIDEO: How Geno Smith would fit with the Philadelphia Eagles - WVU Pros
On Friday's edition of Path to the Draft, Jeremiah explained his reasoning about why he thinks Smith would be a good fit in Chip Kelly's new offense with the Eagles.

Furfari: Geno ranks No. 1 among WVU passers - Register-Herald
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Miami native is the career leader in every category as a passer. Playing in 44 games, he completed 988 passes in 1,465 attempts (67.4 percent) for 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns. He was intercepted 21 times.

Geno Smith is bringing Stedman Bailey to the draft - ProFootballTalk
We've heard plenty of stories over the years about Pro Bowlers taking teammates to Hawaii. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is putting a twist on that concept, bringing one of his college teammates to New York City for the draft.

2013 NFL Draft: Possible Patriots: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia - Pats Pulpit's Kevin O'Connor takes a look at wide receiver Stedman Bailey as a draft pick the New England Patriots could possibly make in the 2013 NFL Draft.

News of Note:

WVU trying to rebuild offense - Times West Virginian
Even when you have the most experienced of teams, spring football practice is a time to experiment.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Smith leaves WVU without farewell speech - Times West Virginian
In a way, by not offering any kind of farewell speech, Smith was doing the two players a favor. He was telling them it was now their team and that their best path to success was to follow their own heart, just as he had done.

DePalma doesn't mind the pressure of snapping - Charleston Daily Mail
Long snapper liked basketball, but learned to love snapping the ball

Roomies square off at right tackle - WV MetroNews
Confused for brothers off the field, Feigt and Kindler waging friendly competition for starting spot.

Shaq Rowell Talks About the Mountaineer Mentality - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen introduced T.E.A.M. this spring. It stands for toughness, effort, attitude, and Mountaineer Mentality. Shaq Rowell tries to show up with that Mountaineer Mentality for every practice.

WVU Nose Tackle Christian Brown Could Be 'Special' - WVillustrated
Entering his Sophomore year, Brown is earning high praise from his position coach.

WVU Linebacker Isaiah Bruce Trying to Establish Himself During S - WVillustrated
While Bruce is listed as a starter, the coaching staff says the competition is heating up at Sam Linebacker.

Davis runs forward to spot on offense - Charleston Gazette
Sometimes this coaching football thing isn't as complex as it seems.

Photo Gallery V: WVU 2013 Spring Football - BGN


A whirlwind for Grantham - Martinsburg Journal
The Martinsburg senior basketball player has a huge decision to make.

Future Mountaineers seize the night - Charleston Gazette
Williams leads team to OT win at Scott Brown Memorial Classic

Taking Stock - BGN
West Virginia's basketball signees and recruiting targets displayed an interesting mix of talents in Saturday's Scott Brown Memorial Classic. Even though the quartet of signees are all listed as forwards, their mix of skills and strengths will likely put them at different positions, and in different roles, once they arrive at WVU.

Elijah Macon, Donte Grantham Take Part in Dunk Contest - WVillustrated
See a future Mountaineer and a WVU basketball recruiting target in the dunk contest at the Scott Brown Memorial Classic in Beckley.

Video Interviews with WVU Basketball Signees - WVillustrated
See what the future Mountaineers had to say about playing together in Beckley and their next step in Morgantown.

Connor bound for Morgantown - Register-Herald
Shady Spring senior will walk on at WVU

Video: Chase Connor - BGN
Shady Spring's Chase Connor is preparing to play in the Scott Brown Memorial Classic, and caught up with him for a pre-game interview.

Photo Gallery: Scott Brown Classic - BGN
West Virginia basketball signees and recruiting targets took part in the Scott Brown Memorial Classic in Beckley, W. Va. on Saturday.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor confident of another bowl trip after strong spring - Waco Tribune

Football: ISU offensive lineman Dika’s career is over; Woody to see time at TE - Ames Tribune

Kansas Football Scrimmage Brings Spring Practices to a Close - Rock Chalk Talk

Slaughter’s patience should pay off for KSU - Wichita Eagle

OU Football 2013 | Red/White Game | Upon Further Review - Crimson And Cream Machine

Josh Stewart shrugs off label as Big 12's best returning receiver - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Sophomore PG Myck Kabongo Declares for the NBA Draft - Barking Carnival

TCU football releases end-of-spring depth chart - TCU 360

Red Raider Gridiron: Friday Night Lights Recap - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Spring game will provide sneak peek of 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
As the West Virginia football team walked off the field following the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, it was inevitable things were about to change.

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's 0-0 draw at Pittsburgh in spring exhibition play on 4/13/13.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a German VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Toni Garrn.