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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/16/13) Edition

Tier 3 situation, is the baseball stadium TIF defeated?, football player features, hoops interviews, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 16 - WV MetroNews
WV attorney general Patrick Morrisey gives his review on WVU’s third tier media rights. Hoppy Kercheval gives details on the failure of the baseball stadium TIF bill. WVU signee Devin Williams is ready to make an impact.

WVU, IMG marriage still a likely conclusion - Charleston Daily Mail
"The Attorney General's office report confirms that IMG College submitted the best proposal and is the best partner for representing West Virginia University's multimedia rights.

Luck hopeful rights deal will get done - Charleston Gazette
"At this point, it just depends on how expedited the rebidding process can be,'' Luck said.

Third-tier do-over: Rough day for WVU - WV MetroNews
Make no mistake: Black Monday was not the creation of a pestering John Raese, but the result of WVU allowing the process to be painted with the colors of cronyism.

Fun to watch good ol' boys haggle over TV money - Charleston Gazette
If you don't find amusing all the comings and goings with the business that is West Virginia's athletic department these days, well, you just don't have much of a sense of humor.

Dierdorff Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Pre-Draft News:

ESPN's Gruden Evaluates Geno Smith - WVillustrated
NFL analyst says versatility will aid Smith's transition into the league, but ball security concerns must be fixed.

News of Note:

Luck believes TIF can still pass - Daily Athenaeum
As the final minutes of the 2013 legislative session inched closer and closer, it began to look less likely that the tax increment financing bill that would help build a new baseball stadium in Morgantown would pass.

Furfari: Ballpark defeat is right move - Register-Herald
This longtime Monongalia County resident applauds those members of the West Virginia State Legislature who opposed the sales tax TIF bill.

Should you care who starts at quarterback? - Daily Athenaeum
With West Virginia’s spring game less than a week away, the coverage of the starting quarterback battle between redshirt freshman Ford Childress and junior Paul Millard has intensified.

Bigger Bruce Looking to Produce - WVU Athletics
Isaiah Bruce is starting to look like a real LB.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Cook, Joseph look to lead WVU defense - Times West Virginian
If there is any kind of defensive tradition that survived last season’s record meltdown, it was that West Virginia safeties continue to deliver Mountaineer devastation.

Personnel, tweaks up front should benefit pass rush - Charleston Daily Mail
As the name suggests, West Virginia's 3-4 defense in 2013 will have three defensive linemen lined up in front of four linebackers.

Harris, Henderson Discuss Future of WVU Basketball - WVillustrated
Rising sophomores reflect on their freshman season and what the Mountaineers have ahead of them in 2013.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Phoenix Mercury select Brittney Griner #1 Overall in WNBA Draft! - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Rocked By Onslaught Of Mundane Scandals - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football 2013: Spring Game Highlights - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State's Collin Klein determined to show NFL he can be a quarterback - Charlotte Observer

Oklahoma Sooners Defensive Front "Quickly" Moving In New Direction - Crimson And Cream Machine

Marcus Smart has not decided if he will declare for NBA - Oklahoman

Myck Kabongo and the Texas-Canada Pipeline - Burnt Orange Nation

Baseball Heads To UT Arlington Tuesday - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury Continues to be Coach and Good-Looking - Viva The Matadors

SEC Network to Launch in 2014 - Barking CarnivalSEC Network to Launch in 2014 - Barking Carnival

What's On Tap:

WVU Faces Morehead State in Charleston - WVU Athletics
First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

WVU Caravan, BMAC Event Set for May 8 - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The event is scheduled for Oglebay Park's Wilson Lodge and figures to have something for everyone as scheduled to appear are Athletics Director Oliver Luck, football coach Dana Holgorsen, and men's and women's basketball coaches Bob Huggins and Mike Carey.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Danish Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (<=Bonus gallery) model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nina Agdal.