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Mountaineer Morning Links: Gold Blue Pre-Game (4/19/13) Edition

Stadium TIF, Tier 3 process, spring game on Saturday, pre-draft reports, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, April 19 - WV MetroNews
WVU running back, Andrew Buie, talks about the competition this spring in the backfield, while linebacker Doug Rigg points out the pros of having one voice on defense. Also Mike Mayock gives us his take on where Geno may go in the draft next week.

Mazey: TIF passing a ‘milestone’ for program - WV MetroNews
WVU baseball coach reacts to the Morgantown TIF bill passing through the legislature.

WVU right to oust Luck from panel - WV MetroNews
Athletics director made egregious missteps during first round of third-tier bidding.

WVU rising-freshmen can’t wait for new hoops season - Register-Herald
But while it caused many to simply give up, it only served as motivation for Harris and Henderson, who showed major potential as freshmen last season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Harlee works on being hero on, off court - Times West Virginian
"It’s more the background players, the hard-working players," Harlee said when asked why she thought she took down the award. "That’s what I am. I take the charge, dive on the floor. I’m not the star of the team. I do the little things, come up with the big play on defense."

Rushing Great Returning to Campus Saturday - WVU Athletics
Avon Cobourne among more than 200 gridders expected to return.

Pre-Draft News:

2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 - Don Banks -
11 & 16

2013 NFL Draft: Rams in West Virginia to Work Out WRs Austin, Bailey - Turf Show Times
The Rams navigated the burning couches surrounding West Virginia University to work out speedy wide receivers Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey.

West Virginia’s Tavon Austin has NFL teams thinking small as draft nears - NY Daily News
He stands 5-8 and weighs 178 pounds, and a few years ago, that stature would have trapped Tavon Austin low on draft boards, leaving teams concerned that the West Virginia jitterbug lacked the size to make an impact. Not so in 2013.

Fans tab Tavon Austin as next NFL star - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The NFL draft's first round is only a week away, but the Big 12 fans are clear on who they think will be the next NFL star from this year's batch of top-tier prospects from around the conference.

2013 NFL draft: Look for these five players to be hottest trade commodities - Sporting News
The target on Tavon is getting larger by the day

Too cold for Geno in Buffalo? - WV MetroNews
NFL Network's Mike Mayock doesn't think Smith projects well in cold-weather, outdoor stadium.

News of Note:

West Virginia ready for Gold-Blue Spring Game Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
Tailgating and touchdowns will return to Morgantown Saturday when the Mountaineers’ annual Gold-Blue Game kicks off in Milan Puskar Stadium at 2 p.m.

New WVU Football Uniforms Set for Saturday Debut - WVillustrated
Mountaineers will show off new look for 2013 prior to Gold-Blue Game in Morgantown.

WVU Quarterbacks Admit They Have A Lot To Learn - WVillustrated
Paul Millard and Ford Childress will put the quarterback competition for the starting job on display during the Gold-Blue game.

WVU’s Arlia now a seasoned vet - Times West Virginian
"Obviously, we lost some great guys. Everyone knows that," he said

Cook and Joseph Are Both Back With More Than Just Talent - WVillustrated
Going into their second year together, Darwin Cook and Karl Joseph have a sense of familiarity with one another to become a dynamic safety combo.

Room To Run - BGN
Time is a luxury often ill-afforded. West Virginia’s defense is looking to change that for its linebackers this season.

Legislators make right decision on ballpark — finally - Register-Herald

Will the West Virginia Mountaineers Make a Bowl in 2013? - Athlon Sports
With the departure of quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, West Virginia is expected to be picked near the bottom of the Big 12 in 2013.

Furfari: How will WVU be in 2013? - Martinsburg Journal
I don't have any idea. I haven't seen the Mountaineers in spring practice. With practice open to the media for just the first 30 minutes and only on some days, I think it would have been a waste of my time.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles
includes a new feature on KJ Myers

Charleston Gazette Articles
includes feature on Darwin Cook


West Virginia football enhances its Miami pipeline - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
New running backs coach JaJuan Seider, a former WVU teammate with Cogdell, wants to maximize the Mountaineers' recruiting success in South Florida.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 and the One-and-Done Era - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Brittney Griner discusses sexuality in sports -

CFTV: Jeremiah George is a 'hungry' linebacker this spring - Cyclone Fanatic

Building that will house original "Rules of Basket Ball" will be called the DeBruce Center - Lawrence Journal World

Changes don’t worry K-State receiving corps - Wichita Eagle

OU Men's Basketball | Sooners Guard, Je'lon Hornbeak, Has Stress Fracture In Foot - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Tracy Moore is the perfect practice partner for Justin Gilbert - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Basketball 2012-13 Season Review: Ioannis Papapetrou's Enticing Debut - Burnt Orange Nation

Del Conte: "Investment in basketball" is needed at university - TCU 360

Red Raider Gridiron | Kingsbury, Amaro and Hyder Speak Post Practice - Viva The Matadors

Around the Diamond: Big 12 Conference Update - Frogs O' War

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

WVU Travels to Texas - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team is set to meet Texas this weekend in a three-game conference series at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas.

Mountaineer Gear Sale Saturday - WVU Athletics
Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.

Football Spring Game Information - WVU Athletics
2 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of Interest:

A transfer from Fairmont State, Logan Moore came as a quarterback. Now, however, he has made the transition to wide receiver, and discusses his move with the media before the April 20th Gold-Blue Spring game

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the main reasons for the phrase "If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much". CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Doutzen Kroes.