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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/30/13) Edition

This is new...lot's of baseball news, football notes, post-draft news, Big 12 roundup & more


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Eat Shit Pitt Premium Lager, in preparation for tonight's Backyard Brawl baseball game.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, April 30 - WV MetroNews
Nick Wagoner of talks about what Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will contribute to the Rams offense. Brian Costello of the New York Post discusses what challenges Geno Smith faces as a Jets quarterback. Former WVU running back Shawne Alston explains why he chose to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

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

Gyorko Finishing First Month In Major League Baseball - WVillustrated
Former West Virginia University baseball star Jedd Gyorko will be appearing in a major league ballpark near you.

Post-Draft News:

Geno's future and other WVU draft notes - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind after paying way more attention to this latest NFL draft than ever before

Video: Geno Smith to take over for Jets? - ESPN
Sal Paolantonio on the Jets' selecting, Geno Smith and the future for Mark Sanchez.

Keep ego in check, 'Broadway Geno' - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Be careful, Broadway Geno. Don't fall for the hype.

Manuel one-ups Smith once again - Times West Virginian
It was the Gator Bowl after the 2009 season, Florida State against West Virginia.

Alston hopes to join Saints RB rotation - WV MetroNews
Bruising runner hopes to fill void created by Chris Ivory trade.

WVU's Braun All Business in Baltimore - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer lineman using old teammate's success as motivation with camp starting this weekend.

News of Note:

RPI ramifications as WVU hosts Pitt - WV MetroNews
Surprising Mountaineers are climbing in computer rankings, Big 12 standings.

WVU Enters Big Week - BGN
Pitt tonight and the first place Sooners this weekend

Mazey Has WVU Armed and Dangerous - WVU Athletics
WVU pitching has improved across the board this year.

Mazey, Mountaineers have proved Big 12 peers wrong, built winner - Charleston Daily Mail
"Every team is a direct reflection of their coaching staff's attitude toward them in the sense that if the coaching staff is behind them the whole way and believes they can win, they start to feel the same way," Mazey said.

Mazey Bringing Baseball to Forefront of WVU Athletics - WVillustrated
With a series sweep of Kansas over the weekend, West Virginia has improved to 27-18 overall, and 9-6 in the conference.

Musgrave Named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week - WVU Athletics
for his complete game shutout victory over Kansas last Friday evening in Beckley.

WRs ready to emerge -
Gone from the ranks are Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and J.D. Woods and in their place is a collection of widely unknown commodities looking to become the next wide outs to make their name known in Dana Holgorsen's offensive system.

Voluntary workouts crucial for WVU in summer - Daily Athenaeum
"Everything is voluntary from this point on. That’s where that senior leadership comes into affect," said West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson. "Now it’s in our seniors’ hands. What type of team do you want to be?"

Around the League (and Beyond):

Five key questions for Baylor’s 2013 season - Dallas Morning News

Monday Musings: Jake Knott will make the NFL pay - Cyclone Fanatic

KU coach Bill Self says Hunter Mickelson 'more of a perimeter player' than Jeff Withey - Lawrence Journal World

Rose rushes for 141 yards in Kansas State spring game - Topeka Capital Journal

SoonerNation Podcast: 2013 NFL Draft Recap & Recruiting Targets - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Football Spring Recap - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas & The 2013 NFL Draft - How Do We Compare? - Barking Carnival

Spring Football Look Ahead: The O-Line - Frogs O' War

Rumor: Texas Tech and Arkansas interested in home-and-home series in 2014, 2015 - Dallas Morning News

What's On Tap:

Baseball Set for Backyard Brawl - WVU Athletics
Tuesday, April 30, at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Video of Interest:

The Mountaineer baseball team won all 3 games over the Kansas Jayhawks at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley the weekend of April 26-27.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet ANOTHER gorgeous Brazilian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Analu Campos.