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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (4/9/13) Edition

Football, baseball and basketball notes, Pre-draft news, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday April 9 - WV MetroNews
WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway is looking for his six or seven players he can put in on the depth chart. Former player Patrick Beilein talks about his father and coach John Beilein coaching in the national title game.

AG, Raese media rights meeting unravels - WV MetroNews
Each side sends disparaging press releases as third-tier controversy continues.

The Enigma that is Aaric Muray - Daily Athenaeum
If you weren’t already aware, this year’s college basketball season was supposed to be Aaric Murray’s final campaign toward a potential selection in the 2013 NBA draft.

Baseball Beckley Tickets Available - WVU Athletics
The three game series will be from April 26-28, with game one beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, game starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday’s finale beginning at 1 p.m.

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

Pre-Draft News:

From the Bench: NFL Draft Expert Gives WVU's Bailey 2nd Round Grade, A+ Grade as "Pure Football Player" - Connect Bridgeport
Count Chavous as one of Bailey’s top supporters. On the Big Board, he has Bailey with a second round grade. And he thinks someone is going to get a steal if he goes later than that.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: 3 rounds worth of predictions -
2, 8 & 59

News of Note:

Questions, Questions, Questions - WVU Athletics
Some questions to ponder ahead of the spring game on April 20.

Offensive changes in order for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU coach to have new personnel at quarterback, offensive line and receiver

Race for starting quarterback tight - Daily Athenaeum
Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress are neck and neck fighting it out to see who will take over as the Mountaineers’ signal caller when the team steps on the field for the first time in 2013.

WVU Offensive Line Working Through Injuries - WVillustrated
A pair of injuries on the offensive line has prompted a few changes to help finish out spring practices.

WVU wideouts receiving a lot of attention - Charleston Gazette
If you're wondering how things are going in West Virginia's springtime effort to replace most of its receiving corps, well, keep wondering.

WVU Should Have A Full Backfield This Fall - WVillustrated
Four to Five players will find themselves in the mix to contribute out of the backfield this season


Booth: Nine visits in 10 days -
Coveted wide receiver Dominique Booth of Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike, who is set on a spring decision date, breaks down each visit of his whirlwind tour of the Southeast, and he lists who most impressed him on a variety of factors.

Around the League (and Beyond):

QB Petty, Baylor offense shows off in scrimmage - Waco Tribune

Which Cyclone showed off his 'unbelievable blazing speed' during Saturday's scrimmage? - Des Moines Register

Rio Adams Looks to Stay on at Kansas - Rock Chalk Talk

Adrian Diaz leaves Kansas State basketball - Wichita Eagle

Spring Game Will Be Available Via Television & Web Stream - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: It's looking more and more likely that all three quarterbacks will stick around - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas Longhorns Basketball 2013 Season Review: Point Guard Myck Kabongo - Burnt Orange Nation

Football Announces 2012 Team Award Winners - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Jones ready to lead as secondary's elder statesman - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

What's On Tap:

WVU Begins Five-Game Week - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will begin a five-game week by traveling to Ohio State on Tuesday for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. The Mountaineers then return home to Hawley Field for a game against Youngstown State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson spoke to the media following the team's seventh spring practice.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another South African stunner (I really need to visit there, apparently) and she was recently featured in the South African SI Swimsuit issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lauren Mellor.