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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (5/1/13) Edition

Baseball loses to Pitt, more post-draft fallout (including Geno & his agent), Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, May 1 - BGN
WVU falls to Pitt 7-6 on Senior Night as Governor Tomblin signs the bill into law that will enable the construction of the new baseball stadium. Geno Smith fires his agent after the NFL Draft.

Raese calls WVU's account of media contract a 'whopper' - Charleston Gazette
Morgantown businessman John Raese's latest letter to West Virginia University came with a title Tuesday -- "The Biggest Fish Tale Ever Told"

Quincy Wilson glad to be "home" with WVU program - Pros Report
There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home. This old adage rings true for Quincy Wilson.

Devin Ebanks looks to turn the page on his NBA career - Pros Report
Devin Ebanks re-signed with the Lakers hoping to build upon the success of his previous two seasons with the team.

Post-Draft News:

Smith fires agents after draft fall - WV MetroNews
New York Daily News reports WVU quarterback thought he should be the No. 1 overall pick.

WVU's Smith unsurpassed in regard to publicity - Charleston Gazette
If you Google "Geno Smith WVU" you'll get 276,000 results (as of Tuesday afternoon). If you search the name "Jerry West" you'll get 218,000. Andrew Luck, one of last year's hot draft topics, has 131,000 results. And former WVU coach Don Nehlen generates 77,700.

Geno Smith felt undercut in NFL draft - Times West Virginian
Geno Smith’s career in New York has started in controversy, something he avoided for the four years he quarterbacked West Virginia University.

History and size not on Austin's side, plus other NFL draft tidbits - Charleston Daily Mail
"I can't do anything about it," Austin said. "I would like to change if I could get two inches, but I can't."

Austin, Bailey ready for next step of careers - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia receiver duo of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey have been reunited as members of the St. Louis Rams after this weekend’s NFL Draft.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Madsen signs with Steelers, team he loves - Times West Virginian
“That’s where I wanted to go all along,” he said.

What goes into a football player’s draft stock? - Times West Virginian
Most of a fan’s opinion — and for that matter, any non-NFL executive, coach or scout not named Kiper or Mayock — is based upon what they have seen.

News of Note:

WVU Sets Attendance Record Despite Loss - WVU Athletics
Despite a record crowd of 2,535 on Tuesday evening at Hawley Field, the West Virginia University baseball team fell 7-6 to No. 17 Pitt.

Rally Falls Short, WVU Loses to Pitt 7-6 - WVillustrated
Video interviews with Coach Mazey, Billy Flemming & Brady Wilson

Video: WVU vs Pitt Postgame - BGN
West Virginia infielder Billy Fleming and head coach Randy Mazey were upfront about the Mountaineers' shortcomings in the loss to Pitt, but both displayed the never say die attitude that has sparked the team this year.

Mazey, WVU have been perfect match - Daily Athenaeum
At this time a year ago, the West Virginia baseball program was in a very uncertain place.

Video: Baseball Senior Night - BGN
West Virginia honored its senior baseball players at the last home game of the season at Hawley Field on Tuesday.

Wearing the Jersey: Ryan McBroom - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles West Virginia University junior first baseman Ryan McBroom as West Virginia prepares for a key stretch of games this week against nationally ranked Pitt and Oklahoma.

West Virginia spring wrap - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS 2012 record: 7-6 2012 Big 12 record: 4-5 Returning starters: Offense: 3; defense: 6; kicker/punter: 0

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor’s Drew has reason to feel like luckiest coach around - Waco Tribune

ISU Roundup, April 29 - Ames Tribune

Dayne Crist grateful for shot at NFL - Lawrence Journal World

Report: Texans agree to terms with former Kansas State QB Collin Klein -

Landry Jones talks about being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers - Oklahoman

Joseph Randle finds himself in great situation with the Dallas Cowboys - Oklahoman

DJ Monroe, Brandon Moore sign free agent deals - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU booster hopes renovated arena helps revitalize Frogs basketball - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tubby Smith Officially Hires Pooh Williamson, Discussing Robert Turner - Viva The Matadors

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

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