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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/17/13) Edition

Tier 3, academic honors, baseball vs. OSU, more on the Rawlins transfer, your daily Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 17 - WV MetroNews
Chavas Rawlins is transferring out of WVU, Kyle Wiggs says Harrison Musgrave should win the Big 12′s pitcher of the year award, Steve Galusky talks WVU-OK State, and Steven Lassan gives a preview of Mountaineer football.

IMG fits just what WVU wants - Charleston Daily Mail
Whether you're a fan of NASCAR or not doesn't matter today. What matters is whether you're prepared to see West Virginia University's athletic department treated like one of those stock cars. Stickers here. Logos there. Company names wherever they fit. Alterations and modifications to add and create space for more of the same.

Four Mountaineers Earn Capital One Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
Senior Petra Zublasing and sophomore Jenelle Zee were named to the women’s team, while sophomores Thomas Kyanko and David Palley were named to the men’s team.

Where Are All Of Our Rivalries Going? - WVU Athletics
Conference realignment is erasing a lot of history.

MAC Introduces Seats3D - WVU Athletics
By utilizing this product, ticket holders will be able to view their seats online and enjoy interactive views of seat locations throughout the Coliseum.

Rams WR Tavon Austin learns that everyone wants your money when you’re in the NFL | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
"I’ve got a lot of cousins now. The whole [city of] Baltimore is my cousin now. We’re going to just try to keep focused and let my mother and all of them handle it."

Geno Smith still believes N.Y. Jets will make playoffs -
Geno Smith has faced a harsh spotlight since being drafted by the N.Y. Jets, but he says the criticism hasn't bothered him. He told ATL on Thursday he has focused on preparing for his rookie season.

News of Note:

WVU Drops Opener at Oklahoma State - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team was unable to overcome an early deficit and fell 7-4 in game one against No. 16 Oklahoma State on Thursday evening at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

WVU Ace Musgrave Not Expected To Pitch This Weekend - WVillustrated
Musgrave may not pitch in this series against Oklahoma State at all. It all depends what the conference title race looks like on Saturday.

Musgrave Named Pitcher of the Year Finalist - WVU Athletics
Musgrave is one of 22 players on the list and joins Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray as the lone Big 12 representatives.

Musgrave ranks among top pitchers in college baseball - Times West Virginian

HERTZEL COLUMN: Opportunity to see birth of greatness - Times West Virginian
Sometimes things happen and the significance of them isn’t fully grasped immediately. So it is with the approval of the TIFF financing for a baseball stadium just off I-79 here in Morgantown.

Three Earn All-Big 12 Academic Baseball Honors - WVU Athletics
Senior right-handed pitcher Dan Dierdorff and junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Tezak earned first team honors, while redshirt junior designated hitter Matt Frazer was named to the second team.

Freshman quarterback Rawlins leaves Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Rawlins enrolled in January, but took limited practice reps during spring football drills and didn't play at all in the spring game

Most indispensable player: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
He's they guy they can least afford to lose and the guy to whom an injury or departure would have the most effect.

Filling an SC legacy; WVU hoops recruiting - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook


Brett Morris Signs As A Preferred Walk-On At WVU - WVillustrated
Webster County High School basketball standout Brett Morris signed a letter of intent to play basketball at West Virginia University. Morris is joining the program as a preferred walk-on.

Greatness lies in the heart of WVU-bound teen -
Seventeen year old, Isiah Roberts is an amazing young man.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor could land Denver transfer Royce O'Neale - Our Daily Bears

The College GM - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Bill Self basks in glow - Lawrence Journal World

Bruce Weber says K-State game at Sprint Center this year is unlikely - Kansas City Star

Lon Kruger on Oklahoma State trio's return to school: Good for Big 12 Conference, bad for Cowboy opponents - Oklahoman

Video: Hope and Concern -- Oklahoma State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Dell Medical School plans appear to include DKR expansion - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Hype 2013 - Frogs O' War

Big 12 Football | Post Spring Assessment | Texas Tech Red Raiders - Crimson And Cream Machine

Video of Interest:

Mountaineer baseball players let you know who their favorite super hero is.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is still my #1. CLICK HERE for today's gif gallery, a BONUS GALLERY plus a SECOND BONUS GALLERY of Candice Swanepoel.