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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/2/13) Edition

Clint Trickett is coming home, baseball & football news, more post-draft coverage, Pros Report (formerly WVUPros) update on Jedd Gyorko's first month in the majors, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, May 2 - WV MetroNews
Clint Trickett talks about why he picked WVU, Chad Pennington gives advice to Geno Smith on how to approach playing in New York and Gov. Tomblin signs the TIF BILL into law during Tuesday’s night’s loss to Pittsburgh.

Filauro Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List - WVU Athletics
The award honors the nation’s top catcher in Division I college baseball.

Wilson finishes final season with Mountaineers in successful fashion - Daily Athenaeum
Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh was Senior Night at Hawley Field, and the West Virginia baseball team honored four seniors in their last home game.

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU Baseball and Signing of TIF Bill - WVillustrated
Browse photos from last night's close loss to No. 17 Pitt, as well as West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signing into law a TIF bill creating a Tax Increment Financing district in Monongalia County.

WVU's Agee ages on screen - Martinsburg Journal
The three-year starter helped West Virginia to three straight years of 9-3 records from 1981-83.

Jedd Gyorko completes first month in the pros - Pros Report
He started 25 on 30 games in the month of April. Here's how his first month in the pros looked.

Post-Draft News:

Geno Smith's firing of agents, pre-draft actions shed light on why QB may have dropped - Yahoo! Sports
Sources say the Jets' newest QB was dismissive during the interview process.

Athletic Delusion In Sports: Russell Shepard, Geno Smith & Uncle Rico - Barking Carnival
Outside of pure ability, what's the most important differentiator between successful and unsuccessful athletes? Honesty.

J.D. Woods Prepares for Pittsburgh - WVillustrated
Former WVU receiver looks forward to joining an organization he respects, but he knows the real work starts now.

News of Note:

Trickett Transfers to WVU - WVU Athletics
He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

And now there are three - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The true value: WVU may have finally found a voice on offense.

FSU transfer Trickett picks the Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Trickett will enter a WVU quarterback competition with redshirt freshman Ford Childress and junior Paul Millard

Clint Trickett Discusses Morgantown Memories, Decision to Return - WVillustrated
Transfer QB talks Pat White, Quincy Wilson and why he thinks WVU is the right fit for his future.

Garrison Finally Gets a Spring Under His Belt - WVU Athletics
With half of his college career now over, West Virginia University junior running back Dustin Garrison can finally say he’s taken part in spring football drills.

Garrison Looking To Return To Freshman Form - WVillustrated
Garrison has moved past his torn ACL both physically and mentally. That should pave the way for a successful junior season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 post-spring power rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
#8...all things considered, I think it's fair

Baylor’s Art Briles: Why Texas, TCU, Oklahoma State have ‘leg up’ on rest of Big 12 - Dallas Morning News

The NFL Opens Its Presents - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Move might await NFL draftee Tanner Hawkinson - Lawrence Journal World

Former Wildcat Angel Rodriguez to enroll at Miami - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Sooners Football: Predicting The Preseason Ranking - Crimson And Cream Machine

POLL: Are the fans ready for Oklahoma State to be a preseason #1? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns football: Two ESPN projections have 'Horns as top Big 12 team - Burnt Orange Nation

Schedule analysis: TCU Horned Frogs - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Spring Practice All-Access: Lee Hays - Viva The Matadors

Video of Interest:

In this edition of Around the Horn with Coach Randy Mazey, presented by Coca-Cola, coach and Kyle Wiggs talk about the weekend sweep of Kansas; all the goings-on at last Tuesday's Pitt game, where Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed the TIF legislation before the largest crowd ever at Hawley Field, and a look at this weekends big matchup with Oklahoma.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is best known as C Tate's Mumbles' wife. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jenna Dewan.