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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/20/13) Edition

Football & basketball notes, baseball prepares for Big 12 tournament, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

WVRC calls for hearing with Luck, Payne - WV MetroNews
West Virginia Radio Corp. restated its request for a hearing with WVU athletics director Oliver Luck and Board of Governors chairman Drew Payne

Jets' OC Marty Mornhinweg high on Geno Smith - Pros Report
Mornhinweg has a good baseline on judging quarterbacks and came away from the weekend glowing about his rookie quarterback.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Irvin’s dreads are gone now he must rebuild reputation - Times West Virginian
But he had had the dreads for six years, and the time had come to move forward with his life.

OTA's start this week, and most WVUPros in the NFL will be there - Pros Report
This week, 22 of the 23 Mountaineers on NFL rosters will be in camp.

Pat White learning how to enjoy golf - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Former WVU QB returns to MOV Golf Classic

HERTZEL COLUMN- Major delivers message: ‘Roll with the punches’ - Times West Virginian
And so it was that the West Virginia University College of Sports Sciences and Physical Education graduates spent their 2013 graduation day listening to a man who may not have split the atom but one who had split the gap between a defensive end and an outside linebacker on an option play better than anyone who ever wore the old gold and blue of the Mountaineers.

Furfari Column: Harrick a two-sport success - Martinsburg Journal
The late Steve Harrick was the longest-serving, most successful two-sport head coach in West Virginia University's athletic history.

News of Note:

Big 12 Tournament Awaits - BGN
West Virginia’s surprising third place finish in its initial season in the Big 12 baseball conference was built on the theme of "keep grinding" and nowhere was it more apparent than in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Oklahoma State.

Mountaineers draw KU in Big 12 opener - WV MetroNews
West Virginia likely needs to win the double-elimination tourney to reach the NCAAs.

Season bothers Huggins - Martinsburg Journal
"People said, 'You can't be so hard and maybe I tried to nurture those guys a little too much," Huggins said. "Well, I tried it and it didn't work. We're getting back to being us."

West Virginia Searching For New QB, Offensive Weapons - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site
West Virginia heads into second season of Big 12 play with a new quarterback but a seasoned and (hopefully) improved defense.

McCartney back on campus, rejoins Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"Second chances are few and far between," Holgorsen said. "This kid's got an opportunity to right the ship. Maybe he makes the best of it. Maybe he doesn't."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Flying WV logo draws attention outside country - Times West Virginian


WVU’s top defensive back targets - WV MetroNews
MetroNews' summer recruiting series launches with profiles on the secondary prospects West Virginia is seeking for 2014.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles keeps QB assembly line well-oiled - Waco Tribune

Big stage vs. Longhorns: ISU's most important - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

McLemore speaks about AAU coach, agent allegations - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State basks in Big 12 success - Wichita Eagle

OU Baseball Limps Their Way Into Big 12 Tournament & A No. 4 Seed - Crimson And Cream Machine

Todd Monken thinks Wes Lunt should've stayed in Stillwater - Oklahoman

Jaylen Bond to transfer to Temple - Burnt Orange Nation

Five key questions for the TCU Horned Frogs' 2013 football season - Dallas Morning News

Tech's Simmons given permission to seek transfer - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Baseball Championship Pairings - WVU Athletics
First-day matchups include: Division One: No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 4 Oklahoma - 9:00 a.m. CT; No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 1 K-State - 12:30 p.m. CT Division Two: No. 6 Kansas vs. No. 3 West Virginia - 4:00 p.m. CT; No. 7 TCU vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State - 7:30 p.m. CT

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Miss Throwdown:

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