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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/21/13) Edition

Ways to donate aid, baseball team is safe & trying to help, hoops and football notes, pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 21 - WV MetroNews
we hear from Kyle Wiggs and WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey, who were mere miles away from the devastation in Oklahoma. … With the return of Ivan McCartney, Dana Holgorsen says the Mountaineers receivers coming in are playmakers. … Jeff Fisher says Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are ahead of the curve in Rams camp.

Season ticket sales on moderate pace - WV MetroNews
About 26,000 renewals have been processed following the May 15 deadline.

Bob Huggins has a new, unusual plan - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Bigger guys who can shoot, as Huggins believes many of these new guys can, might help with the style of play. In the Big 12, even the centers can knock down long-range shots, which left no room for Big East-style posting up.

Furfari: Misled West Virginia students deprived of Big 12 baseball games - Register-Herald
We’re now informed that the Big 12 has no such guidelines which would have prevented WVU from scheduling all 12 home games at Hawley Field.

College football's silliest 2013 non-conference schedules -
Some schools schedule competitive games in non-conference play. Others schedule cupcakes. Some are clearly exhibiting borderline psychosis. We celebrate the worst, including Vandy and West Virginia.

Cheerful Akers plans county commission visit - WV MetroNews
West Virginia basketball legend grateful for outpouring from players, teammates and WVU alumni.

News of Note:

New additions enter summer school - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia Universitys 12-week summer school session started Monday and four football players enrolled to get a head start on academics and get involved in summer workouts.

McCartney's return could be a plus for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind while trying to imagine Clint Trickett throwing passes to Ivan McCartney

WVU offensive line coach Crook speaks at Rotary - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"But, I knew from an early age that I wanted to coach and I knew in my heart that, if given the opportunity, I wanted to coach at WVU."

WVU Prepares For Big 12 Tournament - WVillustrated
WVU secured the three seed in the upcoming Big 12 baseball tournament and with it a favorable road to a potential Big 12 tournament title.

WVU baseball team safe in Oklahoma City - Charleston Daily Mail
The team went to a Walmart store later that night to buy clothing and supplies for those affected by the tornado.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Catastrophes make you stop and think - Times West Virginian
"There’s so many suffering," Mazey said. "You guys are not seeing what we are seeing."

WVU Baseball Team Helps Tornado Victims - WVillustrated
Devastating tornadoes just missed the WVU baseball team in Oklahoma. They did their part to help by purchasing clothing and other supplies to hand out to victims.

Making The Pitch - BGN
Across the board, pitching stats have vastly improved, and much of the credit has to go to Matlock and the throwing program he instituted upon his arrival.

Pro News:

Smith knows importance of mastering playbook - FOX Sports Video (autoplay)
Rookie QB Geno Smith talks about learning the Jets playbook.

Geno Smith says he’s learning how to handle criticism - ProFootballTalk
Geno Smith is learning, and in a hurry. And that has only partially to do with football, but everything to do with how he deals with the attention he’s going to be getting as a Jets quarterback.

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack - All Geno Smith Edition - Turn On The Jets
The Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is back with an all Geno Smith edition

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 5-20 - Pros Report
The Gyorko Diamond Review is our weekly update for all things pertaining to Jedd Gyorko.

Around the League (and Beyond):

100-days checklist: Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
We're only 100 days away from the college football season, but today we're looking at what each conference needs to do, team by team, between now and then.

Roster Turnover Continues: Baylor grants C Dominic Woodson's request for a release - Our Daily Bears

Prized ISU football recruit plans visit to Notre Dame - Des Moines Register

Memphis Transfer Tarik Black Commits to Kansas - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State looks ahead without Rodriguez - Kansas City Star

Video: Hope and concern -- Oklahoma - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Limiting Wes Lunt's transfer options makes Mike Gundy look bad - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Baseball Loses TCU series; Finishes Last In Big 12 - Barking Carnival

LT goes one-on-one with TCU coach Gary Patterson - Fox Sports Southwest

Red Raider Gridiron | DT Delvon Simmons to Transfer; Spring Updates - Viva The Matadors

100 numbers to know for the 2013 college football season - ESPN
The college football season is 100 days away. Here are 100 numbers you need to know for the season.

What's on Tap:

There's a long road ahead for the folks in Oklahoma. If you can, please text "REDCROSS" to 90999 or "FOOD" to 32333 to make a $10 donation to the relief efforts.


Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

With all of the bad news from Oklahoma, we need something cute:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Lithuanian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Edita Vilkeviciute.