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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/24/13) Edition

Baseball drops game one in the Big 12 Tournament pool play, hoops & football notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 24 - WV MetroNews
we hear from Kyle Wiggs as the Mountaineers fall to Kansas 7-2 in the Big 12 Championship opener, Bob Huggins finds out who is in the field for the Cancun Challenge and Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford talks about the incoming freshman class at WVU.

Insiders say Big 12 bowl lineup is strong - Charleston Gazette
In the next couple of weeks the complete conference bowl lineups for the 2014-19 cycle will come tumbling out

HERTZEL COLUMN: Jarrod West treasures time with his family - Times West Virginian
But, as dramatic and heroic as that moment was in WVU history, it was something West put on Facebook a week back that hit home and needs to be spread far further than it reached with just his followers.

Furfari: Howley considered best all-around WVU athlete - Register-Herald
Chuck Howley’s greatest fame came in football at West Virginia University and then with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

News of Note:

Thomas Shuts Down Mounties in Game One - WVU Athletics
In its first game of pool play against Kansas at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, the West Virginia University baseball team was defeated, 7-2.

Early Miscues Doom WVU - BGN
West Virginia gambled by not throwing its number one starter in its opening pool play game in the Big 12 Baseball Championships, and the resulting 7-2 loss to Kansas put them in a hole going to Friday's second contest.

Interviews: WVU vs Kansas Postgame - BGN
WVU head coach Randy Mazey was both philosophical and honest about his team's 7-2 loss to Kansas on the first day of pool play in the Big 12 Baseball Championships.

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Kansas - BGN

Ballpark FAQs - WVU Athletics
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the new ballpark.

VIDEO: WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Interview - WVillustrated
Holgorsen spoke with the media prior to a Mountaineer Athletic Club Coaches' Caravan stop in Princeton.

Looking through the Crystal Ball: West Virginia - Frogs O' War
It was one of the most exciting games of 2012, but the rematch could be a blowout.

Tournament officials announced today the eight teams selected to compete in the 2013 Men’s Cancun Challenge, played at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Spanning the Globe ... So You Don't Have To - WVU Athletics
This week's West Virginia University news and notes.

Remaining employed job No. 1 for coaches - Charleston Daily Mail
Given how college sports have evolved and how players are a little like employees who get a couple weeks of vacation, is it odd that there are three NCAA football teams and six NCAA men's basketball teams without coaches.

Pro News:

Who could have the better rookie season: E.J. Manuel or Geno Smith? - Pros Report
For most of the pre-draft process, many considered WVU's Geno Smith to be the top prospect at that position.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Is Strongest At Top, But Can The Bottom Surprise? - (Mike Casazza)
Early top 25 projections suggest one of a few teams could win the league and that six teams will have a chance. But in an even league without an obvious contender, could a team start at the bottom and rise to the top?

How the hell do you stop Baylor? Part II: The defensive gameplan - Football Study Hall

Video: Paul Rhoads singles out an unsung Cyclone - Des Moines Register

KU football adds Miami Ohio wide receiver Nick Harwell - Lawrence Journal World

Worth the wait; K-State takes Big 12 tourney opener - Topeka Capital Journal

The Countdown To Kickoff Is Officially On - 100 Days & Counting - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU Hoops: Cowboys Set Series With Memphis - Oklahoman

Does The Longhorn Network Suck? - Burnt Orange Nation

Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Red Raider Hoops | State Champion High Jumper to Play for Tubby Smith and Texas Tech? - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU Faces TCU In Must-Win Game - WVillustrated
West Virginia's pool in the Big 12 tournament saw a pair of upsets on day one as WVU and Oklahoma State were both upset by lower seeded teams. WVU must beat TCU Friday to keep its hopes of advancing

Video of Interest:

WVU Baseball coach Randy Mazey and outfielders Jacob Rice and Brady Wilson were invited to visit Moore, OK by CNN. They took the time to talk to families and take in the devastation. This is an incredible look at what they encountered.

Video of (Dis)Interest

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown was last year's SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery and HERE for a bonus gallery of the one who went to prom in Kate Upton's place, Danish model Nina Agdal.