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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/28/13) Edition

Baseball ends memorable season, WVU Hall of Fame class announced, pro updates, recruiting updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 28 - WV MetroNews
Jacob Rice talks about his hit that gave the Mountaineers the win on Saturday, capping the year for WVU baseball, Manish Mehta says now that Geno Smith has an agent he has to focus more on football and Sam Bradford is impressed with Tavon Austin’s mind along with his physical skills.

2013 WVU Hall of Fame Class Announced - WVU Athletics
The 2013 class includes Dale Blaney, Olivia Bradley, Linda Burdette-Good, Dr. Ed Etzel, Dean Morrison, Paul Popovich and Tom Woodeshick.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Woodeshick stunned on few occasions - Times West Virginian
"It’s been so long that I kind of forgot I even played football. What is it, 40 years ago, 50 years ago? God, it’s 50 years ago," he said.

Hamric Qualifies for NCAA Championships - WVU Athletics
Jordan Hamric qualifies for the 2013 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.

FURFARI COLUMN: Stewart widely liked and respected as coach - Times West Virginian
Don Nehlen hired him in 2000, the last of Nehlen’s 21 years as the school’s winningest head coach. Then Stewart served under Rich Rodriguez from 2001-08.

News of Note:

Remarkable Season Officially Ends For WVU Baseball - WVillustrated
The WVU baseball team was hoping for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. It was not surprising that the Mountaineers were left out of the 64-team field.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU baseball overcomes the odds in 2013 - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s baseball team heads home not as Big 12 champions, but instead as Big 12 heroes, a team that is a winner without a championship.

Mazey Proud as WVU Baseball Season Comes to an End - WVillustrated
Despite comeback win, Mountaineers can't advance to continue their surprise season in the Big 12.

Pitchers leaving impression in Mountain State - Charleston Daily Mail
Musgrave had faced 210 batters in nearly two months without anyone muscling up enough to take at least two bags on one base knock.

In Mazey WVU Has Found a Winner - WVU Athletics
Randy Mazey is a lot like his mentor Jack Leggett when it comes to winning.

Rice Named to All-Tournament Team - WVU Athletics
Jacob Rice was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.

HERTZEL COLUMN: McCartney getting his second chance - Times West Virginian
"If at first you don’t succeed …"

Pro News:

Notes on several WVUPros in the NFL after first full week of OTA's - Pros Report
There's not much to glean from media reports because, for the most part, the practices are closed to the media, but here are some news and notes we gathered on WVUPros around the NFL from this week.

How will Tavon Austin translate to the NFL and could he win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award? - Pros Report
Tavon Austin was the first skill-position player taken in April's NFL Draft. The Rams plan to use him in a variety of ways.


Tackles, wideouts top WVU's football recruiting needs - Charleston Gazette
Taking just a cursory look at West Virginia's football roster and its last two recruiting classes, there don't seem to be many glaring holes that need to be addressed in recruiting.

Recruiting series: Linebacker targets - WV MetroNews
Prospects such as Davonte James of Springfield, Ohio, are high on the Mountaineers' wish list.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Conference realignment has hit a wall - Oklahoman

QB Targets for 2014: Who Will Be Briles' Next Star? - Our Daily Bears

What's Up, Doc? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

ESPN Unfair to Naadir Tharpe - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State will host NCAA baseball regional - Wichita Eagle
I wonder if the new stadium will make this possible in Morgantown

OU baseball: Sooners win first Big 12 tourney title since 1997 - Oklahoman

College baseball: OU and OSU return to the NCAA tournament - Oklahoman

Wes Lunt to visit Louisville on Tuesday; Notre Dame getting in the mix? -

Spring Clinging: A Primer - Barking Carnival

Monday Morning Manager: May 27th, 2013 - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders finish 2013 season on high note with 8-2 victory over Baylor - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

Despite falling behind 5-0 and committing five errors, the WVU baseball team won in walk-off fashion, 6-5, against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Brazilian model who's worked for SI's Swimsuit issue and VS. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Izabel Goulart.