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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/30/13) Edition

Big 12 meetings, football notes, basketball recruiting update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, May 30 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor of talks about the 2 year of probation that Jonathan Holton was convicted to, WVU preferred walk on Brett Morris discusses how he will have to change his mindset now that he will be facing bigger and more talented player and Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star says that each Big 12 school will receive almost 40 millions dollars at the end of their contract with ESPN/Fox.

Visit from WVU staff could change EA game - Charleston Daily Mail
Director of Football Operations Alex Hammond and Coordinator of Recruiting Operations Ryan Dorchester were invited to Orlando last year to speak to the game's producers and designers about how to improve recruiting.

Remember The Alamo - AP via BGN
The Big 12 also voted Wednesday to become the first conference with an eight-person officiating crew, expanding by one. The extra official would be opposite the referee on the offensive side of the ball.

Luck Says No Big 12 Expansion Coming Anytime Soon - WVillustrated
The Big 12 is likely going to remain the smallest of the power conferences for the foreseeable future.

HERTZEL COLUMN: More teams in playoff sure thing - Times West Virginian
“Everyone’s goal in the power conferences is to get one of those spots,” West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck said. “Maybe two.”

Kasich a great runner - Martinsburg Journal
Alex Kasich was one of the best long distance runners that West Virginia University ever had.

News of Note:

Mountaineers' impact in Oklahoma about more than baseball - Daily Athenaeum
A successful season came to an end this week for the West Virginia baseball team. For the Mountaineers, however, these past two weeks turned into more than just wins and losses.

D-line Should be a Strength This Year - WVU Athletics
Five of six players on 2-deep have playing experience.

Is WVU's Cody Clay molding into an NFL commodity? - Charleston Gazette
Cody Clay no doubt paid some attention to the NFL draft last month.


Holton pleads no contest to felony charge - Charleston Daily Mail
Holton appeared in Rhode Island's Washington County Superior Court to resolve an episode that began 14 months ago.

WVU signee pleads no contest to video voyeurism, gets probation - WV MetroNews
Former Rhode Island standout Jonathan Holton also must undergo mental health counseling.

Holton’s WVU status uncertain - Times West Virginian
“We don’t have any comment at this time,” said basketball SID Bryan Messerly in an email.

Pro News:

Jay-Z’s got 99 problems, now Geno’s one - WV MetroNews
The National Football League Players Association is looking into claims Jay-Z recruited Smith to Roc Nation even though he is not a certified agent.

Around the League (and Beyond):

No news is good news as Big 12 looks to future - Houston Chronicle
"The meeting should be a fair amount quieter than in recent years," Bowlsby said.

Plenty to prove: Baylor Bears - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Paul Rhoads on getaway spot, scheduling, social networking and golf - Des Moines Register

Kansas Basketball: Jerrance Howard Set to Replace Joe Dooley? - Rock Chalk Talk

Most indispensable player: Kansas State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Have the Sooners found themselves in time for baseball postseason run? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys to face another traditional power: Miami - Oklahoman

Bruce Feldman Gives Mack A Shoelace, Still Manages To Hang Himself - Barking Carnival

TCU's Big 12 expectations: Met? - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech and Arkansas to Play in 2014 and 2015 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

MAC Reseating Chat - WVU Athletics
Matt Borman, Mountaineer Athletic Club Executive Director and Associate Athletic Director, will be available on Thursday, May 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. for a live online chat to answer your questions about the new Coliseum reseating initiative.

Video of Interest:

Mountaineer baseball players let you know what their favorite pick up line is.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely lady from the Great White North of Canada. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Misa Campo.