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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/7/13) Edition

Basketball recruit signing official...with provisions, scheduling concessions, baseball fever, post-draft news, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 7 - WV MetroNews
The WVU basketball program picks up a transfer from Rhode Island. WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey gives his thoughts on taking two out of three games against a top ten Oklahoma club.

LeBlanc, Mountaineers to face bold schedule in 2013 - Charleston Daily Mail
Coach Marlon LeBlanc called [it, ed.] "arguably" the toughest one hes put together in eight years

Nesbit Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Furfari: Former West Virginia swimmer still winning at 77 - Register-Herald
Dan "Cav" Cavanaugh, who grew up in Parkersburg, is individually the most honored swimmer in West Virginia University’s athletic history.

Post-Draft News:

Jeff Braun impresses John Harbaugh at Ravens' rookie mini-camp - Pros Report
"Those guys, they all played well," Harbaugh said.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Dreams becoming a reality - Times West Virginian
It’s about Jeff Braun of West Virginia, a kid who did the college athlete thing the way it was supposed to be done.

Garvin Signs Rookie Free Agent Deal - WVU Athletics
Former West Virginia University outside linebacker Terence Garvin was as a rookie free agent signee by the Pittsburgh Steelers after undergoing a successful tryout at rookie mini-camp last week, the team announced today.

Thornton, Fisher advising Geno Smith - ProFootballTalk
As former West Virginia/current Jets quarterback Geno Smith embarks on his NFL career, he's getting advice from a couple of former West Virginia players who went to the NFL before him.

Video: Is Geno Smith ready to learn? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Brian Dawkins discuss the maturity level of Geno Smith.

Jets rookie QB Geno Smith denies he's a diva - USA Today
Geno Smith has yet to take a snap for the New York Jets, yet the former West Virginia quarterback has already taken plenty of shots. Thin-skinned diva? Immature? Spoiled and aloof?

News of Note:

Mountain State is Catching Baseball Fever - WVU Athletics
Yes, it’s becoming difficult to wrap your arms around all that is going on with the Mountaineer baseball program right now.

Making Morgantown a baseball town - Daily Athenaeum
In a year filled with disappointment for Mountaineer fans, one team has been a surprise contender throughout its season.

Frazer’s award another sign of baseball team’s surge - WV MetroNews
WVU returns to action Friday against TCU at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

From worst to first - Charleston Gazette
Picked last in preseason poll, WVU now tied atop Big 12 baseball standings

From the Bottom to Here, Mountaineers in First - WVillustrated
WVU baseball surprising in the Big 12 with seven regular season games remaining before tournament.

WVU baseball fans will show for a winner - Register-Herald
But over the last two weeks, beginning with the Mountaineers’ stop at Beckley’s Linda K. Epling Stadium, where they swept Kansas, WVU fans have proven that they’ll come out to the park if there’s a team on the field worth watching.

Who should be West Virginia's starting QB? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
As spring came to a close and several Big 12 quarterback jobs remained up for grabs, we're reaching out to see who the fans are backing heading into fall camp.

West Virginia likely getting shorter road trips, report says - Sporting News
NCAA college basketball news, standings, trade rumors, scores, schedules and more 2012-13 coverage on Sporting News.


And Jonathan Holton has signed his papers - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
there is work to be done for Holton to resolve his legal issues and make sure WVU keeps its promise to honor his grant-in-aid. What remains seems to be a collection of little things and Team Holton, and presumably WVU, is confident nothing will trip it up before the finish.

New addition Holton must clear hurdles - Charleston Daily Mail
To be eligible, Holton has to graduate from Palm Beach State with his associate degree. Additionally, WVU told Holton the school will honor his scholarship if he resolves his legal problems.

Juco coach: Holton’s been ‘a great kid’ - WV MetroNews
"He has really done well here behavior-wise, been a great kid," said Butch Estes, who coached Holton at Palm Beach (Fla.) State Community College. "I’m real pleased with his progress.

No matter the height, Holton can help WVU - Charleston Gazette
Between the time he committed over the weekend and signed with West Virginia on Monday, Jonathan Holton shrank by two inches.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Art Briles deserves a helicopter. - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Cyclones 2014 recruiting updates -

McLemore case exposes the seedy underworld of college basketball - Lawrence Journal World

K-State Takes Series at Texas with 9-3 Sunday Win - Kansas State Official Athletic Site

Jerry Montgomery brings positive coaching style to Sooners' young defensive line - Oklahoman

Mike Gundy gives his opinion on the newly formed College Football Playoff - Oklahoman

Last Place Texas Baseball Loses Another Big 12 Series, But Graciously Shares Pee - Barking Carnival

TCU Blanks USC 3-0; Wins Series - Frogs O' War

Cowboys rally in ninth, hand Tech sixth straight series loss, 3-0 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

WVU baseball head coach Randy Mazey discusses WVU's series win over #10 Oklahoma. The Mountaineers now share a piece of first place in the latest Big 12 standings.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Bloody stupid Brits

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian model and FORMER V.S. Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Miranda Kerr.