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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (5/8/13) Edition

Baseball resurgence, post-draft news, football notes, hoops recruiting shakeup, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, May 8 - WV MetroNews
Adam Friedman gives an update on the WVU football recruiting class, Ryan Braun talks about the NFL, and Brandon Feldman touches on the new SEC Network.

Post-Draft News:

Tavon Austin could rack up the accolades in his rookie season - Pros Report
Austin was the first skill position player selected in the draft, and the expectation for him to produce will be high.

Geno Smith unfazed by public criticism - Green and White Report
With a wave of negativity headed his way, Jets' quarterback Geno Smith is taking a stand in the face of adversity.

Critics of Geno Smith everywhere ... but none of them believable -
Geno Smith's critics have been piling on unfairly since before the draft. Gregg Doyel hopes the Jets' rookie QB proves 'em all wrong.

Geno Smith opens up about recent criticism - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has had a rough couple of weeks in the court of public opinion, enduring a wave of critical reports about his character and actions during the pre-draft process.

Ryan Nehlen Gets His Shot with Detroit - WVillustrated
Morgantown native has an invite to camp with the Lions, hopes to make strong first impression.

Nehlen discusses impending tryout with Lions - WV MetroNews
Former WVU receiver and University High product Ryan Nehlen heads to Detroit this weekend.

News of Note:

WVU Baseball Team Entering Foreign Territory - WVillustrated
Can you remember the last time the West Virginia University baseball program competed in the NCAA Tournament?

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers now thinking championship - Times West Virginian
"Nothing this team does surprises me now," Mazey said Sunday

Luck revives baseball at WVU - Times West Virginian
So he set out on upgrading the program, something that has been accomplished more rapidly than anyone had imagined.

Trickett shakes up WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
He may not have meant to do it, but when Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett announced his intentions to join the Mountaineers, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen sent a clear message to the four signal-callers he had in camp for spring drills.

WVU's Rowell Willing to Lead - WVU Athletics
It’s always nice when two of your best leaders also happen to be two of the biggest and baddest dudes on the football team.

Video: Hope and Concern -- West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
David Ubben says West Virginia's biggest hope and concern are oddly connected.


JUCO forward Dibo headed to WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Remi Dibo, a junior college forward at Casper (Wyo.) College, committed to the Mountaineers Tuesday, according to sources close to Dibo's recruitment.

Stretch-4 juco foward commits to WVU - WV MetroNews
6-foot-9 Remi Dibo becomes Mountaineers' sixth member of 2013 class.

Once more, with Holton - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Time to shovel some dirt on this issue, before we brush it off 22 days from now when Jonathan Holton makes what we presume to be his final court appearance.

Huggins unleashes the 'no' heard 'round the state - Charleston Gazette
It was a simple question: Are you still recruiting Grantham?

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Stadium Construction Celebration/Updates - Our Daily Bears

Assistant Coach T.J. Otzelberger Gone, Staff Shake Up To Follow? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Will the Ben McLemore story become a real story? -

Kansas State says stadium construction to be done by football opener - Wichita Eagle

Recapping Bob Stoops' Appearance At Monday's Tulsa Caravan Stop - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State-UTSA kickoff time set - Oklahoman

Major Applewhite not worried about David Ash's leadership qualities - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Football Schedules Series with Minnesota - Frogs O' War

Advisory to Texas Tech Football Players: "be active over the break" #BOOM #ComeAtMe #WreckEm - Viva The Matadors

Video of Interest:

WVU First baseman Ryan McBroom is having a great season both in the field and at the plate. He discusses his path to Morgantown and his love for Mountaineer baseball.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is the Blue Pill. Once you watch it, you can not go back:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of our favorite VS Angels, who just happens to be Brazilian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Adriana Lima.