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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/9/13) Edition

Coaches caravan, more on Huggs' latest recruit, baseball news, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, May 9 - WV MetroNews
Brad Winton talks about WVU’s commitment Remi Dibo, Randy Mazey says this will be an emotional series vs TCU and Ryan Nehlen says he has to make good on his tryout this weekend.

Laughs Highlight WVU Caravan Stop in OV - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
‘Eers fans treated to a lighter side of coaches

VIDEO: WVU AD Oliver Luck Speaks at Coaches Caravan - WVillustrated
Luck discusses the state of his athletic department, including the recent successes the baseball program has enjoyed.

COLLEGE | Finances - USA Today

Big 12 Football | Post Spring Assessment | West Virginia Mountaineers - Crimson And Cream Machine
The West Virginia Mountaineers are looking at an entirely different team with an entirely different coaching staff...well mostly. Coming out of the Spring Game reveals a few answers for fans while it left many more questions in its wake.

Zublasing Takes Third at World Cup - WVU Athletics
women’s 10m air rifle at the 2013 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Fort Benning World Cup

Rams see fast start for Austin, Bailey - WV MetroNews
St. Louis receivers coach lauds rookie tandem for athleticism and passion.

News of Note:

WVU baseball has our attention - Charleston Gazette
Don't you just have to continue to be amazed at two things regarding West Virginia's baseball team?

WVU Confident As Baseball Season Winds Down - WVillustrated
WVU has won 21 of its last 29 games after beginning the season with just eight wins in their first 20 games. As a result, confidence is high as the Mountaineers compete for the Big 12 regular season title.

TCU tenure transformed Mazey - WV MetroNews
WVU coach says he absorbed off-the-field lessons from former boss Jim Schlossnagle.

Is Mazey Big 12 Coach of the Year? - Register-Herald
Randy Mazey, West Virginia’s new baseball coach, continues to raise eyebrows from coast to coast as the Mountaineers elevate to a three-way tie in the Big 12 Conference for first place in the standings.

Embracing The Process - BGN
West Virginia’s baseball program knew it would face adversity this season: a new coach to adapt to, a tougher new conference to play in, a schedule that included no true "home" conference games. The Mountaineers handled it all like experts, meaning they now have a new challenge -- learning to handle success.

VIDEO: WVU Head Coach Randy Mazey Interview - WVillustrated
WVU Head Coach Randy Mazey discussed the turnaround, the prospects of getting into the NCAA tournament, playing his former team TCU this weekend and much more.

The people want to see WVU's young gun - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
A big arm apparently has West Virginia fans enthralled.


Huggins Adds Dibo - WVU Athletics
Junior college forward gives WVU six new players for 2013-14.

Huggins knows what he's doing with recruits - Charleston Daily Mail
What Bob Huggins has done this week to reconstitute the West Virginia basketball roster probably looks weird.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins molds WVU into image of his UC teams - Times West Virginian
with this season’s recruiting class it is becoming evident that he is looking to rebuild West Virginia University in the image of his best Cincinnati teams, hard hitting on the boards, defensively intimidating and able to run and score from inside and out.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Amid gridlock, grief, emerging Baylor Stadium proves big dreams can still work out - Waco Tribune

Iowa State signs Hoiberg to new 10-year, $20M contract -

Former KU teammates: Pick should catch on quick as coach - Lawrence Journal World

K-State had early interest in transfer Edwards - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops questions SEC's 'propaganda,' reputation; does he make a fair argument? - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football players celebrate graduation - Oklahoman

Erwin Center: Living on Borrowed Time - Barking Carnival

Jason Verrett 2014 NFL Draft preseason scouting report -

New Video Board Pictures: 5/1/2013 - Totally Texas Tech

What's On Tap:

Coaches Caravan returns - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
J.P. Henry's Restaurant tonight as the Mountaineer Athletic Club's Coaches Caravan pays its annual visit to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Randy Mazey's Wednesday afternoon teleconference previewing this weekend's Big 12 series against TCU in Charleston.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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