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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (6/3/13) Edition

Big 12 payday, new hoops commitment, football notes, pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, June 3 - WV MetroNews
Greg Hunter talks about recently signed point guard, Daxter Miles for the Men’s Basketball team, while Jim Berch speaks of the Big 12 Conferences’ future revenue intakes.

WVU Set To Collect First Big 12 Revenue Check - WVillustrated
The Big 12 is dividing up a record $198 million for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Former WVU Basketball Stars Team Up in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Butler, Ebanks and Flowers join forces in Morgantown to better their game and find their next opportunity.

News of Note:

Holgorsen dislikes summer 'disconnect' - Charleston Gazette
"Coaches recruit. I'm fundraising. I'll be in Charleston [Thursday and Friday] for the WVU Classic. I had my vacation. But we can't do anything with the players."

Inaugural Big 12 season filled with memories - Register-Herald
Ranking the 10 biggest wins of WVU’s first year in new league

Pro News:

Gyorko A Candidate For NL Rookie Of The Month - WVillustrated
Former WVU baseball star Jedd Gyorko is enjoying a very productive month of May for the San Diego Padres.

Austin, Bailey succeeding in St. Louis -
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rams beat writer Joe Lyons speaks with about the progression Austin and Bailey have made since being drafted.

Pat White hoping to turn Redskins stint into an opportunity - Don Banks -
Robert Griffin III isn't the only comeback story on the Washington quarterback depth chart these days.

Pat White impresses Mike Shanahan at Redskins' OTA's - Pros Report
What we do fits Pat perfectly, because he's a great athlete and he's got the ability to make plays with his legs, and he's smart enough to handle all the play action and drop back. He's never been in our system and yet he doesn't make any mistakes.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Some advice to help Geno survive NYC - Times West Virginian
It would be fair to say that Geno Smith’s introduction to the New York media has been a troubled one since the former West Virginia University quarterback walked out late in the first round of the NFL draft

Avon Cobourne and Noel Devine team up for youth football camp - Pros Report
Two of the most explosive running backs in West Virginia Mountaineer history brought their collective football wisdom to the Huntington area this week at the 2nd Annual Skills and Drills Youth Football Camp.


Miles on board -
Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar combo guard Daxter Miles knew the school he wanted to attend it was just a matter of making it formal. And the senior did that Saturday afternoon electing to join Bob Huggins' program and commit to the Mountaineers.

WVU lands point guard commitment - WV MetroNews
Daxter Miles, a standout last season at Dunbar's small-school dynasty in Baltimore, has yet to qualify academically.

Basketball recruit's commitment to WVU comes with a catch - Charleston Gazette
It seems that Bob Huggins might be ready to fill out his West Virginia basketball recruiting class, but there is still a significant loose end to tie up.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Video: Big 12 spring meetings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The lack of volatile issues and major headlines is a welcome change for the Big 12 at its annual spring meetings.

More Baylor Uniform Pics/Combos - Our Daily Bears

Cyclones Add Transfer DeAndre Kane - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU offense rich with skill, but will the blocks be there? - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State beats Arkansas 4-3 to win regional - Wichita Eagle

OU Football 2013 Teaser: Wide Receiver, Sterling Shepard - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Why Boone Pickens' mark on OSU will last a long time - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Dodds: LHN will air three Texas football games in 2013 - Barking Carnival

2013 TCU Baseball: What Went Wrong - Frogs O' War

Bell Dismissed; J. Davis Receives Scholarship; Kingsbury Discusses Simmons - Viva The Matadors

Another NCAA subdivision for large schools discussed at Big 12 meetings - Houston Chronicle
Emmert conceded that the biggest issues facing his organization include a growing economic disparity across the Football Bowl Subdivision, particularly among those institutions with huge budget differences from smaller schools outside the big conferences.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native of South Dakota and a former Playboy Cybergirl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Heather Jo (gallery below the interview).