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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (3/10/14) Edition

Women reach Big 12 title game against Baylor tonight, hoops and football notes, new football commit, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, March 10 - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey breaks down WVU’s victory over Texas in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. We also hear from freshman forward Devin Williams after he had a career day against Kansas scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the 92-86 Mountaineers win.

Baseball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader - WVU Athletics
WVU improved to 2-0 on the day.

Means Fires Six Shutout Innings, WVU Sweeps - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball swept its second weekend series.

Winning Formula - BGN
West Virginia's winning baseball formula produced the Mountaineers' sixth consecutive win on Sunday night against UC Riverside.

Fairmont native named next Mountaineer " WVU Sports " The Times West Virginian
The riffle has been passed. Fairmont native Michael Garcia was named West Virginia University’s new Mountaineer Saturday.

Women's Big 12 Tournament:

No. 7 W. Virginia women beat Texas in Big 12 semi - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

WVU Advances to Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
The No. 7 West Virginia women’s basketball team used a 67-60 victory to eliminate Texas from the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Semifinals, Sunday.

2014 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament: West Virginia eliminated Texas, 67-60 - Swish Appeal
West Virginia advances to their third Conference Championship in school history.

West Virginia women outscrap Texas to reach Big 12 title game - WV MetroNews
Sunday's 67-60 semifinal victory over Texas wasn't pretty, but the No. 7 Mountaineers will take it.

WVU women topple Texas, advance to Big 12 championship - Times West Virginian
Buckle your seatbelts. It’s time for West Virginia-Baylor III, and this time the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament championship is the prize.

Toughing It Out - BGN
A defensive battle evolved into a parade to the free throw line for West Virginia, and the Mountaineers took advantage in a 67-60 win over Texas that moved them on to the Big 12 Championship final.

Big Monday matchup brings another chapter of West Virginia-Baylor - WV MetroNews
After separating themselves in the regular season, the co-champion Mountaineers and Lady Bears play a high-stakes rubber game.

Postgame: Carey, players react to beating Longhorns - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey, Christal Caldwell and Bria Holmes discuss West Virginia's win over Texas.

Photo Gallery: West Virginia vs. Texas March 9, 2014 - WVU Athletics
West Virginia vs. Texas March 9, 2014

News of Note:


Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Notes - WVU Athletics
WVU, Texas to play quarterfinal round game.

Chuck McGill: Will losses leave WVU out of the Dance? - Charleston Daily Mail
One only has to look at the back of Remi Dibo's basketball jersey to find the number of times a 15-loss team has received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament: 0

Mountaineers back on the bubble - Charleston Gazette
Win over No. 8 Kansas revives hopes of NCAA tourney berth

Staten, Harris Earn All-Big 12 Postseason Honors - WVU Athletics
West Virginia's Juwan Staten and Eron Harris each earned All-Big 12 Postseason Honors

Juwan Staten Named First-Team All-Big 12 - WVillustrated
Mountaineer point guard falls short of Player of the Year, still earns one of conference's top honors for WVU.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Ejim’s season wasn’t better than Staten’s - Times West Virginian
You’ll pardon a little old-fashioned outrage this morning, I hope. It doesn’t come as often from this old body as it used to.


HERTZEL COLUMN: Buie returns to WVU after a year away " WVU Sports " The Times West Virginian
It’s nearly every little boy’s dream to become a college football athlete, to play in a stadium before 60,000, 70,000, 100,000 fans, to wear the colors of a university proudly. There are cheerleaders and groupies; there’s your name in headlines, your picture in the newspapers.

Brown Anxious For Return - EerSports
Defensive tackle Christian Brown missed most of last season with a broken ankle, but he's ready to get the defensive line focused and return strong this year. TV: Mountaineers Talk Spring Practice -
Bruce, Glowinski, Millard & White


Mountaineers add 10th recruit to 2015 class - Charleston Gazette
The latest prospect to verbally commit to being a Mountaineer is Miami (Fla.) Killian cornerback Sheldrick Redwine.

Pro News:

This Is How You Kill The NCAA - Deadspin
Earlier this week, the lawyers for a former West Virginia University running back, Shawne Alston, proposed a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA and the five power conferences.

New York Jets: QB Geno Smith would improve with addition of Michael Vick - WVU Pros
The New York Jets are being rumored to be interested in signing the former No. 1 overall pick from the 2001 NFL Draft this offseason to help bolster the quarterback position this season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Lady Bears Advance to Big 12 Title Game - Our Daily Bears

Ejim tabbed as the Big 12 player of the year - Ames Tribune

Notebook: Joel Embiid to visit specialist in California - Lawrence Journal World

Foster Named to Big 12 Second Team, Newcomer Team - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners Buddy Hield, Cameron Clark & Tyler Neal Earn Conference Honors - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU basketball: Travis Ford is not catching many breaks - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Big 12 Tournament Preview - Barking Carnival

Good riddance Daniel-Meyer Coliseum - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Jaye Crockett named to All-Big 12 Third Team - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(7) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (9) Baylor Lady Bears - ESPN
Women's Big 12 Championship game, 9 pm tonight from Oklahoma City on FOX Sports 1

Video of Interest:

WVU's Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger recap the Mountaineers' 67-60 victory over Texas to head to the championship game of the Big 12 Women's Tournament.

After the first few days of practice, Isaiah Bruce, Ishmael Banks, and Tyler Orlosky discuss how things are going so far.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely lady from Miami. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Anna Herrin.