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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (3/17/14) Edition

NIT for the men, women get fate tonight, football notes, Rifle's Championship, varsity notes, recruiting update, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, March 17 - WV MetroNews
Travis Jones and Greg Hunter discuss the Mountaineers 2013-2014 season plus junior running back Andrew Buie tells us what it was like to sit out last fall.

Advertising Displays Coming to Coliseum, Stadium - WVU Athletics
The addition of "light emitting diode" (LED) and digital displays are part of WVU's multimedia rights contract with IMG College signed last year. The WVU Board of Governors approved the project on Feb. 21.

WVU facelift, Gordon, 'Bubbles' - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

WVU baseball: Mountaineers enjoy trip West - Charleston Daily Mail
With baseball weather still a week or two away in Morgantown, WVU finished its trip to the West Coast by taking two of three games from Cal State Northridge, including a wild 14-11 victory Saturday afternoon.

Other teams doing well at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Right or wrong, WVU's basketball teams receive the lion's share of publicity during the winter months, but that doesn't mean there aren't some big things happening in the other sports representing the old gold and blue.

Rifle 16th NCAA Title

Rifle Title: Trophies and Interviews - BGN
In these exclusive videos from the NCAA Rifle Championships, West Virginia accepts the trophy for the team title, and two members of the squad discuss their weekend.

Photo Gallery II: More Rifle - BGN
More photos from West Virginia's day at the NCAA Rifle Championships

Photo Gallery III: More Rifle Scenes - BGN
Our exclusive coverage of West Virginia's 16th NCAA Rifle championship continues with these photos, and a recap of the Mountaineers' All-America achievements.

BGN Video: NCAA Champions - BGN
West Virginia completed a sweep of both guns on its way to its 16th NCAA National Rifle Championship. Head coach Jon Hammond and Maren Prediger share different thoughts on the Mountaineers' title.

National Champs Score All-America Awards - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team earned 14 All-America honors this season.

News of Note:


WVU Receives NIT Invitation - WVU Athletics
WVU, Hoyas renew hoop rivalry.

WVU, Georgetown to Renew Hoop Rivalry - WVU Athletics
Well, the two are playing once again, except this time the Mountaineers get to play the Hoyas in 2,500-seat McDonough Arena.

Mountaineers face Georgetown in NIT - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia was one of the 19 teams to receive at-large invitations to the NIT Sunday night, but the Mountaineers were one of the last to get into the 32-team field and will open on the road.

WVU draws Georgetown in NIT - Charleston Gazette
It wasn't the tournament they'd hoped for or the seed they wanted, but West Virginia's basketball team is in the postseason nonetheless.

NIT matchup brings blast from the past - WV MetroNews
West Virginia draws old Big East rival Georgetown in Tuesday night's opening round of the NIT.

WVU draws Georgetown in NIT - Times West Virginian
West Virginia is heading back into post-season play, but going to the NIT isn’t where it wanted to be and the Mountaineers’ first-round matchup certainly isn’t where they wanted it to be.

HERTZEL COLUMN: An NIT run could still be worth it - Times West Virginian
Hopefully, West Virginia University hasn’t outgrown the NIT. It may not be basketball nirvana, but it has always has been a whole lot of fun.

Mountaineers at Georgetown in 1st round of NIT - Register-Herald
At least it’s an intriguing matchup

Postseason a Learning Experience for WVU Future - WVillustrated
Mountaineers miss out on Big Dance, but have opportunity to grow together in lesser tournament action.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Would a 4-point shot help or hurt basketball? - Times West Virginian
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, Rod Thorn was throwing basketballs down for West Virginia University, an in-state heir to the heritage of greatness Jerry West had established.


CB Daryl Worley a Year Wiser - WVU Athletics
Sophomore-to-be Daryl Worley has become a year wiser.

Worley focused on playing right corner: ‘My mind will be working faster’ - WV MetroNews
The plan this spring is to work Worley exclusively at right corner, where Mitchell has the unit switching from the shuffle technique to the backpedal Worley played in high school.

Receivers Eyeing Big 2014 -
"With Kevin (White), Daikiel (Shorts) and Mario (Alford) knowing what we're wanting them to do, it's great that they know what we're talking about so they don't have to think," said Galloway. "They're all faster. It's nice to see them retain from last season."

Buie ready to compete in West Virginia backfield again - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"He got beat out -- let's call it how we see it," Seider said last month.


(FREE) McFadden Talks WVU Pledge - EerSports
Miramar (FL) defensive back Kendrell McFadden talks about his commitment to West Virginia and what schools are pushing to get him to change his mind.

FREE VIDEO: Jovon Durante at NFTC - EerSports
West Virginia commit Jovon Durante talks about his pledge to the Mountaineers, his plans to take official visits and what other schools are pushing for him to flip.

Pro News:

For Geno Smith, help is on the way - WVU Pros
They signed WR Eric Decker away from Denver

Coal Burning Stove: Student meets teacher in NCAA tournament - WVU Pros
Well, it pits together two WVU greats in John Beilein and Darris Nichols, Beilein being the head coach at Michigan and Nichols an assistant at Wofford. The game, which will be played Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. on CBS, puts student against teacher.

Around the League (and Beyond):

NCAA Tournament 2014 | Baylor draws #6 seed in West Region - Our Daily Bears

NCAA Tournament: Iowa State to Face North Carolina Central in the East Region - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU basketball earns No. 2 seed in South region for NCAA Tournament - Lawrence Journal World

Cats a 9 seed, get Kentucky, Shockers - Bring On The Cats

NCAA Tournament Match-Up | Oklahoma Vs. NDSU - What You Need To Know About The Bison - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys might be a team to fear in NCAA Tournament - Oklahoman

NCAA Tournament: Texas Longhorns Earn No. 7 Seed, Draw No. 10 Arizona State - Burnt Orange Nation

Roster issues arose early and often for undermanned TCU - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Big eighth inning helps Tech avoid sweep with 7-1 win over Baylor - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Women’s NCAA Selection Show to Air Live - WVU Athletics
Radio broadcasters Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger will host a show at WVU’s Basketball Practice Facility, which will air live via videostream online at, starting at 6:45 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Get your tickets now for the 2014 Gold-Blue game Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American gal. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Amber Arbucci.