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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma Game Day (3/5/14) Edition

Women earn Big 12 championship, Oklahoma previews, spring practice reports with the assistants, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, March 5 - WV MetroNews
Women’s basketball coach Mike Carey relishes his team’s Big 12 regular-season title. We also hear from Shannon Dawson on the progression of Skyler Howard, and Oklahoma play-by-play announcer Toby Rowland tells WVU fans what to expect from the Lloyd Noble crowd tonight.

Three Earn Big 12's Highest Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
Women’s soccer senior Kara Blosser, along with rowing seniors Courtney Schrand and Karen Verwey, were three of the 64 recipients of the league’s fourth annual award.

Baseball Schedule Changes - WVU Athletics
Two schedule changes have been made to the trip to California for the WVU baseball team.

Silva Scores, U.S. Moves to 2-0 - WVU Athletics
WVU graduate Frances Silva notched a goal in Team USA's win over Sweden.

Squires Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

FURFARI: Gee: Athletics must be ‘fully integrated into the life of the university’ - Times West Virginian
Dr. E. Gordon Gee, now the acclaimed permanent president of West Virginia University for the second time, has a history of national involvement in intercollegiate athletics as well as academic affairs.

Women's Basketball Big 12 Champions:

No. 7 West Virginia beats Kansas for share of Big 12 title - ESPN
Bria Holmes scored 16 points to lead No. 7 West Virginia to a 67-60 victory over Kansas on Tuesday night for a share of the Big 12 women's championship.

No. 7 WVU Big 12 Regular-Season Champions - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's basketball team won a share of the Big 12 title, Tuesday.

Mountaineer celebration - Charleston Gazette
WVU women clinch share of Big 12 title

Whirlwind turns into perfect storm - Charleston Gazette
At 9:07 p.m. there was WVU coach Mike Carey cutting down the nets. It was a special moment for him and his program.

Carey has brought WVU to prominence - Daily Athenaeum
After watching West Virginia take down Baylor Saturday in Waco, Texas, I thought to myself that Mike Carey is underrated as a coach.

With so much riding on senior night, Mountaineers overcome emotions - WV MetroNews
In the end, both coach and players cherished a senior night where emotions sometimes overwhelmed the basketball action.

No. 7 West Virginia sends five seniors out in style - Daily Athenaeum
The seniors of the West Virginia women’s basketball team never experienced an atmosphere like the one they played in front of Tuesday night.

Baylor and West Virginia Share 2014 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Regular Season Title - Big 12 Conference
Baylor and West Virginia have been crowned 2014 Big 12 women's basketball regular season co-champions after tying for the top spot with 16-2 records in league play.

One for the trophy case: WVU women clinch share of Big 12 championship - WV MetroNews
The No. 7 Mountaineers held off Kansas 67-60 to split the conference crown with Baylor.

WVU Cuts Down Nets As Big 12 Champs - WVillustrated
Senior Night was bookended by high emotions as the Mountaineers clinched the conference crown with a 67-60 win in Morgantown.

WVU women clinch share of Big 12 title - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team had just defeated Kansas, 67-60, to lay claim to a share of the Big 12 championship with Baylor on Tuesday night in the Coliseum, and someone had to sum up the feeling for the five seniors who had made the program grow to championship status.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Carey sends seniors out the right way - Times West Virginian
West Virginia women’s coach Mike Carey had just completed putting the finishing touches on cutting down the net, which came moments after he had almost dropped the Big 12 Conference regular-season championship, and now he was standing in front of the media.

Seniors stand out for WVU women - Times West Virginian
WVU’s 2013-14 women’s basketball senior class of Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell, Jess Harlee, Ryan Palmer and Brooke Hampton at a glance

WVU Women Share Big 12 Title - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The title for West Virginia (27-3 overall, 16-2 Big 12) is its first since 1991-92 when it was in the Atlantic 10.

Mountaineers earn share of Big 12 crown - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
It was West Virginia's 10th straight win.

▶ Mike Carey: Kansas Post-game - YouTube
Comments from women's basketball head coach Mike Carey, after the Mountaineers defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 67-60. With the win, the Mountaineers will share a Big 12 Conference regular-season championship and they will be a No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.

WBB: Kansas post-game - YouTube
Seniors Christal Caldwell, Asya Bussie, and Taylor Palmer discuss their 67-60 over Kansas on senior night, and their Big 12 regular-season championship!

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Women Clinch Big 12 Championship - WVillustrated
Watch full Postgame interviews with West Virginia Coach Mike Carey and his players following their 67-60 win over Kansas to clinch the Big 12 regular season championship.

Count Kansas' Henrickson Among the Believers - WVU Athletics
Defense makes WVU legit this year.

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU Women's Basketball Captures Big 12 Title - WVillustrated
Browse photos from the Mountaineers' 67-60 win over Kansas to win the Big 12 regular season championship.

News of Note:


WVU, Oklahoma to Battle Wednesday Night - WVU Athletics
WVU's final regular season road game of the year.

Mountaineers focused on strong finish - Charleston Daily Mail
There really isn't any question about what West Virginia wants to do with the final two games in the regular season.

Mission against Sooners: Make shots - Charleston Gazette
When West Virginia and Oklahoma played the first time this season, the game was pretty much a blueprint for how the Mountaineers have been forced to win games this season.

Mountaineers may need more Harris magic as they visit Sooners - WV MetroNews
Four weeks ago he hit a clutch 3 and scored 28 vs. the Sooners. Now WVU's postseason hopes demand that he come up big again.

WVU travels to Norman tonight - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers currently sixth in Big 12 conference

Clinging to NCAA hopes, Mountaineers visit Oklahoma - Register-Herald
With two regular season games remaining, West Virginia’s men’s basketball team is in a spot where it can’t afford to lose.

Road to NCAA begins tonight for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
While they would choose not to believe that it is necessary, it appears the only route West Virginia University has left to the NCAA Tournament – save a miracle run in the Big 12 Tournament to the tournament championship – is to run the table through its final two regular-season games.

WVU takes on No. 23 Oklahoma - Daily Athenaeum
The WVU men’s basketball team will play its final road game of the regular season Wednesday night in Norman, Okla. as the Mountaineers try to knock off the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners for the second time this season.

Williams growing up in paint - Daily Athenaeum
"I actually got to play a whole game without fouling out or being in foul trouble, so I think that played a part in it," he said.


Gibson: Bradley a Huge Hire For WVU - EerSports
"We wanted to get the best available coach we could, and obviously Tom is right at the top of the list anywhere in the country as a position coach and as a coordinator," said Gibson.

QB Competition Uneven... For Now - EerSports
With Clint Trickett sidelined due to shoulder surgery and freshman William Crest not slotted to arrive until summer, the current matchup is between junior college transfer Skyler Howard and returning senior Paul Millard.

Crook gives state of the O-line - Charleston Gazette
WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook gave a State of the Offensive Line speech on Tuesday by naming current starters at the questioned tackle spots – and taking a bit of an issue with his head coach's early proclamation.

After staff shuffle, Cogdell says he’s ‘comfortable’ coaching linebackers - WV MetroNews
"It’s comfortable," he said. "It’s a natural position for me."

New coaches bring different dynamic to WVU - Times West Virginian
Tom Bradley, the veteran former Penn State assistant coach, had a million reasons to leave a broadcasting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers and take on a job as senior associate head coach under Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia University.

Assistant Football Coaches Media Interviews - WVU Athletics
Members of the West Virginia University football coaching staff met with members of the media today after practice. TV: Assistants Coaches Speak -
Dawson, Crook, Seider, Cogdell, & DeForest

BGN Video: Gibson, Mitchell Talk Defense - BGN
Through the first two days of practice, the West Virginia coaching staff has been focusing on teaching more than anything.

Watch: WVU Assistants Talk Spring Plans - WVillustrated
Gibby, DeForest, Crook, & Cogdell

▶ Ron Crook: Spring Football - YouTube
Assistant coach Ron Crook discusses the offensive line during spring football practice.


WVU recruiting: Mountaineer staff won't rest on QB search - Charleston Gazette
While both are very good pickups, the coaching staff knows it cannot rest and is vigorously recruiting the quarterback position for the 2015 class, despite National Signing Day being 11 months away.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cory Jefferson and Brady Heslip lead Baylor to 74-61 win over #16 Iowa State - Our Daily Bears

The Recap: Baylor 74 - Iowa State 61 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Joel Embiid injury shouldn't affect Kansas Jayhawks in NCAA seeding - ESPN

To players’ relief, no more road games for Wildcats - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Spring Football Preview | Quarterbacks - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys' once-faint NCAA Tournament pulse has suddenly become stronger - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mack Brown dishes on life's important questions - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU forward Fields out for rest of season - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Gaines, young prospects give Tech hope at safety - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Lloyd Noble Center on ESPNU/3

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (8) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Phog on MASN, Altitude (alternate) & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Erwin SEC on LHN

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's 67-60 victory over Kansas, which secured a Big 12 co-championship with Baylor and a No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament!

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Huvr boards are here?

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an unbelievably beautiful Colombian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Melissa Giraldo. You may also want to You Tube search her and watch the orcus645 video (2:07) that I can't post here (wink wink, nudge nudge).