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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/12/14) Edition

Huggins' presser, baseball swept at Kansas, post-draft reports (including WVU Pros), Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Graduates in the Spotlight: Kevin Noreen - WVU Athletics
Men's basketball player Kevin Noreen concludes his undergraduate career.

Townsend Wins 100 Hurdles at Virginia Challenge - WVU Athletics
The WVU track and field team completed the Virginia Challenge

Joseph Presented With Master Certification - WVU Athletics
Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Joseph was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC), at the Master Strength and Conditioning Dinner and Ceremony

News of Note:


BGN Video: Huggs Addresses State of Program - BGN
One day after WVU guard Terry Henderson asked to be released from the West Virginia basketball program, Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins addressed members of the media.

Huggins defends program after another player departure - Charleston Daily Mail
"I’ve had better days," said the third-winningest coach who will roam the sidelines in the 2014-15 season, "and I will again."

Huggins defends state of WVU basketball: ‘We’re going to be fine’ - WV MetroNews
Double-digit scorers Eron Harris and Terry Henderson have transferred, and part-time starter Remi Dibo appears bound for France.

Huggins defends program after recent transfers - Times West Virginian
Players were leaving him almost as fast as they came into his West Virginia basketball program, but he was maintaining it wasn’t as fast as it was being made out, and besides, he noted, this transfer bug was reaching "epidemic" proportions across college basketball.

Huggins confident team will survive departures - Register-Herald
Bob Huggins knows fans are uneasy. He’s aware that losing nearly 30 points of production with two transfers isn't the best way to turn around a team that's missed two straight NCAA Tournaments after appearing in five straight.

No Easy Answer - BGN
The truth is there is no one answer, no one reason, no one response.

Huggins dives into transfers, state of the program -
In recent years the off-seasons with the West Virginia basketball program have been interesting to say the least with a number of players packing up their bags and transferring out of the program. And that has clearly been the case this year as well.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins not at fault for WVU  transfers - Times West Virginian
You were hearing it in whispers mostly over the past year, but you expect it starting this morning with the announcement that junior guard Terry Henderson is joining his backcourt playmate Eron Harris and transferring from West Virginia University.

Dibo to go pro in France? - Times West Virginian
Yet another West Virginia Mountaineer appears to be on the verge of leaving coach Bob Huggins’ program.

Huggins’ wrap on media session: Modernizing Coliseum part of attracting players - WV MetroNews
Coach wants basketball arena to receive fair share of $106 million athletics' renovations.

Mitch Vingle: Nichols, Wofford to Morgantown; VMI-WVU to Charleston - Charleston Gazette
According to Huggins, the Mountaineers will not play Purdue this coming season. Also, the series with Duquesne is over for now


Baseball Swept at Kansas with Sunday Loss - WVU Athletics
Despite registering 18 hits, the WVU baseball team left 14 men on base, falling 9-8 to Kansas on Sunday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

Sweeping feeling: Mountaineers suffer lost weekend in Lawrence - WV MetroNews
Despite a season-high 18 hits and a historic cycle by Billy Fleming, West Virginia fell 9-8 to Kansas.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Fleming’s cycle overshadowed by WVU loss - Times West Virginian
Somehow, Billy Fleming deserved better. After all, around the West Virginia University campus, so many people were celebrating their recent graduations.

Wheatfield Whitewash - BGN
Billy Fleming had a monster day at the plate, bashing his first career homer and hitting for the cycle, but it wasn't enough to overcome an avalanche of clutch Kansas hitting on Sunday as the Mountaineers dropped a 9-8 decision. The win gave the Jayhawks their third consecutive Big 12 series sweep.


Sims, Clarke Go in the Third Round - WVU Athletics
The duo makes the 11th and 12th Holgorsen coached players drafted.

Sims, Clarke connected in NFL Draft - Charleston Daily Mail
How Charles Sims and Will Clarke came to be drafted out of West Virginia on Friday is more than merely the result of two picks made in the third round of the seven-round NFL draft.

Twitter Talk: Sims and Clarke - EerSports
Taking a look around the Twitterverse to see what people thought of both Charles Sims to Tampa Bay and Will Clarke to Cincinnati.

Undrafted Mountaineers have long road to the NFL - Times West Virginian
As most of the graduates head off into the unknown, Charles Sims and Will Clarke began preparing themselves for their next step in life. Both already had their degrees but they weren’t ready to put them to use as they were heading off into the NFL, the only two West Virginia players drafted.

Three Mountaineers Sign as Undrafted Free Agents - WVillustrated
Rigg tweeted on Sunday that he had signed with the Chicago Bears and would report to rookie camp next weekend.

2014 NFL Draft: Shaq Rowell and Curtis Feigt sign NFL deals, Darwin Cook to CFL Draft - WVU Pros
Offensive lineman Pat Eger and receiver Ivan McCartney are also still high-priority free agents that can be picked up before the weekend is over by teams that didn’t fit all their needs through the NFL Draft.

Improvement Needed - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Holgorsen searching for right mix; Gibson eligible to join team in June

Ezemma celebrates abstinence pledge upon graduation - WV MetroNews
Former Mountaineers linebacker says he's saving himself for marriage, though the life of a college athlete offered temptations.


Cogdell Forges Modified Miramar Pipeline with Latest WVU Commit - WVillustrated
Mountaineers pick up a 3-star RB from South Florida as new tag team duo Damon Cogdell and JaJuan Seider hit the Sunshine State.

[Glenn, ed.] Garrison moves closer to goal - Philadelphia Inquirer
Garrison will get his chance to play for his dream team. He will attend West Virginia as a preferred walk-on, with a chance to earn a scholarship after redshirting as a freshman.

Pro News:

Report: Devine Getting Second Chance - EerSports
Former West Virginia running back Noel Devine is getting his second shot in the NFL that he so desperately wanted, earning a tryout with the Carolina Panthers, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

Coal Burning Stove: Winners and losers from the 2014 NFL Draft - WVU Pros
With everything in athletics, there are winners are there are losers. This year's NFL Draft is no different.

Around the League (and Beyond):

NFL Draft 2014: Baylor Football Wrap-up - Our Daily Bears

Jeremiah George Drafted by Jets - Wide Right & Natty Lite

James Sims picked up by Green Bay - Lawrence Journal World

K-State’s Tavon Rooks drafted by the Saints in the sixth round - Wichita Eagle

What The San Francisco 49ers Should Know, Now That They've Drafted FB Trey Millard - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys could grow into solid defense - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns shut out of NFL Draft for first time since 1937 - Burnt Orange Nation

2014 NFL Draft: Jason Verrett Selected By The San Diego Chargers - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro Selected 49th in NFL Draft by NY Jets - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Football Season Ticket Priority Deadline May 15 - WVU Athletics
The priority deadline for 2014 West Virginia University season football tickets is Thursday, May 15.

Video of Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native of Los Angeles (see cool video above), as far as I can determine. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bekka Gunther.