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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/13/14) Edition

More on the hoops transfer issue, Bailey suspended by NFL, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 13 - WV MetroNews
senior first baseman Ryan McBroom looks ahead to today’s matchup against the Maryland Terrapins in College Park. We also hear from the Sporting News’ Michael Decourcy in regards to the high transfer rate across the country here in the last few years in college basketball.

Luck not afraid of tackling big issues - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
If there is one thing West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has displayed during his short tenure as the Mountaineers' top dog in the athletic department it is that the former WVU quarterback isn't afraid to take on tough issues.

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

Furfari: Veteran writer having FOIA issue with WVU - Register-Herald
Please decide who you believe is right in this matter: WVU or Mickey Furfari. I welcome your views, positive or negative, in this poll by e-mail to before Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

News of Note:

Transfers Now a Big Part of College Basketball - WVU Athletics
Four-year transfers the norm now in college hoops.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins believes facility upgrades will revitalize WVU basketball - Times West Virginian
It was almost an afterthought, albeit a well-thought-out afterthought, Bob Huggins was about to deliver.

‘Shocked’ by Henderson’s transfer, Staten confirms he’ll stay at WVU - WV MetroNews
Upon receiving his undergraduate degree Saturday, Staten became eligible to transfer and play immediately at another school.

Mike Casazza: Background check could help WVU hoops retain recruits - Charleston Daily Mail
What if teams devoted someone full-time to doing background checks on players, on their families, on their friends, on their entourages, on their enablers, on their high schools, on their academics, on their health history, on their reputations, on their legal standing, on any one of the many things that have happened to WVU and, yes, to other coaches at other schools?

WVU's Huggins: "We Are Fine" - WVillustrated
Mountaineers head coach believes despite losing three of top five scorers, WVU has the roster needed to make significant strides.

Transfers not hurting just Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"[The most recent one] did, no question about that,’’ the coach said when asked if any of the transfers surprised him. "It’s just a trend that we’re seeing in college basketball.’’


BREAKING: All-American DL Visiting This Week - EerSports
Former Gardner-Webb defensive lineman - and 2013 First Team FCS All-American - Shaquille Riddick will be visiting Morgantown on an official visit this weekend as he searches for a new home for his final season of eligibility.

Pro News:

NFL: St Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey suspended first 4 games of 2014 - WVUPros
Former West Virginia and current St Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended for the four games of the 2014 season after violating NFL policy

Rams’ Bailey apologizes for violation, says it didn’t involve PEDs - WV MetroNews
The former West Virginia receiver was dealt a four-game suspension by the NFL, sidelining him for the start of his second pro season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2014 NFL Draft By Conference: The Big 12 Is Awful - Barking Carnival

Strong and weak: Baylor Bears - ESPN

South End Zone Renderings Released - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Quarterback Change Could Boost Kansas - Big 12 Conference

Kansas State Wildcats tweak Texas Longhorns on Twitter - ESPN

Sooners finish strong with four players picked on NFL Draft's final day - OklahomanSooners finish strong with four players picked on NFL Draft's final day - Oklahoman

Cowboys lose Gilbert, add key corner recruit - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Podcast: Texas insider Chip Brown talks Strong, Mack's mishaps and all things UT - FOX Sports on MSN

Monday Afternoon Manager: May 12th - Frogs O' War

After turnaround season, Texas Tech in position to end 10-year NCAA postseason drought - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Baseball Travels to Maryland for Final Midweek - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will travel to Maryland on Tuesday, May 11 for the final non-conference game of the season at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.

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Miss Throwdown:

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