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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/16/14) Edition

Baseball drops fifth straight, Coaches caravan making it's way around the state, post-draft updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 16 - WV MetroNews’s Allan Taylor discusses what the WVU baseball team needs to do to earn it’s first NCAA bid in nearly two decades. We also hear from Jason Booher, head coach of James "Beetle" Bolden as coach Booher breaks down his game.

WVU Producing Top 100 NFL Players - WVU Athletics
This week's WVU sports news and notes.

Two Earn Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
Two from WVU were honored by CoSIDA today for academics.

Six Earn All-Big 12 Academic Baseball Honors - WVU Athletics
The All-Big 12 Academic Baseball team was released today.

Furfari: Former WVU assistant Kirelawich makes visit - Register-Herald
Kirelawich, who had served from 2003-07 with him at WVU, rejoined Rodriguez at Tucson, Ariz., along with others from WVU in 2012.

News of Note:

Moving Forward - Martinsburg Journal
WVU Coaches Caravan visits Martinsburg

WVU seeks new wrestling coach - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
On his most recent (and he has made many) visit to the Mid-Ohio Valley West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck finally opened up and gave a response to his recent decision to not renew the contract of longtime wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Nehlen sees big difference with transfers - Times West Virginian
The sports news at West Virginia University over the past week has been dominated by the rash of transfers that have left the Mountaineer basketball program, most recently Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, making it 13 recruited players having either transferred or failed to suit up since the Final Four team in 2010.


WVU Falls in Extras at Texas Tech - WVU Athletics
The baseball team fell after coming back on Thursday.

WVU falls in extra innings at Texas Tech - Times West Virginian
Despite tying the game in the top of the ninth, the West Virginia University baseball team fell 4-3 in 11 innings at Texas Tech on Thursday evening at Rip Griffin Park, dropping its fifth straight game.

WVU Falls to No. 23 Texas Tech in Extras - BGN
late miscues led to the Red Raiders coming away with a 4-3 victory against the Mountaineers in 11 innings.

Red Raiders relish walkoff win in 11th as WVU keeps struggling - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers extended it with two in the ninth, but couldn't avoid their fifth consecutive loss.

Pro News:

Sims fits the mold for Tampa Bay coaching staff - Charleston Daily Mail
Charles Sims wasn’t fond of making comparisons to his peers or elders.

Prepared for Life After Football, Rigg Chases NFL Dream in Chica - WVillustrated
Former WVU linebacker has a tryout invitation with the Bears, but he knows he can always fall back on his education.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor baseball trying to spoil TCU’s Big 12 title bid - Waco Tribune

Morrissey named to Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list - Ames Tribune

KU coach Charlie Weis mum on status of quarterback Jake Heaps - Kansas City Star

Strong and weak points for 2014 Kansas State Wildcats football - ESPN

Trevor Knight a 17-1 favorite to win the Heisman according to one sports book - Oklahoman

APR hit will force Cowboys to lose a day of practice per week - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns football: The best-case quarterback scenario isn't happening - Burnt Orange Nation

Sam Carter Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List - Frogs O' War

Matt Wallerstedt's 3-4 Defense: Coverages and What They Look Like During the Game - Viva The Matadors

Videos of Interest:

Despite dropping a 4-2 decision at Maryland on Tuesday, the Mountaineers turned their 2nd triple play of the 2014 season. Coach Mazey explains why it was unofficially a 6 out play.

Selfies, bear hugs, "Country Roads" and a wedding proposal highlight West Virginia University's May 2014 Commencement, where more than 4,300 students fulfilled their academic dreams. Perhaps it will bring back memories of the time you spent in Morgantown...or remind you of your own college graduation...or inspire you to get reacquainted with your Mountaineer family. Regardless, there is no more powerful emblem of a University's spirit than its graduates. Enjoy!

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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