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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (5/21/14) Edition

Big 12 Baseball Tournament starts today, Huggs fills guard slot, Coaches Caravan continues, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, May 21 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey previews WVU’s morning matchup against Kansas. We also hear from Pat Smith, head basketball coach at Moberly Community College where WVU’s latest commit Jaysean Paige played during the 2013-2014 season.

Uncertainty ahead for Huggins, WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Despite a second straight season of failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the West Virginia men’s basketball team had reason for optimism for the 2014-15 season.

News of Note:


Big 12 Championship Preview - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
The WVU baseball team opens play in the Big 12 Championship.

Mountaineers Return to Moore - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team returned to Moore, Okla.

Mountaineers return to see Moore again - Charleston Gazette
Randy Mazey and his West Virginia baseball team spent the day before this year’s Big 12 baseball tournament in the same place they spent it last year. The circumstances and the surroundings, though, were quite different.

Big 12 baseball notebook: West Virginia returns to Moore - Oklahoman
On the one-year anniversary of a massive tornado striking Moore, the West Virginia baseball players returned to the city they assisted following their morning practice on Tuesday.

WVU opens Big 12 tourney - Times West Virginian
The way West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey sees it, it’s his team’s turn to start winning again as they open the Big 12 Tournament against Kansas at 10 a.m. today at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

WVU trying to shake skid in Big 12 tourney - Register-Herald
The West Virginia University baseball team obviously couldn’t have picked a worse time to fall into a sharp slump.

Boyd, Fleming Lead WVU All-Big 12 Honors - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has announced the 2014 All-Big 12 Baseball Teams


WVU: RB Dreamius Smith's best runs of the 2013 season - WVU Pros
If the post-spring depth chart holds any weight for this fall, senior running back Dreamius Smith will get the call to replace Charles Sims over sophomores Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell and juniors Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie.

College football 2014 countdown: 100 things we're looking forward to in the upcoming season (Nos. 80-61) | Campus Union -
78. The endlessly entertaining state of West Virginia football.

Holgorsen’s schedule includes visiting with area WVU fans - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Holgorsen’s schedule for this week is unique. To begin with, the football team reconvened on Monday.

Mountaineer magic - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia faithful paints Princeton blue and gold


Huggins Adds Paige to Recruiting Class - WVU Athletics
Huggins adds fourth recruit to this year's class.

WVU men’s hoops signs juco guard Paige - Charleston Daily Mail
Paige, who played at two highs schools before playing at two junior colleges the past two seasons, has three years left to play two seasons for the Mountaineers.

Huggins lands another guard - Charleston Gazette
Bob Huggins already had three newcomers ready to step in and fill his depleted backcourt. Now he has a fourth.

West Virginia adds junior college guard for scoring punch - WV MetroNews
Jaysean Paige averaged 21.4 points per game at Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College last season.

Huggins signs JUCO guard - Times West Virginian
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins, challenged by the unexpected transfers of guards Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, completed remaking his backcourt when he signed two-way guard Jaysean Paige.

Experience now only thing missing for WVU basketball - Register-Herald
Just as the football team did with the signing of Shaquille Reddick on Friday, Bob Huggins’ West Virginia University basketball team appeared to plug a major hole in what many feared was a sinking ship Tuesday, signing junior college guard Jaysean Paige.

Around the League (and Beyond):

How can Baylor's Bryce Petty improve on special season? Art Briles stumped, quarterback isn't - Dallas Morning News

Most indispensable player: Iowa State Cyclones C Tom Farniok - ESPN

University of Kansas Baseball KU Moves Up in National Poll, Ranks No. 21 - KU Athletics

Finney Named to Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List - KSTATESPORTS.COM

Oklahoma Sooners MBB |Lon Kruger Adds Transfer, F TaShawn Thomas - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State baseball: The 'Boys are back, maybe for good - Oklahoman

Senior Dominic Espinosa named to Rimington Award watch list - Burnt Orange Nation

Strong and weak: TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN

Texas Tech football: Previewing the Offensive Line - isportsweb

What's On Tap:

Big 12 baseball tournament: Team-by-team capsules - Oklahoman

Mountaineers hoping to rise and shine in 9 a.m. tournament opener vs. Kansas - WV MetroNews
WVU faces Kansas in a 9 a.m. rise-and-shine start time, the product of the Big 12 needing to squeeze in four opening-day games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Bring on the Mountaineers - Register-Herald
WVU coaches, administrators making stop in Beckley today

Video of Interest:

Go Behind-the-scenes as the Mountaineers put in work at an early practice. Then they make a special trip back to Moore, OK. From the 2014 Big 12 Championship

Wendell Barnhouse talks with each of the Big 12 Award winners and gives a preview of the first day of competition for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the blonde in the video below. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natasha Oakley.