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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/23/14) Edition

Baseball upended against TCU & faces Baylor today in loser's bracket, new golf coach named, football & hoops notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 23 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey shares his thoughts on WVU’s 6-2 loss to TCU. We also hear from junior second baseman Billy Fleming, the upperclassman discusses the fight WVU had in the final innings against the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Preston Morrison.

Luck Names Covich to Coach WVU Golf - WVU Athletics
Mississippi State assistant charged with reviving the golf program.

WVU hires golf coach - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia finally has a golf coach. Now all the Mountaineers need is a golf team. That’s exactly what Sean Covich will try to assemble in the next 14 months.

Huggins believes he has team to compete in Big 12 - Register-Herald
Bob Huggins signed autographs, shook hands, held babies and told jokes Wednesday during the WVU Coaches Caravan stop at Calacino’s in Beckley.

West Virginia women’s hoops making a Big 12 statement - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Carey and the Mountaineer women are coming off a stellar season in which West Virginia won a share of the Big 12 regular season championship and Carey was named conference Coach of the Year.

WVU's Countdown to kickoff Day 99: Barry Hawkins - WVU Pros
We are 99 days away from the Mountaineers taking on Alabama in the Chick-fil-a Kickoff on Saturday August, 30th.

News of Note:


WVU Falls in Late Innings to TCU - WVU Athletics
WVU fell to TCU, 6-2, on Thursday night in the 2014 Big 12 Baseball Championship

WVU BASEBALL: TCU’s big inning too much for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
The West Virginia University baseball team was involved with another late-inning offensive outburst in Thursday’s Big 12 tournament. The Mountaineers were on the wrong end of it this time.

TCU tops WVU 6-2 in Big 12 tournament - Charleston Gazette
The loss puts the sixth-seeded Mountaineers (28-25) in a 4:15 p.m. elimination game today against No. 7 seed Baylor (25-30).

Foiled again by Morrison, WVU must battle through Big 12 losers bracket - WV MetroNews
The Big 12 pitcher of the year outlasted his WVU counterpart Corey Walter in a 6-2 win Thursday.

TCU Sends West Virginia To The Losers Bracket Of The Big XII Baseball Tournament With 6-2 Win - Crimson And Cream Machine
West Virginia now drops down into the loser's bracket to play against Baylor in an elimination game at 3:15 (CT) on Friday afternoon.

Big Eighth Inning Leads TCU Over WVU - BGN
In the biggest game up to this point in its season, the West Virginia baseball team came to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City up to the challenge that No. 12 TCU presented.

BGN Video: WVU Falls to TCU - BGN
After a miraculous comeback to eliminate an 8-2 deficit Wednesday, the West Virginia baseball team fell short Thursday in a 6-2 loss to No. 12 TCU.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs TCU - BGN
Photos from the WVU - TCU game in the second round of the big 12 Baseball Championship

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers millimeters short of chance to win - Times West Virginian
Whoever said baseball was a game of inches was wrong. It’s a game of centimeters, maybe even millimeters, and that’s why West Virginia University is playing in the loser’s bracket today, needing to beat Baylor to keep alive its hopes of a NCAA Regional bid.

TCU coach: Mountaineers ‘already earned their way’ into NCAAs - WV MetroNews
Jim Schlossnagle says West Virginia belongs in the field of 64 regardless of how the Big 12 tournament transpires.


Holgorsen offers state of the program -
From discussion of current players to the current state of the program as a whole, Holgorsen touched on a number of topics crucial to the future of Mountaineer football.

Holgorsen says WVU won’t be scared of ’Bama - Register-Herald
Any fan who follows West Virginia football, even casually, knows what’s right around the corner. After a disappointing 4-8 finish in 2013, the Mountaineers won’t exactly ease into things this fall.

Gibson settling into coordinator role - Charleston Gazette
While Tony Gibson is taking on his first season as West Virginia’s linebackers coach/defensive coordinator, he will be working with a few familiar faces on defense, something that he admits should make his transition easier.

Father says Trickett is ‘where he ought to be now’ - Register-Herald
West Virginia University quarterback Clint Trickett is doing very well since having shoulder surgery in January, according to father Rick Trickett.


2015 cornerback decommits but maintains interest in WVU - WV MetroNews
Three-star prospect Sheldrick Redwine of Miami, Fla., had only been pledged to West Virginia since early March.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Attrition Season Begins: NB Kiante Griffin reportedly transferring - Our Daily Bears

ISU Coach Rhoads Talks Quarterback Competition - KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids

KU football's usual suspects getting the most national love this offseason - Lawrence Journal World

Tyler Lockett is Kansas State Wildcats ost indispensable player 2014 - ESPN

2014 College Football Rankings: #4 Oklahoma -

Big 12 Baseball Tournament: Texas blanks Oklahoma State - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns football notes: Strong's way, academic progress, SOS, and experience - Burnt Orange Nation (autoplay)

[Southern Miss, ed.] Football Eagles land QB transfer from TCU - Clarion Ledger

Matt Wallerstedt's 3-4 Defense: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 2013: Part 1 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Baseball Tournament elimination game vs. Baylor today at 4:15 ET

Videos of Interest:

Two great highlights from WVU Baseball at the Big 12 tournament

Jeff Culhane and Ernie Galusky report from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark following WVU's 6-2 loss to TCU Thursday at the 2014 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City, OK.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Belarusian model who's done work for VS in the past. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Maryna Linchuk.