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Mountaineer Morning Links: Memorial Day (5/26/14) Edition

Baseball awaits NCAA fate, football & basketball notes, Hall of Fame class announced, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

2014 WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class Revealed - WVU Athletics
Eight WVU standouts Hall of Fame bound.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU honoree had key role with Pete Dye - Times West Virginian
Jack Krak is the forgotten athlete from the forgotten sport no more.

Nichols Returns to Women's Basketball Staff - WVU Athletics
Chester Nichols returns as associate head coach for women's basketball.

Former WVU QB Marshall credits Brashear coach for changing his life - Times West Virginian
"I think it’s safe to say this guy basically helped change my life. He was so instrumental in helping me take that step to the next level. He believed in me early on, presented me with an opportunity and took me in as one of his own," Marshall began.

News of Note:


WVU Drops Big 12 Elimination Game to Baylor - WVU Athletics
"This was our 41st game away from our campus and that leads the nation in that category. All in all we’ve left it in the hands of the judges and all we can do now is hope we get in."

West Virginia plays waiting game until Monday’s NCAA baseball unveiling - WV MetroNews
West Virginia’s No. 38 RPI screams NCAA at-large bid, but its 28-26 record says tough luck.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers now looking for back door - Times West Virginian
There are those who might tell you that the hardest hit ball on Friday afternoon at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was the monstrous home run West Virginia University’s Billy Fleming hit in the second inning of the Mountaineers’ 9-4 stunning loss to Baylor to be eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament.


Strong and weak: West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
The last two weeks, we’ve been examining the strongest and weakest positions for each team in the Big 12 heading into the fall.

Why James left WVU: Had ‘heart set on playing linebacker, not defensive end’ - WV MetroNews
Ohio recruit encountered staff shuffling and position change during his semester in Morgantown.

WVU’s Moore plays way into scholarship - Times West Virginian
There’s never been any questioning Logan Moore’s desire to excel. Whether it be in the classroom, on the field or in life, those who know the Fairmont native say that he was born a competitor.

WVU's Countdown to Kickoff: Day 96 John Thornton - WVUPros
We are 96 days away from the West Virginia Mountaineers kicking off their season against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Representing the No. 96 is one of the best defensive linemen in WVU history: John Thornton!


Huggins speaks out on national trend of players transferring - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
When Mountaineers men’s coach Bob Huggins was asked about "several" transfers, his response was "Several?"

Pro News:

Michael Vick on Jets QB Competition: "I think Geno is going to be the starter" - WVU Pros
When Michael Vick signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets on March 21st, head coach Rex Ryan proclaimed an open quarterback competition. Vick doesn’t exactly see it that way.

WATCH: Kevin Jones Talks Pro Career, State of WVU Basketball - WVillustrated
Former WVU basketball star sits down with WVI to discuss the past year and his future on the court as well as what he expects from the Mountaineers.

Mountaineer Diamond Review: Belnome's push for return to MLB continues - WVUPros
And with that, we bring you the Mountaineer Diamond Review, where we give you the most up-to-date coverage on your favorite Mountaineers in the professional baseball world.

Around the League (and Beyond):

‘Sailgating’ armada could be new tradition at Baylor stadium - Waco Tribune

What Fred Hoiberg thinks will be better about Cyclones in 2014-15 - Des Moines Register (autoplay)

Examining the situation facing KU quarterback Jake Heaps - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State AD John Currie addresses transfer policy - Wichita Eagle

Bob Stoops isn't worry about playoff selection — but hopes strength of schedule matters - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Cowboys' early signees looking better as time goes on - Oklahoman (autoplay)

The two sides of Texas coach Charlie Strong - FOX Sports on MSN

TCU Wins Big 12 Title - Frogs O' War

Webb obsessed, but he's more than just football - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

Jeff Culhane and Ernie Galusky report from the ballpark following WVU's 9-4 loss to Baylor.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is where the Riot Bowl Trophy currently resides:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Italian model & TV personality. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Federica Nargi.