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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (2/19/15) Edition

More on NCAA probation, football & hoops notes, Bradley to UCLA?, women lose & Carey goes off, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Big 12 Announces Concussion Policy - WVU Athletics
A comprehensive concussion policy is adopted by the Big 12.

West Virginia Unable to Overcome Slow Start - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a low-scoring first half in a 52-46 loss to Oklahoma State on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU suffers embarrassing loss - Exponent Telegram
"You know what it says to me, next year it’s going to be a whole new game, a whole new team," Carey said

WATCH: WVU Women Fall to Oklahoma State in Morgantown 52-46 - WVillustrated
WVU women's basketball coaches and player spoke with the media following their 52-46 home loss to Oklahoma State on Wednesday in Morgantown.

One SEC athletic director has an idea that could change college sports -
Who says no?

Mr. Wizard - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
coach Randy Mazey said. "I couldn’t feel better about this team right now."

News of Note:

Bill Self praises Staten’s winning drive - Lawrence Journal World
"It was one of the best winning plays that you’ll ever see an opposing team make," KU coach Bill Self said

Win against Kansas a reminder of what WVU ought to be - Charleston Daily Mail
The most talented team on the basketball court Monday night was not the better team, and that’s been true for some of West Virginia’s other 19 wins this season.

On a 'Chase' for glory - Beckley Register-Herald
Chase Connor was on the floor for exactly 8 seconds in No. 23 West Virginia’s dramatic win over No. 8 Kansas Monday night at the WVU Coliseum. He didn’t score a pint, pull down a rebound, dish out an assist or record a steal.

Field of 68 update: Final few at-large bids up for grabs - Sporting News
No. 6 seeds: Arkansas, West Virginia, VCU (Atlantic 10), SMU (AAC)


WVU receives probation for ‘significant breaches of conduct’ - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU coaches attributed some phone calls to "pocket dials." Others said they didn’t remember placing the calls or may have returned a call made by an individual whom the coach did not recognize as a recruit. The infraction report accounted for text messages in part by saying some coaches couldn’t differentiate between sending an email and a text from their cell phones.

Violations a black eye, but ... - Charleston Gazette
More than 100 were from one assistant gymnastics coach, Travis Doak, to a coach. That’s permissible. The trouble is, the coach also happened to be a parent of a prospective recruit. That’s not.

Tom Bradley Leading Candidate for DC - Scout
It appears that Jim Mora and UCLA are on the verge of hiring Tom Bradley, the proven veteran coach, as UCLA's new defensive coordinator. Bradley was known for being one of the best DCs in college football while at Penn State...

College Football's Top 10 Quarterbacks on the Rise for 2015 |
Other Quarterbacks to Watch in 2015
William Crest/Skyler Howard, West Virginia

Big 12 pre-spring position rankings: Defensive backs - ESPN
1. West Virginia

Guest Post: Who are WVU's NFL prospects and where could Kevin White land? - WVUPros
WVU has produced their fair-share of coveted prospects in the NFL Draft.

The NFL Combine Bump: 10 freakish athletes to watch this weekend -
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Kevin White, Bryce Petty among Big 12 players to watch at NFL combine - ESPN
Needs to run well in the 40: Kevin White, receiver, West Virginia.

Quick Hit: Mark Glowinski’s NFL Combine measurements - WVUPros
Currently, he could get drafted in the last couple rounds of the draft.

College Football’s Top 25 Best Helmets - Lost Lettermen
14. West Virginia


West Virginia: Top 5 2016 Prospects - Scout
A look at the top prospects in the state of West Virginia in the 2016 class.

Pro News:

Quick Hit – Mayock: ‘Issues’ could make Jets choose more Geno over Mariota - WVUPros
The Jets’ new regime begins their rebuilding job this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Marcus Mariota? Jameis Winston? Geno Smith? Mike Mayock says Jets' quarterback decision not so simple -
Draft night. The Jets have the No. 6 pick.

Around the League (and Beyond):

How the Baylor Bears were built - ESPN

Iowa State 70 - Oklahoma State 65 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

#KUReview: When boxing out doesn't matter - Topeka Capital Journal

Kansas State basketball season: Dead and Bloated - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners 71 - Texas Longhorns 69 | Beyond The Box Score - Crimson And Cream Machine

HEARTBREAK REWIND: Iowa State 70, Oklahoma State 65 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas RB Malcolm Brown entering NFL Scouting Combine with chip on his shoulder - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Buries Kansas State 69-55 - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury: Mahomes to take part in every spring practice, Webb should be ready, too - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Baseball Weekend Time Changes - WVU Athletics
All three games this weekend have time changes.

Video of Interest:

WVUsportsBuzz with Amanda Mazey

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown has been in the SI Swimsuit Issue for the last two years. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Gigi Hadid.