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Spring Football starts next Sunday, Senior day for hoops tomorrow, women start Big 12 tournament today, recruiting news, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Baseball Travels for Series at ETSU - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team will continue its 17-game road trip to start the season with a three-game series at ETSU from March 6-8 in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Inclement Weather Delays Ballpark Opening - WVU Athletics
Athletic officials and the construction team are now working toward a Friday, April 10 opening of the ballpark, when the Mountaineers are set to play host to Butler in a three-game weekend series.

WVU and Texas Tech Meet in First Round - WVU Athletics
The No. 7-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team takes on No. 10-seed Texas Tech in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship on Friday, March 6. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

WVU women begin tournament play - Exponent Telegram
"It’s a new season," said Coach Mike Carey.

WATCH: WVU Women Talk Sense of Urgency in Big 12 Tourney - WVillustrated
WVU women's basketball coaches and players met with the media prior to leaving Morgantown for the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Dallas this weekend.

FURFARI: Don Eddy had a spot as a player in WVU basketball's Golden Era - Times West Virginian
Don Eddy, a native of Fairmont, was an active player who contributed to West Virginia University’s memorable "Golden Era" of basketball.

News of Note:

WVU to Wrap Up Regular Season - WVU Athletics
West Virginia to meet Oklahoma State on Saturday.

WVU welcomes Oklahoma State, Nash for regular season finale - Charleston Daily Mail
Maybe nobody in the Big 12 is more in need of good news at the end of the regular season than Bob Huggins.

Behold the Big 12’s perfect team - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
It’s West Virginia, it’s West Virginia, the pride of … a league that makes no sense

WVU freshman guards need to step up again - Charleston Gazette
s West Virginia approaches Senior Day, it’s anything but the seniors who are at the center of the team’s fortunes.

#Top10Thursday: Most Animated Coaches - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
2. Bob Huggins, West Virginia Mountaineers

LOL - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
But Bob Huggins not being included among the 15 Naismith Trophy coach of the year semifinalists is lunacy.

WVU's Bob Huggins should have been Naismith College Coach of the Year semifinalist - WVUPros
On the list, you’ll find names usually associated with a coach of the year award like Kentucky’s John Calipari, Kansas’ Bill Self, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan as well as relatively new names like Baylor’s Scott Drew and Dayton’s Archie Miller, among the 15 semifinalists.

Huggins Reminisces on Mountaineers’ 2014-15 Senior Class - WVillustrated
WVU head coach Bob Huggins discusses each of his seniors in greater detail in preparation for Saturday's Senior Day festivities in the regular season finale against Oklahoma State.

Foul play cause of WVU's demise at Kansas - Exponent Telegram
"We’re going to lose when the other team shoots 43 free throws," coach Bob Huggins said.

Plenty of Big 12 tourney scenarios remain for WVU - Beckley Register-Herald: College Sports
With one regular season game remaining at home Saturday against Oklahoma State, there are numerous possibilities for West Virginia’s matchup in the quarterfinal round of next week’s Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

Power Rankings: Grading the offenses of national title contenders - SI.com
17. West Virginia

Football

WVU to remove crown from Mountaineer Field - Dominion Post
WVU athletic director Shane Lyons has a vision for the future of Milan Puskar Stadium — and it doesn’t include a crown.

WVU Spring Football Outlook: Defensive Line - BGN
With spring football practice set to open soon at West Virginia, it's time to look at each position and see what the March and April drills might hold for the Mountaineers. In this series, we'll look at the players who will participate in spring drills, returning productivity, and the needs to be met during the 15 allowed sessions.

College football roundtable: Big 12 spring QB derbies - ESPN
What about West Virginia's QB battle?

NFL Draft: How Kevin White went from relative unknown to a premier prospect - FOX Sports
Kevin White understands the power of pleasant surprise.

Clint Trickett: It's All About Pigs, Pigskins - WVU Athletics
Clint Trickett on Outdoor Channel

Recruiting:

WVU Extends Two New Offers in Florida - EerSports
Bishop Moore Catholic (FL) defensive end Zander Zimmer & American (FL) defensive back Antione Webster

Three standing out for McKoy - Scout
Kennedy McKoy had a big junior campaign. The 2016 Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson running back spoke with Scout about his recruitment, future and more.

Pro News:

Belnome shoots to crack active roster of rebuilding Rays - WVUPros
Mountaineer Alum Vince Belnome will look to put together a sensational spring as he hopes to earn a spot on Tampa Bay’s opening day roster.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor's Rico Gathers a Man Among Boys on Hardwood, May Face Gridiron Dilemma - Our Daily Bears

Morris thriving amidst physical play - Ames Tribune

KU’s Ellis to miss Oklahoma game - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Iwundu steals the show with clutch play - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Spring Football Preview | Quarterbacks - Crimson And Cream Machine

Nash Never Thought He'd Get Here - Oklahoman

Blame Baylor for Rick Barnes' recent struggles at Texas - Dallas Morning News

Anderson winds down his Horned Frog career - TCU 360

Much to do: Red Raiders get after rebuilding from 4-8 season, dive into learning new defense - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Big 12 Women's Basketball tournament first round, 9:30 pm tonight from Dallas

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. (20) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Lyons Den on ESPNNews/ESPN3

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (14) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Anchorman Center on ESPN2/3

(9) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (15) Oklahoma Sooners - Preview - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Noble Center on ESPN/ESPN3

Kansas St Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Erwin Center on ESPN2/3

(17) Iowa State Cyclones vs. TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
8:30 pm Saturday from somewhere in, on, at, around Fort Worth on ESPNNews/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook for March 6th, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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