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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (3/9/15) Edition

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Huggs Big 12 award, football notes, pro news, recruiting updates, varsity results, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Baseball Sweeps ETSU, Wins Big on Sunday - WVU Athletics
West Virginia improved 7-6 overall, scoring 13 runs on 13 hits with one error. ETSU dropped to 7-6, scoring four runs on 10 hits with three errors.

WVU Falls to Sooners in Big 12 Quarterfinals - WVU Athletics
The No. 7-seed West Virginia University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start in the first half, falling 67-55

Wrestling Takes Fourth at Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
Five Mountaineers made it to the podium in WVU's best-ever showing.

Gymnastics Scores Season High - WVU Athletics
Powered by four career-best showings on the uneven bars, the West Virginia University gymnastics team earned a season-best score in a 196.75-195.9 loss to No. 11 Penn State

News of Note:

Huggins Big 12 Coach of the Year - WVU Athletics
Huggins first WVU men's coach to be honored in 33 years.

WVU’s Huggins named Big 12 Coach of the Year - Charleston Daily Mail
the 11th time he’s been named a conference coach of the year and the first time since he was hired by his alma mater after the 2007 season.

Honor deserved for Huggins after makeover - Charleston Daily Mail
Seriously, what Huggins has done with this group is nothing short of remarkable.

Huggins recognized for reshaping Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Still, what Bob Huggins managed to do with West Virginia might have topped them all

Huggins named Big 12 coach of the year - Exponent Telegram
After two disappointing seasons, Huggins led the Mountaineers to the second-highest win total in the Big 12 after being selected sixth in the conference preseason poll.

Huggins named coach of the year - Beckley Register-Herald
After two of the worst seasons in his career, there were whispers around college basketball questioning whether Bob Huggins’ record-setting coaching career was on the decline.

Big 12 Honors WVU’s Huggins - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
It’s been 33 years since West Virginia University has had a men’s basketball coach named coach of the year.

Big 12 awards One True Coach of the Year—and it’s Huggins - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor offers other ruminations on the Big 12 postseason awards voting.

Huggins did it his way - Exponent Telegram
It would be a team that would claim 23 victories, and to be honest, that neither surprised nor satisfied Huggins.

WVU stayed the course after injuries to starters - Charleston Daily Mail
"If you’d come to practices and see how intense practice is, you’d know everyone was ready," guard Daxter Miles said. "We can throw any five on the court and they can get it done."

Last 3 games exemplified how WVU rapidly evolved this season - WV MetroNews
Even without Juwan Staten and Gary Browne, the Mountaineers can do damage in the postseason.

WVU to Face Baylor in Big 12 Tournament - WVU Athletics
WVU dropped both games to Baylor during the regular season.

Mountaineers To Face Bears Again - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
After one of the most competitive seasons in Big 12 history, the bracket is set for the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship.

FURFARI: WVU men face Baylor in Big 12 tourney after ending season with quality victory - Times West Virginian
Without seniors Juwan Staten, Gary Browne and Kevin Noreen in the lineup, the West Virginia men’s basketball team led all the way in Saturday’s regular-season finale, whipping Oklahoma State by 81-72.

Power Rankings: Pre-Big 12 Tournament - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia 23-8, 11-7. Last week: 4.

Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa State top final power rankings - Daily Athenaeum
5. West Virginia Mountaineers (23-8, 11-7 Big 12)

Bracketology - ESPN
5 West

Football

Big 12 spring battle spotlight: West Virginia Mountaineers WRs - ESPN
Taking a look at the position battle at wide receiver at West Virginia, which lost a prolific target in Kevin White.

West Virginia to kick off 2015 season with first spring practice Sunday - Daily Athenaeum
After an encouraging 7-6 record last season, including a 5-4 mark in Big 12 Conference play, the West Virginia football team officially begins its 2015 season Sunday with the start of spring practice.

Recruiting:

Webster reels in two more - Scout
Antione Webster. a three-star safety prospect and Florida Atlantic pledge out of Hialeah (Fla.) American, goes in-depth on his latest offers from West Virginia and Oregon State below

Pair of Prospects Claim WVU Offers - EerSports
Two more prospects claimed West Virginia offers this afternoon, one a 2016 prospect in New Jersey, the other a 2017 recruit from Michigan.

WVU Offers Florida Lineman - EerSports
West Virginia has offered Providence (FL) offensive tackle Jaylen Miller, the 2016 prospect announced on Twitter this afternoon.

Pro News:

Colts, Pat McAfee reward family that returned stolen dog - SI.com
The Indianapolis Colts and punter Pat McAfee have made good on a promised reward for whoever found the puppy stolen from team equipment manager Troy Glendenning.

Packers ink linebacker Josh Francis - 247Sports
The Green Bay Packers have officially started addressing their need at linebacker.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor men draw WVU for Big 12 opener - Waco Tribune

Notebook: ISU No. 2 seed in Big 12 tournament - Ames Tribune

Bill Self: A negative ruling on Cliff Alexander would keep him out of NCAAs - Lawrence Journal World

K-State notes: Bruce Weber says point guard Jevon Thomas is off team for now - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners 75 - Kansas Jayhawks 73 | Inside The Box Score - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU basketball: Ford talks Mountaineers' defense - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas C Cam Ridley posterizes KSU player - Burnt Orange Nation

3 takeaways: TCU downed by Iowa State’s hot shooting from deep - Dallas Morning News

5 Thoughts: The Red Raiders Lose A Tough One - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Kansas City, Here We Come! - Big 12 Conference
After the most competitive season in Big 12 history, the bracket is set for the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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