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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/1/14) Edition

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Kevin White draft coverage, baseball hosts TCU for weekend series, football notes, hoops awards, Big 12 roundup & more.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Guinness Draught, in honor of the ongoing NFL Draft.

What You May Have Missed:

Staten Named MVP - WVU Athletics
WVU men's basketball award winners announced at team banquet

Staten leaves West Virginia with MVP Award - Daily Athenaeum
After a season consisting of ups, downs, overtime thrillers, devastating losses, a trip to the Big Dance and a disappointing finish, the West Virginia basketball program capped off the 2014-15 season with its award banquet, held Wednesday in Morgantown.

Big 12/SEC Challenge Opponents Announced - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced an extension of their women’s basketball Big 12/SEC Challenge that will expand to 10 games in 2016 and 2017. West Virginia University will host Ole Miss in 2016 and travel to Texas A&M in 2017.

FURFARI: Five assorted sports items that may be of interest to you - Beckley Register-Herald
Putting together some odds and ends about sports items that may be of interest to you

THE READ OPTION: Yes, No. 1 pick Jameis Winston celebrated with crab legs - SBNation.com
Good morning! Here's your daily summary of college football stuff.

News of Note:

Football

Should West Virginia Leave The Big 12 & Join C-USA? – Land Grant Gauntlet
So okay… not that great of a plan, but it is hilarious.

Big 12, Bowlsby appearing weak, spineless - Charleston Gazette
If the Big 12 succumbs to pressure and votes to stage a college football championship it will be one of the most spineless decisions I’ve seen in 35 years of covering sports.

Question facing Big 12 championship game not ‘if’ but ‘how?’ - WV MetroNews
Despite what Bob Bowlsby said, it didn't take a meeting with CFP committee members to figure out his league needs a championship game to keep up with the Joneses.

Draft time a reminder at how fast time flies - Exponent Telegram
Over this weekend at least four West Virginia football players’ lives will change dramatically, for they will become professional football players.

NFL Draft

White Goes No. 7 to Chicago - WVU Athletics
"The thing I like about this pick is he’s consistent," said ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden. "He rips everybody from the start of the season until the end."

WVU’s White drafted by Chicago Bears - Charleston Daily Mail
Kevin White will have to put his career ambitions on hold now that he’s part of the NFL.

NFL Draft results 2015: Kevin White goes to Bears at No. 7 - SBNation.com
White is expected to be an explosive playmaker, giving Chicago a big boost on the outside.

WVU’s White to Bears with 7th overall pick in NFL draft - Charleston Gazette
Kevin White wasn’t the first pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, but he was easily the most popular.

WVU's Kevin White selected by Chicago with 7th pick of NFL draft - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Barely two years after arriving on the West Virginia campus as an immensely talented, but little-known wide receiver out of Lackawanna College, Kevin White is a top-10 NFL draft pick.

White picked at No. 7 by Bears - Exponent Telegram
Chicago, Chicago’s now Kevin White’s town.

WVU’sWhite drafted by Bears - Inter-Mountain
Just a few years ago, Kevin White was essentially a salesman in a helmet.

West Virginia WR White selected by Bears - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
A challenging personal journey and one brilliant season at West Virginia landed big-play receiver Kevin White in the upper reaches of the NFL Draft on Thursday night in Chicago.

White’s path to NFL led by determination - Scout
Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White, selected seventh overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, took the road less traveled on his way to being a first-round pick.

Kevin White is drafted seventh overall to the Chicago Bears last night - Daily Athenaeum
Former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White heard his name called in the 2015 NFL Draft, a monumental moment he’s been waiting for ever since football became part of his life.

Kevin White becomes West Virginia’s highest-selected WR ever at No. 7 - WV MetroNews
The hometown draft crowd in the Windy City heartily approved of the Bears' first-round pick.

Kevin White drafted by the Chicago Bears with the seventh pick in the NFL Draft - College to Pro Sports
In the history of the NFL Draft, West Virginia has had ten players selected in the first round. White makes number eleven.

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, April 30 - WV MetroNews
WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway discusses the process Kevin White has gone through leading up to the NFL draft. We also hear from White’s junior college coach Charlie Grande, as he describes seeing White grow as a player.

Draft Quick Hit: Kevin White - BGN
West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White has been selected seventh overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Get the breakdown on White hear from Scout.com, and also take a look at the Bears' roster at wide receiver.

White Selected by Hometown Bears - WVSports.com
Earlier this evening at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White was selected seventh overall by the host city Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kevin White: Holgorsen Prepares NFL Wide Receivers - EerSports
“We always talk about beating coverage and just finding the soft spots in the zone. We worked all the time on deep balls and goal line routes for jump balls. I think he prepared me very well.”

Bears Players, Beat Writers React to Kevin White - EerSports
A collection of reaction from current Chicago Bears players and beat writers to Chicago selecting Kevin White No. 7 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Chicago Bears Select Kevin White with No. 7 Pick - WVillustrated
The Chicago Bears selected WVU wide receiver Kevin White with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kevin White Joins WVI After NFL Draft Selection - WVillustrated
The newest Chicago Bears tells us all about the moment when he heard his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft and why it still hasn't sunk in yet.

WATCH: Kevin White Delivers Post-Draft Press Conference - WVillustrated
New Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White answers questions from the media following Thursday night's NFL Draft in Chicago.

NFL Draft Photos: Chicago Selects Kevin White No. 7 - WVillustrated
The Chicago Bears selected West Virginia University wide receiver Kevin White with the No. 7 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. See photos from the event.

Baseball

Baseball Set to Host No. 4 TCU - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team will host No. 4 TCU in a pivotal Big 12 series from May 1-3 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Mountaineers host No. 4 TCU for 3 games - Charleston Gazette
To say that West Virginia’s baseball team has struggled over the past few weeks would be an understatement.

WVU prepares for crucial home series with TCU - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia’s new Monongalia Country Ballpark has passed all the tests a new stadium has to pass except for one and that is what’s needed this weekend when No. 4 TCU comes to town for a make-or-break, three-game series with the Mountaineers.

WVU baseball team set for huge TCU test - Daily Athenaeum
Scuffling through a midseason swoon, the West Virginia University baseball team badly needs a spark with the end of the regular season approaching.

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin staying in Seattle per ESPN's John Clayton - College To Pro Sports
As a first round pick, the Seahawks have the option of picking up the fifth year on Irvin’s contract. They have until Sunday to decide whether to pick up the option or not.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor schedules football series with Utah for 2023-24 - Waco Tribune

Iowa State's Long has second hip surgery planned - Des Moines Register

New Mizzou athletic director Mack Rhoades wants to restore Border War; KU’s Zenger won’t rule it out - Kansas City Star

Spring depth chart breakdown: Kansas State Wildcats - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

OU Sports: Why fourth is the proper post-spring Big 12 ranking for the Sooners - Tulsa World

Mike Gundy, Full Access - Cowboys Ride For Free

What Are The Longhorns Vegas Championship Odds Under Shaka Smart Next Season? - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Baseball: DBU Preview and National Seeding Talk - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech vs. Texas Baseball Preview - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Football Season Ticket Renewal Deadline May 1 - WVU Athletics
With the priority deadline quickly approaching, WVU football season ticket holders are reminded to renew their 2015 season tickets online at WVUGAME.com.

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is best known for her Super Bowl ad for Carl's Jr./Hardees. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Charlotte McKinney.