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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/11/15) Edition

Football & recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

FURFARI: Mike Collins was key DB on WVU's undefeated team in 1993 season - Times West Virginian
Mike Collins, a Huntington native, selected West Virginia over hometown Marshall University and excelled as a strong safety in football in the 1990s.

THE READ OPTION: Former Illinois player accuses head coach of abuse - SBNation.com
Catch up on everything that happened in college football this past weekend.

News of Note:

Post-Spring Breakdown: WR - EerSports
EerSports breaks down where each position is right now, and where it could be in the fall.

Ranking the Big 12's College Football Coaches for 2015 - AthlonSports.com
7. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Gibson backs proposal to expand offseason high school practice schedule - WV MetroNews
He says West Virginia's limited summer practice window makes the state an outlier and limits recruiting exposure for players.

Postion Plus And Minus - BGN
Prior to the start of spring football practice, the staff of BlueGoldNews.com filed away thoughts on the positions that most and least concerned them. With spring practice now concluded, we break open the seal and compare our musings from March.

Post-Spring Breakdown: OL - EerSports
Today, the offensive line.

Recruiting:

4-star Maryland athlete Steven Smothers explains why Rutgers made his Top 5 - NJ.com
Smothers, who also visited Penn State for their spring game in April, hopes to visit West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Arizona and Oregon over the next few months as his high school career winds down.

OT Hainsey Knows Two Schools Best - Scout
Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway class of 2017 offensive lineman Robert Hainsey holds a handful of offers, and two schools he knows the best. He also spoke about what is important in his recruitment.

Ellis Turning Heads In Ohio - Scout
Warren Howland returns a very talented roster this year in Ohio, and sophomore athlete Tyriq Ellis is a top 2017 prospect in the state. Ellis is starting to see recruiting interest pick up.

Williams Is One To Watch In Ohio - Scout
The class of 2017 in Ohio appears to be very strong from all indications, with several prospects currently holding Power-Five offers. Victor Williams is a versatile player that projects as a defensive back, but could play wide receiver at the next level. He already holds five offers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Applying the "rule of 3" to the 2015 Big 12 - Football Study Hall
It's hard to win the Big 12 without adhering to the "rule of 3," which teams have the DBs to stop passing games?

Could a schedule upgrade in 2022 help Baylor in 2015? - FOX Sports

ISU to begin series with Cincinnati next season - Ames Tribune

The KU chalkboard: Breaking down Kansas’ nonconference schedule - Kansas City Star

K-State Officially Breaks Ground on Soccer and FB Fields - KSTATESPORTS.COM

Looking ahead: Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN

Looking ahead: Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN

Looking ahead to Texas Longhorns basketball season in 2015-16 - ESPN

An early look at TCU’s 2015 non-conference schedule - Dallas Morning News

Hocutt favors waiver for -- but not rush to -- Big 12 title game - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Sunday’s Baseball Game Canceled - WVU Athletics
West Virginia returns home to Monongalia County Ballpark for four games to close out the regular season, beginning with a midweek matchup against Pitt on Tuesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. The Mountaineers then host Texas Tech from May 14-16 in the final series of the year.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model. CLICK HERE for today's animated gif gallery of Abigail Ratchford.