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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (5/12/15) Edition

Baseball Brawl tonight, football notes, lots of pro news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 11 - WV MetroNews
former WVU point guard Darris Nichols, joins us as he recently took an assistant coaching job at the University of Florida.

Marable Claims U.S. Open Title - WVU Athletics
WVU assistant coach Nick Marable won his second U.S. Open title at 70 kg

Cramer Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Football

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 12 - WV MetroNews
WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, shares his opinion on spring football from a high school perspective.

Big 12 post-spring position rankings: QB - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6. West Virginia (6)

Post-Spring Breakdown: DL - EerSports
There should be more rotation with the defensive line this fall than in any year in recent memory.

2015-16 Bowl Projections - Sporting News
TicketCity Cactus Bowl: West Virginia vs. Utah

Baseball

Baseball Set to Host Pitt - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will host Pitt in a Gold Rush.

WVU in danger of missing Big 12 baseball tourney - Charleston Gazette
There’s a lot more intrigue at the bottom of the Big 12 baseball standings than at the top heading into the final week of the season.

WVU Approaches Final Week with Season on the Line - WVillustrated
With a home series against Texas Tech looming this weekend, the WVU baseball team needs to win the series in order to keep its hopes alive to advance to next week's Big 12 Conference Tournament

FURFARI: Mountaineers face Panthers, Red Raiders to end season - Times West Virginian
The West Virginia University baseball team couldn’t be happier arriving back home and facing the final four games of the 2015 regular season.

WVU to close season with four home games - Beckley Register-Herald
The West Virginia University baseball team couldn’t be happier arriving back home and facing the final four games of the 2015 regular season.

WVU welcomes Pitt in final non-conference tilt - Exponent Telegram
They will be singing "Take Me Out to the ‘Brawl’ Game" tonight when West Virginia returns home to begin a first season-ending homestand at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Recruiting:

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Some teams getting an early start on Class of 2017.

Pro News:

Bears top pick Kevin White learning all the in and outs at WR - Chicago Tribune
On first day of practice, Bears already asking WR Kevin White to move around.

Arizona Cardinals draftee Shaquille Riddick on switching from DE to OLB: 'I'm athletic enough to do it' - Arizona Sports 98.7 FM
Former West Virginia standout Shaquille Riddick is one of two players from the Arizona Cardinals' 2015 draft class expected to switch from defensive end to an outside linebacker in the pros.

Column on rookie o-line guys - News Tribune
Glowinski looked smoothest, particularly when called upon to get out and run on screen passes.

Jets Sunday notes: Geno Smith, Brandon Marshall try buddy system - New York Jets Blog - ESPN
Brandon Marshall and Geno Smith started working out together soon after Marshall was traded to the Jets in March, and now they've taken their wide receiver-quarterback relationship to the next level.

WVU's Mario Alford Motivated in Bengals Camp - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer receiver signs with Cincinnati, now focused on making an impact wherever he can at the professional level.

Improved hands would help former WVU WR Mario Alford in Cincinnati - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Former West Virginia receiver Mario Alford could have a future with the Cincinnati Bengals, particularly if he grows into a more complete player.

After low point, Cook reaching for stars again - Exponent Telegram
Darwin Cook saw the highest of highs and he’s experienced some of life’s lowest lows.

Around the League (and Beyond):

It's time for coaches to relax stance toward NCAA rules; Punt, Pass & Pork - Staples - SI.com

Baylor's Seth Russell confidently assumes role of starting QB - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

2015 Iowa State Football: Five Reasons for Optimism - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas’ Landen Lucas: Time off ‘great’ for his health - Lawrence Journal World

K-State alum Ty Zimmerman hopes to keep NFL dream going after New York Jets tryout - Topeka Capital Journal

OU has two of the nation's 'most explosive' running backs - Oklahoman

How I Got Here: Ryan Simmons - Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site

Texas Longhorns regents set to approve new coach Shaka Smart's contract for nearly $22 million over 7 years - FOX Sports

TCU Football Round Table: May 11th, "A Dream of Spring" - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Wide Receiver Preview - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Updated Baseball Parking Information - WVU Athletics
A limited amount of free parking will now be available in the parking lot at the WVU Healthcare University Town Centre facility adjacent to Monongalia County Ballpark.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a two time SI Swimsuit cover model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Kate Upton.