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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/14/15) Edition

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Football notes, baseball begins final series of season today against Texas Tech, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Swanegen to Join Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University volleyball coach Reed Sunahara announced Wednesday that middle blocker/right side Mia Swanegan will transfer from TCU and join the Mountaineers for the 2015 season.

WVU's Pastilong to be Enshrined in State Hall - WVU Athletics
Ed Pastilong will become just the 56th person with West Virginia University ties to be enshrined in the West Virginia Hall of Fame on Sunday in Wheeling.

FURFARI: Hawkins excelled as defensive tackle for WVU in 1990s - Times West Virginian
Barry Hawkins of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was a 6-foot-4, 310 pound defensive tackle on West Virginia University’s football teams from 1990-1993.

News of Note:

Football

Battles with the Big 12's best should help West Virginia Mountaineers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
An experienced roster should help West Virginia in 2015, especially during a stretch of road games at Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU.

Big 12 post-spring position rankings: WR - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6. West Virginia

Big 12 coach rankings: Gary Patterson, Art Briles make case for No. 1 - Sporting News
7 - Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

Post-Spring Breakdown LB - EerSports
Spring practice is over, players are on break for a couple weeks, and the 2015 class arrives next month. EerSports breaks down where each position is right now, and where it could be in the fall. Today, the linebackers.

Baseball

Baseball Hosts Texas Tech in Regular-Season Finale - WVU Athletics
Thursday’s opener will begin at 6 p.m., Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m. and Saturday’s finale will be at 1 p.m.

Final weekend finds Mountaineers in a four-way fight to avoid elimination - WV MetroNews
With West Virginia’s season at stake, Chad Donato relishes a chance to face one of the programs that overlooked him coming out of Cypress, Texas, two years ago.

Make or break series begins today - Exponent Telegram
It comes down to this for West Virginia: Win or see the season end.

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, May 13 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey speaks after WVU’s 4-1 loss to rival Pitt on Tuesday night in Morgantown.

Hoops

Will 2016 be 'sweet' for one of these 25 teams? - Sporting News
16 West Virginia

Pro News:

One-on-One: Kevin White Settles In to New Home in Chicago - WVillustrated
Former WVU wide receiver Kevin White recently sat down with Chicago Bears beat reporter Jeff Joniak in a post-draft interview, discussing a variety of topics since being selected with the 7th overall pick.

WVU draftees impressing at camps - BGN
Not long after learning about their destinations last week, the group of former West Virginia football players who were recently drafted or picked up as undrafted free agents made the trips to rookie minicamp to start their professional careers.

Shaquille Riddick Signs Contract with Arizona Cardinals - WVillustrated
Former WVU defensive end Shaquille Riddick signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon after being selected by the franchise with their fifth round pick.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Summer homework for the Big 12 - FOX Sports

247Sports says Baylor QB Seth Russell should be a household name after 2015 - Our Daily Bears

Luke Knott set to return for Iowa State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

2015 Spring Football Review: Kansas - Big 12 Conference

Kansas State separates itself in Big 12 with turnover margin - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Oklahoma Sooners Running Back Keith Ford Announces He Will Transfer - Crimson And Cream Machine

Arriving Early: Jordan Burton - Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site

Time set for Texas MBB opener in China - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU’s Del Conte wins share of director of the year award - Star Telegram

Texas Tech finishes up Big 12 play against West Virginia - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Updated Baseball Parking Information - WVU Athletics
Some updated information for baseball parking.

Video of Interest:

So good, worth another look

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native of Hawaii. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Leila Dee Thomas.