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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/21/15) Edition

Baseball drops Big 12 Tournament opener, football & hoops notes, recruiting, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

More evidence that WVU’s move to Big 12 was the right one - Charleston Gazette
The financial numbers are out now from the first year of the College Football Playoff, and for schools like West Virginia — which is a Power 5 conference member thanks to that move to the Big 12 — the news is staggeringly good.

West Virginia coaches make rowdy caravan stop at Beckley's Calacino's - Beckley Register-Herald
The West Virginia University Coaches Caravan stopped at Calacino’s in Beckley Wednesday, and by the time the coaches arrived at 7:30 p.m., it was a rowdy atmosphere that greeted football coach Dana Holgorsen, men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins and women’s basketball coach Mike Carey.

Furfari: Huggins gets 4th Coach of the Year award, signs big forward - Beckley Register-Herald
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports topics that may interest you

Two Teams Honored By NCAA - WVU Athletics
The gymnastics and rowing teams received recognition by the NCAA.

News of Note:

Football

Big 12 post-spring position rankings: Linebacker - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
3. West Virginia

Big 12 X-factors: Names to know - FOX Sports
Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia

Basketball

College hoops overhaul has influences outside NBA - Charleston Daily Mail
Somewhere along the line, college basketball will find a way to remember, embrace and champion college basketball. For now, it seems disparate desires pull the game in different directions.

Juwan Staten takes his show on the road - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
He has a dozen or so other workouts lined up before June’s draft, and he’s convinced his game will convince a team to call his name.

Baseball

Baseball Falls Despite Donato’s Gem - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team dropped its opening game of the Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma State Cowboys Baseball Wins With 3-0 Shutout Of West Virginia - Crimson And Cream Machine
Oklahoma State blanking West Virginia in Wednesday's night cap finalized Thursday's schedule for the second day of the Big 12 Championship.

Mountaineers miss chance to join Big 12 tourney’s upset caravan - WV MetroNews
Wednesday night's 3-0 loss to Oklahoma State pushed WVU's season to the brink of elimination.

Missed Chances - BGN
West Virginia's inability to capitalize in scoring situations wasted an excellent pitching effort from Mountaineer starter Chad Donato as WVU dropped a 3-0 decision to Oklahoma State on the opening day of the Big 12 Championship.

Miscues Plague WVU Despite Solid Pitching - WVillustrated
The WVU baseball team dropped its opening round game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament to No. 2 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Big 12 Championship Update No. 2 - WVU Athletics
After losing in the first round of the Big 12 Championship to Oklahoma State, the Mountaineers now face elimination. They take on Oklahoma tomorrow afternoon today at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Recruiting:

WVU Offers Top Five RB - EerSports
West Virginia offered Sprayberry (GA) running back Trey Sermon this afternoon, the four-star prospect tweeted

Pro News:

Jets OC: Geno is Starter, No Question About It - EerSports
When the New York Jets signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, he was supposed to usurp Geno Smith as their starting quarterback. When the draft came...

Jets OC Gailey: Geno Smith 'probably' Week 1 starter at QB - CBSSports
Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said there would not be a quarterback competition during training camp

Geno Smith named Jets starting quarterback for 2015 season - EerSports
After two days of OTA's, new OC Chan Gailey announced that there is no competition. Geno Smith will start in 2015.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Watch Shawn Oakman jump 40 inches while holding 70 pounds - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Cyclones preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Strong and weak: Kansas Jayhawks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Juco QB Jonathan Banks signs with Kansas State - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

OSU baseball: Ryan Sluder's hitting surge came at opportune time for Cowboys - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas ranks No. 36 in 2015 S&P+ projections - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Basketball Schedule Taking Shape - Frogs O' War

Three-star Jett Duffey in line to be Tech's next QB - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: Why the ACC still can't compare to SEC and Pac-12 - FOX Sports

What's On Tap:

2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship - Big 12 Conference
Full tournament schedule

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

New "Deep Note"

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a UFC ring girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Carly Baker.