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Mountaineer Morning Links: Cinco de Mayo (5/5/15) Edition

Football & draft notes, baseball travels to VT, pro news, Big 12 roundup & more.


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 Avion Tequila, in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

What You May Have Missed:

Wrestling Recaps Season at Annual Banquet - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers recapped year one of the Henson Era with a banquet.

Third Varsity Eight Boat Honored by VSR - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

FURFARI: WVU's Roy Lester gets Legend Award from Washington TD Club - Times West Virginian
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports that may be of interest to you

THE READ OPTION: A bunch of ACC teams ruled the NFL Draft -
This is your daily roundup of college football things!

News of Note:


WVU lineman allegedly forced his way into woman’s apartment - WV MetroNews
The victim, who told police she had been in a relationship with Haughton-James, said he was upset that she had ended the relationship. She told troopers Haughton-James had sent her text messages and came to the the apartment to collected his belongings.

West Virginia's Nick Kwiatkoski shines as one of Big 12's best LBs - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
"I try not to think about that stuff, just try to play my game," Kwiatkoski said.

Big 12 post-spring power rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
5. West Virginia (7)

WVU’s Brand Stronger Than Ever with NFL Draft Success - WVillustrated
With three first round selections in the last four years, the WVU football program is gaining momentum in terms of producing NFL Draft picks on a consistent basis.

The next Kevin White?: Future 1st rounders you dont expect - EerSports
Comparison: Ka'Raun White, West Virginia


Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, May 5 - WV MetroNews
Matt Richner of, breaks down the Bears draft class that includes Kevin White.

2015 NFL draft total breakdown: Bengals draft WR/KR Mario Alford - AFC North - ESPN
At his pro day, Mario Alford clocked an official 4.27 40-yard dash time.


Mountaineers try to end streak today in Blacksburg - Beckley Register-Herald
Losers of five straight and 10 of the last 13, the West Virginia University baseball team is desperate for something positive after falling into last place in the Big 12 standings.

Sometimes crying is allowed in baseball - Exponent Telegram
What’s happened with West Virginia’s baseball team is a shame.

Mazey tossed in effort to break WVU’s slump - Charleston Gazette
It retrospect, even Randy Mazey would probably admit that it was a silly thing to do.

Mazey suspended 2 games for lingering after Sunday’s ejection - WV MetroNews
West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey received a two-game suspension for "prolonged arguing" after Sunday afternoon’s ejection in a 5-0 loss to TCU.

WVU's Mazey Suspended Two Games Following Ejection - WVillustrated
Mountaineer coach will miss Virginia Tech game and Friday's opener at Oklahoma State after "prolonged arguing" in TCU game.


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The spring evaluation period is underway with plenty of new offers going out this week. Here's a look at the latest in Big 12 recruiting.

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 4 - WV MetroNews
2016 WVU quarterback commit Cody Saunders discusses his recruiting process.

Pro News: Seattle wants Bruce Irvin for "a long time." - College To Pro Sports
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wants West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin to remain with the Seahawks for seasons to come.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 set to confront title game issue - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Last week, Bob Bowlsby went to the College Football Playoff meetings in Irving, Texas, with questions. On Wednesday, he'll hope to leave the Big 12 spring meetings in Phoenix with answers.

Why this is biggest week yet for new Big 12 - FOX Sports
"All things equal, 13 data points were better than 12 data points," Bowlsby said Long told the commissioners. "What we heard is if we don't go to a championship game we're at a disadvantage."

Former Baylor WRs Antwan Goodley, Levi Norwood, P Spencer Roth find NFL homes - Dallas Morning News

Hoiberg in midst of recovery process - Ames Tribune

KU's football struggles hurt draft stock - Lawrence Journal World

B.J. Finney tells his family he's a Steeler - Bring On The Cats

OU ranked No. 22 in Phil Steele's projected AP Top 25 - Oklahoman

How the NFL Draft helps boost Mason Rudolph's stock even more - Oklahoman

Louisville's NFL Draft success bodes well for Charlie Strong era at Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU draft roundup: Paul Dawson reminds defensive coordinator of Bengals Pro Bowl linebacker - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech Running Backs Preview - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Baseball Travels to Virginia Tech - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team will travel to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, May 5, for a 5:30 p.m., non-conference game at English Field.

Video of Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is . CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Frederikke Winther.

Happy Valentines day!

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