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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (5/6/14) Edition

No Big 12 title game in 2015, football & draft reports, baseball drops 6th straight, recruiting, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Big 12’s Bowlsby backs off football title game talk - Charleston Daily Mail
After meeting with coaches and athletic directors Tuesday, Bowlsby said he does not sense the conference is headed toward a title game.

Big 12 chooses not to host a championship game in 2015 -
The Big 12's decision not to host a title game in 2015 is a risky maneuver, but hear them out first.

Big 12 title game is not the answer - Beckley Register-Herald
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen has made it clear in recent weeks he’s fully behind a championship football game for the Big 12.

New faces for WVU women - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
When someone refers to the saying “get your scorecards ready,” baseball is usually the first sport that comes to mind. Not anymore.

FURFARI: Movie star Tim Agee was record tackler for WVU in early 1980s - Times West Virginian
Depending on your age, you probably saw a likeness of this handsome young man as you drove by a lighted billboard anywhere from coast to coast in the USA.

Read Option: 3 new bowl games mean 84 of 128 college football teams will go bowling -
Good morning! It's your daily roundup of college football stuff.

News of Note:


DB Dillon Willing to Catch Punts - WVU Athletics
KJ Dillon has the confidence to catch punts this fall.

Big 12's spring breakout players - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson

NFL picks, signings show WVU is place to develop - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU may have had its best class in 2010, but it has been better about producing pro prospects since then.


NFL Draft: The WVU View - BGN
With the NFL draft and the first wave of free agent signings now complete, we examine West Virginia's players heading for their shot at pro football careers.

Who will be the NFL's best rookies in 2015? -
Kevin White

Fantasy football: Melvin Gordon, Kevin White the top rookies from 2015 NFL draft
2. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

How will Kevin White fit in with the Bears? Q&A with Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron - College To Pro Sports
The Bears selected Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. What are their plans for him and how will he fit in?

Riddick prepared to be stand-up guy for Arizona Cardinals - WV MetroNews
Former college defensive end making shift to outside linebacker in NFL.


Virginia Tech Rips WVU 13-3 - BGN
It was more of the same for both teams as Virginia Tech whipped West Virginia 13-3 at English Field in Blacksburg, Va. on Tuesday.

6 straight losses: Sliding Mountaineers battered by Virginia Tech, 13-3 - WV MetroNews
West Virginia sustained its sixth consecutive loss during a blowout in Blacksburg.

Mountaineers fall to Hokies for sixth consecutive loss - Beckley Register-Herald
Four multi-run innings and nine walks doomed the West Virginia University baseball team as it fell 13-3 to Virginia Tech on Tuesday evening at English Field.

WATCH: WVU Drops 6th Straight, Falls at Virginia Tech - WVillustrated
The WVU baseball team dropped its sixth straight game on Tuesday night, falling on the road at Virginia Tech, 13-3.


Finally, Polish -- and Mountain State -- hoops news - Charleston Gazette
"He’s getting significant interest from WVU, Clemson, Wisconsin and Richmond," Long said. So yes, West Virginia’s Bob Huggins is on Bender.

Ferns recruitment will kind of start over - 247Sports
The Ferns family has mentioned in the past that schools like West Virginia, where Fern's older brother, along with Pittsburgh, the Texas schools and LSU offer what he's looking for.

Pro News:

Darwin Cook signs with CFL team - College To Pro Sports
Cook is the latest Mountaineer to play in Canada.

2015 NFL draft: New York Jets pass on QBs, stick with Geno Smith - New York Jets Blog - ESPN
By adding a pair of receivers, the Jets hope Geno Smith will blossom into a reliable quarterback.

Around the League (and Beyond):

NFL Could Try Teaching Its Quarterbacks - Team Speed Kills

Roundtable: Which Big 12 team found answers? Baylor - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Big 12 expansion, not title game, is ISU's best bowl bet - Des Moines Register

KU's JaCorey Shepherd ready to prove NFL worth with Philadelphia Eagles following costly mistake - Topeka Capital Journal

Lockett’s departure leaves holes - Manhattan Mercury

OU's spring game attendance among best in college football - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football: Former running back Desmond Roland tweets he's been invited Dallas Cowboys mini-camp - Oklahoman

"Havoc" won't be coming to Texas under Shaka Smart - Burnt Orange Nation

Is TCU's Josh Doctson the Big 12's top NFL receiver prospect for 2016? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Tech Football Player Arrested - Viva The Matadors

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

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