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West Virginia survived a disastrous start to turn the opening game of the 2016 Big 12 baseball championships into a Mountaineer celebration, riding a magnificent relief performance by senior Ross Vance.

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News Of Note

Baseball:

Vance’s Effort Huge For WVU’s Tourney Chances | WVU Athletics
Ross Vance, the dude with two first names, bailed West Virginia out big time Wednesday morning in the opening game of the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championships now underway at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Vance steps up in big spot for WVU | Exponent Telegram
Ross Vance knew right from the start that this was not going to be your normal game day, not when you are crawling out of bed to make breakfast at 4:45 in the morning.

Mountaineers blank Sooners behind Vance's dominant outing | Exponent Telegram
West Virginia survived a disastrous start to turn the opening game of the 2016 Big 12 baseball championships into a Mountaineer celebration, riding a magnificent relief performance by senior Ross Vance and a three-run home run by Kyle Davis to a 6-0 victory over Oklahoma.

Vance Shuts Out Sooners in Big 12 Opener | WVU Athletics
Senior left-hander Ross Vance stepped up in an unexpected first inning relief appearance and the No. 4-seeded West Virginia University offense came alive in a 6-0 win over No. 5 Oklahoma in the opening game of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship on Wednesday morning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

WVU blanks Sooners in Big 12 tournament opener | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Before Randy Mazey went to sleep Tuesday night, the manager took a moment to think about what it was going to take for West Virginia to win in the Big 12 tournament, how much his offense would have to perform, how well his pitchers would have to throw in the double-elimination event at Oklahoma City.

West Virginia Athletics:

Thrasher Advances to Two Finals in Munich | WVU Athletics
Rising West Virginia University sophomore Ginny Thrasher qualified for both women’s finals at the 2016 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Munich World Cup, which saw competition conclude today at the Munich Olympic Shooting Range, in Munich, Germany.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 must consider fragility of College Football Playoff bids | ESPN
Wanting to make changes to chase a playoff spot is understandable. But the system is unpredictable, and there's no certainty any one thing would work.

Big 12 Expansion Q&A: The Case for Houston | Bring On The Cats
Under the current media model, it makes no sense. Other than that, what are the benefits?

Big 12 Expansion: Why NOT Houston | Bring On The Cats
The ultimate reason is simple, and it's the same for all the candidates. Nobody available moves the needle.

My numbers think TCU's a top-35 team in 2016. I disagree. They might be top-10. | SBNation
Seriously, this is a top-15 team that could be even better than that.

PODCAST AIN'T PLAYED NOBODY: TCU's stability and the center of the college football universe | SBNation
In the latest PAPN, Bill and Godfrey send best wishes to Mike the Tiger, plug the Athlon preview, discuss 1959 and the geographic center of college football, and go deep into how exactly TCU became the most stable, reliable program in the state.

Oklahoma Receiver Dede Westbrook Arrested In Cameron, Texas | Crimson And Cream Machine
Ah, school's out and the students are home for a break. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the obvious answer is a whole stinking lot can go wrong. As first reported by KMIL.com, Oklahoma...

Texas Tech DB Nigel Bethel To Transfer | Viva The Matadors
One of Texas Tech's top cover men is leaving the South Plains

Report: Former Texas S commit Tim Irvin interested in 'Horns after transferring from Auburn | Burnt Orange Nation
Welp, that didn't last long.

Former QB could become key receiving target for Iowa State Cyclones | ESPN
Darius Lee-Campbell arrived at Iowa State as a 3-star dual-threat QB, but he has moved to wide receiver and shown the new coaching staff he's ready.

Around The NCAA:

31 top recruits pick college football's best coaches, uniforms and much more | SBNation
Let's hear from a tenth of the 300 highest-rated recruits about conferences, food, music, facilities, and what have you.

The Pac-12 looks like the old ACC, with lots of good football teams but maybe no great ones | SBNation
The Pac-12 has a lot of good and very good teams, but no clear elite team.

A better targeting rule and 4 other proposals to improve college football | SBNation
And a little more sensible. Well, not entirely.

TERRIBLE NICKNAMES FOR CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY | Every Day Should Be Saturday
SO HERE ARE A BUNCH

SHUTDOWN FULLCAST 4.17: THE COLDEST MAN IN FOOTBALL LIVES IN PALO ALTO | Every Day Should Be Saturday
A WHIRLWIND SURVEY FINDS MIAMI IN THE HILLS AND WISCONSIN LOOKING AT A HAMMER

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