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Bigger Might Not Be Better For The Big 12 Conference

Once again the Big 12 is trying to convince itself that the road to a football national championship is made smoother by adding two teams and a championship game, something which can only subtract from the league’s allure to those who put the playoffs together.

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News Of Note

Basketball:

Arkansas St. Grad Transfer Anthony Livingstone Interested in WVU | WV Illustrated
In the span of a week, Bob Huggins and West Virginia are in the mix for a second graduate transfer.

Baseball:

Timely Hits Propel WVU to Win Over Hokies | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team scored a run in five of the first six innings to beat Virginia Tech 5-4 on Tuesday evening.

Huth’s throw helps Mountaineers stave off Virginia Tech | WV MetroNews
Jackson Cramer hit his sixth homer of the year and center fielder KC Huth threw out the potential tying runner at third base to end West Virginia’s 5-4 win over Virginia Tech 5-4 on Tuesday night in nonconference baseball action.

Donato Named National Pitcher of the Week | WVU Athletics
Coming off a two-hit, complete game shutout, West Virginia University junior right-hander Chad Donato has been named the National Pitcher of the Week, today, by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Bigger might not be better for Big 12 | Exponent Telegram
Once again the Big 12 is trying to convince itself that the road to a football national championship is made smoother by adding two teams and a championship game, something which can only subtract from the league’s allure to those who put the playoffs together.

Big 12 questions that did not get answered this spring | ESPN
Spring practice answered a lot of questions in the Big 12, but there are still more that remain. Here are the biggest unresolved ones for each school.

Charlie Strong Q&A: Texas coach on offense, QBs, more | Campus Rush
Strong recently sat down in his office for a lengthy Q&A about the state of the Texas football, the offense's uptick in tempo and whether he has managed the program well during his first two seasons in Austin.

Around The NCAA:

FSU student government wants to eliminate Native American headdresses at games | Sporting News
The Florida State student government last month passed a resolution discouraging fans from wearing Native American headdresses to games and other athletic events

Idaho's going FCS. Let's appreciate one small moment of Vandals FBS greatness. | SBNation
The Vandals may have never been particularly good, but they were a fun team to have around.

West Virginia Pros

Rams pick up fifth-year options on Tavon Austin | ESPN
Now that their options have been picked up, the Rams are looking at securing Tavon Austin for the long-term.

Raiders Karl Joseph gets his Madden 16 rating, how it compares to fellow first round rookies | Silver And Black Pride
With the 14th overall pick in last weekend's draft, the Raiders selected West Virginia safety Karl Joseph. We know he's the best safety in the draft, but how does Madden think he stacks up?

Jets GM says he's 'excited to see' what Geno Smith can do if he's starting QB | CBSSports.com
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan's actions -- drafting a quarterback in each of the last two drafts -- betray his vote of confidence in Smith.

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