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Sorry for the delay folks, but here's today's rundown... We have several football player features along with a look at the transition to the Big 12 on the hoops side. Plenty of news and notes, WVUPros previews the weekend, a Big 12 roundup and much more...
What You May Have Missed:
New conference members describe impact on programs - ESPN
We've been focusing mainly on the gridiron, but here's a look at the hoops side
Introducing Oklahoma State - WVUsports.com
The series continues with the Cowboys
WVU Campus Tour - Fox Sports Southwest
WVU Junior Gymnast Makenzie Bristol takes us on a tour of the West Virginia campus.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Jones will work for NBA spot - Times West Virginian
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes—not that you won or lost—but how you played the Game." — Sports writing great Grantland Rice
WVU Pros Weekend Football Preview: Noel Devine and Scooter Berry Get It Started on Friday - WVU Pros
We preview Mountaineers in action in the CFL and AFL this weekend.
News of Note:
Unit Rankings: 2012 Big 12 Wide Receivers - AthlonSports.com
Well, well...look who gets the top spot
Healthy Alston Believes Sky is Limit for WVU Rushers - WVillustrated
Senior running back confident in himself, teammates as he readies for final year with Mountaineers.
Alston looks to be leader of RB ‘pack’ - Charleston Gazette
WVU's running back position will be interesting to watch when fall camp resumes.
No. 1 Geno Smith - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is the top ranked player in the Big 12 Conference preseason player rankings by Metronews.
Millard Maturing Into Confident Quarterback - WVillustrated
Millard is taking steps forward heading into the 2012 season
WVU Defensive Line Adjusting to Changes - WVillustrated
The entire West Virginia football team will have to deal with some major changes this season.
The Road Back - WVUsports.com
Jenkins, who is eligible to play one more season of football at WVU, has made the recovery necessary to get back in the game.
WVU's Jenkins eager to face Herd - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Thankfully, his opinion isn't weighed by Oliver Luck
HERTZEL COLUMN: Sooners, WVU have some history - Times West Virginian
To say that the upstart Mountaineers are going to muscle their way right past Texas as the Sooners’ top rival this year is saying a lot ... and not nearly enough.
Around the League (and Beyond):
The Amateur: Hot Dog Eating Contest And Reversals Of Fortune - SBNation.com
Spencer Hall traveled to Brooklyn to eat as many hot dogs as he could and throw-up on camera, all in the name of journalism.
Video of Interest:
It was the Aggies the other day, today it's the Longhorns (especially the guy at the 2:07 mark):
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is a South African stunner. HERE is today's gallery of Genevieve Morton.