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What You May Have Missed:
Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 13 - WV MetroNews
Greg Hunter discusses the incoming WVU players who are not enrolled in summer classes and Sean Carley talks about sitting out last year after transferring.
Yeager Airport dancing Texas 2-step - Charleston Gazette
Charleston-Dallas nonstop flights take off
WVRC wants original bids unveiled - WV MetroNews
Company's latest protest reiterates call for hearing involving Oliver Luck ad Andrew Payne.
Furfari: Compton's WVU best center ever - Martinsburg Journal
Mike Compton, who was the fifth in West Virginia's line of 11 consensus All-American football players, starred on the teams from 1989-92.
WVU’s Talley stresses family - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
On Wednesday, the College Football Hall of Famer was in town as the keynote speaker for the Mid-Ohio Valley Leadership Dinner to support the Boy Scouts of America Allohak Council.
Talley hip with Twitter universe - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
If you’ve ever met former West Virginia University All-American Darryl Talley, one can’t help but come away impressed.
News of Note:
Stadium plans begin for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Nearly two months have passed since the state legislature voted for the Tax Increment Financing bill that will help finance West Virginia University's new baseball stadium.
HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU has its academic ship on course - Times West Virginian
There have been times over the years when West Virginia’s APRs were somewhat shaky, resulting in penalties that include losing scholarships or practice time in offending sports.
WATCH: Mike Joseph Talks Weight Room, Summer Workouts - WVillustrated
Mountaineer strength coach taking on rookies, new weight room in summer months for WVU football program.
An Embarrassment of Riches - Eer Sports
Mosey around the Puskar Center nowadays and you will find strategically placed pictures of Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin in the hall. On a counter top, there are a stack of fliers listing off all the 1,000 yard receivers Dana Holgorsen has coached. And on a laptop screen, there’s a well-constructed computer graphic listing off the entire St. Louis Rams receiving corps – all coached by current Mountaineer receiver coach, Lonnie Galloway.
Tavon Austin dazzles in St. Louis Rams practice - NFL.com
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin has the most electric moves of any NFL rookie. Find out what happened when he juked punter Johnny Hekker out of his cleats during Tuesday's practice.
Rookie Premiere: St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin - NFL Videos (autoplay)
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin lets Jordan Babineaux in on a few secrets like how Austin will celebrate his first NFL touchdown and how his all-purpose skills will translate into the NFL.
Why you won't recognize St. Louis Rams' offense - ESPN
Austin, he of the 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash and commensurate stopping power, is everywhere in practice: in the slot, on the perimeter, in the backfield, returning punts.
Jets far from ready to name starter at quarterback - SI.com
"We'll know when we know,'' quarterbacks coach David Lee said Wednesday, "but we don't know right now.''
New York Jets mulling read-option package for Geno Smith - ESPN New York
Hoping to capitalize on Smith's athleticism, the Jets are open to using Smith in a specialized role -- read-option plays -- if he loses the quarterback competition to incumbent Mark Sanchez.
News and notes on Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Jorge Wright, Jarrett Brown, Pacman Jones and more - Pros Report
Several news items involving WVUPros in football have come to our attention during the early part of this week. Here is what we know and can tell you.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Big 12 football: Louisville sting worsens - Oklahoman
If the Big 12 kingpins, Texas and OU, both wanted the Cardinals, why didn’t Louisville get an invite?
What's On Tap:
MEN'S HOOP BLOG - WVU Athletics
Tournament officials announced the pairings for the 2013 Men’s Cancun Challenge played at the all-inclusive Aventura Palace resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
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