Mountaineer Morning Links: West Virginia's 150th Birthday (6/20/13) Edition

More recruiting success, Football notes, weight room progress, great feature on Dougity Dog, WVRC suing over Tier 3 bidding, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 20 - WV MetroNews
we get more information about WVU’s two newest football recruits, Jed Drenning says that fans should be cautiously optimistic about Dana Holgorsen’s offense for this upcoming season and Tony Gibson says that WVU has some depth at saftey with some younger players.

Special moments, players and coaches in state sports history - Register-Herald
In celebration of West Virginia's 150th birthday, our sports staff decided to take a look at some of the athletes, coaches and venues that make sports in the Mountain State special.

WVRC lawsuit cites ‘fraud, collusion’ - WV MetroNews
The parent company of MetroNews filed suit Wednesday against Oliver Luck, WVU president Jim Clements and several WV Media stakeholders.

WVU soccer: Program is secret to success for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
It's called Prozone, a statistics and scouting software popularized first internationally and booming now in the United States.

‘Wow, who is this kid?’ - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Why she ended up at WVU isn’t as important as how she ended up at WVU. Carpenter was a product of WVU’s recruiting endeavors with YouTube.

'Cross'-marketing - WVSports.com
Doug Cross is a self-described night owl, often letting his creative juices flow well into the wee-hours of the morning as he crafts his ideas into a working art-form.

FURFARI COLUMN: Collins was key center for Catlett - Times West Virginian
“I couldn’t run, I couldn’t jump, but I thought I could fit in somewhere,” he said modestly in a recent interview. “Oh, yeah, I really enjoyed my years at WVU. I had a fantastic time. I had a great time there all around.”


News of Note:

What is WVU's most important game? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here goes for those boys from West Virginia.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Potential Big 12 games of the year - Times West Virginian
Here is the weekly breakdown:

New Weight Facility Nearing Completion - WVU Athletics
Team plans on using the facility by the end of July.

Draft Day Surprises - BGN
The Major League Baseball draft never fails to surprise West Virginia head coach Randy Mazey.


Recruiting:

Krok Makes It Six - BGN
West Virginia continued its hot streak on the recruiting trail, gaining its fourth commitment in three days on Wednesday when Niles, Oh., offensive lineman Josh Krok committed to the Mountaineers.

Towering tackle picks Mountaineers - WV MetroNews
Josh Krok, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Ohio, chooses WVU over Louisville and Cincinnati.

Massive Lineman Adds Name to WVU Commitment List - WVillustrated
Josh Krok (Niles, Ohio / McKinley), all 305-pounds of him, added his name to the 2014 commitment list on Wednesday after giving his verbal pledge to lead recruiter Tony Gibson, position coach Ron Crook and head coach Dana Holgorsen.

WVU Recruiting: Talented Receivers Spearhead 2014 Class - WVillustrated
The WVU football staff has been scorching hot on the recruiting trail recently, churning in four commitments since this past weekend's camp.


Pro News:



Around the League (and Beyond):

Future Bears Blake and Sean Muir and Peni Tagive train in Australia - Our Daily Bears

New NCAA rule already has Paul Rhoads pondering clock management - Des Moines Register

Andrew Wiggins scores seven points in Bill Self campers game - Lawrence Journal World

Video: X factor -- Kansas State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

New assistant Bill Bedenbaugh discusses state of OU's offensive line - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football: A stunning success story at the box office - Oklahoman

Writer says Mack Brown on hot seat at Texas: 'Time is running out' - Dallas Morning News

2013 TCU football's 10 things to know: Survive, then thrive - SBNation.com

Tight race for Texas Tech's biggest game - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA June 20 class certification hearing outcomes - Andy Staples - SI.com
Sizing up what's at stake for college sports following the case's class certification hearing


What's On Tap:

Happy Birthday West Virginia!!!


Video of Interest:

WVU's Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Joseph takes the MSN crew on a tour of the football team's newly designed weight room.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

Happy Birthday West Virginia, you don't look a day over 149!!


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Colombian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natalia Velez.


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