Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (6/26/13) Edition

Grid & Hoops notes, Huggs teleconference, Big 12 bowl lineup improves, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 26 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins talks about his team working hard to prevent what happened last year along with how he wan’ts to schedule non-conference games. Eron Harris is learning how to play the point over the summer and Terry Henderson says the walk-on players will have a bigger role this season.

Sitting down with Luck: Scheduling - WVSports.com
As part of our continuing series WVSports.com sat down with West Virginia Director of Athletics Oliver Luck to get his thoughts and the latest on the issue.

Former WVU athletics staffer files discrimination suit - Charleston Daily Mail
Mike Kerin filed a lawsuit this week in Kanawha Circuit Court, alleging that he was terminated in August 2011 from his position as director of football operations and a younger and less experienced person was hired to do his job.

Burnett Finishes 15th in 800 Free - WVU Athletics
Burnett swam the 800 free, the first of three events, finishing in 15th place with a time of 8:44.15.

The Road to Recovery - WVU Athletics
After coming back from a knee injury, redshirt freshman Carly Black is looking forward to getting her career underway for the Mountaineers.

Furfari: Clarke in 5th hall of fame - Register-Herald
Harry "Flash" Clarke has been deceased since 2005, but he was taken into a fifth Hall of Fame last weekend in nearby Washington, Pa.

Oklahoma State football: When Dana Holgorsen met Brandon Weeden - Oklahoman (Autoplay video)
The two joke about it now, looking back on that explosive one-season partnership fondly.


News of Note:

Lack of identity not a bad thing for WVU offense - Daily Athenaeum
With expectations surrounding WVU focused and based on the identity of those three outstanding superstars, many forgot about the rest of the team riding the coattails Smith, Austin and Bailey.

Dawson gives look inside simplicity of Air Raid offense - Daily Athenaeum
A common misconception of the "Air Raid" scheme itself is that it’s complex. While many believe it takes a genius to understand the scheme, the reality concerning the WVU offense and others like it, is comprehending the genius that is the "Air Raid" is quite simple.

Huggins fishing for improvement - Register-Herald
WVU coach hopes team will be more prepared for 2nd season in Big 12

Prepping For Year Two - BGN
Bob Huggins realizes that his West Virginia team’s second season in the Big 12 Conference could be just as difficult as the 2012-13 season was.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 is reshaping with talent - Times West Virginian
Well, Bob Huggins is in the midst of a crucial summer in which he’s gone out and reshaped his West Virginia team so that this year it fits into the Big 12.

WVU looking to sophomores as leaders - Daily Athenaeum
Following a disappointing season last year, the West Virginia men’s basketball team is hoping to bounce back in a big way during the 2013-14 season.

Huggins Anticipates Full Roster for Season's Start - WVillustrated
The timeline is in doubt, but Huggins continues to say publicly that he thinks each of the members of the 2013 Mountaineers will be ready to suit up once the season begins. It's all a matter of time, but still, there is reason for concern.

Mountaineers getting summer playing time in Pittsburgh pro-am league - Charleston Gazette
"You play against the same guys every day, all summer [on campus],'' Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins said. "It just gives them an opportunity to go up there and [play against] Pitt's players and Duquesne's and Robert Morris. It gives them an opportunity to play against different guys with different skill sets.''

Henderson, Adrian Discuss WVU's Future from Summer League - WVillustrated
Mountaineers open play at Greentree, Henderson and Adrian talk about what they hope to accomplish in the summer league.

Big 12 hoops coaches all have NCAA tournament in common - Charleston Gazette/AP
Tubby Smith has joined what was already an impressive roster of men's basketball coaches in the Big 12.


Recruiting:

Mountaineer camps good exposure - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's good for us and for a lot of the kids, whether they're seniors or underclassmen we might recruit the next couple of years. It's beneficial for them to come down here and (for WVU) to get to hang out with their coaches. It's always good for them to get familiar with us."

College football recruiting: Coaches using coded commit tweets - Andy Staples - SI.com
Yessir. Boom. Yahtzee.


Pro News:

Tuntland signs with Giants - WV MetroNews
Junior third baseman becomes first of WVU's five draft picks to turn pro.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Defensive tackle commit ‘truly green and gold’ - Waco Tribune

Cyclones add safety to 2013 class - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas media deal could be first step to more college realignment - Andy Staples - SI.com

K-State's Weber deals with transfer issues - Topeka Capital Journal

2013 Oklahoma football's 10 things to know: A pretty good rut is still a rut - SBNation.com

Oklahoma State athletics: New video board being installed in Gallagher-Iba Arena - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns football: 5Dimes set season win total at 9.5 - Burnt Orange Nation

Amric Fields Suffers Setback - Frogs O' War

Depth Charting and 2013 Outlook | Secondary - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Big 12 Bowl Alignment Warming Up - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Big 12's speculative bowl alignment, beginning in 2014, doesn't feature a single city that figures to have temperatures near freezing with snow dropping throughout any of its bowl games


Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' Tuesday morning remarks on the Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference. June 25, 2013.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE


Hump Day Video of the Week:



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