Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (6/27/13) Edition

Baseball stadium interchange planning, football notes, weight room progress, summer basketball, pro updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 27 - WV MetroNews
JaJuan Seider talks about the depth at running back for the Mountaineers, Bob Huggins says Eron Harris needs to be able to play both guard positions and Nathan Adrian says he is getting adjusted to the the demands in the weight room.

WATCH: A Look Inside Construction of WVU's Weight Room - WVillustrated
WVU Director of Athletic Facilities and Operations April Messerly guided us through the new facility while construction continued around us, showing off what was already in place and what is yet to be installed with the project nearing substantial completion.

Smoke, no fire - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Before everyone gets fired up about this, let’s pour some water on it.

Sitting down with Luck: Big 12 - WVSports.com
WVSports.com sat down with West Virginia Director of Athletics Oliver Luck to get his thoughts on the Mountaineers move and what's next?

Planning For I-79 Interchange Begins - WVU Athletics
Thornton said the objective of Wednesday's meetings is to educate everyone involved about the complexities of a project of this magnitude while also fielding suggestions and concerns from the general public.

Morgantown ballpark estimate: open in 2015 - Charleston Gazette
Wednesday was a huge day for the proposed $16 million baseball stadium planned for Morgantown and to be used by WVU. Call it a logistics day, when anyone and everyone involved in the project came together in one form or another to work out the bugs.

Three Complete Swims at Nationals - WVU Athletics
Burnett and Bohman swam at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, while Glegg participated in the 2013 British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield, England.

Which Game of Thrones Character Is Your Big 12 Team? - Burnt Orange Nation
At least we're not Theon


News of Note:

RBs impressing their new coach - WV MetroNews
JaJuan Seider's WVU backfield unit is deep on experience and versatility

Coach: Win-win for WVU and Sims - WV MetroNews
The high school head coach of WVU running back Charles Sims looks at his fit with the Mountaineers.

West Virginia set thanks to Charles Sims, Clint Trickett tranfers - Sporting News
West Virginia began spring practices with significant questions at both quarterback and running back.

McDonald Added to WVU Women’s Basketball Roster - WVU Athletics
McDonald, a 6-foot guard/forward comes to Morgantown from Georgia Tech, where she played in 23 games, earning five starts, last season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 has strong list of coaches - Times West Virginian
It was Bob Huggins, who understands what he is up against as he tries to bring WVU back to its glory days on the basketball court, to point out just how good the coaching is in the Big 12.

Henderson, Watkins Strong Again - BGN
Brandon Watkins and Terry Henderson were two leading lights in Oliverio Peppers' 100-91 win over South Hills Audi in the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League on Wednesday.

Harris, teammates see action in summer leagues - Inter-Mountain
Eron Harris is spending his summer trying to perfect his point guard skills for the upcoming West Virginia University basketball season.

WATCH: Eron Harris, Devin Williams Discuss WVU Summer - WVillustrated
Mountaineer sophomore guard and incoming freshman talk about summer league and the upcoming season.

Sam Huff leaving Redskins’ radio booth - Register-Herald
Notebook


Recruiting:

New realm of Big 12 recruiting not that new - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Recruiting heated up last week and appeased worriers who wondered when West Virginia would rise up and meet or exceed Kansas’ five-person class for 2014.


Pro News:

Geno Smith learning from Adam "PacMan" Jones - Pros Report
While his run-ins aren't with the law, every move he makes is under a microscope now that he's in New York. Jones' words speak right to Smith, as they have for years now.

Scooter Berry and the Montreal Alouettes ready for Winnipeg - Pros Report
The people calling the plays for the Als might be different, but Mountaineers Scooter Berry and Noel Devine expect to take bigger roles on the team this season.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor OL LaQuan McGowan is an enormous human - Our Daily Bears

Position Focus: Running back - Cyclone Fanatic

New KU TV deals may limit handful of hoops games - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State is now TITLETOWN - Reflector-Chronicle

Twelve Impact Offensive Players To Watch In The Big 12: Oklahoma Quarterback Blake Bell - Crimson And Cream Machine

Best- and worst-case scenario in 2013: Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN

Longhorn Network set to enter critical third year of programming - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Lands JUCO OG Frank Kee - Frogs O' War

5Dimes | Texas Tech Football Win Total at 7.5 - Viva The Matadors

Oregon Football Sanctions Indistinguishable From Mild Breeze - Barking Carnival

Oregon's NCAA sanctions: Committee on Infractions' penalties fair - Andy Staples - SI.com

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


Video of (Dis)Interest:

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