Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/10/13) Edition

Football probation over, football features, summer hoops, pro updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 10 - WV MetroNews
Houston Transfer Charles Simms makes the Maxwell Watch List along with other Big 12 players, WVU Sales and Marketing Director Matt Wells talks about Stripe the Stadium and Gold Rush games for the Mountaineers. Also, Dustin Garrison talks about the depth at running back and Connor Arlia says that time management has been a big success for the Mountaineers this off season.

WVU waving goodbye to probation - Charleston Gazette
"It was a substantial hit, but not publicly."

Zublasing Grabs Gold in Granada - WVU Athletics
Recent WVU graduate Petra Zublasing won Gold at the ISSF Granada World Cup.

Furfari: Akers making recovery - Martinsburg Journal
The former West Virginia University basketball star of the late 1950s was seriously injured last Feb. 13 in a damaging fall at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

Furfari: Van Halanger says Bowden changed his life - Register-Herald
Van Halanger, who turns 60 in October, was a great offensive tackle at West Virginia University from 1973-75 under Bobby Bowden. He also will be remembered as the organizer of WVU’s first formal strength and conditioning program.

Mailbag: Virginia Tech should beware; WVU fans still dangerous as ever - Roanoke Times
I strongly urge everyone to intelligently and politely set this guy straight via the email provided at the bottom of the article...we showed the Big 12 the reputation was undeserved, let's show the Chokies too.

News of Note:

Summer workouts not so serious - Charleston Daily Mail
The secret behind the twice weekly gatherings is that they're kind of fun.

Feigt Embracing Underdog Role - WVU Athletics
Senior right tackle Curtis Feigt is among a growing group of West Virginia players embracing this year’s underdog status – both the good and the bad that comes with it.

Up or Down: Defensive Line - BGN
As we head into the final few weeks before the start of fall football practice, looks at the potential highs and lows of each unit on the 2013 Mountaineer football team.

Can Sims live up to the hype? - Daily Athenaeum
After viewing several highlight tapes of what Sims could do on the gridiron, I must say this year could be very exciting in terms of production.

WVU seeking state talent - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Holgorsen also has also made it a priority to get more in-state players on the roster and to have them explain the importance the program holds for many residents of the mountain state.

WVU baseball looks to play at Hawley Field; Zublasing wins gold - Times West Virginian
“We’re exploring all options and Morgantown is one, but it hasn’t been decided,” a source within the department said Tuesday.

Casazza: Hiring Good Help More Important Than Ever -
No matter the cause, Big 12 teams seem to spend a part of every offseason looking for an assistant coach. In the best cases, a head coach has to replace an assistant because an outside program thought enough of that assistant to pick him to lead its program.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Basketball Walk-Ons Prove Promising - WVillustrated
West Virginia Men's Basketball players, Brett Morris, Richard Romeo and James Long talk to the media following a game in the Pittsburgh Summer League.


Top targets: Wide receivers - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews recruiting series continues with scouting reports on class of 2014 pass-catchers being pursued by WVU

Pro News:

Ex-Gridder Sanders Honored - WVU Athletics
Jock Sanders earns CFL award.

Pat White doing whatever it takes to stay with Washington - Pros Report
Now with the Washington Redskins, White is changing his "quarterback only" stance, and is now open to playing other positions in order to make the Redskins roster.

Lance Frazier's WVUPros' Insider CFL Update: Week 2 - Pros Report
The CFL season is picking up steam, so we asked WVUPro, NFL and CFL veteran Lance Frazier (Follow him @LanceFrazier15) to give you his take on the Mountaineers playing in the CFL.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor’s Seastrunk, Hager on watch lists - Waco Tribune

Meet the Football Newcomers: QB's and RB's -

Oft-injured KU RB Bourbon feeling as strong, confident as ever - Lawrence Journal World

Hubert, Zimmerman Named to Preseason Watch Lists - Kansas State Official Athletic Site

OU Football 2013 | Trey Millard Using The Offseason To Practice On His Signature Move, The 'Jump Truck' - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State DT Calvin Barnett on Bednarik Award watch list - Oklahoman

Connor Brewer Transfers From Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football players participate in new performance assessment test - TCU 360

Tech receivers working to fill senior void - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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