Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (7/26/13) Edition

Penn State close to returning to schedule - but it's not done yet, pair of JUCO commits, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, July 26 - WV MetroNews
Greg Hunter gives talks about WVU’s two latest commitments for next season, Dana Holgorsen says that travel is not an issue for the Mountaineer football team and Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com talks about a potential split between power conferences and the NCAA.

Tickets for 2014 Cotton Bowl already sold out - ESPN Dallas
Tickets for the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl, which features teams from the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference, have already sold out, making it one of the quickest sellouts in the game's history, it was announced Monday.

Trio to Train with Canadian U-20 Team - WVU Athletics
Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence and Amandine Pierre-Louis were named to the roster.

Zublasing One Step Closer to NCAA Honor - WVU Athletics
WVU graduate Petra Zublasing is one step closer to earning the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.


News of Note:

WVU, Penn State nearing home-and-home football series - Charleston Daily Mail
Teams would meet for first time since 1992

WVU-Penn State mulling series renewal - WV MetroNews
Teams haven't met since Nittany Lions were an independent in 1992.

PSU open to resuming WVU football series - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Penn State is open to playing West Virginia in football, but athletic director Dave Joyner said the schools have yet to engage in serious talks about renewing the rivalry.

’13 record could be deceiving - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU bowl streak could be ending

Garrison won’t settle for being ‘Pipped’ - Register-Herald
Junior running back hopes to be major contributor for Mountaineers

WVU's Clarke Speaking Up For the D - WVU Athletics
Senior Will Clarke admits the D has to play better in '13.


Recruiting:

Juco offensive lineman pledges - WV MetroNews
Justin Scott becomes WVU's second offensive line commitment for 2014 and eighth overall.

JUCO Commit Myers to WVU: "I Won't Let Them Down" - WVillustrated
Mountaineers receive commitment from talented cornerback for the 2014 season.


Pro News:

Marty Mornhinweg heaps praise on Geno Smith, says it’s ‘up to him’ if rookie can be NY Jets’ starter in Week 1 - NY Daily News
Geno Smith may have experienced his fair share of growing pains during the offseason, but don't be surprised if the former West Virginia star wins the Jets quarterback competition against incumbent Mark Sanchez that begins in earnest on Friday in Cortland.

Keith Tandy looking to step up for Bucs - Pros Report
Tandy, who had his ups and downs at WVU, is relishing his new role with the Bucs and according to their coaches he'll likely see the field more this fall.

Lance Frazier's WVUPros Insider CFL Recap: Week 4 - Pros Report
Another great week in the CFL is over, and all the of teams that were supposed to win did just that.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles has a lofty expectation for Baylor's new QB - San Antonio Express-News

On the side: Rhoads answers all in the Big D - Cyclone Fanatic

KU football at bottom of new pile - Lawrence Journal World

K-State looks to next crop of players to rebuild defense - Kansas City Star

Sooners Extend Bob Stoops' Contract Through 2020 - Crimson And Cream Machine

How cornerback transfer Tyler Patmon wound up at Oklahoma State - Oklahoman

Cayleb Jones Transferring - Barking Carnival

TCU’s Gary Patterson is letting Twitter followers know when "recruiting is heating up" - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech 2013 season preview - NFL.com


Video of Interest:

Who is the best player in the Big 12 that is not on your team?


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playmate of the Month from 2005. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Raquel Gibson (although the video below and HERE are probably better).


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