Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (8/23/13) Edition

Football notes, soccer gets underway, pro updates (including WVU Pros), Big 12 roundup and more as we head into the final weekend before Mountaineer football officially kicks off.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Aug. 23 - WV MetroNews
Erik Slaughter talks about the passion that he wants his defensive line to play with, while Junior College transfer, Kevin White talks about the changes he made to get to this level.

West Virginia Radio president congratulated IMG for bid - Charleston Daily Mail
While IMG officials have apparently reached out to partner with West Virginia Radio on sports broadcasts, the company has ignored those overtures, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

And then there were two - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Sources tell the Charleston Daily Mail former WVU and NFL safety Mike Logan will do pregame and postgame work on game days.

Friday night lights; WVU ticket sales - Charleston Gazette
"We're at 33,200 or just a little more," Wells said on Thursday. "That will be close to our final number."

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Women's Soccer - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Soccer Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and Junior Defender Jess Crowder before their game at Penn State tomorrow.

West Virginia | Big 12 at a glance - Yahoo! Sports
View the picture 'West Virginia' from the photo gallery 'Big 12 at a glance' on Yahoo! Sports. Best Tailgate Scene: West Virginia. The food and scenery are better at Texas, but nobody goes harder than the Mountaineer faithful. Be prepared.


News of Note:

All Eyes on WVU's Defense This Fall - WVU Athletics
West Virginia defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has a proven track record of fielding successful defenses.

Safeties bound by highlight tape - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Come see how Darwin Cook came back to being his old self while learning how Jarrod Harper came to be at WVU.

Joseph physical in WVU secondary - Times West Virginian
Considering the reckless manner in which both Joseph and his brother in mayhem, Darwin Cook, play, one might categorize them more as a Grant Wiley than a Keith Tandy … a player charged with hitting first and worrying about the pass second.

Dawson Explains Evolution of WVU Offense - WVillustrated
Mountaineers' offensive coordinator says Holgorsen is "conservative" compared to what he was in his own OC days.

Dawson still learning that numbers don’t equate to wins - Register-Herald
“What we’ve done is learned to understand that what matters is who wins the game. (Holgorsen’s) kind of put my ego to the side a little bit. That doesn’t mean we can’t go a ton of yards. It’s an evolution of the offense that occurred, and I’ll give him the credit for that. Because it definitely wasn’t me.”

Depth not an issue for WVU - Charleston Gazette
"We do seem to have some bodies just about everywhere,'' offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said.

West Virginia's Orlosky rapidly excelling at center - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Locked in a position battle with fellow redshirt freshman center Tony Matteo in fall camp, Orlosky gained an edge by being "a little bit ahead physically," Holgorsen said.

Kicking could be a problem again - Charleston Daily Mail
"We don't have a guy who can put it in the end zone," special teams coordinator Joe DeForest said. "That's a problem."


Recruiting:

Big 12 recruiting storylines: Aug. 22 - ESPN (Insider)
Oklahoma State highlights this week’s Big 12 storylines, but there’s also news about West Virginia and top 2014 and 2015 players who could be big-time Big 12 assets.


Pro News:

Jets QB competition may extend to fourth preseason game - New York Daily News
The Jets have barely gotten a chance to see Geno Smith play in a game situation, and that means the quarterback competition could extend into the team’s fourth preseason game against the Eagles.

VIDEO: Jock Sanders stays positive after a rough game - ProsReport
After a tremendous start to the CFL season, Jock Sanders has hit a rough patch but maintains a positive attitude.

Terence Garvin Fighting for Spot with Steelers - WVillustrated
Former WVU defender pushing for linebacker position in rookie year with Pittsburgh, talks competition and Mountaineers.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12′s best: Nos. 20-16 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's countdown of the conference's best players moves to Day 2.

Bears’ stable of defensive ends poised to wrap up enemy QBs - Waco Tribune

Why Paul Rhoads' 5th season could be his most challenging - Des Moines Register

Quarterback TJ Millweard Transfers to Kansas - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State hardly alone in waiting to announce starting QB - Kansas City Star

Bob Stoops Officially Announces Trevor Knight As Starting Quarterback - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football: Parker Graham is offensive line's Mr. Versatile - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns Fall Camp Update: August 22 - Barking Carnival

Don't count out TCU's chances to upset LSU - Dallas Morning News

Kingsbury says he could play two QBs; Brewer remains out - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

No. 19 Mountaineers Open 2013 at No. 2 Penn State - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers kick off the weekend against the No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions, the 2012 national runner-up, on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. The team will meet former Big East opponent Syracuse on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer Set to Take on Villanova - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia men’s soccer team will square off against Villanova in its final exhibition match Friday afternoon. The game will take place at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.


Video of Interest:

Defender Jess Crowder disucsses WVU's season opener with Penn State, a team they lost to, 2-1, in double overtime last year in Morgantown.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Hungarian model best known for her work with VS. CLICK HERE for today's gallery and HERE for a BONUS GALLERY of Barbara Palvin.



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