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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (6/12/13) Edition

APR data, football, baseball & hoops notes, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 12 - WV MetroNews
Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle discusses Charles Sims’ chances of fitting in at WVU, Kevin Kinder previews the upcoming 7-on-7 camp, and Kevin Jones looks back at his first season in the NBA.

College football Realignment Report Card: Grades for Texas A&M, more - Andy Staples -
C for WVU into the Big 12. I don't happen to was meh, hoops would have struggled in any league last year. I would have given us a B just for escaping a sinking ship.

Kendrick Donates to Tornado Relief Efforts - WVU Athletics
The funds will be appropriated to the Oklahoma City All Sports Association to help repair baseball fields in the Oklahoma City area that were damaged by devastating tornadoes during the past month.

FURFARI COLUMN: Mon County prosecutor says FOIA handling OK - Times West Virginian
“In this instance, the person making the request is asking for a large volume of information that the possessor of the information or documents would say, ‘I cannot give you the entire volume immediately, but I can if given time.’”

News of Note:

NCAA Releases APR Data - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers get a score of 973.

WVU teams safely above APR cutline - WV MetroNews
WVU’s baseball team — currently with a four-year APR of 922 — could be in peril, anchored by a single-year score of 882 in 2011-12.

Good APR News For WVU - BGN
West Virginia's Academic Progress Rate scores ranged from very good to excellent in the latest batch of data released by the NCAA, but a pair of teams may have some challenges to overcome in the near future.

Watch: men’s basketball summer update - WV MetroNews
Greg Hunter gives an update of the WVU men’s basketball program. Only two of the seven signed to WVU for this fall are currently in Morgantown.

Carley pumped to join rotation in 2014 - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers pitcher Sean Carley hopes to form a stellar 1-2 punch alongside Harrison Musgrave in next season’s rotation.

WVU fans can point to 2005 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
We all know the losses faced following last year's disappointing 7-6 season, that ended with an embarrassing loss to Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

WVU quarterback competition could lead to more transfers - Daily Athenaeum
Obviously, both Millard and Childress both still firmly expect to be WVU’s starter come September, but the fact of the matter now is that it’s probably more of an all-or-nothing type situation for both players.

WVU to get early-season test vs. Oklahoma - Daily Athenaeum
The contest marks the Mountaineers’ first road game at Oklahoma since 1982. The two schools will face each other for the sixth time, with the Sooners leading the head-to-head, 3-2.


Holgorsen, Huggins talk recruiting in state - Gilbert Times
In a state that produces a handful of Division I athletes each year, the recruiting trail runs well beyond the state’s borders, and players from New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania or even Texas simply don’t understand what the name on the front of their jerseys represents.

Pro News:

Tavon Austin's open-field juke, other notes - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Rookie receiver Tavon Austin returned a punt toward the right sideline Tuesday and broke into the clear, leaving punter Johnny Hekker as the last line of defense.

Jones out to prove himself again in NBA - WV MetroNews
Former Mountaineer Kevin Jones looks back at his rookie season with Cleveland.

John Flowers still chasing NBA dream - Williamson Daily News
"My dream and goal is to be able to play in the NBA. Hopefully I can be there with KJ one day. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do to get there."

Former WVU Star Jedd Gyorko Placed On Disabled List - WVillustrated
Gyorko landed on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his groin against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Lance Frazier's football career spanned the globe, but now calls Canada "home" - Pros Report
Lance Frazier played four years for WVU, graduating in 2004 where he was an anchor in the secondary alongside Brian King and also returned punts.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Leads Big 12 Conference in APR - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State is having an intense offseason -

2013 Kansas football's 10 things to know: Charlie Weis' JUCO gambit -

Currie pleased with success, looks to future - Manhattan Mercury

Bob Stoops embraces Oklahoma expectations, combats criticism - Sporting News

OSU football team flirting with dangerous APR score - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas football 2013: 'Horns lead nation in career OL starts - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU QB Casey Pachall to serve probation during 2013 season - TCU 360

Depth Charting and 2013 Outlook | Defensive Line - Viva The Matadors

NCAA Football 14 team ratings reportedly revealed for all 124 teams -

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