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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (6/14/13) Edition

Golf is on tap as the next varsity sport, hoops tidbits, football & baseball notes, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, June 14 - WV MetroNews
Randy Mazey talks about how he has to deal with players who were drafted by Major League Baseball. Tavon Austin signs his first NFL contract and with the current business model of college athletics, Matthew Futterman of The Wall Street Journal explains that most schools are facing a losing battle.

WVU takes step to add golf as varsity sport - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia officials have apparently struck the first shot toward adding golf as a varsity sport.

Top Football Assistants - WVU Athletics
A for-fun list of the top 25 assistant coaches in recent Mountaineer football history.

News of Note:

WVU Strength Staff Looks to "Break" Newcomers - WVillustrated
Mike Joseph and his crew begin working with freshmen and transfers to teach what it means to be Mountaineers.

Huggins: Many Ways to Win in College Hoops - WVU Athletics
Huggins says all successful coaches share same core principles though.

An idea from Huggins and some hoops scoops - Charleston Gazette
"Why do we need two ways to walk around the Coliseum?" he asked. "Isn't the outer concourse enough? Have you ever seen people walking an inner and outer concourse at any other arena?" Answer: no.

Furfari Column: Huggins: Transfers are the norm - Inter-Mountain
Mountaineers had four players depart at season’s end

Mazey awaits word on drafted players - WV MetroNews
WVU coach says July 12 deadline will tell the tale on four players and an incoming recruit.

He went and designed - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
You are looking live inside the WVU Natatorium at the new locker room for WVU’s men’s soccer team:

Smaller sports worried by rule - Charleston Daily Mail
You're probably not sure what RWG-13-3 is, or rather was, but you're likely hip to the concept.


Not Just A Snap - BGN
It's not a football position that demands scholarship offers right off the bat, but that doesn't mean that recruiting isn't occurring for high school players who show promise at the highly specialize spot.

Pro News:

Geno Smith could have his own read-option package with Jets - Pros Report
In the time of the "running" quarterback, Geno Smith could find himself in the same company as quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III and Cam Netwon.

Austin agrees to terms wth Rams - WV MetroNews
Former West Virginia star's contract reportedly a five-year deal.

HERTZEL COLUMN: The gamble of leaving college early - Times West Virginian
Even before NFL training camp opened, former West Virginia safety/linebacker Robert Sands was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, presenting the possibility that once seemed like a budding great career could be over.

Around the League (and Beyond):

SBN Big Twelve (@SBNB12) - Twitter

Video: Baylor's X factor -- coaching staff - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Cyclones must overcome lack of veteran experience - Des Moines Register

Video: Kansas Jayhawks X factor - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

SE: McGruder Enjoys Stellar Career at K-State - Kansas State Official

OU Baseball | Where Do We Go From Here? - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU might have speed issue to settle - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Baseball Post-Mortem - Burnt Orange Nation

The most important TCU football game ever- Vs Utep - Frogs O' War

Tech investigating Welker's Twitter exchange with recruit - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

WVU alumnus Justin Halladay bridges cultural boundaries by bringing a great American pastime to children in Latin America. Find out more at

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Playmate of the Month (July 2012) from Florida. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Shelby Chesnes.