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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (6/18/13) Edition

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, June 18 - WV MetroNews
Jedd Gyorko talks about his first season of Major League Baseball and how is groin injury is progressing, Randy Mazey gives his opinion of the College World Series along with what he though of Big 12 baseball and Tony Gibson says the defense will surprise some people this year along with talking about how deep the Mountaineers are in the secondary.

Folks, we’re way beyond bump, set, spike - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
More explanation to go along with today's Video of Interest

Apps are changing the game - Charleston Daily Mail
Former WVU player Wellington Smith assisting in use of technology

Eight Earn Big 12 Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
The squad recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at Conference institutions that participate in sports outside of Big 12 competition. Six shooters from the WVU National Champion rifle team and two men’s soccer players were named to the first team.

News of Note:

Baseball Summer League Update #1 - WVU Athletics
An update on the summer league stats on WVU baseball players.

Athletics not affected by WVU's fiscal restraints - Charleston Gazette
And that's the point. The two entities are, at least from a financial standpoint, tied together in name only.

Huggins says WVU could be very good team - Register-Herald
“I think we weren’t prepared for the Big 12 last year,” Huggins said. “I coached in that conference (one season at Kansas State), and that was six years prior, and it was a totally different deal.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: Nehlen talks evolution of football - Times West Virginian
“I never saw football like the Big 12 plays,” said this man who won more football games as West Virginia’s coach than any other man, enough to get him into the College Football Hall of Fame. “I sit up in the stands and say, ‘What the hell is going on?’”

Local lineman commits to WVU - Times West Virginian


Watch: Video from WVU’s 7-on-7 event - WV MetroNews
Highlights feature several looks at prospects from Gateway (Pa.) High.

Two For Two - BGN
For the second time in two days, West Virginia University has nabbed a commitment from a local football standout.

Mountaineers nab local lineman -
Amanii Brown, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman from Morgantown High School selected the Mountaineers after receiving an offer Monday afternoon.

Oh, that 2015 class - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Sheesh, there’s still room in the 2013 class and a lot of room in the 2014 class, but WVU’s football team is getting to work on 2015.

Mohigans standouts ‘versatile, physically imposing’ - WV MetroNews
Morgantown's Stone Wolfley and Amanii Brown both will be future Mountaineers.

Morgantown High's Amanii Brown to WVU a "No-Brainer" - WVillustrated
"It's been a no-brainer for me," says Brown. "Ever since I was young, I've always known I wanted to go to WVU. I've always been a fan, ever since I actually started to like football."

Morgantown’s Brown jumps at offer - WV MetroNews
Mohigans standout offensive lineman commits to WVU's 2014 recruiting class.

Versatile Junior Has Camp Impact - BGN
Good Counsel (Md.) cornerback Drew Ashley made his second trip to West Virginia last Sunday, and had the opportunity to showcase his abilities at WVU's third one-day camp of the summer.

Battle Has WVU Atop List - BGN
Baltimore (Md.) standout Quantaye Battle had the opportunity to showcase his versatility this past weekend at West Virginia. The talented wide receiver/quarterback felt he impressed the Mountaineer coaches with his camp performance.

Pro News:

From the Bench: Despite Naysayers, Da'Sean Butler Not Ready to Throw in Towel on Pro Hoops Dream - Connect Bridgeport
Da’Sean Butler knows there are people out there telling him to call it a career. He knows there are those that think that after three surgeries on his knees after tearing his ACL that the best thing to do would be to move on.

Terence Garvin Discusses First NFL Experience - WVillustrated
Former WVU defender begins pro career with Pittsburgh, works to make the team this summer.

Geno Smith's daily routine revolves around the details - Star Ledger
A day in the life of the Jets' rookie quarterback

Pat White optimistic about his NFL future - ProFootballTalk
Former West Virginia quarterback Pat White was a major disappointment as a second-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2009, and when he was cut at the end of training camp in 2010, it appeared that his NFL career had come to a quick end.

Gyorko keeping busy while on disabled list -
There was good news to be had Saturday as rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko hit in the cage for the first time since he landed on the disabled list. Then, he briefly took ground balls at second base during batting practice.

Gyorko eyes rehab assignment - WV MetroNews
Former WVU star had hit in 13 of last 14 games before going on 15-day DL with a groin strain.

WVUPro Lance Frazier analyzes Scooter Berry, Noel Devine and Jock Sanders in the CFL - Pros Report
With his playing days behind him, he will begin a new role as an in-studio CFL analyst for Global Regina.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Monday Poll: Year of the Bear vs. Year of the Cardinals - Our Daily Bears

College football countdown | No. 87: Iowa State - USA Today

College football countdown | No. 96: Kansas - USA Today

2013 Kansas State football's 10 things to know: Pros and cons -

STOOPS COACH B - Wide Right & Natty Lite

QB Wes Lunt picks Illinois over Louisville, according to report -

Rick Barnes Review: Evaluating Texas Basketball Recruiting, Part 1 - Burnt Orange Nation

A look at TCU's five biggest departures, and the players who should replace them - Dallas Morning News

#ATMO | You Kinda Need to Know About This - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

2013-14 college football bowl projections: Alabama vs. Oregon and all 34 other games -
Nope, nowhere

Video of Interest:

WVU assistant coach Ted Wade describes the teams modest, yet valuable coaching tool used during practice. - From Casazza's DM Blog

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Dutch model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Valerie van der Graaf.