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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (6/19/13) Edition

Two more football commitments, football & baseball notes, Hertzel has a great road trip suggestion, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 19 - WV MetroNews
Jed Drenning of give a preview of how he thinks the Big 12 with work out, Morgantown High football coach John Bowers talks about two of his players that committed to WVU in the past couple of days and Amanii Brown discuses how even after Bill Bedenbaugh left for Oklahoma the coaching staff still wanted him at WVU.

Summer leagues beneficial for WVU baseball - Daily Athenaeum
Much like the thousands of West Virginia University students that have fled Morgantown for summer vacation, several members of the Mountaineer baseball team have been shipped out all the across the country by head coach Randy Mazey to play the game they love.

Mazey reflects on first season as WVU head coach - Daily Athenaeum
It had been quite some time since Randy Mazey had to take on the challenges of being a college baseball head coach.

WVU hopes wireless tech vaults program to new heights - Charleston Daily Mail
Inside the Cary Gym are the most important tools West Virginia University's gymnastics team uses to reach special levels of success, like back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances in the first two years with Coach Jason Butts.

FURFARI COLUMN: Are Clements and Luck fair to media and jobs? - Times West Virginian
This column is going to be strictly a “think piece” — mine! I feel it’s one none of the younger columnists could or would undertake.

News of Note:

CFN 2013 Preview: Rebuild & Reload - College Football News 2013 Preview - West Virginia Mountaineers

Focus On Fundamentals - BGN
West Virginia cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell is no stranger to the powerful passing attacks in the Big 12 Conference, and he has a plan, based on a pair of fundamental tenets, to slow those offenses in 2013.

Plenty to prove: West Virginia Mountaineers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Every season, every player feels he's got at least something to prove. Otherwise, all the work wouldn't be worth it. That said, some guys have more to prove than others.

WVU foes lost some key players - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
little has been said surrounding the offensive attacks of the 12 teams that will make up the old gold and blue's schedule in 2013.

WVU to face FBS newcomer Georgia State - Daily Athenaeum
This season will mark the Panthers first as an FCS team, as the school is scheduled to begin full membership in the Sun Belt Conference July 1.

Ten 2013 college football story lines that don't involve the SEC - Sporting News
Lets say this: Does it really matter who plays quarterback for WVU coach Dana Holgorsen?

West Virginia beat writer Allan Taylor: Loss of superstars leaves offense 'in open-audition mode' - Oklahoman
Allan Taylor from MetroNews was kind enough to answer a few questions about West Virginia.

So, Who Are the QBs in the Big 12 This Year? - WVU Athletics
It might take a while to learn this year's crop of Big 12 QBs.


Two Plus Two - BGN
West Virginia made it four verbals in three days when it added a pair of Florida commitments to the fold on Tuesday night.

Receivers McCrary, Parker Commit to WVU for 2014 - WVillustrated
Mountaineers pick up two Florida receivers in recruiting, bringing total commitments to five.

Fishing in Florida: WVU lands two - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers earn commitments from Miami receivers Jacob McCrary (left) and Lamar Parker.

WVU Commit Parker Likens Game to Tavon Austin - WVillustrated
2014 receiver commit paid close attention to WVU's offense in recent years and hopes to be the next to succeed in it.

WATCH: Morgantown's Brown, Wolfley and Bowers Interviews - WVillustrated
See what WVU's latest commit had to say, along with a future recruit and their MHS head coach.

Pro News:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bailey, Austin turning heads in St. Louis - Times West Virginian
Notebook (includes a great road trip suggestion)

Around the League (and Beyond):

Football conference rankings: Big Ten only tied for fourth, Steele says - Detroit News
Big 12 pulls in at #2

2013 Baylor football's 10 things to know: Hip, trendy, and ready to stay a while -

Money raised, stories shared at A Ride to Remember - Ames Tribune

Kansas dismisses DE Chris Martin from team - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas State basketball more bullish on freshmen than rating services - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma football: Taking an early look at the offensive line depth chart - Oklahoman

Mike Gundy lifts Wes Lunt restrictions, but too late - Oklahoman

Longhorn Nate Boyer: Big 12 Sportsman of The Year - Barking Carnival

TCU Recruiting: A Giant Kick in the Jollies - Frogs O' War

Depth Charting and 2013 Outlook | Linebackers - Viva The Matadors

One guy can make all the difference - ESPN
The college football and NFL power rankings have plenty of analytics and statistics to back up the ratings. But don't forget about the ability of one player or coach to make a difference, writes Gene Wojciechowski.

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

WVU baseball players let you know who is their favorite all-time baseball player.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I knew I wasn't the only one who noticed this:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is known by a couple of names. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Gigi Dec or Gigi Marie.