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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (6/5/13) Edition

Football & basketball notes, future football scheduling, summer camp targets, pro update from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 5 - WV MetroNews
WVU finds out the start times for their first three games, Chip Brown of talks about WVU’s first season in the Big 12 and we hear from the former head coach of WVU’s new basketball commitment Daxter Miles.

WVU board considering stadium land buy this week - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck is proposing a $2.3 million land purchase for a new baseball stadium in Morgantown.

WVU Volleyball Schedule Released - WVU Athletics
17 home matches at the WVU Coliseum and 11 matches against teams that competed in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

USA Shooting Championships Opens - WVU Athletics
Strong start at the 2013 USA Shooting Championships.

Turkish Protests Hit Home for Former Mountaineer Deniz Kilicli - WVillustrated
WVU basketball alum gives his thoughts on the protests that led to a violent response right outside his door in Istanbul.

Whitmore was 2-sport standout at WVU - Register-Herald
“I was so happy to play both football and baseball,” he admitted. “My four and a half years in West Virginia were the best of my life,” he said.

News of Note:

Terry Henderson Says Experience Will Guide WVU - WVillustrated
Mountaineer sophomore guard believes the lows last season will help shape his team going forward.

West Virginia offense staying elite in 2013? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Read anything about West Virginia this offseason and the names Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey will come up pretty quickly. The problem: All three of those guys will be in the NFL next fall.

QBs flourish under WVU’s Holgorsen - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Numbers rarely lie.

HERTZEL COLUMN: McCartney has chance to save career - Times West Virginian
However, should Ivan McCartney have learned how much he gave up when he walked away from the team last year, disenchanted and disenfranchised from his playing time, and begin playing as they expected he would when he came to WVU along with Stedman Bailey out of Miramar High in Florida, he could join Jordan Thompson in giving Dawson a Tavon Austin-Bailey combination with which to work.

It's time to revamp non-conference slate - Daily Athenaeum
That said, what schools do out of conference is going to be viewed closely by decision makers when selecting four teams for the College Football Playoff.

Luck exploring options for tougher non-conference football schedule - Daily Athenaeum
Luck said making schedules in advance can be a difficult process, but he hopes to have quality competition for years to come.

Pro News:

Isaac Bruce talks about Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and 2013 season - Pros Report
Bruce was on the ESPN radio show out of St. Louis the other day, and of course he was asked about rookie wideouts Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.


Camp season approaching -
Now that the spring evaluation period has ended the West Virginia coaching staff has set their attention on evaluating prospects on campus with a series of summer camps set for the upcoming weeks.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bob Bowlsby out to strengthen Big 12 after conference realignment - Andy Staples -
With conference realignment at a halt, commissioner Bob Bowlsby hopes to improve the Big 12 brand.

Three Televised Football Games Announced - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site

Will the Cyclones and / or the Hawkeyes go bowling this season? - Des Moines Register

Jamal Brown to walk on to KU football - Lawrence Journal World

Trio of relievers help K-State strong-arm Arkansas - Topeka Capital Journal

Kickoff Times & Television Information Released For Several Games - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma St. picks up transfer from ... KU? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Reviewing Rick Barnes: Comparing Barnes With His Peers - Burnt Orange Nation

Big 12, TCU Announce Several Game Times - Frogs O' War

Tech announces times, networks for four football games in 2013 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I need to try this one:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is my backup plan if Ms. Swanepoel ever lets herself go. She just celebrated her 28th birthday yesterday. CLICK HERE for today's animated gif gallery of Bar Refaeli.