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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (7/11/13) Edition

Football notes, pro updates (including WVU Pros), summer hoops, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, July 11 - WV MetroNews
Will Clarke says the Mountaineer defense is working towards have a short memory this season, Tavon Austin says the chemistry between he and Sam Bradford is going well and should produce for the St. Louis Rams and Geno Smith is making huge leaps in learning the Jets offense thanks to the work he is putting in on and off the field.

Griffin Joins WVU Women’s Basketball Staff - WVU Athletics
WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey today announced the hiring of Ken Griffin as assistant coach.

Hawley could host Big 12 games in 2014 - WV MetroNews
Discussions ongoing about playing baseball conference games in Morgantown while new park is being constructed.

'I wanna throw up': Celebrating Plano East-John Tyler, the greatest sports video in YouTube history -
In 1994, two Texas high school football teams played out one of the greatest endings in the history of televised sports.

News of Note:

VIDEO: Eron Harris at PIttsburgh Summer League - WVillustrated
WVU Men's Basketball Guard, Eron Harris, talks to the media at the Basketball Summer League in Pittsburgh.

College football countdown | No. 57: West Virginia - USA Today
Complete team-by-team breakdown leading up to the start of the college football season.

Tickets to spare this season - Charleston Daily Mail
They're not locked into large allotments to visiting teams like Marshall (5,300 tickets) or LSU (5,000) in non-conference play. Visiting Big 12 teams get 3,850, which is less than what visiting Big East teams were to receive.

Arlia’s Attitude One of a Kind for WVU - WVillustrated
WVU Wide Receiver, Connor Arlia, leads the Mountaineers into another season in the Big 12 Conference.

The woebegone summer of WVU’s offensive line - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Practice isn’t a lot of fun for them to begin with, so what can be made of the practice before practice?

This will only add to the conversation - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
I think we’re all good with Big 12 football officiating, and mostly because it’s not Big East football officiating. Or Pac-12 football officiating.

Retailers hope to cash in on new WVU jerseys - Charleston Gazette
"We're putting them on hangers now," said the store's Buddy Clendenin.


OT Applefield in Action - BGN
Weeki Wachee (Fla.) High offensive tackle Marcus Applefield wracked up the offers during the spring evaluation period, and his junior highlights show the potential schools see i the 6-foot-7, 265-pound standout.

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin could see time at linebacker -
Irvin, who is suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drugs policy, recorded eight sacks at defensive end as a rookie.

Mortty Ivy signs with the Saskatchewan Roughriders - Pros Report
Ivy spent parts of the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played in six regular season games. He was also a previous member of Carolina's and St. Louis' practice squad.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Video: Looking forward -- Baylor Bears - ESPN

Position Focus: The offensive line - Cyclone Fanatic

KU football has shot to recapture past playmaking magic - Lawrence Journal World

Stepping Up: Randall Evans - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt on Lou Groza Award watch list - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football: Mike Yurcich looking forward to Mississippi State opener - Oklahoman

These new Texas football uniforms feature more steer than ever before -

Video: [TCU, ed.] Big 12's bounceback team - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury focused on substance over style - Ben Glicksman -

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

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