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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (7/12/13) Edition

Tier 3/IMG details, Capital Classic update, recruiting update, pro updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday July 12 - WV MetroNews
With WVU reaching another multi-media rights deal with IMG College, Tony Caridi explains the details of the 12 year $80 million dollar deal, Terry Henderson says that Bob Huggins will use anyone to help out the team this year and Mike Florio of and NBC Football Night in America brakes down the future of Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.

Payback games on the horizon - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State all defeated WVU in 2012

HERTZEL COLUMN: Numbers play vital role when buying jerseys - Times West Virginian
It has always been a point of contention for the NCAA has refused to put player’s names on the backs of the jerseys to keep from being involved in a situation where they probably would be forced to pay royalties to the players.

Saturday night at the Capital Classic! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
In what is most likely an abbreviated sigh of relief for WVU, the annual Capital Classic against Marshall will not be on a weeknight, but on a Saturday.

Henderson Pours In Scores - BGN
The only thing raining more than the skies on Wednesday was WVU sophomore Terry Henderson, who poured in 32 points in the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League.

Hurry-up offenses may put players at greater risk of injury - Stewart Mandel -
Analyzing Nick Saban, Bret Bielema's comments: Do hurry-up offenses really place college football players at a greater risk of injury?

News of Note:

WVU announces 12-year agreement with IMG College - Charleston Daily Mail
The deal, announced Thursday, follows a bitter seven-month public feud between school officials and West Virginia Radio Corp. owner John Raese over an initial selection process tainted by what state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called "significant errors and sloppiness."

WVU Announces IMG Partnership - BGN
As expected, West Virginia has selected IMG College as its primary partner for management of game broadcasts, coaches shows and many other media properties, advertising and sponsorships.

IMG’s tier-3 deal tops $80 million - WV MetroNews
12-year contract includes partnership with West Virginia Media Holdings that's being challenged in lawsuit.

Mike Casazza column: WVU did not 'lose' in Teir 3 deal - Charleston Daily Mail
This refreshed $80 million figure is going to come awfully close to the previous figure. The new number does not account for revenue sharing.

Caridi likely to stay as WVU broadcaster - Charleston Gazette
Oliver [Luck] and I have spoken," Caridi told the Gazette. "He's expressed his desire for me to continue in my current role. I've expressed my interest to continue. But, at this point, nothing has been finalized."

WVU's new deal and Pastilong’s (better) view - Charleston Gazette
"On this [agreement], though, I can't render an opinion. Like they say, the devil is in the details."


Video: Big 12 official visit - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Michele Steele talks with Max Olson and Damon Sayles about one of the premiere 7-on-7 tournaments in the country, a new recruiting event for the Longhorns, and two big targets for the Mountaineers.

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin to officially switch to linebacker - Pros Report
"He's extremely versatile, and that's why we've loved him from the start," Carroll said of Irvin.

Source -- Geno Smith won't attend Mark Sanchez's Jets West camp - ESPN New York
New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith will not attend Mark Sanchez's annual Jets West camp this weekend, a league source confirmed to

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Herm Edwards breaks down his rookies to watch in 2013.

Former WVU Basketball Star Begins NBA Summer League Tonight - WVillustrated
West Virginia Basketball alum, Kevin Jones, begins play tonight with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA's 2013 Las Vegas Summer League.

Around the League (and Beyond):


Baylor Players in the 2013 College Football Watch Lists - Our Daily Bears

Position Focus: Tight end - Cyclone Fanatic

Golf benefits kicker - Lawrence Journal World

Under the radar: Kansas State Wildcats - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Sooners have prospered with unproven quarterbacks - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State media guide provides updated roster with newcomers - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorn Quarterback Shallows Chart: How We Got Here - Barking Carnival

Incoming Star Freshman Forward Karviar Shepherd Ruled Ineligible By The NCAA - Frogs O' War

Differentiating Running Plays Between the Running Back and Quarterback - Viva The Matadors

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Today's Miss Throwdown is a rookie in this year's SI Swimsuit Issue and continues the increasing number of lovely ladies from South Africa. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natasha Barnard.