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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/24/13) Edition

WVU at Big 12 Media Days, football interviews & features, updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 24 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen says that the coaching staff will have a different approach this season, Will Clarke talks about the Mountaineer defense and Walt Anderson says with all the new rules on targeting aren’t meant to take targeting out of football.

Furfari: A guess: WVU will finish 6-6 — at best - Register-Herald
It shouldn’t have been surprising to any football fan that West Virginia was chosen to finish eighth in the Big 12’s preseason poll for its 10 schools.

Stats might be for losers, but in hindsight they are often 20/20. - Cowboys Ride For Free
A look at the difference between full season and conference only stats reveals whose non-conference schedule blew the most smoke up our collective asses.

News of Note:

Big 12 blog: WVU’s day at the mic - WV MetroNews
The league's media days continue in Dallas, where the Mountaineers mix with Sooners, Longhorns, Bears and Cyclones.

Holgorsen talks WVU at Big 12 Media Days -
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen addressed the media Tuesday at the Big 12 Conference Preseason Media Days and as the Mountaineers prepare to enter their second season in the league it will be from a much different position than a season ago.

Dana Holgorsen on SEC hurry-up offense fear: 'Get over it' -
Well how about that? A wild-eyed, Red Bull-sippin', devil-may-care offensive football coach thinks people need to get over their fear of the hurry-up.

Holgorsen on fast offenses: 'Learn to adapt' - BGN
When SEC Media Days were going on last week, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema were among some of the coaches who were taking a stance against some of the fast, up-tempo offenses that have become common throughout college football.

Changing Circumstances Confront WVU - WVU Athletics
Holgorsen begins his third season at West Virginia University constructing a new offensive football team that will be unfamiliar to a lot of people outside of the Mountain State, at least for a while.

Joseph, WVU must adjust to tackling rules - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's because of the tackles people saw me make last year," said the sophomore, who last year led the Mountaineers with 104 tackles, many of them noisy ones

Watch: Joseph vows better secondary - WV MetroNews
"You probably can’t get any worse than our defense last year," said Joseph

Slimmed-down Spain: Less is more - WV MetroNews
WVU's left tackle drops 15 pounds in effort to become more explosive off the ball.

Holgorsen: ‘Clay may be our best football player on our team’ - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's notebook

Newcomer getting lots of attention - Charleston Daily Mail
Sims, a 'tremendous football player,' but not promised anything

West Virginia 'newcomer' expects stock to rise - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"He'll be a Cougar for life, but he wanted to be able to play in the Big 12 to be able to increase his draft stock, which we'll put him in position to be able to get that done," said Holgorsen.

WVU's Holgorsen: 'Time for me to go to work' - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Surprisingly, Holgorsen finds it “refreshing.”

Holgorsen Excited for Coaching Challenge with WVU - WVillustrated
Mountaineers coach addresses additions of Sims, Trickett and challenges of replacing graduates.

Holgorsen eager to remold offense - Times West Virginian
“I haven’t lost any sleep over Tavon and Stedman moving to the NFL,” Holgorsen said

‘We’ve got capable guys’ - Register-Herald
WVU coach not losing sleep over replacing top players

Waiting, like everyone else - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen ready to see how QB battle plays out

WVU at Big 12 media day - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It may take a lot more than words to convince the other nine coaches, as well as Mountaineer fans, that this year's edition of the old gold and blue can attain the success it enjoyed in their previous conference - the Big East.

WATCH: WVU Coach Holgorsen Speaks from Big 12 Media Days - WVillustrated
Big 12 Media Days continued at the Omni Dallas Hotel today with the second group of Big 12 conference head coaches taking the podium to discuss the upcoming season for their respective teams.

WATCH: WVU Safety Karl Joseph Speaks from Big 12 Media Days - WVillustrated
Big 12 Media Days continued at the Omni Dallas Hotel today with West Virginia Players taking the podium to discuss the upcoming season for the Mountaineers.

WATCH: WVU DL Will Clarke Speaks from Big 12 Media Days - WVillustrated
Big 12 Media Days continued at the Omni Dallas Hotel today with West Virginia Players taking the podium to discuss the upcoming season for the Mountaineers.

WATCH: WVU OL Quinton Spain Speaks from Big 12 Media Days - WVillustrated
Big 12 Media Days continued at the Omni Dallas Hotel today with West Virginia Players taking the podium to discuss the upcoming season for the Mountaineers. TV: Dana Holgorsen

Big 12 Media Days:

Video: Looking back at Big 12 Media Days - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
David Ubben and Mark Schlabach wrap the final day of Big 12 media days.

First Thoughts - WVU Athletics
Football coaches' first thoughts at Big 12 Media Day.

Familiarity could help Big 12 teams in 2013 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers have had a full season to acclimate to the rigors of Big 12 football.

Dana Holgorsen, Art Briles, Baylor's gold helmets among best of Day 2 of Big 12 media days - ESPN
Rules changes raise eyebrows; Baylor's Briles, new gold helmet shine bright

Madia’s Big 12 Media Day Awards - DA Sports Insider
As far as what stood out to me, here are my Big 12 Media Day awards:

New rule on 'targeting' has a fine line of interpretation - Charleston Gazette
Walt Anderson, the Big 12's supervisor of officials, said Tuesday morning that big hits are a part of football and should be celebrated. Then he spent a half hour explaining why some of those hits will now be cause for ejection.

Targeting Spotlight - BGN
The NCAA had good intentions in revamping the rules and penalties concerning targeting, but the applications and procedures to be implemented have the potential for a great deal of confusion, especially in the early part of the season.

No QB Yet For Stoops, Sooners - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register/AP
Longhorns have answer in Ash

Big 12 SB Nation reacts to Media predictions - Cowboys Ride For Free
The Big 12 media's preseason rankings spurred some conversation, so some of the SB nation Big 12 bloggers
[including yours truly, ed.] chimed in.

Colvin: Win at WVU felt like a loss - WV MetroNews
Aaron Colvin may rank among the best cornerbacks ever to play for Oklahoma, but his highlight tape won’t include many plays from the 2012 shootout at West Virginia.

Seastrunk backs up Heisman forecast - WV MetroNews
Video: Baylor running back asks 'Why not?'

Defending against uptempo attacks is tricky - WV MetroNews
Bob Stoops and Mack Brown discuss the tradeoff of running an uptempo offense—sometimes the defense you damage is your own.

Pro News:

Postscript on Geno Smith's rookie contract - Pros Report
they put Smith in a position to get paid similarly to a first round pick despite the rookie salary cap and getting selected by the Jets in the second.

Najee Goode looks to climb up the depth chart for the Bucs this season - Pros Report
Najee Goode has the ability to play all three linebacker positions. The Tampa Bay Bucs have two linebackers penciled in as starters and are searching for a third. Can that third starter be Goode?

Ryan Mundy has a chance to shine on another winning program - Pros Report
Now, Mundy is on a New York Giants team with an opportunity to win a starting job and work towards a Super Bowl.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Most schools in Big 12 Conference begin search for starting quarterbacks - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
But just three starters return to the league this season and as many as eight quarterback battles will be in play at the league's 10 camps next month.

Big 12 a close second to powerhouse SEC - Daily Athenaeum
The Big 12 Conference has some of the best depth in the country, so there is no surprise that it is one of the best and deepest leagues in college football.

Art Briles wins the Big 12 Media Days - Our Daily Bears

Meet the Football Newcomers: Offensive Linemen - Iowa State University Athletics Official Web Site

2013 Big 12 Media Days: Charlie Weis explains his 'pile of crap' comment -

KSU's Tre Walker fires a shot at Texas during Big 12 Media Days -

Leading Option To Give Trey Millard More Touches - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy: One coach happy with where he is - Des Moines Register

2013 Texas Longhorns Football Uniforms Unveiled - Barking Carnival

TCU football coach outlines Casey Pachall’s ordeal and deems it a success - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kliff Kingsbury is the Big 12's only new head coach, which is a far cry from what he expected to be five years ago - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen discusses the upcoming season at Big 12 media days.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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