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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (7/25/13) Edition

Football notes, IMG deal details, Shell deciding Friday, Da`Sean update from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now Thursday, July 25 - WV MetroNews
Sophomore safety Karl Joseph doesn’t think the new targeting rule will affect his game. Junior tackle Quinton Spain looks forward to the change in scheme for the offensive line this season. Fox Sports analyst Eddie George says WVU needs a power run.

Furfari: Mixed feelings on Bowden - Martinsburg Journal
Bob Sims was an outstanding punter for West Virginia University from 1970-72.

The best of Big 12 media days - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Let's take a look back at the week that was at Big 12 media days.


News of Note:

WVU media contract with IMG College to net millions - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU will receive $4.1 million guaranteed rights fee from IMG College in the plan

WVU, IMG set for big plans; Caridi in the mix - Times West Virginian
If renewed WVU would earn $15.85 million in 2025-26 and that would increase to $23.4 million in 2034-35.

Mountaineers deep at running back - Charleston Gazette
And now throw in Houston transfer Charles Sims, who was on campus about 10 minutes before he was named as a candidate for the Maxwell Award as the country's top player.

Trickett on 'Noles and his QB son - Charleston Gazette
Preseason college football polls and rankings mean little by the end of the season. Rightfully, teams earn or lose respect throughout the season and climb or fall accordingly.

Battling Pace - BGN
WVU senior Will Clarke thinks that West Virginia is well-positioned to battle the ever-increasing pace of offenses in the Big 12, but understands that just playing against one in practice every day isn't the key to success.

Wilson enjoying his new role with WVU - Register-Herald
Now in his second year as WVU’s assistant director of football operations, Wilson is loving his new association with the program.

WVU opponents: Game 5, Oklahoma State - Charleston Gazette
This is the ninth in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.


Juco cornerback commits for 2014 - WV MetroNews
Jaylon Myers chooses West Virginia over Oklahoma State and a trio of top SEC programs.

Junior college transfers hit-and-miss in Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's very new and it's hard to adjust, but at the same time, people expect you to adjust due to your age. You're not a freshman."

Former Pitt RB Shell visits WVU, to make decision Friday - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Shell said his options are West Virginia and Kentucky, but he has no plans to visit to Kentucky officially.

Pro News:

Da'Sean Butler signs to play in Belgium - Pros Report
Da'Sean Butler's basketball career is getting back to the hardwood.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Ahmad Dixon Gets Feedback on Baylor's New Gold Chrome Helmet - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: Rhoads critical of new targeting policy - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas Football 2013: Charlie Weis Media Day Recap - Rock Chalk Talk

Stepping Up: Travis Britz - Bring On The Cats

2013 Summer Of Stoops | Bob Stoops: Social Media Advocate? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Will J.W. Walsh be a big part of the Cowboy offense? - Oklahoman

Big 12 Media Days: David Ash impresses with his confidence - Burnt Orange Nation

Suspension of Devonte Fields nothing personal, TCU coach says -

Kliff Kingsbury in Texas Monthly - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

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