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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (7/29/13) Edition

Football prepares to open camp this week, NCAA changes?, IMG radio, recruiting update, pro updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, July 29 - WV MetroNews
Jerry DiPaola talks about former Pitt running back Rushel Shell and what kind of player he could become as a transfer at WVU. Also, Jed Drenning of breaks down the Mountaineers defensive line and secondary.

A Time For Change? - WVU Athletics
Could a new federation within the NCAA become a reality?

WVU AD Luck Addresses Call for NCAA Change - WVillustrated
With many calling for changes to the NCAA, Oliver Luck chimes in with his thoughts on the issues facing the national organization.

IMG College signs first affiliates for network - Charleston Daily Mail
The company also announced it is adding four more hours to WVU football game day radio programming.

Former Golfers Recall WVU Legend - WVU Athletics
Ira Rodgers' wisdom still a big part of their lives.

Furfari: Gianolo boosts his two schools - Martinsburg Journal
James "Rocky" Gianola, a widely known Morgantown attorney, saw action as both an offensive center and placekicker at West Virginia University from 1974-78.

Enthusiasm remains as Furfari begins 68th year on job - Register-Herald
Veteran scribe will celebrate 90th birthday Monday

News of Note:

Holgorsen set for Year 3 with Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"You've got to catch some breaks,'' Holgorsen said.

Coaches want summertime contact - WV MetroNews
After the NCAA granted basketball coaches eight hours of weekly interaction, the football guys want their face time as well.

Big 12: 'Tempo' the name of the game - Charleston Daily Mail
The bad news is the same as the good news, and WVU is going to have to deal with this throughout the Big 12 and beyond. To hear the participants tell it, there's no stopping tempo.

Big 12 lost seven of top 10 QBs - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"The quarterback play in the Big 12 last year was phenomenal and it's always going to be phenomenal," WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said. "It's just going to be with newer people."

Five keys for WVU this season - Times West Virginian
There are questions everywhere, but here are the top five things that must come out of camp if this is to be an improved season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bitter taste of defeat can motivate - Times West Virginian
It serves to motivate and inspire, and that is just what it has done for West Virginia as it heads into camp on Thursday.

WVU opponents: Game 6, Baylor - Charleston Gazette
This is the 11th in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.

Cody Clay Wears Many Hats as Season Approaches - WVillustrated
Holgorsen calls rising sophomore "best football player on our team" at Big 12 Media Days.

Big 12 Opponents Commend WVU on Game Day Atmosphere - WVillustrated
Conference foes take time to discuss first trip to Morgantown at Big 12 Media Days.


Eason Makes Early Impression - BGN
Huntersville (N.C.) wide receiver Will Eason made his first ever trip to West Virginia this past weekend. After a strong camp performance in front of the Mountaineer coaches, is an offer on the horizon?

Pro News:

NFL Training Camp Notes 7/28 - Capers, Lankster, Smith & White - Pros Report
Here's a quick Sunday update on four different WVUPros.

Geno Smith: Sanchez helps me, he teaches me - Green and White Report via BGN
As Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez battle for the New York Jets starting quarterback job, their relationship has steadily improved throughout the course of training camp.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Latest photos of Baylor Stadium - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: What would make 2013 a success? - Cyclone Fanatic

Ex-Jayhawks have no issue with Weis’ remarks - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State football team lands five recruits in one day - Kansas City Star

A closer look at Headington Hall, OU's 'game changer' of a residence hall - Oklahoman

Josh Stewart was built for the spread offense - Oklahoman

Adrian Phillips at Big 12 Media Day - Barking Carnival

Waymon James ready to return to Horned Frogs after ACL injury - TCU 360

Foster, Grant boost return game - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Camp opens on Thursday

Video of Interest:

We asked players from around the conference; What Big 12 fan base most impresses you? (not including your own)

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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