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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (7/30/13) Edition

Football primers, lots of pro news including updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, July 30 - WV MetroNews
WVU head football coach, Dana Holgerson, talks about the struggle he goes through throughout the summer because he can’t be in contact with his players. Keenan Cummings, of, talks about how the use of Junior College players is becoming the norm at West Virgina.

Baseball Summer League Update #7 - WVU Athletics
This edition features updates through games on Sunday, July 28.

WVU Represented at European Championship - WVU Athletics
A trio with ties to the West Virginia University rifle program shot at the 2013 European Shooting Championship last week, held in Osijek, Croatia.

Furfari: Morgantown lawyer says NCAA should be sued ‘for a lot of things’ - Register-Herald
“They (NCAA and schools) certainly could provide a lot more benefits without it being in the form of a paycheck.

News of Note:

WVU Embracing Underdog Role - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers picked to finish eighth in Big 12 this year.

Beware Holgorsen offenses with elite backs - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Holgorsen has a reputation as a coach who loves to air it out -- and he does -- but when he has big talents in the backfield, they don't go ignored and the offense's balance makes it tougher for defenses to lock down.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU full of questions on offense - Times West Virginian
But somehow, listening to the man putting it all together, you get the impression that maybe he sees something more there than we all do from the outside;

WVU Position Primer - DA Sports Blog
The West Virginia quarterback race is as exciting and unpredictable as ever.

WVU opponents: Game 7, Texas Tech - Charleston Gazette
This is the 13th in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.

Would MU be favored over WVU? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The series -at least for now -ended with last year's game, a 69-34 WVU triumph.


Verbal View: Tyree Owens - BGN
Oviedo (Fla.) defensive end Tyree Owens has long proclaimed West Virginia as his leader. After a weekend visit to the WVU campus, Owens decided to make the call and pledge his services to the Mountaineers.

3-star defensive end picks WVU - WV MetroNews
Orlando-area standout Tyree Owens sides with Mountaineers over 20 other FBS offers.

WVU Hospitals Help Bring Tyree Owens to Mountaineers - WVillustrated
Latest WVU commit chose school for academics as much as his football dreams.

Pro News:

Rams' Austin ready to stake claim to return job - St. Louis Dispatch
Playground game helped hone punt return skills.

Draft Tavon Austin to your fantasy football team - now! Maybe - Pros Report
Thus far during training camp with the Rams, Austin has lined up at three different receiver positions, running back and fielded punts and kicks.

Geno Smith rolls with the Jets' first team offense on Sunday - Pros Report
In Courtland, NY, the quarterback battle rages on between Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez.

Geno Smith's work ethic, ability to grasp playbook create positive impression - Long Island Newsday
Smith's eagerness to be tested is evident not only on the field but in the way he looks forward to the frequent pop quizzes given by quarterbacks coach David Lee.

Jets' Geno Smith does not want to be labeled as a singular type of quarterback - Star Ledger
Smith: 'I think I do what it takes to win games, whether it's run or pass'

Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez? Decision won't be Ryan's alone - AP via Charleston Daily Mail
"It's always a group effort on what is best for this team.''

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 7-29 - Pros Report
With the second half of the season fully underway, West Virginia native and San Diego Padres slugger, Jedd Gyorko has been struggling a bit at the plate.

Around the League (and Beyond):

33 Days Until Baylor Football, in GIFS - Our Daily Bears

2013 Iowa State Football Commercial - YouTube

KU newcomer Sendish embraces challenge of turnaround - Lawrence Journal World

Stepping up: Devon Nash - Bring On The Cats

David Boren still pleased with Bob Stoops - Oklahoman

2013 OSU FOOTBALL: What does it mean? - Cowboys Ride For Free

We Wrote A 2013 Texas Football Season Preview - Barking Carnival

Players tab TCU the Big 12 favorite - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Tech football Under the Microscope: Malik Jenkins - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Power conferences will play by own rules within new division - Sporting News
Paying players, new recruiting rules top to-do list

What's On Tap:

Football Fan Day Set For Aug. 11 - WVU Athletics
Coach Dana Holgorsen, assistant coaches and WVU players will be signing autographs and visiting with fans from 1-3 p.m. Gates will open at 12:45 p.m.

Video of Interest:

We asked players from around the Big 12 conference; What do you like about your team's quarterback situation for 2013? ( part 1 of 2)

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an All-American VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lindsay Ellingson.