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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (7/5/13) Edition

More on the VT series, football notes, Seider's connections paying off in recruiting, Stedman feature, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, July 5 - WV MetroNews
Cody Clay talks about how this years Mountaineer team will have to play more as a team, because they lack a star player, while Will Clarke thinks that Karl Joseph deserves all the hype that he is receiving and he is handling it in a mature manner. Also, Eron Harris talks about his transition into learning the point guard position for Coach Huggins.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins has experienced NBA offers - Times West Virginian
"At the end of the day the reason I couldn’t go was because I couldn’t do that to my players," he said.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Luck knows about rivalry with Hokies - Times West Virginian
But now, one of those games that makes college football what it is has returned and, for all the manure that has been tossed athletic director Oliver Luck’s way during these days of transition, for this he deserves a "well done."

WVU, VT to renew football series - Register-Herald

Ten Memorable WVU-Tech Games - WVU Athletics
With the announcement this morning of the resumption of the Virginia Tech series in 2021, I thought it would be interesting to review some of the more memorable West Virginia-Virginia Tech football games through the years since the two schools first began playing back in 1912.

News of Note:

Mike Casazza: Improved toughness key to WVU’s fortunes - Charleston Daily Mail
Crook is not supposed to produce all-conference linemen or enable 1,000-yard rushers, though no one will complain if he does. Crook is supposed to find the way through that wall that appeared before the Oklahoma State goal line. He's supposed to run out the final four minutes of a game and protect a defense that doesn't need to protect a two-point lead one last time. He's supposed to dare defensive ends and linebackers to pick themselves up after a pancake block and go after the quarterback again.

Teammates Say WVU QB Race Too Close to Call - WVillustrated
Millard, Trickett and Childress continue to battle for coveted position in Holgorsen's offense.

Loaded Backfield - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Four running backs will be competing for playing time

WVU's Garrison Anticipates Strong Competition at RB - WVillustrated
Junior rusher says he'll play a different position this fall if it's what's best for the Mountaineers.

WATCH: Karl Joseph Looks Forward to Sophomore Showing - WVillustrated
Standout safety coming back for more as a leader in WVU's secondary this fall.


Brown-Seider connection key in Durante commitment - WV MetroNews
Former WVU receiver and current Miami Jackson HS head football coach Antonio Brown talks about WVU 2015 WR commit Jovon Durante.

Pro News:

Where does Stedman Bailey fit in the Rams offense? - Turf Show Times
Stedman Bailey might have been under the radar, being on the same team as Austin in college, but he should make an impact with the Rams. In fact, the team was luckily to draft Bailey where they did.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Five bold predictions for the Baylor Bears' 2013 football season - Dallas Morning News

Tuesday Musings: The most important recruit ever? - Cyclone Fanatic

Early returns on, off field positive for KU juco transfer Sendish - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State announces nonconference basketball schedule, Karapetyan signing - Wichita Eagle

Under the radar: Oklahoma Sooners - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Oklahoma State basketball: Marcus Smart struggles in U.S. win - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns recruiting: 'Horns missing on talented defensive back class - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU’s 2014 QB commits bonding over budding rivalry - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kingsbury says no reason to slow down offenses - AP

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Football: Single Game Tickets On Sale July 8 - WVU Athletics
Single-game and mini-package tickets for the 2013 West Virginia University football season will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 8, at 9 a.m.

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