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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (7/9/13) Edition

Football notes, summer hoops, summer baseball, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, July 9 - WV MetroNews
Curtis Feight says having new offensive line coach Ron Crook has been an adjustment but a welcomed one, Jared Barber says that the Mountaineers will shock some people this year and Darwin Cook believes that the team chemistry this season will help the Mountaineers on defense.

Baseball Summer League Update #4 - WVU Athletics
This edition features updates through games on Sunday, July 7.

Valley Natives Fox, Stephens Named All-Stars - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
From the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference to West Virginia University, Justin Fox and Alex Stephens have always seemed to share the diamond.

Mountaineers spend offseason giving back - Pros Report
WVU legends Owen Schmitt and Will Johnson spend their offseason teaching kids how to play football.

News of Note:

State of the union - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Of course, some people might say that that coming out party, or that attitude, was used against the Mountaineers, but let us digress.

HERTZEL COLUMN: With ‘Luck,’ rivalries can be renewed - Times West Virginian

Harris Shines - BGN
Eron Harris continued his stellar play in the Pittsburgh Pro-Am Summer League on Monday night.

Transfer RB named to Maxwell Award watch list - Times West Virginian
Sims was an all-C-USA second team pick following the injury-marred season after having been a first team pick the previous year when he rushed for 821 yards on just 110 carries and caught 51 passes for 575 yards while scoring 13 TDs.

West Virginia Mountaineers ranked No. 50 in Sentinel's preseason countdown - Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Sentinel has ranked all 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No.125 to our projected No.1 team.

Video: West Virginia's X factor - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
David Ubben says a maturing defensive line is the biggest X factor for West Virginia this season.

Casazza: Go Inside The Numbers As You Wait For Football -
For now, let’s consider our own over/unders for the 2013 Big 12 season.

WVU's Clay Up For Any Role - WVU Athletics
Cody Clay looks to take on more of a leadership role this fall.

VIDEO: WVU OL Feigt Talks Summer Workouts and 2013 Season - WVillustrated
West Virginia Offensive Lineman, Curtis Feigt, talks to the media regarding the intensity of the Mountaineers' Summer training program as well as addresses getting ready for the 2013 WVU Football Season


July Important For Recruiting - EerSports
Looking back, July is one of the biggest months for West Virginia recruiting, not only in quantity of commitments, but the quality.

West Virginia out for Dr. Phillips safety Davin Pierce; Louisville, Kentucky new top 2 - Orlando Sentinel
There was one key ingredient missing, however. West Virginia had not yet received the blessing of his mother, and that’s like leaving eggs out of the cake mix.

Pro News:

Need to Know: Is there a role for Pat White? - Rich Tandler's Real Redskins
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 9, 16 days before the Redskins start training camp. Did White help his chances?.

Jets rookie Geno Smith must adapt to playing under center -
As a three-year starter at West Virginia, Smith ran the Air Raid offense — almost exclusively out of the shotgun.

Ex-Mountaineer files suit - Charleston Gazette/AP
Green says knee injury result of bounty program

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Recruits at Nike's The Opening - Our Daily Bears

Who is Iowa State’s most indispensable football player? - Des Moines Register

Juco offensive tackle Pearce Slater commits to KU - Kansas City Star

Klein awaits his next chance, and hopes his camps inspire future quarterbacks - Wichita Eagle

2013 Sooner Kickoff Looks At The Defensive Rebuilding Project - Crimson And Cream Machine

Despite his lower-level football history, no one should count out Mike Yurcich - Oklahoman

Texas beat writer Mike Finger: Mack Brown must beat Oklahoma in 2013 or 'I don’t see how he ever recovers' - Oklahoman

Casey Pachall's Return is a Huge Boost for TCU -

Texas Tech's Incredible Shrinking Linebackers - Viva The Matadors

TOP TEN COACHES FOR 2013 - Every Day Should Be Saturday

Video of Interest:

Single game tickets for the 2013 football season are now on sale at and 1-800-WVU GAME.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a VS Angel from Namibia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Behati Prinsloo.