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Camp wraps up, positions are getting settled, player & coaches interviews, NFL pre-season including WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Aug. 19 - WV MetroNews
Lonnie Galloway says how enrolling in January has helped Daikiel Shorts, Dustin Garrison says that all of the running backs have to bring their best every carry they get and Kyle Rose says that his ability to play all position will help the defensive line this season.

Big 12 football: West Virginia/Oklahoma bond deepens - Oklahoman
On the surface, West Virginia and Oklahoma would have little in common. But WVU athletic director Oliver Luck looks below the surface.

IMG Adds Three More to Network - WVU Athletics
WEIR-AM Weirton, WV and WADC-AM / WHBR-FM in Parkersburg, WV.

West Virginia Radio defends proposal for WVU broadcast rights - Charleston Daily Mail
Company projected deal would net university $5.7 million, while IMG guaranteed $86.5 million

Top 10 sneaky contenders -- Auburn, Northwestern, UNC and more - Jeremy Fowler -

Spot the Ball - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 is adding an eighth official to address pace of play issues.

Former QB White Takes in Men's Soccer Scrimmage - WVU Athletics
"I cannot believe that I am sitting in Casa Grande watching the West Virginia University Mountaineers play soccer, it’s amazing," White says. "You never know what’s going to come to you in life."

Mountaineers Down No. 18 Georgetown - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team snagged a 1-0 win over No. 18 Georgetown

Men's Soccer Defeats Ohio State - WVU Athletics
1-0, in an exhibition match on Sunday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

News of Note:

West Virginia Motivated By 2012's Fade - Big 12 Conference
West Virginia started 5-0 last season, then lost five in a row and finished 7-6; the bad memories from last season are providing incentive for this year's team.

Mountaineers will exceed expectations in '13 - Charleston Gazette
Rush sang the lyrics "there is unrest in the forest." Lead singer Geddy Lee should check out Mountaineer Nation these days.

Decision day for WVU quarterbacks - WV MetroNews
Within a fortnight of the season opener, the deadline for picking a horse and putting him in the shotgun is now.

No QB news yet for WVU - Register-Herald
Trickett, from all I’ve seen and heard, is more than capable of executing those assignments, and that’s why I think he should be — and likely will be — named the starter for the Mountaineers.

Classes in session as 2-deep forms - WV MetroNews
Preseason camp is finished, and now WVU's coaches are closer to doling out starting assignments.

No joke: Holgorsen lauds defense - Charleston Gazette
"Yeah, it could be in relation to where we were last year,'' Holgorsen said. "We're definitely way ahead of where we were last year.''

Holgorsen content with new-look special teams - Charleston Gazette
For all of the questions remaining concerning West Virginia's offense and defense less than two weeks before the season, special teams might be just as uncertain.

Key players coming into focus - Charleston Gazette
Dana Holgorsen wrapped up the camp portion of West Virginia's preseason football practice Saturday and the assumption is that after 19 practices spread over 17 days, he has a pretty good idea of who is going to play and who isn't.

Patterson will use a variety of defensive players - Times West Virginian
"The more kids out of the 45 kids I have on defense I get involved, the stronger we are," he said.

First year defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and West Virginia will look to slow down offenses - Daily Athenaeum
The ultimate goal for Patterson – other than stopping opponents – is to combat tempo with his unique game plan.

Camp not over for WVU defense - Register-Herald
“I try to create chaos on the sidelines during practice. The way I see it, if I can create that environment and the players can still concentrate and carry out their assignments and know what their responsibilities are, then the game is going to be easy.”

Still Working - Inter-Mountain
"The picture for our players is that a diamond doesn't become a diamond without intense heat and pressure," Patterson said.

Slaughter's Troops Carry His Mentality for Mountaineers - WVillustrated
WVU defensive line coach says he's impatient, he hates to lose and he wants his players to feel the same way.

WVU coaches look for DE Clarke to 'cut loose' - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
What makes Clarke so likable, Slaughter and Patterson said, is the only thing holding him back from becoming dominant.

Bruce takes shining star outside - Charleston Daily Mail
"I can tell you right now," Patterson said late last week, "he's already a better player on the perimeter than he ever was inside."

Switching positions no issue for WVU sophomore LB Isaiah Bruce - Register-Herald
WVU Notebook

Cook enjoys smashing fall camp - WV MetroNews
Plus other highlights from Friday, including a player who finds the new Dana Holgorsen more approachable.

Great Expectations for Joseph - EerSports
"We don’t want guys to get comfortable with the starting job, but the writing is kind of on the wall," Gibson said.

Key players coming into focus - Charleston Gazette
Just because you're not a starter doesn't mean you're not going to play a considerable amount.''

WVU Relying on Versatility to Tempo - DA Sports Blog
Dana Holgorsen likes his West Virginia offense to move quickly. Throughout camp even with an inexperienced offense, the third year head coach has made it clear that he will continue to tempo despite the lack of game experience offensively.

Five WVU Freshman That Won’t Redshirt - DA Sports Blog
Here are the five, starting with the one least likely to redshirt:

New receivers look to make impact - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia welcomes a plethora of new wide receivers this season, including several from junior colleges. Kevin White and Mario Alford, for example, will look to make a quick impact for their new team.

It's time for new players to shine at West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"There are some guys waiting in the wings, maturing and developing, we just don't know who those are yet."

Daikiel Shorts Steps Up Big for WVU Offense - WVillustrated
When no one else stepped up to the plate, the Mountaineers turned to a true freshman receiver to fill a void.

WR Shorts ‘doesn’t act like a freshman’ - WV MetroNews
"In one day that kid showed he’s got the mental capacity to line up at the (inside) position and do some really good things," beamed offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson on Friday.

Good To Be Home - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The roads they took differ, but first year assistants Ron Crook and Tony Gibson are glad they are back in their home state as they prepare to open the 2013 season at West Virginia University.

Football Assistant Coaches and Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
WVU assistant coaches and players spoke with members of the media Friday morning.

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Galloway, Dawson & Seider

BGN Exclusive Video: Smith and Feigt - BGN
WVU running back Dreamius Smith and offensive tackle Curtis Feigt discuss who they least like to face and play word association - as well as discuss blocking and the offensive scheme.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players - WVillustrated
Rose, Kinsey, Joseph & Clay

BGN Video: Target Acquired - BGN
A major topic of conversation throughout college football this summer has been the NCAA's new targeting rule. And one player who many people thought could be affected was hard-hitting WVU safety Karl Joseph. TV: Cody Clay, Karl Joseph, Will Clarke, Shaq Rowell -

PHOTOS: 2013 WVU Football Training Camp - WVillustrated
Browse photos from the Mountaineers' August 15th Training Camp practice

Pro News:

Are Geno Smith's chances of starting NFL Week 1 slipping away? - ProsReport
The Jets had a plan for the quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. Less that two weeks into the preseason, that plan is in shambles.

Despite sitting, Geno Smith still in QB race - ESPN New York
"I was told the competition is still open," Smith said.

Furfari: Geno left WVU with an unbelievable 71 records - Register-Herald
The saying that an athlete has "rewritten the record book" has been used loosely at times.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Tavon Austin’s ‘perfect storm’ is unforgettable - Times West Virginian
As good as Jerry West was on a basketball court, as amazing as Major Harris was in football, as spectacular as Da’Sean Butler was in various games throughout his senior year, never before – and, I dare say – never again will anyone match that single-game performance.

Saturday night NFL round up - ProsReport
Let's take a look at how they all did in their second week of the preseason.

Lance Frazier: Jock Sanders talks about life in the CFL and relationships with other Mountaineers and Bill Stewart - ProsReport
I had the pleasure of speaking with former Mountaineer and current CFL standout Jock Sanders in my first WVUPros Q&A session of the year. We talked about his transition to the Canadian game, his role with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, other former Mountaineers, and what he learned from the late great Coach Bill Stewart.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Freshman WR Robbie Rhodes Shines in Baylor's Second Scrimmage - Our Daily Bears

Camp Report: "Uncle" Quenton adapting to his new role nicely - Cyclone Fanatic

Taylor Cox puts red-shirt on back burner - Lawrence Journal World

Weis' JUCO recruiting comparisons to Snyder maddeningly wrong - Bring On The Cats

Sooners have one of college football's toughest schedules - Crimson And Cream Machine

College football countdown | No. 20: Oklahoma State - USA Today

Mack Brown press conference recap - Burnt Orange Nation

Meet The New Guys: Bryson Burtnett - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury Says Game Time Decision to Name Texas Tech Starting Quarterback - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

First day of classes. We're at Gamecon 12.

Video of Interest:

Safeties coach Tony Gibson discusses the progress of Karl Joseph and Darwin Cook.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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