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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (8/26/13) Edition

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Notes on depth chart release, player features, soccer gets win & draws, hoops team gives back, season outlooks, pros notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Aug. 26 - WV MetroNews
ESPN’s Jake Trotter says that the Texas Longhorns are the best team in the Big 12, if they can live to their expectations and Travis Haney let’s us know what football fans will be talking about at the conclusion of Week 1.

WVU basketball gives back at United Way clinic: PHOTOS - Times West Virginian
More than 80 children turned out for the event sponsored by the United Way of Marion County, an organization that provides funding to 22 partner social service agencies in the county.

No. 19 Mountaineers Down Orange - WVU Athletics
An own goal by Syracuse in the 87th minute gave the No. 19-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team a 2-1 win today, in the Penn State Invitational at Jeffrey Field.

WVU draws with Villanova, awaits season opener - Daily Athenaeum
Despite being held scoreless, the Mountaineers outshot the Wildcats 24-3 and held possession throughout the match.

West Virginia opens 2013 fall season with Gold-Blue Scrimmage - Daily Athenaeum
"From where past teams were last time at this event and where we are now, as a coach, I feel pretty good about our team," Kramer said. "We wanted this event to be set up just like a match all the way down to the pace of it."

The Mill - WVU Athletics
Training camp today pales in comparison to what the players used to endure.

Ex-WVU grid player is battling cancer - Martinsburg Journal
Mike Michael, following in the footsteps of his father, spent about 30 years as an outstanding football coach in both college and high school circles.

Site Picked for Holgorsen, Huggins Shows - WVU Athletics
The Dana Holgorsen Show and the Bob Huggins Show have found a new home at Kegler’s, Morgantown’s most popular sports bar and restaurant.

WVU media rights lawsuit finally going to court - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia Radio Corp. is getting its day in court to complain about how West Virginia University awarded a media rights contract for sports events.

FOOTBALL AND FAMILY: My last OSU football game. - Cowboys Ride For Free
READ this

News of Note:

College football preview: West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Complete breakdown

Glimpse the latest depth chart - WV MetroNews
What’s up with Andrew Buie? We presumed he wouldn’t win the job over Charles Sims, but now last season’s leading rusher is nowhere to be found among the top four running backs. The Texas defense must be as puzzled as we are.

First depth chart keeps starting QB a mystery - Charleston Gazette
"It's not like we're running one set of plays with one, one set of plays with another and a third set of plays with the other,'' offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "Whoever functions better in our offense is always going to be the guy.''

Millard, Trickett co-starters on WVU depth chart - Register-Herald

Holgorsen’s offense feeds on mismatches - Times West Virginian
"We’re trying to figure out the weaknesses of the defense," Dawson said. "If they’re playing down, we’re going to take a shot."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Holgorsen: First team is motivated - Times West Virginian
The Mountaineers are a young team trying to find its personality and ability level, one that has brought in not only freshmen but a lot of junior college players and important upperclass transfers such as quarterback Clint Trickett and running back Charles Sims.

Sims' time draws near - Charleston Daily Mail
Transfer running back will make highly anticipated debut for West Virginia in season opener

Back to the roots for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The Mountaineers are an amazing 138-60 in seasons where they have at least one 1,000 yard rusher in the past 20 years.

McCartney plans to take larger role in return season - Daily Athenaeum
"I’m very confident in myself, but at the same time I’m just trying to help the team," McCartney said. "I’m just glad that I have the opportunity to be out there to compete."

Improvement? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU’s defense revolves around defensive line play

Same group, different results for WVU defense? - Charleston Gazette
"I'm not into making excuses about how we were young or how we were whatever,'' Patterson said. "That's why in January we started working on the mind far before we started working on the body.''

Means To An End - BGN
Eric Kinsey’s significant practice progression has him primed for a breakout season in his second year.

Wolf's Huddle: His Team - WVU Athletics
One team, one vision says Dale Wolfley.

Statistical Mayhem - WVU Athletics
Jed Drenning takes a deeper look inside the numbers.

Caridi thinks Mountaineers could be a surprise - Register-Herald
West Virginia University play-by-play broadcaster Tony Caridi wasn’t born in West Virginia. But the New York native and Syracuse graduate has become a "West Virginian by choice."


Macon ‘shocked’ to finally be enrolled - WV MetroNews
West Virginia basketball signee Elijah Macon enrolled in classes at WVU on Friday.

Pro News:

Tavon Austin Explodes for a 81-Yard Punt Return -
Saint Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin speeds past the Denver Broncos special teams for an 81-yard punt return.

Caleb Wygal: Pat White’s ‘Relaunch Campaign’ continues with ’Skins - Register-Herald
Pat White’s "Relaunch Campaign" continued to pick up steam on Saturday as he looked superb at times for the Washington Redskins.

NFL Preseason Week 3 Recap: Austin's return, Smith's bad start and more - ProsReport
Who solidified their roster spots? Who is in jeopardy? We'll try to unravel these questions and more in our Preseason Week 3 recap.

WVUPros Roster Cut Tracker - ProsReport
Bookmark this page to keep track of the latest cutdowns.

St. Louis Rams: Is Stedman Bailey Hidden Gold? - Turf Show Times
In an NFL training camp, the competition can be fierce to earn a starting spot, let alone make the final roster.

Jedd Gyorko Leads All MLB Rookies with 16 HR - Gaslamp Ball
Before last night, Jedd Gyorko was second among all major league rookies in home runs. He had 14, one shy of former junkie and janitor Evan Gattis. After Gyorko's Padres finished their beyond-impressive comeback win, the young Mountaineer had the lead all to his own. Since you're smart enough to get through those three sentences, I'll assume you did the math and figured out that Jedd hit two homers last night.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Full of QB Questions - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Even with uncertainty at the position, WVU isn't behind most Big 12 schools when it comes to a clear-cut starter under center.

Big 12 Power Rankings: 8.26.13 - DA Sports Blog
This first edition is simply how I voted the Big 12 Preseason Media Poll. As always the Power Rankings will change weekly depending on win, loss and outcome.

Baylor Football Previews Baylor Football - Our Daily Bears

D'Vario Montgomery Rides Into Transfer Junction - Wide Right & Natty Lite

2013 Kansas Football Preview: Jayhawk State of the Union - Barking Carnival

K-State's young Lockett better than the original - Garden City Telegram

OU Football 2013 | The Great Unknown - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy highlights potential breakout players - Oklahoman

College football countdown | No. 12: Texas - USA Today

Gary Patterson: Unplugged - Frogs O' War

'Ride Together' holds special meaning for Tech football team - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Big 12′s best: Nos. 15-11 - WV MetroNews

Big 12′s best: Nos. 10-6 - WV MetroNews

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

We have finally made it to game week. We're now at Gamecon 5.

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