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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (8/5/13) Edition

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Interviews with assistant coaches, features, quarterback battles, running back depth, McCartney's return, new commitment, pro updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, August 5 - WV MetroNews
Ivan McCartney and Kevin White talk about how fall camp is going thus far. Also Shannon Dawson, Keith Patterson and Erik Slaughter give their prospectus of what they are seeing out of their players.

Holgorsen's mark on program starting to show - Charleston Daily Mail
"The truth of the matter is I feel pretty good about where we are right now," he said. "I'm looking forward to coaching this team more than I have the previous two teams."

Caridi says he'll remain WVU broadcaster - Register-Herald
"We’ve been talking, and everything has been positive," said Caridi of his negotiations with IMG. "Everything’s on course, and I would think that we will have an announcement early next week that everything’s good and I’ll be back."

Mazzulla joins FSU as assistant coach - Times West Virginian
During the past two years, Mazzulla coached under the direction of Stephen Dye at Glenville State College

Maphis a star at WVU - Martinsburg Journal
Bill Maphis, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward, was rated West Virginia's top high school basketball player when recruited by WVU in 1960.

News of Note:

Video: Assistant Coaches - BGN
Seider, DeForest & Mitchell

WVU Assistant Coach Interviews: 8.3.13 - DA Sports Blog
Patterson, DeForest, Crook, Galloway & Slaughter

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Crook, Seider, Dawson, Slaughter & Patterson

Dawson bullish on offensive depth - WV MetroNews
"This is the deepest team I’ve ever been on—it ain’t even close," Dawson said Saturday.

Plenty of competition on WVU O-line - Times West Virginian
Crook is not ready to say the change in the running philosophy is simply to toughen up the team.

WVU Offensive Lineman Pat Eger Attempting to Re-Prove Himself - WVillustrated
After suffering an ankle injury in the spring, Eger is using preseason camp to work his way back.

Questions loom as WVU opens practice - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Former Patriot Ron Crook looking to rebuild offensive line

WVU season could hinge on the men in the middle - Register-Herald
"I think the success of this team is going to depend a lot on the offensive line," said Caridi. "That’s the big question."

Abundance in the backfield - Charleston Gazette
As JuJuan Seider begins his first season as West Virginia's running backs coach, he's naturally going to face some problems.

Running Back Is Deep For WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Newcomer Sims adds plenty to fold

Galloway Has More WRs to Work With - WVU Athletics
Coach Lonnie Galloway as a crowded WR room this fall.

Holgorsen not concerned with loss of Austin, Bailey - Register-Herald
“It’s college football,” he said. “Guys graduate, and you move on and replace them. Sometimes you replace a lot of seniors; sometimes you don’t. That is not something I worry about. Every year is different, and you can’t worry about the previous year.”

Lonnie Galloway: the man who recruited Austin - Times West Virginian
In some ways, you cannot think of Tavon Austin without thinking of Lonnie Galloway, for Galloway is the man who recruited Tavon Austin to Morgantown.

WR McCartney gets second chance - Times West Virginian
"At the end of the day I had to come in and prove myself and work hard," he said.

McCartney back in WR mix - Charleston Gazette
Senior left team, school after eight games last season

McCartney glad to be back at WVU - Inter-Mountain
McCartney said he was dealing with his grandfather's illness and went home to help him and his father.

White ponders Bailey’s huge numbers: ‘Can I do that next?’ - WV MetroNews
"I compare me and Sted, and I think, ‘Well, I’m bigger, so can my numbers be better?’"

WVU WR White: 'Can I Do That Next?' - BGN
Kevin White's road to West Virginia wasn't an easy one, but the junior college transfer is ready to add his name to the long list of successful receivers in Dana Holgorsen's offense.

Nobody waving white flag in WVU quarterback battle - Register-Herald
"We are all just trying to get better and are pushing each other," he said. "Once we get our pads on, we will really get to see the difference.

WVU hits the turf looking for answers in offensive backfield - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
All three have big shoes to fill after Geno Smith threw for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns last year for the Mountaineers, and is now competing for the starting position with the New York Jets.

WVU QB Battle Update: 8.3.13 - DA Sports Blog
West Virginia is three days into training camp, and still in the early stages of what looks like a long drawn out quarterback competition. Ford Childress, Paul Millard and Clint Trickett all are vying for the starting role.

Video: Childress & Millard talk QB battle - BGN
Quarterbacks Ford Childress and Paul Millard spent their time during media availability talking about the competition for the starting job between them and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Childress: Youth can make impact - Times West Virginian
"There’s subtle differences between our games. Clint is probably the most athletic of all of us and Paul has been in the offense longer, so he kind of knows what going on," Childress said. "We all can make every throw. It’s more mental differences between us."

West Virginia QB race heating up - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"We're all fighting to be the starting quarterback," said Millard, who backed up Geno Smith last season. "We all have that same goal in mind, so it's going to be competitive throughout."

Fearless Ford: ‘I want to start now’ - WV MetroNews
"The whole reason I came here was so I’d have an opportunity to start for four years, and that’s what I’m planning on doing."

Rowell: West Virginia's Defense is "Dummy-Proof" - WVillustrated
Senior DL says the Mountaineers are working on a much simpler, more sound defensive scheme for 2013.

Motivated defense wants to erase memories of '12 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nose tackle Shaq Rowell has been fixated on a three-digit number since the end of last season: 118.

Revamping defense: The long and tall of it - WV MetroNews
Keith Patterson likes the rangy, versatile newcomers who can transform WVU's defense

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers look to turn defense around - Times West Virginian
Make no mistake, the entire defense knows what transpired, so much so that every so often during the offseason they took a peek at the statistics.

Repping 8, seeking 5 at cornerback - WV MetroNews
Brian Mitchell aims to embolden a unit that was shaky throughout 2012.

Big hitters beware of targeting - WV MetroNews
His message is be smart, without being timid.

WVU Football Assistant Coaches Quotes - WVU Athletics
WVU's assistant football coaches sat down with media members.


Linebacker picks WVU over Ga. Tech - WV MetroNews
Three-star commitment Davonte Henry of Springfield, Ohio, projects at the Buck position.

Pro News:

Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey take part in Rams Fan Fest and scrimmage - Pros Report
Austin got things started during the scrimmage, fielding a kickoff in the very back of the endzone and taking it out.

Geno Smith starts the Green and White scrimmage for the Jets on Saturday - Pros Report
Through the first week of camp, the competition has been close, although Smith seems to have an edge as he had not thrown an INT before Saturday's game.

Jeff Braun, Ryan Nehlen added to NFL rosters - Pros Report
With a week and a half into NFL Training Camps, the roster shuffle has begun. This has paid off for two free-agent rookies from WVU.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Era of Unbridled Optimism? - Our Daily Bears

No QB quandary will make this camp less chaotic - Cyclone Fanatic

Marquel Combs can be serious - Lawrence Journal World

Andale’s B.J. Finney keeps pulverizing obstacles at Kansas State - Wichita Eagle

Blake Bell approaches every day like he's the starter — but so does Trevor Knight - Oklahoman

OSU's DEFENSE: Good, bad, or a matter of opinion? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Mack Brown Fall Camp Opening Press Conference Wrap Up - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson on first practice: "As a general rule, I thought it was pretty good" - TCU 360

Red Raider Gridiron | Football Roster and New Uniform Thoughts - Viva The Matadors

Video of Interest:

Linebacker Isaiah Bruce gives his thoughts on how practice is going so far, and how the young defensive backs are shaping up thus far.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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