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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (8/6/13) Edition

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Holgorsen's presser, practice reports, player features, Puskar Center upgrades, Caridi officially back as radio play-by-play, updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Aug. 6 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen says the new targeting rule won’t be a huge deal for the 2013 season. Lonnie Galloway likes the level of competition at receiver, and Isaiah Bruce predicts the Mountaineers defense will rebound this season.

Long read: Dana Holgorsen’s tour de force - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The entirety of the experience of being a football player at West Virginia University begins here, inside the head coach’s office, where, with rare exceptions, every prospective player must meet with Dana Holgorsen before he’s offered a scholarship.

Caridi to Continue to Call WVU Sports - WVU Athletics
Longtime WVU announcer will continue to describe games.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Caridi remains the voice of the Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
“West Virginia Radio said you’ve been doing this for 30 years and you love doing this and we’re not going to throw up a road block to stop you from doing it,” he said.

Four More Stations Sign on With Network - WVU Athletics
Radio network now at 20 affiliates and counting.

College Football: Best CFB Programs Without a National Title - Lost Letterman
#1, duh

"The WVU GameWatch" powered by Google Maps!
Very cool tool to find gamewatches wherever you may be

Baseball Summer League Update #8 - WVU Athletics
This edition features updates through games on Sunday, August 4.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen - Practice Update 2 - WVU Athletics
Transcript and video here, video also embedded below

Video blog: Day four - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
We’re slightly off center and under the weather today. Also worth noting, still no sign of d’Vante Henry, Darrien Howard and Isaac McDonald. Enjoy.

Fall Practice Report: Day Four -
Although Monday's practice consisted of much of the same for the West Virginia football team, a welcome site graced the practice turf behind the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility - pads.

Quick Hits: WVU Takes to Grass Field - WVillustrated
News, notes and video from the Mountaineers' Monday evening practice in Morgantown.

WVU Works On Details On Day Four - BGN
As the West Virginia wide receivers and running backs went through a drill where they caught passes from the three Mountaineer quarterbacks Monday, wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway was constantly shouting out the same message to his players.

Holgorsen looking for leaders - Charleston Daily Mail
His direct replies and pointed comments will sometimes make headlines, and Dana Holgorsen rarely ever backs away from something he says about his team, his fans or even himself. In his news conference Monday, the West Virginia coach walked right up to a tricky topic and then decided to retreat.

Lack of leadership ‘big issue’ for WVU - Times West Virginian
“I don’t want to expand on 2012. We have lessons we could take from 2012, but I’m not going to go into detail on that. There were lessons on things that happened with a variety of people — a variety of people,” Holgorsen said.

WVU players get word on 'targeting' rules - Charleston Gazette
Prior to WVU's fourth practice of fall camp, a group of Big 12 officials conducted a seminar with the Mountaineers on rules both old and new. A big chunk of the closed session was to address those new targeting rules.

West Virginia notebook: Holgorsen refuses to sweat new rule against targeting - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"For safety reasons, I understand why the rule is out there and why we need to educate our players. We have to make sure that guys aren't trying to leave their feet and spear people in the head."

One move changed Davis' path - Charleston Daily Mail
A whole lot of things have changed for Vernon Davis inside the last year. New college, new conference, new teammates, new coaches, new friends, new jersey number, new position.

WVU’s McCartney Wants to Finish It - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Receiver glad to be back on team

Feigt is on for O-line spots - WV MetroNews
Feigt is being pushed by fellow senior Nick Kindler, who’s also backing up Spain on the opposite side.

Rowell: New Year, New Mindset - WVU Athletics
Senior believes the defense needs to play nastier this year.

WVU opponents: Game 10, Texas - Charleston Gazette
This is the 19th in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.

Fall Camp Update: 8.5.13 - DA Sports Blog
Notes from yesterday and video of QB drills

Video: Offensive Drills - BGN
We focus on offense in this five-part series of drills held Monday during West Virginia's afternoon practice session.

Photo gallery: Day 4 of fall camp - WV MetroNews
Freshman receiver Shelton Gibson's injured knee appears to be making progress.

Pro News:

NFL Training Camp Update 8/5: A first (and second) for Geno Smith - Pros Report
So it was that the big news to come out of training camp on Monday, isn't really big news. Just something notable because it hadn't happened until now.

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 8/5 - Pros Report
Morgantown native Jedd Gyorko's struggles are still continuing, with strikeouts out of the woodwork.

2013 NFL training camp: John Clayton's thoughts from the road - ESPN
The Jets' job is officially open for competition, and while Sanchez might have the best chance, Smith is making this a ballgame.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football: Inside #CampBU - Day One - YouTube

Iowa State Announces Jack Trice Throwback Uniforms - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Lineman Stowers finds right path at Kansas - Lawrence Journal World

B.J. Finney keeps pulverizing obstacles at Kansas State - Kansas City Star

Defensive End D.J. Ward Not Practicing Due To Spleen Issue - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football: Running back Jeremy Smith says increased workload will be beneficial to health - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns football: "Now we've got to shut up and do it" - Burnt Orange Nation

Joel Hasley has Left the TCU Football Team - Frogs O' War

Tech notes: Falemi hoping to capitalize on opportunity at cornerback - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Baseball coach Randy Mazey to speak to WVU fan club - Charleston Daily Mail
Baseball coach Randy Mazey will be the guest speaker at the Kanawha Valley WVU Fan Club meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harding's Restaurant beside the Mink Shoals exit of Interstate 79.

Video of Interest:

Practice update #2 from head coach Dana Holgorsen, as the Mountaineers are preparing for their first fully-padded practice on Tuesday, August 6.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a West Virginia model and Playboy's Cybergirl of the Year 2012. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Leanna Decker.

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