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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (5/28/14) Edition

New Golf coach introduced, lots of WVU Pros updates, recruiting kids from WV, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue: Wednesday, May 28 - WV MetroNews
Oliver Luck announces Sean Covich as the new golf coach at WVU. We also hear from another member of the 2014 WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class with former defensive back Mike Logan.

WVRC attorney: West Virginia Media vowed ‘influence’ in seeking IMG deal - WV MetroNews
West Virginia Radio Corporation, seeking a summary judgment in its media-rights dispute with West Virginia University, says emails show West Virginia Media Holdings promised to influence school officials as it partnered with IMG College.

Scheduling an annual college football challenge for all 5 power conferences - (possible double auto-play, depending on OS & browser)
Five power conferences plus four out-of-conference games per team? Hmm ... let's figure out a way to have every team from a power league play one team from each of the others every year.

The Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten on Big Five Conference Autonomy - Viva The Matadors
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany discuss Big Five Conference autonomy.

News of Note:

WVU GOLF: New coach introduced as program restarts after 32-year absence - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia can begin play in 2015. Until then, Covich will build a program from scratch.

New golf coach patient, to a point - Charleston Gazette
"I’ve coached eight years and I’ve been in the postseason eight years either with an individual or a team,’’ Covich said. "I want to keep that going. I want to win right away."

Covich aims ‘to win right away’ when WVU men’s golf returns in 2015 - WV MetroNews
As school relaunches program after 32 years, new coach heralds opportunity to recruits:

'Mountaineer Golf is Back' - BGN
"Golf just kind of pulled me back in. I never grew up saying I wanted to be a college golf coach, it just happened," he said. "Now that I look back on it, I was destined to be in golf. It's what I've been around my whole life."

Covich ready to lead WVU golf’s rebirth - Times West Virginian
Sean Covich, West Virginia University’s new golf coach, admits he likes being the underdog, but taking on the challenge of renewing golf as a varsity sport after it lay dormant for 32 years is like … what?

Covich ready to relaunch WVU golf - Register-Herald
It’s been 32 years since anybody could call himself the head men’s golf coach at West Virginia University.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Covich will be more caddy than coach - Times West Virginian
Normally, on the flight bringing a coach to a new job, among the things he does is runs the questions he expects to be asked during his introductory press conference through his mind, making sure he has the answers at his ready.


Mitch Vingle: State recruits — in the Valley - Charleston Gazette
there’s also a little somethin’ somethin’ happening within the Kanawha Valley.

Pro News:

Rob Summers named head coach at Urbana University - WVUPros
The coaching tree of WVU basketball players got bigger today with the announcement that Rob Summers has been named as the head coach at Urbana University

Will Clarke signs rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals - WVUPros
Things that make up a great first day on a new job: meeting your work mates, getting equipment and a clean new uniform, touring the facility and signing a multi-million dollar contract.

Contract Signed, Will Clarke Starts OTAs with Bengals - WVillustrated
Former WVU defensive end signs his rookie contract just in time to join new teammates as he fights for playing time in Cincinnati.

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report 5/27/14: Flowers and Butler play on - WVUPros
As we move into the last week of May, there are two WVUPros remaining playing basketball: John Flowers and Da’Sean Butler. We tell you their current situations and have news on Kevin Jones Summer League pursuits and wrap up D’or Fischer’s season in Germany.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Canion guiding experienced Lady Bears to Women’s College World Series - Waco Tribune

Men’s Basketball: Recruiting Notebook — Cyclone targets descend on Twin Cities - Ames Tribune

KU baseball headed to NCAA Tournament - Lawrence Journal World

Leti Romero: It's finally over! - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Will Seek Waver For TaShawn Thomas | "They Were Going To Win With Or Without Me" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys passed over for national seed, get tough draw - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Injury-plagued David Ash still best QB option for new Texas Longhorns coach Charlie Strong - Dallas Morning News

Fort Worth Regional - Frogs O' War

Webb dreamed of being Texas Tech quarterback since sophomore in high school - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
Tickets for West Virginia’s appearance in the 2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game are now on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office

WVU's Countdown to Kickoff: Day 94: Chris Parker - WVUPros
We continue to remain on the defensive line as our player countdown to West Virginia Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against Alabama reaches No. 94 defensive tackle Chris Parker, who played for the Mountaineers from 1985 through 1988

Video of Interest:

Director of Athletics Oliver Luck introduces Sean Covich as the 12th Men's Golf head coach at West Virginia University.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown hails from Portugal and is this year's SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sara Sampaio. CLICK HERE for a 2nd Bonus gallery.