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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (5/29/14) Edition

News from the entire WVU Sports spectrum today including football, baseball & basketball (& more), recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, May 29 - WV MetroNews
Chris Enochs discusses joining the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. We also hear from former Mountaineer offensive lineman Nick Kindler who explains the decision-making process to bring a lawsuit against the NCAA.

WVU Selected for Preseason WNIT - WVU Athletics
Nine of the 16 teams are coming off postseason appearances including five teams in the NCAA Tournament and four in the WNIT.

WVU's Luck to Visit the White House - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck will be at the White House on Thursday, May 29, to attend President Barack Obama’s Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit.

Rodriguez's Buyout Doubles if he Returns to WVU - EerSports
Despite how it is incorrectly phrased in the contract, the Charleston Daily Mail's Mike Casazza points out that Arizona Head Coach Rich Rodriguez has a clause in his contract that would double his buyout if he were to return to West Virginia.

HERTZEL COLUMN- WVU runner prepares for final hurdle - Times West Virginian
For just a moment, Sarah Martinelli was at a loss for words. The question had seemed so obvious to a couch potato such as myself, someone whose total exercise consists of 10 or so journeys from that couch to the fridge per day.

News of Note:

Q&A: West Virginia Mountaineers DE Shaquille Riddick - ESPN
Shaquille Riddick was one of the best defensive ends in the FCS last season. This season for the Mountaineers, he has the goal of being among the best in the FBS.

WVU, Alabama preparing for showdown - Daily Athenaeum
After two straight subpar seasons, the West Virginia football team is looking to regain relevancy in 2014.

Huggins, staff work through roster issues - Charleston Daily Mail
"The only thing I can tell you — and I wish you would convey this as best as you possibly can to our fan base — is we’re going to do everything we can possibly do," Huggins said.

Dave Hickman: WVU could take advantage of state’s great golf venues - Charleston Gazette
A West Virginia University golf tournament may be coming to a course near you. And no, we’re not talking about those hobnobbing, open-your-wallet Mountaineer Athletic Club fundraisers.

Do we spot a trend? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Startlingly, just as I left for a few days off last week, West Virginia announced the hiring of its new golf coach. This follows not long after the Mountaineers named a wrestling coach. Sean Covich, who has kinda sorta done this before, is Oliver Luck’s eight head coaching hire in seven of the school’s 17 sports:

Bearcats In The Mix For WVU Transfer Davonte James - Down The Drive
Davonte James, a Springfield native, was an early enrollee for Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers but left the program after spring practice and could be returning to his home state.

WVU still trending in right direction - Daily Athenaeum
With a little more than two weeks left to go in the 2014 season, the West Virginia baseball team appeared to be in good shape to qualify for a regional in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. It wasn’t meant to be.

Four topics talking about sports matters - Register-Herald
Mickey's notebook...3 out of 4 are reasonable


South Florida OL cranking in major interest - EerSports
His older other, Jajuan Seider, coaches running backs for the Mountaineers.

WVU recruiting: Summer camps good for evaluation - Charleston Gazette
As the spring evaluation period comes to a close, college coaches prepare for a quick turnaround as they set up to host several prospect camps throughout the summer. Not only that, but with recruits on hiatus from school until August or September, high school juniors and seniors are more readily available to make extended visits to college campuses.

Pro News:

WVUPros Summer Preview: Najee Goode - WVUPros
Najee Goode found himself a new home after he was let go from the team that drafted him before the start of the 2013 season. Now, with a year under his belt, he’ll look to make even more impact next season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor’s Antwan Goodley listed by as one of most explosive athletes in college football - Dallas Morning News

Cyclone football questions: Will they really run the Veer? - Des Moines Register

Cool head, hot hand: Freshman closer Villines quick to make impact for KU - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett enters the 2014 season as the Big 12's most exciting player | Campus Union -

OU guard Isaiah Cousins wounded in New York shooting - Oklahoman (sutoplay)

Oklahoma State Cowboys most indispensable player: OL Daniel Koenig - ESPN

Comin' On Strong Tour Waco: Charlie Strong sounds ready - Austin American Statesman

Brandon Carter's Marijuana Charges Dropped - Frogs O' War

Last year gave Webb experience with adversity - 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 93: Tom Briggs - WVUPros
We move from the defensive tackle position back to defensive end with our next player on our countdown to West Virginia’s season opener against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Wendell Smallwood running back for the 2014 WVU Football team. Wendell will be a sophomore in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely lady from L.A. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Constance Nunes.