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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/30/14) Edition

Football and hoops notes, more on two of the newest members of the WVU Hall of Fame, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, May 30 - WV MetroNews
Oliver Luck discusses his trip to the White House about youth sports. We also hear from’s Big 12 blogger Brandon Chatmon as he brings us the latest from this week’s conference meetings.

WVU's Covich Seeking a Few Good Men - WVU Athletics
WVU's new golf coach has already hit the ground running.

Lasnicki Qualifies for NCAA Finals - WVU Athletics
WVU junior Allison Lasnicki qualified for the NCAA Finals in the 10,000 meters

Millick Joins Gymnastics Staff - WVU Athletics
Kaylyn Millick joins the WVU gymnastics staff as an assistant coach.

Measure of Success - BGN
If Chris Enochs’ story shows anything, it’s that much of life is timing and circumstances largely beyond one's control.

FURFARI COLUMN: George King had great career as player, coach, A.D. - Times West Virginian
It’s so good to know that longtime friend George King is among eight deserving contributors athletically in the 2014 class of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Schifino reflects on sudden end to WVU career - Times West Virginian
Time and circumstances have a way of changing history. Drew Schifino is proof of that. Schifino was one of the most prolific scorers ever to play basketball at West Virginia University, but his memory has faded fast and the circumstances in which his career ended at WVU have kept the memory from returning.

News of Note:

WVU’s Big 12 share to rise - Charleston Gazette
Still, even at 67 percent, West Virginia’s take is expected to be in the $15-16 million range.

Holgorsen excited about newest Mountaineer - Register-Herald
When West Virginia University announced the signing of Gardner-Webb transfer Shaquille Riddick earlier this month, the name Bruce Irvin quickly came to the lips of Mountaineer fans everywhere.

Mike Casazza: Rich Rod’s new deal generates questions - Charleston Daily Mail
These are just questions, difficult ones without easy answers, but this was always going to be a strange conversation.

He’ll fix it - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Here’s what’s truly weird about the WVU basketball offseason. The Mountaineers were a team this past season with no seniors … and ended up with five scholarships. Five!


BIG 12 ATHLETICS: League commish suggests modern recruiting changes - Charleston Daily Mail
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes now is a good time to look at modernizing parts of the college recruiting model.

Pro News:

What did the new Tampa Bay coaching staff see in WVU's Sims? - WVUPros
With two stellar athletes already in Tampa's backfield, why did the new staff feel the need to use a Third-Round pick on the relatively unknown running back?

Kevin Jones to play in Orlando Summer League with Pacers - WVUPros
After finding work overseas, Kevin Jones may be on the fast track back to the NBA.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor's Art Briles refuses to step inside Bears' new $260 million stadium - Dallas Morning News

Early wake-up call for Iowa State football - Des Moines Register

KU football season opener set for 6 p.m. kickoff - Lawrence Journal World

Sams will transfer to McNeese State - KWCH12

Examining the Sooners in Sporting News' College Football Preview - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Examining the Cowboys in Sporting News’ College Football Preview - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Most indispensable player: Texas Longhorns - ESPN

Regional-bound Frogs face underdog Siena Friday night - TCU 360

Matt Wallerstedt's Defense: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Part II - Viva The Matadors

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 92: Henry Slay - WVUPros
Defensive tackle Henry Slay, our No. 92 selection, certainly left his mark on opponents and the West Virginia football record book.

Camps - WVU Athletics
Up to date camps list

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Daikiel Shorts wide receiver for the 2014 WVU Football team. Daikiel will be a sophomore in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former NFL cheerleader and MTV dancer. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nikki Giavasis.