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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (6/11/14) Edition

Football notes, the O'Bannon case, track at NCAAs, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 11 - WV MetroNews
WVU associate head basketball coach Larry Harrison recaps the 2014 recruiting class and tells us which of the future Mountaineers will make the biggest impact this season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Bannon suit could change NCAA landscape - Times West Virginian
It showed up out of nowhere, unexpectedly landing in what is today’s version of a mail box, this public correspondence from West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck on the school’s athletic website, labeled “An Open Letter to Mountaineer Nation.”

With college sports model in flux, athletic directors forced to wait - Andy Staples -
"Just tell me what the rules are," the AD said, "and we'll go from there."

Thorn: NBA More Popular Than Ever - WVU Athletics
Rod Thorn in town for Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp last weekend.

Furfari: Was Nehlen the greatest of all WVU coaches? - Register-Herald
West Virginia University has had 33 head coaches during its 121 years of intercollegiate football competition.

News of Note:

Mitch Vingle: Recruiting news, Big 12, Harris and boxing - Charleston Gazette
Ye OLDE notebook

WVU must develop depth now - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It would appear several more members of WVU's football recruiting class are now enrolled at the university and soon will be participating in meetings and 'player driven' practices.

WVU SOCCER: LeBlanc says US soccer growing in strength - Charleston Daily Mail
The truth, though, is that WVU and all the other college teams in the country can rely on the United States, its developmental system and the proliferation of games on television now more than ever before.

Track to Compete at NCAA Finals - WVU Athletics
Three members of the WVU track and field team represent the Mountaineers at the NCAA Championships.

Pro News:

Charles Sims talks Bucs role, Doug Martin, adjusting to NFL life -
New Bucs RB Charles Sims opens up about his NFL experience thus far.

WVUPros Summer Preview: Tavon Austin - WVUPros
The other West Virginia wide receiver on the St. Louis Rams will look to improve upon an up-and-down rookie season. Tavon Austin showed bursts of greatness but was eventually slowed by an injury late in the season. Now, he’ll look to break out.

Steve Slaton scores twice in Argos preseason opener - WVUPros
Steve Slaton makes a statement in his quest to start at running back for the Toronto Argonauts. He, along with fellow WVUPro Kent Richardson, made their CFL debuts on Monday night in a 24-22 win against Winnipeg in the CFL preseason opener.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor, Texas A&M schedule home-and-home MBB series - Our Daily Bears

Top in-state lineman commits to Cyclones - Cyclone Fanatic

KU O-Lineman Joe Gibson earns scholarship for coming season - Lawrence Journal World

257 Wildcats Named to Spring Big 12 Honor Roll - KSTATESPORTS.COM

Oklahoma-Texas Football | Red River Showdown To Be Played At Cotton Bowl Through 2025 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State recruiting: Motekiai Maile commits to Cowboys - Cowboys Ride For Free

Barking Carnival Boot Camp: Inside Zone the Wickline Way (now with LHS!!!) - Barking Carnival

Unfinished Business - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech RB Commit Corey Dauphine Can Move Mountains - 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 80 Ryan Nehlen - WVUPros
We are now 80 days away from the Mountaineers start the regular season against Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. In terms of players representing the No. 80, few names stand out. One that does has roots that run into Mountaineer history: Ryan Nehlen.

Video of Interest:

Chris Chugunov QB - Class of 2015 - Junior Season 2013 highlights. Montgomery HS NJ.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown made a name for herself as a UFC ring girl. CLICK HERE for today's animated gif and video gallery of Brittney Palmer.