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What You May Have Missed:
Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, June 17 - WV MetroNews
Chris Chugunov’s high school coach Zoran Millich, speaks to the first time he thought Chugunov could be a special player. We also hear from WVMetroNews.com’s Allan Taylor as he talks with Eron Harris for an exit interview.
Dave Hickman: Luck keeps an eye on O’Bannon court case - Charleston Gazette
"For a lawyer it’s a pretty interesting case,’’ said Luck, who in fact is one, in addition to being West Virginia’s athletic director. "Anti-trust cases are always that way just because of the nature of anti-trust laws.’’
Top 10 point guards: UNC's Marcus Paige gets No. 1 nod -Sporting News
#3 Juwan Staten
Tennis Inks Two for 2014-15 - WVU Athletics
Habiba Shaker and Emily Da Silva Chang will join the Mountaineers.
News of Note:
The Audible: West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen talks Alabama, shark attacks and more - FOX Sports on MSN
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen joins The Audible with Bruce Feldman to discuss preparing for Alabama in Week 1, how to get WVU's swagger back, a shark attack story that involves Mike Leach and more.
An audible off The Audible - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
What wasn’t mentioned was something Dana told me last week. The Alabama v. Auburn game film will be quite useful for preparations.
WVU FOOTBALL: Youngstown State could be added to 2016 schedule - Charleston Daily Mail
Separate sources told the Charleston Daily Mail on Monday the Mountaineers will play host to Ohio’s Youngstown State and are close to finalizing a home game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team from outside the five major conferences. That would give WVU seven home games in 2016, in addition to a lucrative neutral site game against BYU at FedEx Field.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Can WVU be surprise in football? - Times West Virginian
A few thoughts as a thunderstorm rumbles by on a Monday afternoon: • Was West Virginia University’s football team really better last year than the record showed, and if so, with as many people coming back and with what seems to be an improved defense, are they sitting on a surprisingly big season?
Ten transfers to watch this college football season - Orlando Sentinel
Rushel Shell, RB, West Virginia (from Pittsburgh)
Low expectations: Mountaineers register 78th in USA Today’s FBS countdown - WV MetroNews
As alarming as that projection sounds, such is the tainted runoff from a 4-8 season that featured embarrassing losses to Kansas and Iowa State.
Magazine will be worth it - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Just picked up a copy of "The Signal Caller" and a first perusal of the one-sided magazine (most are) left me impressed with the time former-Kennedy Award winning quarterback Jed Drenning put into his annual.
WVU lands Alec Shriner - EerSports
Oviedo (Fla.) three-star two-way lineman Alec Shriner has committed to West Virginia.
Big 12 Conference recruiting scorecard - ESPN
Here's the latest in recruiting around the Big 12, with several programs seeing their commit list grow during the past week:
Recap: Sanders, Slaton star in CFL Preseason Week 1 action - WVUPros
The start of the CFL season brings many familiar Mountaineer names with it. In the first week of the CFL Preseason, two names stood out while others made nice contributions.
Geno Smith: "High Expectations" - Gang Green Nation
The second year QB expresses confidence in himself and the Jets, says offense is "jelling"
Mountaineer Diamond Review: Winston-Salem's Buckner breaks out for best week of 2014 season - WVUPros
We’ll also give update on how West Virginia’s latest draftees are making the move from Morgantown to the Minor Leagues as they begin their step on their way to being on a Major League roster.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Key to Baylor Bears' offense could be health of OT Spencer Drango - ESPN
Iowa State's Georges Niang commences on-court comeback - Des Moines Register
KU QB Jake Heaps headed to Miami - Lawrence Journal World
Recruiting: Getting One From the Enemy Camp - Bring On The Cats
Blake Bell weighs in on relationship with Trevor Knight, transition to tight end - Oklahoman (autoplay)
Cowboys praise J.W. Walsh's leadership role - Oklahoman (autoplay)
Texas Longhorns stay alive in Omaha with 4-1 win over the Louisville Cardinals - Burnt Orange Nation
CWS notes: Morrison masterful second time around against Texas Tech - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas Tech looks to rebound at CWS after 3-2 loss to TCU - 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
BT Entertainment Presents WVU ATLANTA KICKOFF
WVU's Countdown to Kickoff: Day 74 Joe Madsen - WVUPros
We continue our countdown to kickoff series to West Virginia’s season opener against Alabama with No. 74, Joe Madsen.
World Cup 2014 schedule - Complete guide to games & TV
The countdown for World Cup 2014 has begun. Here's the complete World Cup 2014 schedule for Brazil
Video of Interest:
Current Mountaineer Walk-Ons Justin Arndt and Michael Molinari discuss why they chose to walk on at WVU.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from the Fatherland of Germany. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Carmen Brundler.