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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (6/19/14) Edition

News and notes from all over, another NCAA lawsuit (this one names a couple of Mountaineers as plaintiffs), WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 19 - WV MetroNews
Steven Lassan of Athlon’s College Football preview magazine, gives his prediction for WVU in 2014. We also hear from head women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown as the Mountaineers will send two student-athletes off to the Canadian National team this summer.

WVU Partners With IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions - WVU Athletics
Firm to help with outbound sales.

Kramer Signs Six to 2014 Class - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University volleyball coach Jill Kramer announced today the addition of six players to the 2014 recruiting class.

Ranking The Programs: #14 - BGN
the wrestling program

O'Bannon vs. NCAA just the beginning: Jenkins case Mark Emmert - Andy Staples -
There were more lawyers than chairs to hold their designer-suited derrières. Among them were attorneys for former West Virginia tailback Shawne Alston, who is suing the NCAA, the ACC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Pac-12 and the SEC because his scholarship was capped below the actual cost of attendance. They were joined by attorneys representing former Minnesota and Northern Colorado defensive end Kendall Gregory-McGhee and former West Virginia offensive lineman Nick Kindler, who also sued the NCAA and those same five conferences on similar grounds.

News of Note:

Big 12 schools look to schedule old football rivals - ESPN
And West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who has already added Penn State and Virginia Tech to future schedules, told he's hopeful he'll be able to revive the "Backyard Brawl" with Pitt at some point, as well.

Paul Woodside Shares Experiences in Return to WVU - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer kicker was in Morgantown teaching his craft to young kickers look to make a similar impact on the sport.

Bounce house? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The Mountaineers relied a whole lot on the 3-point shot last season and did so for a couple of reasons.

Dave Hickman: Big 12 coaches laud Spurs’ team-first attitude - Charleston Gazette
"I think that’s the hope of all of us, that we can get back to trying to play the game the right way,’’ Huggins said. "Certainly the Spurs did that."

WVU’s [baseball asst. coach, ed.] Carte speaks at Cougars’ baseball banquet - Martinsburg Journal
As friends and family talked in the banquet room of the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown on Tuesday, John Fogerty's "Centerfield" played in the background.

Pro News:

Da'Sean Butler did Da'Sean Butler things in Belgium during his return to the court - WVUPros
After a series of three knee surgeries dating back to the 2010 Final Four, Butler returned to the court overseas this year and showed what made him a legend in Morgantown.

Geno Smith: "I just want perfection" - WVUPros
Geno Smith is growing into his role as leader for the New York Jets. His teammates and coaches see it by his actions in the locker room, on the field and in the huddle.

Darris Nichols Accepts Assistant Position at Louisiana Tech - WVillustrated
Former WVU point guard is making his third coaching stop in four years and proving he is a hot commodity in the industry.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Twitter Scouts Baylor QB Bryce Petty and the Baylor Offense - Our Daily Bears

Legend Jack Trice leaves mark, never plays in Ames - Iowa State Daily

Best case, worst case: Kansas Jayhawks football 2014 - ESPN

Weber Talks 2014-15 Season on Big 12 Teleconference - KSTATESPORTS.COM

MBB | Oklahoma Sooner, Buddy Hield Will Lead Big 12 In Scoring In 2015 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Cowboys rank last in college football experience metric - ESPN

Texas Longhorns win 1-0 squeaker over UC-Irvine Anteaters in Chad Hollingsworth gem - Burnt Orange Nation

Longtime TCU football coach Edde Williamson retires - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Red Raider Hardball: Wrapping Up An Amazing Season - 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

BT Entertainment Presents WVU ATLANTA KICKOFF

WVU's Countdown to Kickoff: Day 72 Gene Lamone - WVUPros
We find one of the best two-players on both the West Virginia offensive and defensive lines with No. 72, Gene Lamone, as our Countdown to Kickoff inches closer to the Mountaineers’ season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Atlanta.

World Cup 2014 schedule - Complete guide to games & TV
Here's the complete World Cup 2014 schedule

Video of Interest:

Morgantown and WVU are both undergoing massive construction efforts, and when you come back in the Fall, things will look a little different. We took a camera out and captured video of the construction on everything from the Student Housing to the New Baseball Stadium, from the CAC to Private Businesses, from the Puskar Center to WVU Hospitals. Here's a look at some of the many things happening in Morgantown.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Argentinian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rocio Guirao Diaz (she's the blonde in the video).