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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (6/2/14) Edition

Football notes, WVRC lawsuit update, Repella returns, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, June 2 - WV MetroNews
Greg Hunter discusses the possible next move for the power five conferences plus he previews Justin Martin’s (Xavier) weekend visit to WVU.

Track Qualifies Three for NCAA Finals - WVU Athletics
Senior Stormy Nesbit became the third Mountaineer to qualify for the NCAA Finals

Repella 'pictures' herself in an ideal coaching situation alongside Carey - Exponent Telegram
"I never regretted for one minute coming to West Virginia," she said. "Everything he told me on my recruiting trip was true. The main thing about coach Carey is, when I graduated I knew I wanted to get into basketball and I wanted to come back and coach under him. What a privilege it is for him to ask me to come back."

Furfari: Gene Lathey happy he played WVU football in mid-1950s - Register-Herald
Gene Lathey, one of eight new members of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame, wasn’t very big coming out of Dunbar High School.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Today’s sports aren’t the way they once were - Times West Virginian
Once headlines were about pay dirt, not pay day.

News of Note:

Judge to decide this week whether he should void school’s Tier 3 deal with IMG - Charleston Daily Mail
If Evans sides with WVU and doesn’t see a need to void the contract with IMG College, it’s still not the end. The lawsuit with WVRC would continue.

The Mobile Quarterback - WVU Athletics
WVU has enjoyed great success through the years with mobile QBs.

West Virginia Mountaineers Most Indispensable Player: Quinton Spain - ESPN
Since last week, we’ve been examining the most indispensable player for every team in the Big 12.

Search for next quarterback continues at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Trickett cleared to practice

WVU’s Bradley: Change is a good thing for college football - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
West Virginia football's motto of "Spot the Ball" under then-coach Rich Rodriguez was considered innovative at the time, but we're way past that.

Chuck McGill: Luck hires have many similar qualities - Charleston Daily Mail
So, is there an archetype Luck seeks when making head coaching hires? "There probably is to a certain degree," said the AD, who was hired four years ago this month.

Mitch Vingle: WVU football, stock options, tidbits - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook


5 schools ahead for dual-threat QB Jackson - EerSports
Boynton Beach (FL) Community four-star, dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson has five favorites, according to a report in

Pro News:

WVU Pros Summer Preview: Ellis Lankster - WVUPros
While the main headlines focus on a quarterback battle in New York, defensive back Ellis Lankster may be in a position battle of his own.

New York Jets QB competition in motion at OTAs - WVUPros
Of course the big story out of training camp in New York is the quarterback battle between Geno Smith and newcomer Michael Vick. With OTAs in full swing, the QB battle is in motion, too.

WVU Pros Summer Preview: Chris Neild - WVUPros
After being one pick away from Mr. Irrelevant, West Virginia defensive tackle Chris Neild is doing his best to make his career be anything but irrelevant in Washington.

Kevin Jones Looking to Prove Himself in NBA Summer League - WVillustrated
The former Mountaineer is a double-double machine and now he's just hoping he can translate his pro success to an NBA arena.

John Flowers Wins Title in France - WVillustrated
Former WVU star just one of many finding success overseas, and it's easier than ever to keep up with the Mountaineer across the pond.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles’ new book takes fans behind BU curtain - Waco Tribune

Q&A: Iowa State Cyclones freshman wide receiver Allen Lazard - ESPN

KU baseball season ends with 8-6 loss to Kentucky - Lawrence Journal World

Winners of the 2013-14 'Sports Extrys' - Kansas State

Oklahoma football: How linebacker Tay Evans returned to football and could earn playing time as a freshman - Oklahoman

OSU Football: Devon Thomas Impact - Oklahoman

To remain at Texas for a while, athletic director Steve Patterson has 5 things he must do - Dallas Morning News

Wow! TCU outlasts Sam Houston State in 22 innings - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Red Raiders Most Indispensable Player: Davis Webb - ESPN

Auburn paints 'Kick Six' trail on its turf -
This is cool

Mike Slive: If power leagues don't get more autonomy, the next move would be Division IV - Andy Staples -
Talk of a Division IV? No matter what, current structure must change

What's On Tap:

WVU's Countdown to Kickoff: Day 90: Darryl Talley - WVUPros
Couldn't skip this guy just because of the weekend

WVU's Countdown to Kickoff: Day 89 Tyler Urban - WVUPros
Continuing our Countdown to Kickoff, we bring you No. 89, Tyler Urban.

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

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Daryl Worley cornerback for the 2014 WVU Football team. Daryl will be a sophomore in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American Beauty from California. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sarah Stage.