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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (6/20/14) Edition

Athletic Dept breaking even, football reports, ticket sales down, Big 12 roundup & more.

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Happy Birthday West Virginia!!

What You May Have Missed:

Luck says WVU athletic department will break even - Charleston Gazette
Two years ago, the West Virginia athletic department’s bottom line was met with outrage in some quarters. And why not, given that the department showed a loss for the fiscal year of $12.9 million?

Women's Soccer Duo Sees Time in Loss - WVU Athletics
Two from WVU women's soccer see field in Canadian Women's National Team loss

Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team Announced - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference office named 39 West Virginia student-athletes to the 2013-14 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team today, which honors conference competitors who are new, incoming freshmen at their respective league institution.

News of Note:

Big 12 football signs of success in 2014 - ESPN
West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood's percentage of the Mountaineer’s total yardage

WVU football and the troubling numbers - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Again, it’s not reality. The reality is that it’s a starting point and nothing more, but there’s a certain reality attached to that, to say nothing of a perception that is really hard to shake.

Week 1: LSU-Wisconsin highlights loaded opening week - Sporting News
UNDERCARD: West Virginia vs. Alabama (Atlanta)

Football season ticket sales 8 percent off 2013 pace - WV MetroNews
West Virginia football season ticket sales are lagging behind the pace of recent years.

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck says playoff committee will look at schedule, analytics - ESPN
College football is entering a brave new world this fall with a new four-team playoff that will be put together by a College Football Playoff selection committee.

Big 12 teams reloading in the offseason - BGN
In addition to the talent coming back, led by West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten - the only returning player to earn first team all-Big 12 honors last season - Big 12 schools will be welcoming in seven players ranked in the top 100 prospects in the country, according to

Pro News:

Vote Gaddis Into MLS All-Star Game - WVU Athletics
Former Mountaineer men’s soccer All-American and current Philadelphia Union defender Ray Gaddis need your vote to help him into the 2014 MLS All-Star Game.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Conference Board Announces Contract Extension For Bowlsby - Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors has announced a two-year contract extension for Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

Water taxi to ferry passengers to Baylor stadium and beyond - Waco Tribune

Iowa State center Tom Farniok ready to roll - Des Moines Register

KU exploring removal of stadium track before football season - Wichita Eagle

K-State offense will miss Sams, Snyder says - Wichita Eagle

Former top prospect Dorial Green-Beckham to Oklahoma? Three reasons it makes sense, and three reasons it doesn't - Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA STATE BASKETBALL: Travis Ford's Offseason Losses and Gains - Cowboys Ride For Free

DBU no more? Texas tradition through the years - Burnt Orange Nation

Something missing: Ole Miss 6, TCU 4. Season over - Frogs O' War

Texas Football picks Texas Tech as sixth-place, but possible surprise team, in Big 12 - 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 71 Ben Dunkerley - WVUPros
No. 71 Ben Dunkerley, an offensive tackle for West Virginia in 1951-1952, is the latest player in our Countdown to Kickoff series highlighting some of the greatest players to come through the football program.

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

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Kevin White wide receiver for the 2014 WVU Football team. Kevin will be a senior in 2014

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Happy Birthday West Virginia!!

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown comes to us from the country that's all but vanquished from the 2014 World Cup, England. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rosie Jones.