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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (6/24/14) Edition

Power conferences creating gap, football reports, hoops summer league underway, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, June 24 - WV MetroNews
Bruce Stills the head coach of the latest WVU commit Colton McKivitz, discusses what kind of player WVU is getting in 2015. We also hear from’s Jon Martin as he looks ahead to some potential future WVU commitments like wide receiver Tavares Martin.

NCAA reform widens gap between D-I schools, WVU and Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail
"This is not the NCAA that’s evolving," Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said. "It’s the five (major) conferences. They want to try to separate themselves and try to continue to make the playing field unlevel."

WVU's Meador Recognized With National Honor - WVU Athletics
Meador, a resident of Morgantown, is the coordinator of athletic training services at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

News of Note:

Four-year scholarships will catch on - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

No. 9 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
DONTRILL HYMAN Position: Defensive end

HERTZEL COLUMN: It’s up to WVU coaches to get swagger back - Times West Virginian
If you can remember back to that night in Miami, Florida, when West Virginia took Clemson apart, 70-33, in the Orange Bowl, and to the 5-0 start on the next season, you remember the swagger the Mountaineers possessed at the time.

OU first Big 12 foe for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
As if West Virginia's non-conference slate of games isn't tough enough, the old gold and blue open Big 12 Conference play taking on an Oklahoma team that is expected to be one of the four teams selected to challenge for the national title in January.

Big 12 Football Power Rankings | #9 West Virginia Mountaineers - Crimson And Cream Machine
The margin between my No. 9 and No. 8 teams continues to narrow after weighing the pros and cons of each squad.

Summer League Tip-Off - BGN
Six Mountaineers were in action during the first evening of competition in the 2014 Pittsburgh Pro-Am League.

VIDEO: Williams, Watkins talk summer league - BGN
Two sophomore big men were the two standout performers among the West Virginia players in attendance Monday night at the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am.

WATCH: WVU Players Begin Work in Summer League - WVillustrated
Take a look at highlights from Monday night's action as the Mountaineers send six players to face off with area talent.


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - ESPN
Here's the latest in recruiting around the Big 12 as summer camp season winds down and new commitments keep rolling in

Over 30 offers for Washington - Scout
Robert Washington is one of the top 2016 prospects in the country. The Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian spoke with about the latest developments in his recruitment.

Pro News:

Capers, Slaton and White make final rosters in CFL - WVUPros
WVU had nine players represented north of the border. How many survived the cut? Here is how it breaks down with three CFL rookies making the cut and a few surprising releases.

Da'Sean Butler signs to play in France next year - WVUPros
Da'Sean Butler's immediate future has been decided.

Mountaineer Diamond Review: Fleming off to fast start with Bourne Braves - WVUPros
WVUPros in the baseball world have had quite varied results from those continuing season-long hot streaks, others falling into yet another slump or veteran players dealing with injuries that keep them from getting onto the baseball diamond.

Around the League (and Beyond):

WR Robbie Rhodes kicked off team, reportedly for second failed drug test - Our Daily Bears

What makes Mark Mangino tick? - Des Moines Register

Safety first: Weis excited about track removal - Lawrence Journal World

K-State announces Bramlage Coliseum improvements - Topeka Capital Journal

Best case, worst case scenarios for Oklahoma Sooners football - ESPN

Big 12 Conference best case, worst case: Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN

On Augie Garrido and Texas Baseball - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU got almost all it could out of 2014 baseball quest - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

VTM Roundtable: Non-Conference Opponents; A New Capital Improvement; and Spacing - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Season Tickets On Sale Tuesday - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will place remaining 2014 football season tickets on sale beginning Tuesday, June 24, at 9 a.m.

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 67 Eric de Groh - WVUPros
We are now only 67 days away from WVU's season opener against Alabama. In celebration, we take a quick look back at the career of WVU center, #67, Eric de Groh.

2014 WORLD CUP: Schedule and Standings - Cowboys Ride For Free
Complete schedule, standings, results, and highlights of the 2014 World Cup, updated daily.

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Brandon Golson linebacker for the 2014 WVU Football team. Brandon will be a senior in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model from Arizona. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Luci Ford.