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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (6/25/14) Edition

Lots of football features, more on Trickett, recruiting notes, summer hoops league interviews, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 25 - WV MetroNews
Terry Henderson officially commits to North Carolina State University. We also hear from WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson as he discusses why the team announced Clint Trickett as the starting quarterback in late June.

10 college football conferences. Ranked for 2014. -
There are 10 Tuesdays between us and the first full weekend of college football. And there are 10 FBS conferences. Let's start the Tuesday countdown off with a simple one.

Luck Adds Heskett to Athletic Staff - WVU Athletics
Former wrestling coach to oversee sports performance.

Carey Chillin4Charity - WVU Athletics
WVU coach Mike Carey accepted the Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge.

Gulick a Nominee for Big 12 Sportsperson of Year - WVU Athletics
Senior Liz Gulick of the WVU volleyball team was named a nominee for the Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year

Macon, Carter and Williams Speak from Summer League - WVillustrated
See full interviews with three Mountaineers as they wrap up their first night of competition in the Pittsburgh Pro Am Summer League. TV: Macon & Williams in Summer League -
Video interviews with two of the Mountaineer big men

Ranking The Programs: #11 - BGN
The West Virginia men's soccer team produced a variety of ratings from our panel, which worked out to an 11th place finish in the rating of West Virginia's athletic programs.

Former WVU track star excelling on grid iron - Times West Virginian
Ciara Chic, a Riverside, West Virginia, native and former track All-American at West Virginia University, grew up wanting to be a football player.

News of Note:

Top 10: Ranking the most brutal non-conference slates in America - FOX Sports on MSN
1. West Virginia Mountaineers (3.67)

DANA HOLGORSEN as played by Bobcat Goldthwait in Casino Battle Royale

Ranking the Big 12 Stadiums for 2014 (Experts Poll) -
6. Milan Puskar Stadium, West Virginia

Mitch Vingle: Trickett says ‘getting healthy’ - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineer football coach Dana Holgorsen apparently felt June 24 at 2:37 p.m. was the time to release the news and did so through WVU’s sports information office.

Trickett gets the call for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Senior Paul Millard, junior college transfer Skyler Howard and former walk-on Logan Moore split the spring reps almost equally, but none seemed to jump to the head of the line.

Naming Trickett QB early gives Mountaineers stability - Register-Herald
The timing seemed odd. Right in the middle of an otherwise uneventful June afternoon, the West Virginia University sports information department put out a release stating that senior Clint Trickett will be the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers when the team opens the 2014 season against Alabama in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Aug. 30.

No. 8 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
No. 8 BRANDON GOLSON Position: Buck linebacker

Youngstown State will get $500,000 to play Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
It’s more than the Mountaineers are used to paying FCS opponents, but less than what Youngstown State has recently earned.

Veteran strength coach readying WVU football team - Times West Virginian
It’s been a long road, Mike Joseph now admits, from the day he left Fairmont State University, a three-time captain of the football team, to get into this growing field of strength and conditioning coaching.

HERTZEL COLUMN: The ways teams train has changed the sports world - Times West Virginian
What they have done with the West Virginia University football team’s weight room is impressive.


Big weekend for WVU hosting potential recruits - Charleston Gazette
Over the weekend, West Virginia hosted a handful of camps, leading to dozens of marquee visitors making their way to campus. In a variety of different ways, all of these camps and visits led to a hugely successful weekend for the Mountaineers.

In-state recruits could be swayed by schools that can do more for the student-athlete - Charleston Daily Mail
Schools outside that high visibility designation might not be able to offer the same compensation agreement, as their budgets could prohibit those schools from offering such compensation to every student-athlete.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Take Two: Next breakthrough Baylor WR - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Rhoads’ wet motorcycle ride raises money for Alzheimer’s - Ames Tribune

How the upcoming track removal at Memorial Stadium could make fans feel closer to the action on Saturdays - Lawrence Journal World

RB Kalin Heath becomes the 5th member of K-State's 2015 recruiting class. - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma football notebook: Jordan Phillips healthy, fully participating in practice - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU RB Devon Thomas pleads not guilty to felony charges - Tulsa World

UT AD Steve Patterson Speaks Out on The Attacks on College Athletics - Barking Carnival

Best case and worst case scenarios for TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN

Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 6/24/14 - 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 66 Chuck Howley - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 66, the number once worn by Mountaineer legend, Chuck Howley.

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:

WVU women's basketball head coach Mike Carey accepted the Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge on Tuesday.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous West Virginia native and former Playboy Cyber Girl of the Year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Leanna Decker.