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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (6/26/14) Edition

Football features, hoops notes, varsity notes, World Cup prep, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 26 - WV MetroNews
Shannon Dawson ways in on the backup quarterback job. We also hear from WVU strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph as he explains the themes of the offseason workouts for the Mountaineers.

Henson Completes Wrestling Staff - WVU Athletics
Nicholas Marable and Danny Felix have joined coach Sammie Henson's staff.

Spurgeon Wins Third Straight Junior Title - WVU Athletics
Several WVU rifle shooters scored top finishes at USA Championships.

Kyanko a Nominee for Big 12 Sportsperson of Year - WVU Athletics
WVU rifle senior Thomas Kyanko is a nominee for a major Big 12 award.

FURFARI COLUMN: Don Vincent was standout on WVU’s only No. 1 basketball team - Times West Virginian
Don Vincent of nearby Shinnston was an outstanding guard on the most successful men’s basketball team in West Virginia University’s history.

News of Note:

This Week's Mountaineer Notebook - WVU Athletics
News and notes on the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Big 12 Conference defensive stats for success in 2014 - ESPN
Tackles for loss by West Virginia defensive end Shaquille Riddick

No. 7 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
No. 7 KEVIN WHITE Position: Outside receiver

Video: West Virginia's best games from college football's BCS era - WVUPros
We pick the West Virginia's best wins of the BCS era, including the Mountaineers' upsets of the Virginia Tech Hokies, Louisville Cardinals, Pitt Panthers, Clemson & Baylor

Dave Hickman: Florida’s QB riches and hoops transfer updates - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and cluttered mind

Furfari: WVU football and baseball notes, plus other sports items - Register-Herald
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports that may be of interest to you

Huggins Recovering After Surgery, Awaits Incoming Recruiting Class - WVillustrated
Bob Huggins explained he will need four to six weeks to fully recover from recent his replacement surgery.

Devin Williams Expanding Game, Welcoming Help as Sophomore at WV - WVillustrated
Entering his second season, Williams is looking for his teammates to spell relief as he battles in the Big 12 trenches.

BGN Video: Holton, Long Talk Pro-Am - BGN
Jonathan Holton and James Long didn't often get to mesh with each other in their team's 89-78 win. But both garnered significant minutes, and brought the "West Virginia" style of play to an otherwise structurally-lacking set-up.


Kumah's staying busy - Scout
Eric Kumah is a prospect on the rise. The 2016 Woodbridge (Va.) Forest Park wide receiver already has two scholarship offers and is attracting interest from several other schools.

Don't confuse early recruiting rankings quantity for blue-chip quality -
Of WVU's current 11 commits, only 11% are "bluechips"

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor AD McCaw: Briles' hiring brought death threats - FOX Sports on MSN

8-man football made Seth Nerness a D-1 talent - Cyclone Fanatic

Charlie Weis is easily impressed - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Report: Collin Klein returns to K-State - KWCH

Oklahoma Sooners Football | $370M Stadium Renovations Approved By Board Of Regents - Crimson And Cream Machine

Top 10 Turf Moments (2005-2013) - #10 Gundy's First Big One - Cowboys Ride For Free

Best case and worst case for Texas Longhorns football in 2014 - ESPN

Gary Patterson’s plan: Turn around TCU football team with tweaks - Austin American Statesman

What to Expect from the Texas Tech Running Backs - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Magic numbers: How to win titles with offense - Sporting News

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 65 Joe Jelich - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 65, the number once worn by WVU nose guard, Joe Jelich.

United States vs. Germany - ESPN FC
Noon ET Today from Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, on ESPN

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:

Sorry, but this counts as "of Interest' today

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model (#IBelieveThatWeWillWin) who's was a rookie in this year's SI Swimsuit Issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Gigi Hadid.