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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (6/30/14) Edition

Football reports including more on Trickett and several features on the defense, recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, June 30 - WV MetroNews
strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph discusses the leadership on the 2014 Mountaineer football team. We also hear from’s Kevin Kinder as he gives WVU fans an update on the latest commitments to the program.

Spurgeon Takes Second Medal - WVU Athletics
WVU junior Garrett Spurgeon takes second medal of week at championships.

Mitch Vingle: Staten, WVU hoops, lacrosse and SC - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook

Ranking The Programs: #10: Men's Swimming - BGN
We move into our top ten of athletic program rankings at West Virginia University with the placement of the men's swimming program.

WVU Hall of Famer Arrested Friday on DUI Charge in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Aaron Beasley was arrested early Friday morning on a DUI second degree charge in Morgantown.

‘Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer’- Times West Virginian
That ideal was present in abundance Friday at the 24th annual Brian Jozwiak Pepsi Celebrity Golf Classic at Lakeview. "Oh, heck yes," said Jozwiak, a consensus All-America offensive tackle at West Virginia University in 1985 and the seventh player taken in the NFL draft, by the Kansas City Chiefs, the following year. "You know that."

Could power conferences break away from NCAA? - Times West Virginian
In the 1976 movie "All The President’s Men," Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward was involved in a shadowy meeting in a Washington, D.C.,garage with his source known only as "Deep Throat" and received the following suggestion in trying to track down President Richard M. Nixon’s role in the Watergate break in.

News of Note:

4-8 record driving force for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
Things are not always as they seem, and so it is in the world of West Virginia University football.

Luck wants ‘improvement’ with football - Times West Virginian
The point is that a losing season can't always be pinned upon a coach, and that goes back to last season's disaster, for the quarterback he was counting on arrived late and then was injured, leaving the a quarterback-centric offense without the quarterback it needed.

Holgorsen’s befuddling QB decision - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Competition. It’s the one word that best describes athletics. Competition can be two teams going at each other with all they’ve go.

Trickett ready to be leader WVU needs - BGN
"This unit was looking for somebody. They needed somebody to be the leader," said offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson.

Team Pleased With Trickett Decision - EerSports
To a man, West Virginia's offense is pleased with the decision to name Clint Trickett the starter and hopes his leadership will help turn the team around.

Trickett’s selection should boost WVU win hopes - Register-Herald
Naming Clint Trickett as West Virginia University’s starting quarterback early last week was somewhat surprising.

WVU’s Trickett effective QB when healthy - Register-Herald
Clint Trickett’s 2013 numbers certainly don’t scream All-Big 12 and maybe not even entrenched starter.

WVU's Trickett: "I Want to Win Some Games" - WVillustrated
Newly named starter has high expectations of himself and his teammates in second, and final, season with the Mountaineers.

Tom Bradley Brings Intelligence, Personality to Mountaineer Football - WVillustrated
Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley will return to the sideline as a top assistant to Dana Holgorsen at WVU in 2014.

No. 5 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
No. 5 ISAIAH BRUCE Position: Sam linebacker

Bruce Sees Improved Defense in 2014 - EerSports
Linebacker Isaiah Bruce sees an improved WVU defense in 2014, despite the fourth defensive coordinator in four seasons.

WVU Has Depth At Linebacker - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
When you look up and down the West Virginia University football depth chart, one thing that stands out is amount of depth at linebacker.

Searching For Depth on The D-Line - EerSports
"Our goal right now in talking to Coach (Tom) Bradley and Coach (Damon) Cogdell is I want six guys (on the defensive line) that are game ready," said Gibson. "That way we can roll them and try to keep them fresh, and keep the best guys in there."

Best case, worst case: West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
The premise of these fun posts is to take a look at what the season might look like if everything fell into place for each school, the best-case scenario for 2014. Conversely, we'll also show what might happen if everything goes wrong, the worst-case scenario.

Football: Analyzing ESPN’s Best Case, Worse Case Scenarios for West Virginia in 2014 - WVUPros
Brandon Chatmon of ESPN’s Big 12 Blog predicts WVU to finish either 11-2 or 4-8 this season in his best and worse-case scenarios for the Mountaineers.

WVU 2014 Season Preview -
SmithFire13 of checks in to give us his take on the 2014 Mountaineer football program.

College Football's Top 20 Defensive Players on the Rise for 2014 -
Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia

WVU Secondary Working to Live Up to Hype in 2014 - WVillustrated
Karl Joseph, KJ Dillon and Daryl Worley headline a WVU secondary that is receiving plenty of praise from the national media heading into the 2014 season.

Three Mountaineers to watch in the 2015 NFL Draft - WVUPros
We look at the three Mountaineer seniors who could hear their names called in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Football: Biggest trap game for West Virginia in 2014 - WVUPros
What game on this year’s schedule will give the West Virginia Mountaineers the most unexpected trouble similar to last year’s season opener against William & Mary?

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players Field Questions from the - WVillustrated
Trickett, Smallwood & Shorts, Bruce, & Chestnut TV: Summer FB Interviews - TV brings you video interviews with WR Coach Lonnie Galloway, SPUR KJ Dillon, RB Dreamius Smith & LB Nick Kwiatkoski.


David Sills Officially Decommits From USC - Conquest Chronicles
West Virginia remains the prohibitive favorite.

QB David Sills No Longer A USC Commit - 247/EerSports
75 percent of the Crystal Ball picks for Sills favor West Virginia. The other 25 percent are for Michigan.

Pro News:

CFL Week 1 Recap: Robert Sands and Pat White make their regular season debuts - WVUPros
Recapping Week 1 of CFL action with Jock Sanders, Robert Sands and Pat White.

Nichols Advancing in Coaching Ranks - WVU Athletics
Nichols now assistant coach at Louisiana Tech.

McAfee, now a punter in NFL, wants to kick field goals - Times West Virginian
Former West Virginia kicker Pat McAfee never was one to shy away from a challenge. Punt? Sure. Placekick? Sure. Kickoff? Certainly.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 media days player schedule - ESPN
Friday, the Big 12 released a list of players scheduled to be coming to media days July 21-22 in Dallas -- a list that includes only three quarterbacks, but one punter.

Art Briles has Baylor Football Built for Big 12 Success -

Spring season spurs Cyclones to 38th in Directors’ Cup standings - 2:00 Timeout

Top 50 coaches: No. 6 Kansas' Bill Self - ESPN

Q&A: Kansas State Wildcats freshman running back Dalvin Warmack - ESPN

Stadium upgrades have given Bob Stoops and his staff a strong new piece of recruiting ammunition - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL: How Good Is J.W. Walsh? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Sources: Patterson, Garrido meet, but no contract extension offered - Austin American Statesman

TCU needs to follow SMU’s lead on beer sales - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Nigel Bethel, II Dismissed From Texas Tech Football Program - 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 61 Mike Fox - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 62, the number once worn by WVU defensive tackle, Mike Fox.

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:

Great USAMNT hype video from Ted Harrison over at ODB:

"Since When?" - USMNT vs. Belgium Hype Video from Ted Harrison on Vimeo

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another gorgeous Aussie. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nikki Page.