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

A few notes to get to the weekend, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup, remembering D-Day 70 years later, & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, June 6 - WV MetroNews
Phil Steele tells WVU fans why the Mountaineers have one of the toughest schedules in the country this fall. We also hear from Elijah Macon who discusses his expectations for this upcoming season.

Kyanko Named Academic All-America - WVU Athletics
Thomas Kyanko of the rifle team earned Academic All-America honors.

News of Note:

Mitch Vingle: Oliver’s travels ... and issues - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck is a man seemingly always on the move.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Can you weigh a college athlete’s worth in money? - Times West Virginian
A few weeks back, former West Virginia University quarterback Pat White set a buzz through college football circles when he claimed he had been offered a Corvette – presumably a red one – by Alabama while being recruited.

Furfari: Jerry West lauds 3 WVU teammates and Coach George King - Register-Herald
West paid tall tribute to former West Virginia University basketball teammate, the late Bob Clousson, during a phone interview several days ago.

Pro News:

WVUPros Summer Preview: Terence Garvin - WVUPros
The other Mountaineer on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Terence Garvin, has a tough task ahead of him this summer after the Steelers selected a player at his position with their first round draft pick. But, luckily for Garvin, his work ethic and tackling ability will keep him around.

Smith Settled In, Ready to Win with Jets -
"I was able to pick things up last year and understand enough to sustain in games," said Smith. "But, obviously there were times where I wasn't where I wanted it to be."

Slaton providing veteran presence as CFL strike talk continues - WVUPros
It’s not every day that a rookie can provide a veteran presence. But that’s exactly what Steve Slaton is doing for the Toronto Argonauts during their CFL training camp. But it has nothing to do with on-the-field drills.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Phil Steele's All-Big 12 Preseason Teams Announced - Frogs O' War

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall says Cougars 'would love to be in the Big 12' -

Baylor secures 2015 pledge from Abilene Wylie linebacker/safety - Waco Tribune

Regents' stadium approval another shot in arm for Cyclone football - Des Moines Register

Kansas center Hunter Mickelson fired up to contribute - Lawrence Journal World

Season Tickets Sold Out; Single Game On-Sale Nears - Official Athletic Site of Kansas State

OU caravan: Bob Stoops discusses college football issues - Oklahoman

OSU football: Devon Thomas charged with three felonies - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Super Regional Preview: A Chat With Jeremy Branham - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU’s likely first-round draft pick focuses on CWS goal - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

2013 Texas Tech Stats: What They Mean - Viva The Matadors

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

WVU’s Countdown to Kickoff: Day 85 Mark Raugh - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 85, the number once worn by Mountaineer tight-end, Mark Raugh.

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