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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (6/9/14) Edition

Hoops fills final scholarship opening, Huggs fantasy camp, recruiting updates, WVU Pros news, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, June 9 - WV MetroNews
Eron Harris and Terry Henderson get one step closer to making decisions on their new college destinations. We also hear from Travis Jones and Greg Hunter as they discuss the latest WVU commit BillyDee Williams.

The Yankees drafted a Kenny Powers lookalike, Sean Carley out of West Virginia -
No word on whether he has an arm like a [expletive deleted] cannon

Four Picked on Final Day of MLB Draft - WVU Athletics
West Virginia tied a school record with six draftees.

Record-tying six West Virginia players chosen in MLB draft - WV MetroNews
In addition, two incoming signees face draft decisions after being selected Saturday.

WVU Athletics: Building program from scratch nothing new - Charleston Daily Mail
"The difference, I guess," Izzo-Brown said, "is he needs five and I needed 25."

Furfari: Informed sources say Turnbull firing unjustified - Register-Herald
So I no longer need those 20 years of reports. Those sources’ valued information is most satisfying.

News of Note:


WVU faces tough road - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
’Eers 2014 schedule ranks as one of toughest in country

WVU Football: Building Strong Men, Not Just Strong Athletes - WVillustrated
West Virginia Football Players and Strength Staff joined forces with the Calvary Chapel Morgantown's Church body to build a playground in an effort to impact and minister to families in the community.

Holgorsen still in coaching mode at WVU Classic - Charleston Gazette
A coach’s job is never done and so it was that on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Berry Hills Country Club, West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen was mentoring several players about a completely different sport.


HERTZEL COLUMN: Noreen: Loyalty is often missing - Times West Virginian
In the crazy, transient world that college basketball has become, we decided to reach out for some sanity. In truth, it wasn’t hard to find, even here, where players have been moving in and moving out as if this were Marriott University instead of West Virginia University.

Bulger Working Huggins Fantasy Camp - WVU Athletics
Bulger in town this weekend for Huggins Fantasy Camp.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bulger: Use of pain medication common in NFL - Times West Virginian
Former West Virginia University quarterback Marc Bulger put up some truly amazing numbers in an eight-year career in the NFL.

Former WVU Hoops All-American Rod Thorn Returns Home to Morgantown - WVillustrated
Depending on which era one grew up in, West Virginia Mountaineer basketball fans may or may not remember the name ‘Rod Thorn’.

BGN Video: Huggins Fantasy Camp - BGN
Once again, a number of former West Virginia men's basketball players flocked to Morgantown to take part in the Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp. TV: Huggs Fantasy Camp -
Huggs, Darris Nichols & Marc Bulger

Harris reportedly will announce he’s transferring to Michigan State - WV MetroNews
After cancelling a weekend visit to Michigan, the former West Virginia guard seems to be bound for East Lansing.


Mountaineers fill final scholarship spot with juco wing BillyDee Williams - WV MetroNews
At South Plains (Texas) Community College, Williams averaged 10.4 points in sixth-man role.

Williams picks WVU -
West Virginia had one spot to fill in the current recruiting cycle and during a weekend official visit to Morgantown Levelland (Tx.) South Plains C.C. forward BillyDee Williams committed to the Mountaineers according to his assistant coach.

First In - BGN
West Virginia has received some criticism (perhaps undeserved) for being a bit slow on the draw in offering in-state players, but it blew those concerns away on Sunday.

WVU Camp: News & Notes - BGN
West Virginia held its first individual football camp of the summer on Sunday, and a handful of underrated prospects were among those who stood out.

Pro News:

WVUPros Summer Preview: Don Barclay - WVUPros
Just one season after West Virginia offensive lineman Don Barclay took over the starting tackle position for the Green Bay Packers, struggles came. The Packers, though, stuck with Barclay. Now, he’ll need to prove to them that they made the right decision.

Nichols Making Name for Himself as Coach - BGN
When Darris Nichols was a player for West Virginia, he was known for his ability to be a successful game manager.

KJ still looking to find his place in NBA - BGN
When Kevin Jones left West Virginia after leaving his mark as one of the best to ever play in a Mountaineer uniform, he had an idea of how things would play out in the future.

Kevin Jones Works For NBA Comeback - EerSports
Former WVU basketball star, Kevin Jones, is looking to get another shot in the NBA.

Pat White delights at Eskimos open scrimmage - WVUPros
The learning curve for an American football player–particularly a quarterback–to learn the nuances of playing in Canada can be steep. However, it appears Pat White is catching on quickly.

Around the League (and Beyond):

17 Reasons To Love Levi Norwood (and His Luscious Locks) - Our Daily Bears

Noise violation for ISU’s Nealy downgraded to a civil infraction - Ames Tribune

KU to shuffle seating at Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence Journal World

Three Wildcats Earn Preseason All-America Honors - KSTATESPORTS.COM

Q&A with Steven Parker II of Oklahoma Sooners football - ESPN

Here’s the new OSU turf with the logo on it - Pistols Firing

The University of Texas at Omaha - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Showdown: Pepperdine evens TCU in series, forces winner-take-all finale - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Omaha Bound! Texas Tech Beats College of Charleston to Advance to the College World Series - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

PREP BASKETBALL: Staten to appear at South Charleston camp - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia University junior guard Juwan Staten will serve as a camp counselor from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday at the Black Eagle Basketball Camp conducted by South Charleston High School basketball coach Vic Herbert, the coach said Sunday.

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 82 Anthony Becht - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 82, the number once worn by Mountaineer tight end, Anthony Becht.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about this year's Fantasy Camp

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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