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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (7/11/14) Edition

Football reports, Spain on Outland list, logos, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, July 11 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins shares his thoughts on the new Mountaineers for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. We also hear from Sportsline’s Greg Hunter as he looks at the Big 12 conference arguments to have a team included in the first college football playoff.

Big XII Conference Logo Initiative Among Minimal Changes in 2014 - WVillustrated
The Big XII Conference launched a new branding initiative this summer, introducing a new logo that will be showcased during the upcoming academic year.

REAL SB NATION LOGOS: Branding the Big 12 - Cowboys Ride For Free
We had a little fun with our CRFF logo, but now we do some heavier lifting by re-envisioning our fellow Big 12 versions.

When Senate panel grills NCAA, it comes with a side of hypocrisy - WV MetroNews
Mark Emmert left D.C. with marching orders to pay players, revamp how colleges handle sexual-assault cases and keep college football games within driving distance.

Mitch Vingle: Senate hearings, WVU football and Playoff questions - Charleston Gazette
The views from here

From W.Va. to Oklahoma, Giardina living his dream - Times West Virginian
After nearly four years as a student manager for WVU and a year of unpaid coaching at Highland Community College in Kansas, Giardina is now entering his first season as a paid collegiate coach, coaching the running backs at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, an institution in the junior college system.

News of Note:

Spain Named to Outland Trophy Watch List - WVU Athletics
The Football Writers Association of America, today, announced that West Virginia University football redshirt senior offensive lineman Quinton Spain was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list.

Oh (big) brother - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The headline here, I just know, is going to be "Season ticket sales are down. Way down. Down like the Titanic." Whatever. It’s true, but it’s not the point.

WVU Sports Podcast - Jake Trotter - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
Jeff Culhane of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG talks to Big 12 blogger Jake Trotter about the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Big 12 football race shaping up this fall.

West Virginia opponents, Game 3: Maryland - Charleston Gazette
Date with WVU: Saturday, Sept. 13, time TBA

Final three games pivotal for Mountaineers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU lost three straight to end 2013 season

Countdown #50: Alphonse Taylor - EerSports
The 2014 football season is almost here and EerSports is ready to begin our countdown. Each day, from now until the eve of kickoff, we will count down from 50 to 1, detailing the most important players, opponents, stats and more for 2014.

Freaks Week: Calvin, Peterson and the Top 10 'Freaks' of the last decade - FOX Sports on MSN
1. Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia (2006)

Pro News:

Jones impressive early in NBA Summer League - WVUPros
Kevin Jones is trying to make another run at the NBA and it seems he's right on track.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Nicknaming McLane "The Bear Pit" - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Cyclones schedule analysis - ESPN

Watch Lists, Offseason Hype and Kansas Football - Rock Chalk Talk

Finney, Whitehair and Mueller named to FWAA award watch lists - Bring On The Cats

The big 2014 Oklahoma football guide: Ready to back up the hype? -

CRFF 2014 PREDICTIONS: Positive, Negative, and a few Surprises - Cowboys Ride For Free

Charlie Strong: The Right Hire at a Critical Time for Texas? -

TCU projected starters: Return of Devonte Fields could put Frogs’ D-line over the top - Dallas Morning News

It's A Sellout! All Season Tickets for the 2014 Season Are Sold - TEXASTECH.COM

Mandel's Mailbag: Who will be the 2014 version of Auburn and Florida State? - FOX Sports on MSN

What's On Tap:

Single game tickets for the 2014 WVU football season are on sale now! Go to WVUGAME.COM or call 1-800-WVU GAME

Football Game Promotions Announced - WVU Athletics
Stripe the Stadium, Gold Rush and Family Day Promotions

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 50 Dennis Fowlkes - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 50, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Dennis Fowlkes.

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:

Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski discusses off season workouts, and how hard the defense is working to prepare for the upcoming season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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