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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (7/14/14) Edition

Football reports & previews, recruiting notes, WVU Pros countdown, Big 12 roundup & more


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Krombacher Pils, in honor of Germany winning the World Cup on Sunday.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, July 14 - WV MetroNews
former Mountaineer Dan Moses discusses the upcoming episodes of "American Muscle." We also hear from Sportsline’s Greg Hunter as he looks at the question marks for West Virginia as Big 12 media day is just one week away.

Ranking The Programs: #6 - BGN
Despite a recent slide, men's basketball holds down a solid sixth position in our evaluation of West Virginia's athletic programs.

1984 NCAA Supreme Court Case ... 30 Years Later - WVU Athletics
Late last month was the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Supreme Court ruling that the NCAA’s television plan violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act as a restraint of trade.

Hertzel: Rich Rod not likely to pull a LeBron - Exponent Telegram
As you may guess, in the wake of LeBron James’ decision to let bygones be millions and return to his rooters in Cleveland, more than once was I approached with someone wanting to know if this opened the door for a return to West Virginia of once reviled coach Rich Rodriguez.

Howes vital to success of WVU's athletic department - Exponent Telegram
Terri Howes, WVU's Senior Associate Athletic Director/Sports Administration, SWA on Big 12 Conference and NCAA Governance groups also serves as the department's Title IX liason.

FURFARI COLUMN: Nugent comments on NCAA concussion concerns - Times West Virginian
You may have read that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has suggested new limits on football practice contact.

News of Note:

The Summer Football Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers - Viva The Matadors
Including a Q&A with yours truly

Running back position has no shortage of talent - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU’s offensive fortune is found in the backfield.

Could One Guy Replace Sims? -
One guy filling the shoes of Sims is less important than the team finding a way to replace the total production Sims.

West Virginia football opponents, Game 4: Oklahoma - Charleston Gazette
This is the seventh in a series of previews on West Virginia opponents.

WVU Linebacker Depth Set to Lead Mountaineer Defense - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen will ride the play of his linebacker corps, who will ultimately decide what type of identity his defense will develop in 2014.

Colleges look outside to boost sports ticket sales - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Both the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University have hired such consultants. West Virginia University joined their ranks last month.

Breaking Down WVU's "RPI" - EerSports
Breaking down West Virginia's Returning Production Index for the 2014 season.

Countdown #48: Last Year's Record - EerSports
Counting all the full seasons in the school's 100-plus year history, the Mountaineers have only had a worse record than 4-8 a handful of times. By strictly winning percentage, it was the eighth worst season ever.

College Football's Coach on the Hot Seat Rankings for 2014 -
5. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

From the gridiron to the fairway, golf a new love for Quincy Wilson - Times West Virginian
The image that remains in the minds of any West Virginia football fan of Quincy Wilson came in the closing minutes of a monumental battle with Miami in the Orange Bowl, the Mountaineers trying to pull off the greatest upset in the school’s history.


The Opening: Levonta Taylor -
Levonta Taylor, a 2016 cornerback from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, was one of the few underclassman at The Opening, and he spoke about the experience, and his recruitment.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Schedule analysis: Baylor Bears - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

How a lengthy rehab process has Knott ready for fall camp - Ames Tribune

Most Crucial Jayhawks: No. 16 TE Jimmay Mundine - Lawrence Journal World

K-State, Mississippi State reach ‘Twitter’ agreement for football series - Wichita Eagle

Cornerback Zack Sanchez lands on 2014 Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list - Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL: The Case Against J.W. Walsh - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns RB Johnathan Gray Recovery News - Will he be ready? - Barking Carnival

Predictors: Phil Steele Takes On TCU - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech projected starters: Experienced LB corps will carry Red Raider defense - Dallas Morning News

Germany vs. Argentina: Final score 1-0, Die Mannschaft win the World Cup -
Bye, bye, World Cup...I'm gonna miss you

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 47 Reed Williams - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 47, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Reed Williams.

Video of Interest:

Wide receiver Kevin White says he feels much more comfortable in the offensive system, now that he has a year of experience behind him.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The final installment of ESPN's exclusive, behind the scenes series embedded with the United States Men's National Team looks back at the team's survival of the "group of death", loss to Belgium in the knockout round, and looks forward to what is to come in the future.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another British glamour model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jessica Kingham.