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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (7/15/14) Edition

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Smallwood arrested, football previews, Spain named to another watch list, Luck working on scheduling VT and Tennessee, report on Staten at LeBron's camp, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, July 15 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Greg Hunter look at the race between two programs for the Big 12 title in 2014.

Staten Returns From James Skills Academy - WVU Athletics
Juwan Staten spent last weekend at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Swimming Earns Nine CSCAA Scholar All-Americans - WVU Athletics
"This is one of our largest CSCAA Scholar All-American classes," says coach Vic Riggs. "As we continue to get better in the pool, so do our academic performances."

News of Note:

Smallwood arrested by University PD - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood was arrested by the University Police Department Monday as a fugitive from justice, apparently in connection with an undisclosed incident in Delaware.

Smallwood faces extradition for allegedly intimidating murder witness - WV MetroNews
WVU running back allegedly tried to convince witness to make false statement regarding a friend charged with first-degree murder.

Extradition Next For Smallwood - BGN
A football off-season of relative tranquility was shattered on Monday when sophomore running back Wendell Smallwood was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant issued by the state of Delaware.

Sitting down with Luck: Scheduling - WVSports.com
As scheduling continues to evolve due to the impending college football playoff, West Virginia is in the process of finalizing neutral site contests with both Virginia Tech and Tennessee according to Athletic Director Oliver Luck.

Mike Casazza: No preseason hype for WVU, but that’s OK - Charleston Daily Mail
They’ll finally award all 85 scholarships and they’ll have far more than half in the hands of players who have been in a Big 12 game. It’s taken Holgorsen and a revolving cast of assistant coaches a lot of time and grief to get there.

Furfari: Trickett isn’t soft, vows to play his heart out - Register-Herald
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior returned to Morgantown a year ago. He settled what seemed a trial-and-error guessing game by starting seven contests and playing in an eighth.

Spain Named to Lombardi Award Watch List - WVU Athletics
Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage.

WVU’s Kevin White: JUCO Transfer to Standout Receiver - WVillustrated
Kevin White features the physical stature to dominate a football game, which is something he hopes to become a frequent occurrence during the upcoming season.

Recruiting:

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The latest on what's happening on the recruiting trail in the Big 12 as we wind down summer camp and 7-on-7 season and inch closer and closer to putting the pads back on.

Football Recruiting in the Big XII: How are the other Big XII teams doing? - Viva The Matadors
This is a non-biased opinion of recruiting around the Big XII. I'm not trying to condemn one team and purposely make them look bad. Also, I do not watch all these teams games and I don't heavily follow their recruiting, so please excuse me for missing some info if you're a fan of one of the other teams. Big XII forever.

Pro News:

Mountaineer Diamond Review, July 14: WVU alumni in baseball - WVUPros
In this week’s Mountaineer Diamond Review on WVUPros.com, we find former West Virginia baseball alumni like Ryan McBroom and Bobby Boyd starting their career off red-hot, while John Means is shutting down the competition.

Mountaineers In The Pros: July 14 - WVU Athletics
The latest on WVU's professional baseball players.

Around the League (and Beyond):

2014 Big 12 Football Media Guide - Big 12 Conference
pdf version (download site) of this year's edition

Video: Big 12 media days preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
With Big 12 media days one week away, ESPN.com reporter Brandon Chatmon gives three things to keep an eye on during Big 12 media days July 21-22.

Baylor places 3 on Lombardi Rotary Award Watch List - Our Daily Bears

Hoiberg to have pacemaker replaced - Ames Tribune

Bill Self talked with Cavs about vacancy - Lawrence Journal World

KSU athletic donors give record $46.4M in 2013-14 - Topeka Capital Journal

Michigan Wolverines and Oklahoma Sooners set series for 2025 and 2026 - ESPN

Why the Cowboys Will Reload, Not Rebuild in 2014…Seriously - Cowboys Ride For Free

Wet Blanket Texas Chancellor Cockblocks DKR Beer Sales - Barking Carnival

TCU Football's Carter on Jim Thorpe Award Watch List - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech's Le'Raven Clark named to the Outland Trophy Watch List - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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 46 Walter Easley - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 46, the number once worn by WVU fullback, Walter Easley.

Video of Interest:

Linebacker Isaiah Bruce is one of the returning veterans on WVU's defensive line, and he's been working hard to lead the defense this off season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a beauty from Down Under. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Chloe Patterson.