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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (7/17/14) Edition

Smallwood updates, unit previews, pre-season watch lists, new QB commit, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Prosecutors: Smallwood’s extradition slated for Thursday - WV MetroNews
The West Virginia running back faces witness tampering charge stemming from a 2012 homicide in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

What skills did Staten acquire? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
A lot of the positives, though, came from merely sharing the space with so many skilled peers. He belonged. He knew it and he realized others accepted it, as well.

Two Home Soccer Matches Set for NSCAATV.com - WVU Athletics
NSCAATV.com will carry the WVU men’s soccer match against Virginia Tech on Sept. 4 and the women’s soccer match against Texas Tech on Oct. 10. Both matches will kick at 7 p.m. ET from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Izzo-Brown looking to replace program legends, continue winning tradition in Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team will look to repeat its success this upcoming fall and defend its Big 12 Championship crown.

Three Named to Canadian World Cup Team - WVU Athletics
Sophomores Kadeisha Buchanan (defender) and Ashley Lawrence (midfielder), and freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis (forward) will represent the Mountaineers at the tournament, set for Aug. 5-24 at various Canadian stadiums.

News of Note:

Prosecutors: Smallwood’s extradition slated for Thursday - WV MetroNews
The West Virginia running back faces witness tampering charge stemming from a 2012 homicide in his hometown of Wilmington, Del.

WVU facing early adversity - Daily Athenaeum
Every team faces adversity in one form or another over the course of the season. West Virginia will have to overcome its own before fall camp even starts.

Joseph Named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team - WVU Athletics
Last week, Joseph was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Football Club’s Bednarik Award.

Allan Taylor compares his ballot to the All-Big 12 preseason squad - WV MetroNews
Big-hitting junior Karl Joseph is the lone Mountaineers rep on the media's preseason list.

Depth still an issue at wide receiver for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Alford, Shorts, White top returnees for Mountaineers

Experience abounds for WVU linebackers - Daily AthenaeuM
While each position group on the team has someone with plenty of Big 12 experience under their belt, West Virginia’s linebacker corps is perhaps the deepest on the defense.

Molinari Nominated for Good Works Team - WVU Athletics
"Mike Molinari gets it’," says Donnie Tucker, WVU Athletics Outreach Coordinator. "He is the epitome of a student-athlete. He takes care of his football responsibilities and academics responsibilities and still finds time to get involved with community service/outreach. He is a class young man."

Preseason accolades for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
As a team, the 2014 edition of the WVU Mountaineers aren't getting much respect.

HERTZEL COLUMN: New poster 'stands for any member of our team' - Times West Virginian
Standing there is a fully clad Mountaineer football player, his identity hidden by a dark facial shield and by only the very top of his uniform number visible, as the stomach part of it is torn open.

Ticket sales lagging for Mountaineers - Register-Herald
The biggest hole WVU had in its ticket sale approach was an inability to have a dedicated sales force aggressively pushing tickets because that area of the business is handled by commissioned salespeople and as a state institution they are not allowed to have commissioned workers.

Recruiting:

Former middle-school prodigy QB commits to West Virginia - WV MetroNews
Though David Sills no longer carries the hype he did after committing to USC as a seventh-grader, he's still a 4-star recruit with big-time skills.

Sills Commits to WVU - WVSports.com
Sills becomes the second quarterback commitment in the class joining Skillman (NJ) Montgomery High School quarterback Chris Chugunov.

Sills Trying To Re-Write Path - FOX Sports on MSN
He's No. 35, ahead of thousands of others and good enough to be the marquee quarterback recruit as a Big 12 school, and people are wondering what happened to him, and ask, "wasn't he supposed to be good?"

Pro News:

Mountaineers on NFL rosters entering training camp - WVUPros
The NFL Draft and free-agency saw five new names added to the ranks of WVUPros, bringing the total to twenty Mountaineers on NFL rosters entering camp. Here they are:

WVU Pros Exclusive Interview: Ray Gaddis - WVUPros
The 24 year old MLS defender took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his professional soccer career, and his various off field projects.

Around the League (and Beyond):

QB Bryce Petty named to Davey O'Brien Watch List - Our Daily Bears

Surgery a success, Hoiberg returns home Tuesday - Ames Tribune

Being a Football Team at a Basketball School - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State earns five spots on media's preseason All-Big 12 team - Topeka Capital Journal

2014 Davey O'Brien Award Watch List Announced - Crimson And Cream Machine

J.W. Walsh Climbing the Ladder to National (and local) Respect? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns linebackers Steve Edmond, Jordan Hicks likely facing suspensions - Burnt Orange Nation

What's Bill Connelly Got to Say About TCU - Frogs O' War

Nigel Bethel, II, Reinstated to Texas Tech Football Team - Viva The Matadors

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 44 Jim Braxton - WVUPros
We are now just 44 days away from WVU's 2014 season opener against Alabama. In celebration, today we take a quick look back at the career of WVU fullback, #44,

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