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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (7/18/14) Edition

WVU picked 8th in Big 12, more previews, features on new QB commit Sills, recruiting notes, WVU Pros countdown, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, July 18 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor and Brad Howe discuss the West Virginia-Virginia Tech football series with Hoppy Kercheval. We also hear from Dwayne Thomas, prep coach for recent WVU quarterback commit David Sills.

WVU Sports Podcast: Juwan Staten - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
Jeff Culhane of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG sits down with West Virginia University senior guard Juwan Staten to talk about his experience at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

The 50 Best Players in College Basketball for 2014-2015 - The Big Lead
19. Juwan Staten, G, West Virginia.

Luck Announces 2014-15 Rifle Slate - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers’ slate features matches against six of the nation’s top-eight teams, including two shoulder-to-shoulder matches at Alaska-Fairbanks, the 2014 NCAA Championships runner-up.

WVU's Luck Part of Prestigious Panel - WVU Athletics
WVU's Oliver Luck to discuss college sports in NYC.

Women’s Tennis Earns ITA All-Academic Accolades - WVU Athletics
The women’s tennis team was named a 2014 ITA All-Academic Team, with three Mountaineers earning Scholar-Athlete accolades.

Officials to crack down on college football coaches' sideline antics - Oklahoman
Coaches yell at players. Coaches yell at each other. Coaches yell at officials. Our own Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy can chew out a head linesman with the best of ‘em. But for the most part, referee-riding hasn’t dissolved into anarchy. This isn’t basketball.

Furfari: Ex-Mountaineer track star dies; athlete arrests may be a concern - Register-Herald
I’ve learned belatedly that James Gordon "Jim" Dial, an outstanding men’s track and field sprinter at West Virginia University during the late 1940s, has died.

News of Note:

Media Preseason Football Poll Announced - Big 12 Conference
8. West Virginia

Who is the dissenter? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
So the concern here is that not merely that WVU is in eighth place, for a second straight season, but that WVU is perceived to be alarmingly outside even the rather large middle class right now. That’s not a good thing in the third year of this deal.

Eight not great for West Virginia University - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers picked for lower tier of standings

Prepped for Fall Camp -
"They've gone through a very difficult summer," said West Virginia Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Joseph. "But the best part is they've pushed themselves more than they have in the past year."

Time is ticking for Wendell Smallwood - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Where things here go from there is yet unknown, but Dana Holgorsen has sat quietly for a few days now, monitoring the situation and waiting to "take action at the appropriate time," as he said. That time is coming.

Big XII Football Preseason Team | Who Got Snubbed? - Crimson And Cream Machine
Snub #2 Quinton Spain

Notes, Notes and More WVU Sports Notes - WVU Athletics
This week's Mountaineer sports notebook.

Mitch Vingle: News from Motown, AAU circuit and lingerie football - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

West Virginia opponents, Game 5: Kansas - Charleston Gazette
Saturday, Oct. 4, time TBA

WVU opponent preview, Game 6: Texas Tech - Charleston Gazette
Saturday, Oct. 13, time TBA


WVU recruiting: ‘Showtime’ camp to bring in top prep prospects - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia has already held a handful of camps this summer which have resulted in several new scholarship offers, a couple of new commitments and numerous lasting impressions on recruits from across the country. The Showtime camp that takes place later this month will be bigger than all of them, though.

View Sills For What He Is ...A WVU Commit - Scout
West Virginia landed a commitment from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian quarterback David Sills on Wednesday, and that is what he should be known for, and not as the seventh grader who committed to USC.

Mature beyond his years -
Sills, 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, has always been mature beyond his years being named a team captain when he was only a freshman and that has only spilled over as he has continued to grow on and off the field.

High school coach says Sills hungry to start for WVU as freshman - WV MetroNews
Eastern Christian Academy football coach Dwayne Thomas says quarterback David Sills plans to enroll at West Virginia in January with hopes of winning the starting job immediately.

HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Quarterback child prodigy’ comes to WVU amidst very high expectations - Times West Virginian
Has West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen finally put the arrow he needs in his quiver with the commitment received Wednesday from high school quarterback David Sills, who is a rather extraordinary story and may also just be a rather extraordinary quarterback?

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor's Briles outlines vision to playoff spot - Houston Chronicle

Wimberly on Doak Walker watch list - Ames Tribune

Fall Camp Depth Chart Preview - Rock Chalk Talk

Waters Named to Davey O'Brien Award Watch List - KSTATESPORTS.COM

Big XII Media Preseason Poll Released | Oklahoma Sooners On Top - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy Bails on ESPN "Car Wash" Event - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns picked 4th in Big 12 preseason poll - Burnt Orange Nation

Devonte Fields Named Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year - Frogs O' War

Thoughts on Nigel Bethel, II's Reinstatement and Trusting Hocutt - Viva The Matadors

Saban, family happy at Alabama - Times West Virginian
Alabama football coach Nick Saban, whose team opens the season against West Virginia in Atlanta on Aug. 30, denied receiving or turning down this offseason an offer of $100 million to coach Texas, indicating he planned to finish his career as coach of the Crimson Tide.

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 43 Kevin "Boo" McLee - WVUPros
We are now just 43 days away from WVU's 2014 season opener against Alabama. In celebration, today we take a look back at the career of Mountaineer linebacker,

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Jared Barber linebacker for the 2014 WVU Football team. Jared will be a senior in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Smitty experiences these problems every weekend. RIIIIIIGGGGGGHHHHT!

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Florida native. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Amber Arbucci.