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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/2/14) Edition

Football reports, recruiting update, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup, a thank you to the USMNT & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 2 - WV MetroNews
Ron Crook looks at the improvement Quinton Spain has made this offseason. We also hear from defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, who names two players that have made significant strides on the defensive line during the summer session.

Doak Elevated to Associate Head Coach - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University gymnastics coach Jason Butts announces that Travis Doak has been elevated from assistant coach to associate head coach.

News of Note:

Holgorsen made the right call - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Call it befuddling, bizarre, weird, strange or the adjective of your choice. But, fourth year West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen's announcement that fifth-year senior Clint Trickett would be the Mountaineers' starting quarterback when WVU takes on perennial national championship contender Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic should have been an expected one.

No. 4 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
Position: Right tackle

Secondary Eyes More Improvement - EerSports
West Virginia shaved almost fifty yards off their passing defense from 2012 to 2013, but they will need to continue to improve to have a successful season this fall.

Mountaineers "Bleed" for Each Other in Offseason - WVillustrated
New motto is shaping the way WVU football works this summer after a disappointing 2013 season.


Miramar connection may help WVU land Brown - Charleston Gazette
During the weekend of June 21-22, amid well over 100 visitors on campus, West Virginia hosted Miramar offensive lineman Leeward Brown. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman may be committed to Miami, but the Mountaineers made quite an impression during his trip.

Pro News:

Devin Ebanks to play for D-League Select Team during NBA Summer League - WVUPros
Devin Ebanks will have a chance to showcase his skills during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next week.

Former WVU Player Competes on World StageFormer WVU Player Competes on World Stage - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
U.S. Men's National Team defender Geoff Cameron got his collegiate soccer start at West Virginia University.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The big 2014 Baylor football guide: History is of no consequence -

Football to Test Out New Style of Helmet - Iowa State University Athletics

Q&A: Kansas OL signee Jacob Bragg - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

K-State's Karapetyan granted medical redshirt - Topeka Capital Journal

New Oklahoma Sooners Football Uniforms Put Tradition Against Recruiting - Crimson And Cream Machine

The Picker: My first OSU blog asks this question: Is Gundy toast? - Tulsa World

Report: Texas QB David Ash throwing in 7-on-7 workouts - Burnt Orange Nation

The Audible: Gary Patterson talks TCU, Big 12, Baylor's secret and first pitches - FOX Sports on MSN

Schedule analysis: Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -
Mandel's last mailbag for SI (he's moving to FOX Sports)

Has conference realignment at last reached a lull? - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Of the 128 schools to play at the FBS level this season, more than 40 percent have made at least one move over the past decade. That figure doesn’t even include the shake-ups of the mid-to-late 1990s that produced the Big 12, Conference USA and the Mountain West.

What's On Tap:

Season Tickets On Sale Tuesday - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will place remaining 2014 football season tickets on sale beginning Tuesday, June 24, at 9 a.m.

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 59 Damon Cogdell - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 59, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Damon Cogdell.

2014 WORLD CUP: Schedule and Standings - Cowboys Ride For Free
Complete schedule, standings, results, and highlights of the 2014 World Cup, updated daily.

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