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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (7/28/14) Edition

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Two new commits over the weekend, previews & player profiles, IMG contract stands for now, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, July 28 - WV MetroNews
Chattanooga Times Free Press writer ways in on the upcoming WVU-Tennessee series. We also hear the “Voice of the Sooners” Toby Rowland who discusses Oklahoma’s chances of winning the Big 12 in 2014.

Judge denies request to void WVU, IMG contract - Charleston Daily Mail
Business Court Division Judge Thomas Evans issued the ruling Thursday, which clears the way for WVU’s athletic department to continue working with IMG and its partners to broadcast and promote WVU sporting events.

Furfari: Fred Wyant talks about ‘Pappy’ Lewis and other items of interest - Register-Herald
He believes a college football coach ought to recruit a quarterback he wants, give him some help, then turn virtually everything over to him and let him go.

News of Note:

Watch Dana Holgorsen - Big 12 Media Day Interview - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen spoke with Tony Caridi in Dallas about the importance of returning position players and year three within the Big 12 Conference.

Hertzel: Best sound bites from Big 12 Media Day - Exponent Telegram
This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia opening its preseason practices on Thursday.

Look of a leader - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Leadership set Trickett apart for Holgorsen

Trickett takes uncertainty away from WVU quarterback position - Register-Herald
Since the day Geno Smith was selected with the 39th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, West Virginia’s football team has found itself in a rare position — searching for a starting quarterback.

WVU's White Much Wiser in '14 - WVU Athletics
Last year's experience should aid senior receiver.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps - Times West Virginian
And then there was the matter of what it takes to complete a pass. Not only do you need a quarterback who can read the field correctly and deliver the ball where he is supposed to deliver it, on line and on time, but you need someone to catch it.

Lasting memory spurs Darly Worley of West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Daryl Worley was visibly annoyed, not by the question, but by the memory it evoked.

Daryl Worley Steps Up to Lead WVU "Underdogs" - WVillustrated
The sophomore cornerback has a new role in just his second season with the Mountaineers, ready to step up and guide his team to a better result.

Countdown #34: Passing Offense - EerSports
When you think back to last season's passing offense, how would you describe it? Atrocious, anemic and awful are just some of the adjectives that come to mind. It may come as a surprise to most, but one could also describe last year's passing offense as "No. 34 in the nation."

Time to Bring Back the Brawl - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Let’s be honest. West Virginia added the wrong ACC team when it announced the Mountaineers will play a home-and-home with N.C. State.

WVU Game 8: Oklahoma State - Charleston Gazette
Date with WVU: Saturday, Oct. 25, time TBA

West Virginia opponents, Game 9: TCU - Charleston Gazette
Date with WVU: Saturday, Nov. 1, time TBA

WVU opponent preview, Game 10 Texas - Charleston Gazette
Date with WVU: Saturday, Nov. 8, time TBA

Recruiting:

Seider: "I'm All The Way In" - EerSports
Seider is currently rated as a three-star, 82-rated offensive tackle by 247Sports, but he says he will begin at the guard position.

Seider follows in family footsteps - WVSports.com
West Virginia added a commitment from a prospect that has strong ties to the Mountaineers football program with the pledge of Glades Central (Fla.) offensive lineman Jah'Shaun Seider.

Seider House Rules - BGN
West Virginia has its latest verbal commit – one that hits close to home.

Martinsburg’s Lindsay gets offer and commits to WVU - WV MetroNews
Standout Martinsburg rising senior Deamonte Lindsay pledges to WVU.

In-State, In-House - BGN
It didn't take long for Martinsburg High School's Deamonte Lindsay to accept a scholarship offer and commit to West Virginia.

After 2 weekend commitments, Mountaineers’ 2015 class ranked 26th - WV MetroNews
With 16 nonbinding pledges, the Mountaineers hope they’re building toward one of the top-rated recruiting classes in program history.

West Virginia atop OT Josh Ball's list, visit to Maryland on the horizon - Testudo Times
Ball remained adamant about his love for West Virginia, not just because of the experience he had while visiting there, but also the love he received in return from the Mountaineers' Offensive Line Coach Ron Crook and Assistant Coach Lonnie Galloway.

Pro News:

WVUPros NFL Training Camp Quick Slants 7-27-14 - WVUPros
Here are some bits of information we have gleaned from the first few days of training camp about your favorite West Virginia Mountaineers playing in the NFL, including Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey looking impressive at Rams camp.

NFL: New York Jets' Geno Smith expects to be "top five" NFL quarterback - WVUPros
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith believes he will be top five quarterback in the NFL in the next year or two after a rough rookie season a year ago.

McBroom Excelling in Pro Ball - WVU Athletics
Ryan McBroom is one of the hottest hitters in the minor leagues.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Drone Tour of Baylor's New McLane Stadium - Our Daily Bears

The Dog Days of Expectations Season - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Jayhawks Football Schedule Outlook, Part 2 - Rock Chalk Talk

To Fret or Fret Not: 2014 Kansas State Football - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners Running Back Joe Mixon Could Be Facing Charges By Monday - Crimson And Cream Machine

UNPOPULAR OPINION: The Case Against Mike Gundy - Cowboys Ride For Free

Longhorn Safety Josh Turner Dismissed, 6th Texas player in 24 hours - Barking Carnival

Devonte Fields Arrested for Misdemeanor Assault - Frogs O' War

VIDEO: Texas Tech Football 2013-2014 Hype Video - Viva The Matadors

Mailbag: Big 12's sleeper, top CFB stadiums & the new Coastal colossus - FOX Sports
Couple of WVU questions in this one

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 33 Barrett Green - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 33, the number once worn by WVU defensive back/linebacker, Barrett Green.

Video of Interest:

Short video highlighting Isaiah Bruce linebacker for the 2014 WVU Football team. Isaiah will be a junior in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Hawaiian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Michelle Vawer.