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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (7/3/14) Edition

Football previews & features, Oliver Luck interview, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, July 3 - WV MetroNews
Isaiah Bruce looks at the depth around him at linebacker heading into fall camp with the Mountaineers. We also hear from Kevin White, who shares some insight on the season opener against the University of Alabama.

Q&A: West Virginia AD Oliver Luck - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Oliver Luck is going to be watching a lot of football this fall. On top of following his Mountaineers, the West Virginia athletic director will be a part of the first College Football Playoff committee. On top of all that, his son, Andrew, will be quarterbacking the Indianapolis Colts on Sundays.

The STUDENT-Athlete Model is not Broken - WVU Athletics
Brady Rourke ponders the mission of athletic student services.

Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge - WVU Athletics
WVU assistants Larry Harrison, Ron Everhart and Erik Martin participated, along with Coordinator of Basketball Operations Josh Eilert, strength coach Andy Kettler and graduate assistant Jay Kuntz.

From the Bench: When Carey, Fisher and Rodriguez Combined to Win a Title - and Insult Each Other Along the Way - Connect Bridgeport
When Bridgeport’s Kevin Carbacio was sponsoring a men’s softball team back in 1990, the goal was simply to be involved in a sport he loved and around some guys that he knew was going to lead to good times. What he didn’t realize nearly a quarter century ago was that his roster is arguably one of the best to ever turn out Division I coaching products nationally.

Mike Barwis set for reality show debut - Charleston Daily Mail
For those who have known the exceedingly friendly, intense, humble and inspiring strength and conditioning wizard for any amount of time, whether recently as founder and CEO of his expanding Barwis Methods empire or further back as the muscle maker at West Virginia University, none of that makes any sense.

RIP, television realignment era: 25 memories of college sports' dumbest goldrush -
Besides all the times Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim lamented ACC country's reliance on Denny's, of course.

News of Note:

Dawson: Trickett Decision "Clear Cut" - EerSports
Dawson and Head Coach Dana Holgorsen are hoping that this vote of confidence will help not only Trickett but the entire team heading into the fall.

Now or never for Big 12 seniors - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Quarterback Clint Trickett, West Virginia

Dreamius Smith Poised to Lead WVU’s Crowded Backfield - WVillustrated
Dreamius Smith is living the dream as the feature tailback for the West Virginia Mountaineers in 2014.

Hertzel Column: Before you can finish, you have to know where to start - Exponent Telegram
"If you don’t start right, you’re not going to finish right," Gibson said.

No. 3 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
Position: Defensive end

No. 2 on list of Most Pivotal Players for WVU in 2014 - WV MetroNews
Position: Cornerback

It had to feel like ‘Ole Home Week’ for the Tricketts - Register-Herald
Furfari's Notebook

Ranking the Big 12's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014 -
1. West Virginia Mountaineers

Top 10 college football players of the 2000s -
8. QB Pat White, West Virginia


No. 6 - The McFaddens - Scout
Tarvarus McFadden and Kendrell McFadden are two enormous cornerbacks. But will they be cormerbacks or safeties in college?

Pro News:

Former WVU Standouts Tandy, Neild Train with Mountaineers - WVillustrated
Entering their third and fourth NFL seasons, respectively, Tandy and Neild are hoping to make themselves and the current Mountaineers better in Morgantown.

Around the League (and Beyond):

See progress of Baylor's McLane Stadium - ESPN

ISU football: What to expect from Wimberly, Lazard, Mangino - Des Moines Register (autoplay)

Most Crucial Jayhawks: No. 24 DB Greg Allen - Lawrence Journal World

The big 2014 Kansas State football guide: Dark horses or simply favorites? -

Recruits React to New Uniforms - Crimson And Cream Machine

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL: The Quandry of JW - Cowboys Ride For Free

Schedule analysis: Texas Longhorns - ESPN

TCU projected starters: Matt Joeckel transfer changes the game; starting running back has plenty of competition - Dallas Morning News

Why Additional Defensive Line Depth is Critical for Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors

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 58 Ken Sandor - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 58, the number once worn by WVU offensive guard, Ken Sandor.

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

Video of Interest:

Defensive line coach Tom Bradley discusses WVU's off-season so far, leading up to the Mountaineers prime time showdown with Alabama in Atlanta, Ga., on August 30.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another gorgeous Brazilian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Fernanda Liz.