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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/30/14) Edition

Unit previews, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 30 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor gives us the latest on Wendell Smallwood’s legal issues plus Greg Hunter and Travis Jones breakdown WVU’s future football schedules.

Luck: Amid NCAA Change, WVU in Good Spot - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
At Big 12 media days last week in Dallas, conference Commissioner Robert Bowlsby raised the alarm about the future of college sports, particularly what's known as the Olympic sports

Ranking The Programs: #2 - BGN
Another unanimous vote place the West Virginia women's soccer team in the #2 spot in our rankings of Mountaineer athletic programs.

Soccer's Merriam Favors Schedule Change - WVU Athletics
One of the hottest topics in collegiate athletics right now is the possibility of a radical change to the men’s college soccer game, making it a full-academic year sport.

Secondary violations extremely common with thorough NCAA rules - Charleston Daily Mail
Upwards of 4,000 violations are self-reported to the NCAA every year, and there are occasions when the NCAA will consider the commission of multiple secondary violations to be a major violation.

Former WVU OL Tyler Rader Notches First NASCAR Win - WVillustrated
Always a Mountaineer, Rader called his first win on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway "like beating Pitt in overtime."

Rifle's Hammond 5th at Commonwealth Games - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University rifle coach Jon Hammond finished fifth in the men’s 50m 3 positions, today, at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, in Carnoustie, Scotland, as a part of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

News of Note:

Delaware charges dropped against WVU’s Smallwood - WV MetroNews
State said running back's cooperation after extradition was key to Zakee Lloyd's second-degree murder plea.

Holgorsen: Stay the course - Charleston Gazette
As he prepares to begin what very well could be a make-or-break fourth season as West Virginia’s head coach, Dana Holgorsen knows how quickly things can change.

Depth at running back creates litany of options for Holgorsen, Dawson and West Virginia offense - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen mentioned at Big 12 Media Days that depth is one of the keys to being successful in the talent-loaded conference.

Receiving corps to lean on Big 12 experience - Daily Athenaeum
A big reason why the West Virginia football team won only four games last year was because of the inexperience on offense.

Mitch Vingle: WVU questions, MU solutions and an offer - Charleston Gazette
When the Mountaineers open training camp on Thursday, they’ll have more story lines to watch than the movies Pulp Fiction, Crash, Love Actually and Traffic put together.

Roster Updated: Weight Gains and New Numbers - EerSports
EerSports has updated our official roster for West Virginia football (HERE), complete with new pictures, heights, weights and numbers

West Virginia opponents, Game 11: Kansas State - Charleston Gazette
Date with WVU: Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.


Mountaineers get commitment from Martinsburg’s Lindsay - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia held its final camp of the summer this past weekend, and it was a resounding success.

Bulldogs’ Lindsay commits to West Virginia - Martinsburg Journal
Deamonte Lindsay has made his mark on the high school level as a top running back, carving up opposing defenses.

Pro News:

WVUPros NFL Training Camp Quick Slants 7-29-14: Rex Ryan encouraged by Geno Smith's progress - WVUPros
Here is what we have learned about your favorite Mountaineers in NFL Training Camps today:

Around the League (and Beyond):

No. 2 spot in preseason poll doesn't sit well with Baylor Bears - ESPN

Detective work saves Oklahoma State from NCAA practice time penalty -

Plenty of questions facing ISU defensive line - Ames Tribune

KU football players shrug off negativity - Lawrence Journal World

Truman tried and tested veteran on K-State defense - Topeka Capital Journal

Sooners Are The Odds On Favorite To Win The Big Twelve In 2014 | Who Should The Dark Horse Be? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Report: Three Texas Longhorns players facing suspensions - Burnt Orange Nation

Grading TCU's (potential) White Helmet - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders can't afford Webb getting hurt - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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 31 Dick Leftridge - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 31, the number once worn by WVU fullback, Dick Leftridge.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia Senior Kicker Michael Molinari grew up in Parkersburg, so he knows how special it is to Be A Mountaineer.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Sticking with the extreme rides theme from yesterday...I want to do this one too:

Hump Day Video of the Week

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown became popular as Mexico's World Cup hostess. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Vanessa Huppenkothen.