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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (7/8/14) Edition

Football and hoops reports, recruiting news, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup and more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, July 8 - WV MetroNews
Joe Deforest discusses the improvement of the secondary unit for WVU. We also hear from sophomore kicker Josh Lambert, who shares his thoughts on the special teams unit heading into the 2014 season.

So much for that - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Heard this over the weekend, and it’s not a surprise, but it’s not great news, either. Bob Huggins confirmed WVU’s contingent backed out of the Pittsburgh Basketball Club’s summer pro-am.

Ranking The Programs: #8 - BGN
West Virginia's women's gymnastics team occasionally sends individuals to NCAA nationals, and is consistent enough to nearly edge out two much higher profile sports in our rankings of WVU's athletic programs.

American Muscle - Discovery Channel
Mike Barwis offers an inside look of his new show American Muscle from his own uniquely intense perspective. Get pumped for the series premiere: Wednesday July 9 at 9/8c on Discovery Channel.

Is Soccer The Next Big Sport In America? - WVU Athletics
How the World Cup impacts America.

News of Note:

Joseph Named To Bednarik Award Watch List - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University football junior safety Karl Joseph was named today to the watch list for the 20th annual Bednarik Award, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club.

Dave Hickman: New QB, coordinator make ’Bama mysterious - Charleston Gazette
Tony Gibson and the West Virginia defense have more than just the challenge of preparing to face Alabama in a couple of months.

Blocking could make difference for WVU RB Dreamius Smith - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
When he arrived on the Morgantown campus in January 2013, no one questioned that Kansas native Dreamius Smith could make an impact on a West Virginia running game that hadn't produced a 1,000-yard rusher since the 2009 campaign.

MIKE CASAZZA: Group gives WVU points to ponder - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia’s foray into the Fan Experience Committee was a success, so much so that the group of Mountaineer faithful will be called back again in August and November to keep the constructive conversations flowing.


Morgantown’s Seggie commits to WVU as preferred walk-on - WV MetroNews
Olivia Seggie commits to WVU and head coach Mike Carey for 2015.

Nicholson Close to a Decision - EerSports
The three-star prospect has visited West Virginia, N.C. State and UCF multiple times, and those three programs are considered the favorites for his services.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here’s the latest in recruiting around the Big 12

Explaining Nike's The Opening 2014 and Elite 11 (and how to watch live) -
College football fans will be hearing a lot about Nike's The Opening in the coming week. Here's everything you need to know, including which colleges have the most prospects at the events and how to watch on TV or stream live.

Pro News:

Former Mountaineer Devin Ebanks Named to NBA D-League Select Tea - WVillustrated
Devin Ebanks joins Kevin Jones as the second former Mountaineer to suit up in the NBA Summer League.

Mountaineer Diamond Review: WVU alumni stay hot over Fourth of July week - WVUPros
In this week’s edition of the Mountaineer Diamond Review, hits came in bunches for both rookie and veteran WVUPros alike in pro baseball over the Fourth of July holiday week.

Mountaineers In The Pros: July 7 - WVU Athletics
It is time for another edition of Mountaineers In The Pros. It was an exciting week for former Mountaineer baseball players last week.

Belnome Makes MLB Debut - WVU Athletics
Belnome batted sixth and served as the designated hitter in an 8-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Belnome went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Vintage Baylor football signs to come down this week - Waco Tribune

Only Hillside Season Tickets Offered This Year - Iowa State University Athletics

Video: Discussing Kansas Jayhawks WR Nick Harwell - ESPN

Three Wildcats Named to MFC Preseason Watch Lists - KSTATESPORTS.COM

Schedule analysis: Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN

10 returning Cowboys who could have a breakout year - Oklahoman

Texas DT commit Poona Ford cleared to enroll - Burnt Orange Nation

4 TCU players named to award watch lists - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Davis Webb Outperformed Freshmen Expectations - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Single-Game FB Tickets on Sale Monday - WVU Athletics
Single-game tickets and mini-packages for the 2014 West Virginia University football season will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 7, at 9 a.m.

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 53 Marc Magro - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 53, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Marc Magro.

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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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown should be familiar with most who visit here. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of my favorite, Candice Swanepoel.