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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/9/14) Edition

Football previews & features, Huggs, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, July 9 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins discusses his recovery from hip surgery and also looks at the July live recruiting period.

Huggins pledges tighter defense, more athleticism next season - WV MetroNews
After West Virginia sank to the bottom of the Big 12, coach says he'll return to making players accountable on defense.

Furfari: A variety of facts, opinions about sports - Register-Herald
Stringing together some odds and ends that may interest you

News of Note:

The Early Edition: West Virginia Mountaineers - Viva The Matadors
We kickoff West Virginia Week with this installment of The Early Edition.

Luck says 2014 improvement may not be ‘reflected in our record’ - WV MetroNews
The AD is tempering expectations for West Virginia's win-loss record, which presumably is a good omen for Dana Holgorsen.

WVU’s Daryl Worley aims high during preseason - Charleston Daily Mail
"I want to help the team be the best it can be, we want to win a Big 12 championship, but if I could point out individual goals," sophomore cornerback Daryl Worley said. "I’m definitely looking for the Jim Thorpe (Award)."

Seider: Trickett a ‘leader’ - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Ever since the 'decision' there has been a lot of reasons given for why, and why not, head coach Dana Holgorsen was correct in selecting fifth-year senior Clint Trickett to be the Mountaineers' starting quarterback when WVU takes on Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Football Kickoff Classic on Saturday, Aug. 30.

2014 Big Twelve Football Position Rankings | Quarterbacks - Crimson And Cream Machine
7) West Virginia

The Big Twelve's Best Non-Conference Football Games Of 2014 - Crimson And Cream Machine
10) September 13th | West Virginia at Maryland
3) August 30th | West Virginia vs. Alabama (in Atlanta)

West Virginia Game 2: Towson - Charleston Gazette
A week after opening the season against perennial national championship contender Alabama, West Virginia begins its home schedule against a team that actually came closer to a title last season than did the Tide.

Making of the 2014 Football Poster - WVU Athletics
A look at the making of the 2014 WVU football poster.


Holiday no time to slow down for WVU coaches - Charleston Gazette
As they have been all year, the West Virginia coaches have been busy recruiting some of the top prospects across the nation, even as other coaching staffs take a break.

Pro News:

Geno Smith: Why the New York Jets could make Super Bowl run this season - WVUPros
Geno Smith, the second-year quarterback for the New York Jets, had problems with turnovers during his rookie campaign last season, but doesn’t have any problems with confidence about his team this coming season.

Noel Devine signs with the Edmonton Eskimos - WVUPros
The Green and Gold of the Edmonton Eskimos are beginning to take on a decidedly Blue and Gold look.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Athletic Performance 2013-2014 Training Video - Our Daily Bears

E.J. Bibbs Named to Mackey Award Watch List - Wide Right & Natty Lite

University of Kansas Football Heeney Named to 2014 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List - KUAthletics

2014 Schedule Analysis: Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN

Oklahoma football: Blake Bell, Taylor McNamara named to John Mackey Award watch list - Oklahoman

OSU football: Desmond Roland, J.W. Walsh on College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists - Oklahoman

Texas-Iowa State contest to air on Longhorn Network - Burnt Orange Nation

The big 2014 TCU football guide: Is tweaking the offense the missing link? -

Tech notebook: Webb named to Maxwell Award Watch List - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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 52 Najee Goode - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 52, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Najee Goode.

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:

WVU Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson discusses how the coaching staff made the decision to name Clint Trickett the starting QB for the Mountaineers.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This kind of drags on a bit, but is still interesting. You need to at least watch the first two minutes.

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown comes to us by way of Colombia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sandra Valencia.