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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (8/1/14) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, camp reports galore, hoops non-con schedule released, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, August 1 - WV MetroNews
Jon Martin of BlueGoldNews.com talks about the skills that Martinsburg safety Deamonte Lindsay will bring to Morgantown. We also hear from cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell as he highlights one of his most talented players, Daryl Worley.

Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule Announced - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will play 13 non-conference contests, including home games against LSU, Virginia Tech, Monmouth, Lafayette, College of Charleston and Wofford.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Social media adds another thing to watch for coaches - Times West Virginian
As someone who has gotten himself in enough hot water with a misplaced Tweet, when West Virginia University quarterback Clint Trickett hit the send button on July 17 sending out to the cyberworld what should have remained there with him on the couch on which he was sitting, I could feel his pain.

FURFARI COLUMN: Bobby Bowden won the bad-and-good battle with rival Lou Holtz - Times West Virginian
The recent announcement that West Virginia University is resuming a football relationship with North Carolina State triggered a most memorable bad-news, good-news battle. It was between two legendary coaches, WVU’s Bobby Bowden and N.C. State’s Lou Holtz back there in the 1970s.

News of Note:

Watch Holgorsen Media Conference: Practice No. 1 - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript

Healthy, comfortable Trickett begins camp as starter - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia took care of the biggest piece of offseason business June 24, long before the Mountaineers started preseason practice Thursday at Mountaineer Field.

Twitterless Trickett looks robust in preseason debut - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen says senior quarterback shows night-and-day comprehension improvement since 2013.

Few surprises as WVU football practice begins - Charleston Gazette
In other words, almost everyone who was supposed to be there was there, and just about everything that can be accomplished in a non-padded practice was realized.

It’s all on Gibby, right? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
you just can’t get past this: West Virginia University has to be a whole lot better on defense in 2014

Top coaching hires in the Big 12 this season - 247Sports
5. Tony Gibson, West Virginia defensive coordinator

Mountaineers kick off camp - BGN
The West Virginia football team kicked off its 2014 season with the start of preseason camp Thursday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia notebook: Kicking off preseason camp - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I thought we had a good first day," said coach Dana Holgorsen. "Everybody in the country has a good first day. I promise you that. The guys were pretty fired up to be out there."

Holgorsen Likes Look of Squad - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Coach says team is better at every position

WVU's Holgorsen: Freshman Henry `ahead of curve' - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen reiterated his statement last week at Big 12 media days that Henry is "in the mix" as a starter.

Holgorsen pleased with first day of fall camp - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Holgorsen said the new rules that allowed coaches some limited contact with players during the offseason worked out well, and he felt as though his team took the field Thursday well ahead of where his team’s usually stand for an opening practice.

Holgorsen: ‘The guys were pretty fired up’ - Register-Herald
West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen said everybody in the country has a good first practice, but after his Mountaineers hit the field for the first time Thursday, he was glad he wasn’t focused on negatives.

Quick Hits: WVU Football Opens Fall Camp in Morgantown - WVillustrated
News and notes regarding the opening day of WVU's Fall Camp.

Players coming and going at camp - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia’s football roster grew and shrunk unexpectedly Thursday, the first day of preseason practice.

In & Out: Smallwood back in the fold as Marcellus lost for season - WV MetroNews
"Smallwood is where he was at the end of (spring)," said Holgorsen. "He had a great summer. Obviously, he was not with us for about a 10-day period, but he is an intrical part of what we’re going to be doing offensively."

WVU opens practice with different feel: VIDEOS AND PHOTOS - Times West Virginian
But somehow, this was different. Very different.

Holgorsen's Take: Roster Updates - WVSports.com
West Virginia opened fall camp Thursday and head coach Dana Holgorsen provided a comprehensive update on the current injury and roster situation as the Mountaineers prepare for the season opener against Alabama Aug. 30.

Fall Camp Day 1 Recap - WVSports.com
It was a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon in Morgantown, W.Va. The birds were chirping, a calm breeze was blowing, and smiles dotted the landscape throughout town.

Clint Trickett, Wendell Smallwood and other storylines for WVU preseason camp - WVUPros
Here are just a few important storylines to watch through the month of August until the season opener against Alabama on August 30

West Virginia opponent preview, Game 12: Iowa State - Charleston Gazette
Date with WVU: Saturday, Nov. 29, time TBA

2014 Big Twelve Football Position Rankings | Linebackers - Crimson And Cream Machine
4. West Virginia Mountaineers

The Quarterbacks: Day One - BGN
The starter has been named, but much else is left to be decided as West Virginia's quarterbacks opened the first day of camp. Here's a look at a series of quarterback drills, along with some observations and thoughts on several signal callers.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Fall Football Camp - BGN
A look at the on-field action as West Virginia hit the stadium turf for the first day of 2014 fall football camp.

WVU Fall Camp Photo Gallery #1 - EerSports
Pictures from West Virginia's first day of fall camp, courtesy of EerSports photographer Craig Gunter.

Photo Gallery: Fall Practice 7/31/14 photos - WVSports.com

Pro News:

WVUPros NFL Training Camp Quick Slants 8-1-14 - WVUPros
News and notes on Geno Smith, Charles Sims, Ryan Mundy, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Terence Garvin and more.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Ode to the Case: Baylor Football in the Modern Era, From Despair to Heisman - Our Daily Bears

Blame Bruce for the brutal football schedules - Cyclone Fanatic

Nick Harwell brings new element to Kansas' offense - ESPN

2014 Kansas State Position Condition: Linebackers - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners Football Practice Report (July 31st, 2014) | Durron Neal Looking Crisp - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys Classic Hype Video: Florida State vs Oklahoma State - Cowboys Ride For Free

Not So Fast - Starting Senior Safety Josh Turner Remains With Team - Barking Carnival

Midweek Musings: A New Leader Emerging - Frogs O' War

How will this work?: Raiders plot way to keep Williams prepared on offense while he starts on defense - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Fan Day Set For Sunday, Aug. 10 - WVU Athletics
Mountaineer fans will be given the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite WVU coaches and players at the WVU football team’s annual Fan Day on Sunday, August 10, at 2:30 p.m., in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.

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 29 Rico Tyler - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 29, the number once worn by WVU fullback, Rico Tyler.

Video of Interest:

The first day of football practice in Morgantown for the 2014 season!

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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