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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (8/14/14) Edition

Holgorsen clarifies remarks from Monday, player features, player & coaches interviews, recruiting update, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 14 - WV MetroNews
defensive coordinator Tony Gibson gives an overview of the secondary for the upcoming season. Also, Shannon Dawson breaks down the tempo of the offensive thus far throughout preseason camp.

Men’s Basketball to Hold Charity Softball Game - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's staff will take on the current WVU players.

Women's Soccer Picked No. 1 in Big 12 - WVU Athletics
Coaches could not vote for their own teams. This is the second straight season WVU was picked to win the conference.

Women's Soccer Blog: Schwindel Good to Go - WVU Athletics
To say the 2013 season ended on a personal down note for West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Kate Schwindel is an understatement.

Women's Basketball Schedule Announced - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will play at least 16 regular-season games at home.

Mountaineers to Host Volleyball 101, Volleypalooza - WVU Athletics
Friday, August 15

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Statement - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen clarifies his Monday morning press conference remarks:

This whole thing is so dumb - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Actually, here’s the worst part: The Dana Holgorsen we’ve had fun with and laughed with and so enjoyed during camp will zip it up now while the people who poked at a mole hill won’t have to deal with that repercussion. Thanks a lot, gang.

Holgorsen clarifies ‘lie’ statement - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Coming Together - BGN
The clock is ticking as West Virginia enters its final days of fall camp in preparing for the Aug. 30 season opener against No. 2 Alabama.

Dawson Praises Trickett, O-Line - EerSports
"(He's) probably a little bit of where I envisioned," said Dawson. "A year makes a big difference in the mental makeup of a quarterback. There’s no doubt."

Spain on a mission in his senior season - Exponent Telegram
Spain is taking this year serious … and doing it in such a way you wouldn’t have predicted if you saw him when he first came into the program.

QB Preview: WVU ready to follow Trickett - BGN
This is the first part of our 2014 season preview, in which we will be providing an in-depth breakdown of the West Virginia football team heading into the season.

WVU notebook: Blocking skill will determine Smith’s backfield workload - Charleston Gazette
“He doesn’t have a choice. He knows if he doesn’t, then he won’t play. It’s that simple,’’ running backs coach JaJuan Seider

WVU’s Alford feels at home on the outside - Charleston Gazette
“It’s much easier outside,’’ Alford said. “Basically you run vertical routes. It’s not so difficult. And one-on-one, outside, I can beat people with my speed.’’

Logan Moore's 'crazy ride' - Exponent Telegram
The question was a perplexing one for the quarterback turned wide receiver turned quarterback turned slot receiver.

Mountaineers Boast Much-Improved Secondary - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
WVU’s ‘more mature group’ is ‘all on the same page’

Tonkery shines in preseason camp - Charleston Daily Mail
The 2013 season was something of a mystery for Wes Tonkery.

WVU D-line a work in progress - Register Herald: College Sports
Although West Virginia’s defense as a whole is expected to be much deeper this season than it was in 2013, one position with some major holes is the defensive line. The Mountaineers will be trying to replace two veterans in Shaq Rowell and Will Clarke, who will be playing on Sundays for the Cincinnati Bengals this fall.

Assistant Coach Quotes: Practice Update No. 13 - WVU Athletics (autoplay audio)
Video with Galloway, Audio with Mitchell and quotes from around the staff TV: Assistant Coaches - TV brings you video interviews with Tom Bradley, Tony Gibson, Joe DeForest, JaJuan Seider & Damon Cogdell.

Q&A: West Virginia punter Nick O'Toole - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
In addition to being one of the conference's top punters, Nick O'Toole also manages to find time to have a great mustache.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players - WVillustrated
Clay, Joseph, O'Toole, Spain, Alford, Myers & Dillon


McCrary Heading to JUCO - EerSports
One day after saying he intended to go to Marshall, West Virginia signee Jacob McCrary has instead decided to enroll in a junior college yet to be determined.

Change of heart -
McCrary choose West Virginia over 30+ scholarship offers with Florida State, Clemson and several others making up that list. He was recruited by running backs coach JaJuan Seider.

Pro News:

WVUPros in the NFL Preseason Week 2 Preview - WVUPros
The second week of the NFL Preseason gets underway on Thursday night, and here is a preview of this weekend’s action.

Sims, Clarke excel in first taste of NFL - WVUPros
Both Charles Sims and Will Clarke had a plan for their senior season when WVU took the field a year ago. It was quite simple, actually: play well, get exposure,

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears strive to stay atop Big 12 football standings - ESPN

Camp Unit Preview: Quarterbacks - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas adds another alternate uniform - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Will Davis prepared to step into middle of K-State defense - Topeka Capital Journal

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Football Preview | Wide Receivers - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy Dances Like No One is Watching - Cowboys Ride For Free

Skywriters Tour: UT's Strong Needs QB Ash Healthy - Big 12 Conference

TCU Horned Frogs season preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Run-ravaged Raiders ponder using more heavy four-down fronts - 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 16 Todd Sauerbrun - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 16, the number once worn by WVU punter, Todd Sauerbrun

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Miss Throwdown:

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