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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (8/18/14) Edition

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

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 18 - WV MetroNews
wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway says he’s still sifting through the finalized depth chart. Also, defensive coordinator Tony Gibson still has one major concern before the start of the season.

Women's Soccer Downs Navy in Scrimmage - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team defeated Navy 3-1 in a preseason scrimmage.

Schwindel embraces leadership role - Daily Athenaeum
One of West Virginia’s women’s soccer top returners heading into the 2014 season is senior forward Kate Schwindel.

WVU looks to capitalize in MAC this year - Daily Athenaeum
This fall, coach Marlon LeBlanc’s team is hopeful the third go-around is the charm.

Morgantown is Booming! - WVU Athletics
Several major projects underway.

Saints training camp won’t sit empty - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia University, Marshall University and Virginia Tech all are expected to take advantage of the new, state-of-the-art facility in White Sulphur Springs.

Football camp has come a long ways - Exponent Telegram
This, maybe, is something those players should be reading and saying thank you — thank you for bringing sanity to college football.

News of Note:

Opposing Big 12 players explain Mountaineers’ struggles on defense - Charleston Daily Mail
Yet there were times WVU was outsmarted, too.

WVU defense showing signs of improvement - Charleston Gazette
No, it wasn’t a perfect performance. But pretty much everything Gibson had asked of his defense, it delivered.

West Virginia: Trickett prepares with higher level of comfort as QB - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Road back from injury finally complete

Does Alabama’s QB audition give West Virginia a chance in opener? - WV MetroNews
It's rare for Nick Saban to go this deep without naming a starter, as Tide may play two quarterbacks in Atlanta.

Trickett bound to ’Bama QB Coker - Exponent Telegram
Clint Trickett quarterbacks West Virginia. He called Jacob Coker, who is caught up in the battle of his life trying to win the Alabama quarterbacking job.

WVU OL Marquis Lucas Says 2013 Season Tasted Like Prune Juice - WVillustrated
Redshirt junior joins The Dana Holgorsen Show and describes exactly what kind of bad taste he was left with after a 4-8 result and why this year will be different.

Recruiting:

Wheeling Park’s Grove reflects on WVU baseball commitment - WV MetroNews
Standout Wheeling Park senior a part of WVU's upcoming baseball recruiting class.

Pro News:

Charles Sims to miss 12-14 weeks for Buccaneers – WVUPros
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports that rookie RB Charles Sims could be out for the next three months after injuring his ankle.

Film Room: Will Clarke's outing vs the Chiefs - Cincy Jungle
Most pundits and fans believe that Clarke was drafted in the third round to replace some of Michael Johnson's production.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Changing the Baylor Brand - Our Daily Bears

Camp Unit Preview: Specialists - Wide Right & Natty Lite

The Impact of KU Football's 2014 Recruiting Class - Rock Chalk Talk

Evans provides versatility in K-State secondary - Topeka Capital Journal

5 Bold Predictions For The 2014 Oklahoma Sooners Football Season - Crimson And Cream Machine

The Oklahoma State Cowboys' Good Luck Charm - Cowboys Ride For Free

Could Shawn Watson open up the Texas offense? - Burnt Orange Nation

Position Previews: Cornerbacks - Frogs O' War

Tech Roster Analysis - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Single Game Parking Passes Available - WVU Athletics
Parking passes in the Burgundy, Green, Gold, Purple and White Lots can be purchased in advance at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.

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 12 Geno Smith - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 12, the number once worn by WVU quarterback, Geno Smith.

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