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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (8/19/14) Edition

Myers in, Banks out, more football news, women's soccer gets #10 ranking, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 19 - WV MetroNews
Andrew Gribble, from the Mobile Press-Register, discusses the key differences of Alabama’s football program from last season. Also, WVU head basketball coach Bob Huggins seems rather optimistic about the newly revealed basketball schedule.

Women's Soccer Ranked No. 10 - WVU Athletics
Four days removed from its 2014 season opener, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned the No. 10 ranking in today’s Division I Women’s Top 25 Rankings.

News of Note:

Source: Icky Banks facing academic eligibility issue - WV MetroNews
Fifth-year senior was a 12-game starter at cornerback in 2013.

Myers enrolls, Banks sidelined - Charleston Daily Mail
Highly touted junior college transfer Jaylon Myers has enrolled at the school, a source told the Charleston Daily Mail.

Mike Casazza: Practice field, not just Mountaineer Field turf, needs a change - Charleston Daily Mail
"We were pulling large chunks of grass out when we were trying to cut or push off," one player told the Charleston Daly Mail. "You shouldn’t be slipping like that in practice. You don’t want a guy to injure himself because of the field and not because something else happened that you can’t control."

Hickman: 3 surgeries later, Chestnut back in the mix - Charleston Gazette
For a guy who arrived on campus three years ago with impeccable credentials and playing at a position of great need, Terrell Chestnut has had far too little impact on West Virginia’s defense.

West Virginia Mountaineers' Tom Bradley looking to win at second home - ESPN
Growing up, Tom Bradley's father took him to Penn State games. But he also drove him down to watch West Virginia play, too.

Don’t rule WVU out so quickly against Tide - Daily Athenaeum
The main question going around Morgantown right now is whether or not the Mountaineers can beat – or even compete with – the Crimson Tide.

Kiffin’s presence creates unknown for Tide offense - Exponent Telegram
One would expect that someone who has won five national titles, as Saban has, would hardly be tinkering with his offense, but this off-season Saban went out and brought in the controversial Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator.

Winning record in store for WVU - Exponent Telegram
If Holgorsen is on any kind of a hot seat, he and the Mountaineers didn’t get any favors from those who designed this schedule.

Nehlen: 'I think Clint Trickett has improved tremendously' - Register Herald
Don Nehlen, West Virginia University’s most successful football coach, was permitted to watch last Saturday’s final full team’s scrimmage of the 2014 preseason camp.

WVU will go lighter in practice this week - Register Herald
Football coaches are always trying to find the secret to the perfect schedule. Should the media be there or not? How demanding should the practices be? What days of the week are best for off days? To tackle or not to tackle?

Fully recovered, Brown ready to contribute - Daily Athenaeum
Before Brown set out for what he knew would be a long road back – that ended up taking four months with rehab – he said he was scared of the uncertainly that lay ahead.

Worley leading by example for WVU defense - Daily Athenaeum
As a true freshman, Worley played in 11 of West Virginia’s 12 games in 2013, starting five.

Extra instruction hours benefit all - Daily Athenaeum
The NCAA amended its bylaws to allow college football coaches to require their players to participate in an eight-week period this summer for up to eight hours per week of summer activities.

OL Preview: WVU learning to work as one unit - BGN
Like a lot of other positions on the West Virginia offense, the Mountaineer offensive line will be benefitting from a good level of continuity among its group of starters.

Cody Clay: Preseason Camp - WVU Athletics
Redshirt junior tight end Cody Clay spoke last week about being a leader and his movement between positions while at WVU. The football team concluded Fall camp this past weekend.

Tony's Take: Nicknames - WVU Athletics
Something disastrous has stolen the glory from sports nicknames.

7 Random Plays to Get You Fired Up for College Football Season - Student Section
1. "The Run" By Major Harris

Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2014 (Experts Poll) -
3 Mountaineers made the cut


Juco prospect Myers expected to enroll at West Virginia - WV MetroNews
Source says program anticipates three-star cornerback joining team as soon as paperwork arrives.

WVU gets a big boost - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
There are a lot of people who believe he was WVU’s top signee.

McCrary enrolls at junior college where coach has ties to Shannon Dawson - WV MetroNews
3-star receiver heads to Northwest Mississippi Community College—and a spread offense that resembles West Virginia's.

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's your weekly update on where each Big 12 program stands on the recruiting front

Pro News:

Darius Reynaud signs with the Chicago Bears - WVUPros
After spending a few weeks at the end of last season with the New York Jets, Darius Reynaud signed today with the Chicago Bears.

Mountaineers In The Pros: August 18 - WVU Athletics
The latest on WVU's professional baseball players.

Will Clarke is the lowest rated defensive end on Pro Football Focus - Cincy Jungle
The Bengals knew Clarke was more of a project, and probably won't contribute much as a rookie.

Around the League (and Beyond):

In-Game App, Wi-Fi among new technology at Baylor's McLane Stadium - Our Daily Bears

Sam Richardson Named Iowa State's Starting Quarterback - Wide Right & Natty Lite

2014 Kansas Football Position Previews: Quarterbacks - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State features talent, depth on defensive line - Topeka Capital Journal

2014 Sooner running backs are the least-experienced of the Bob Stoops era - Oklahoman (autoplay)

No clear No. 1 quarterback for Cowboys - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Charlie Strong Era Begins: UT’s Historical Baseline Data for Success - Barking Carnival

Position battle update: TCU QB - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Tech offense rolls in second scrimmage (VIDEO) - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Every new college football uniform for 2014 - Land-Grant Holy Land

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 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 11 Bruce Irvin - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 11 the number once worn by WVU defensive end, Bruce Irvin.

Video of Interest:

Received my challenge last night:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Israeli model and actress. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bar Paly.