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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (8/22/14) Edition

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


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 22 - WV MetroNews
Steven Lassen, from Athlon Sports, speaks about Alabama’s offensive changes since fall camp. Also, CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman predicts the Mountaineers as the conference’s most surprising team at season’s end.

President Gee Adjusts Titles - WVU Athletics
Oliver Luck, J.D., is Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Associate Vice President for WVU

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
This week's inside look at Mountaineer sports includes an exclusive interviews with WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck, KJ Dillon, Alabama beat writer Aaron Suttles from the Tuscaloosa News and special commentary from Jeff Culhane.

No. 10 Women's Soccer Opens Season - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team opens 2014 at the PSU Invitational.

WVU Women’s Soccer Setting Gold Standard in Mountaineer Athletic - WVillustrated
Under Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, the West Virginia Women's Soccer program has reached unparalleled heights, especially during their short time in the Big 12 Conference.

Women’s soccer team enjoys the pressure - Exponent Telegram
“I have embraced my motto that ‘Pressure is a privilege,’” she said

Men’s Soccer Promotional Days Set - WVU Athletics
As the West Virginia University men’s soccer team prepares to kick off its 2014 season at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, WVU officials are planning several exciting promotions for Mountaineer fans.

New Ballpark Construction Update - WVU Athletics
The new ballpark remains on schedule.

Tall Timber - Morgantown Magazine
The home of WVU’s Dana Holgorsen is the first luxury residence in the U.S. to be built completely of cross-laminated timber.

How would you like to be UConn? - Register Herald
That’s why the Mountaineers had to jump at the Big 12. It might have not have been the prom queen, but it was certainly among the popular girls.

News of Note:

Tony Gibson tries picking a lane - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The Alabama preparations have begun at WVU, but truth be told, they began long ago. Tony Gibson gave his defense something to work on every day during camp, but the defensive coordinator got started long before that, if only in his head.

"The Roll is over." - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Mr. Casazza talks about his time on the podcast with us and about Priddy's article from Wednesday

McGill: WVU smart to let Joseph play his style, but limit wear and tear - Charleston Daily Mail
"He’s a train wreck, man," WVU safeties coach Joe DeForest said of Joseph. "If it’s moving, he’s going to hit it ... and he’s going to hit it hard."

Mountaineers put focus on finishing - Charleston Gazette
Last season, West Virginia’s football team held a lead in 10 of its 12 games.

Q&A: Dana Holgorsen on Alabama, new faces and the Sugar Bowl - FOX Sports
Holgorsen took some time out for Fox Sports Southwest on Thursday, a little over a week before the season begins.

Holgorsen embracing tough slate - Daily Athenaeum
Knowing every game in 2014 needs to be taken extremely seriously, the challenge that lies ahead for this Mountaineer squad is not one to joke about.

All eyes on WVU’s Holgorsen - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Winning is the cure all when it comes to athletics.

Smith leaning on lessons learned in 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
The lone senior competing for the starting spot, Dreamius Smith, said he knows that with one last opportunity, 2014 is his time to shine.

LB Preview: Physicality key for WVU in 2014 - BGN
This is the seventh 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.

Preseason all-Big 12 football team - ESPN
CB: Daryl Worley, West Virginia
FS: Karl Joseph, West Virginia
P: Nick O'Toole, West Virginia

Under the radar possibilities for the All Big 12 team - EerSports
But every year, players come out of nowhere to put their names among the best players in the conference. It's on this "Under the Radar" All-Big 12 team that I've tried to nail some of those players down.

Coke Zero Partners on Seats4Soldiers - WVU Athletics
For just $20 per ticket, you can provide a memorable experience for the service members and their families by sending them to the WVU vs. TCU game on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Big 12 preview: In unsettled league, who will threaten Baylor, OU? - FOX Sports
SURPRISE TEAM - Feldman: West Virginia Mountaineers.


Angus expects to enroll Friday, gives WVU 18 of 21 signees aboard - WV MetroNews
The 6-6, 330-pound Philadelphia lineman was a signing day surprise for the Mountaineers.

Pro News:

Terence Garvin Making Strides in Second Steelers Season - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer defender preparing for year two with Pittsburgh, continuing to learn the ropes as a professional.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football 2014 Position Previews: Cornerbacks - Our Daily Bears

Camp Unit Preview: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends - Wide Right & Natty Lite

2014 Position Preview: Offensive Line - Rock Chalk Talk

Mueller keeps making believers - Wichita Eagle

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Football Preview | The Return Of The Defensive Line - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys have good depth on defensive line - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns Football Defensive Starters Starting To Solidify - Barking Carnival

TCU looks for renewed results under new offense - Dallas Morning News

Five Fall Camp Thoughts - Viva The Matadors

Ubben's Big 12 Mailbag: Breakout players, autonomy, Texas will go 6-6? - FOX Sports

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 alumni group plans to welcome Mountaineer faithful to Atlanta - WV MetroNews
Events are scheduled around the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game between WVU and Alabama on Aug. 30 at the Georgia Dome.

WVU’s Countdown to Kickoff: Day 8 Chad Johnston - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 8, the number once worn by WVU quarterback, Chad Johnston.

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