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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (8/25/14) Edition

Alabama previews have begun, grey walls getting covered, plus more football notes, weekend soccer action, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 25 - WV MetroNews
wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway has been impressed with the timing of the first group of receivers with senior quarterback Clint Trickett. Plus, sophomore wide receiver Daikiel Shorts adds his opinion on how preseason camp progressed.

No. 10 Women's Soccer Nets First Win - WVU Athletics
defeating Missouri, 3-2, today, at the Penn State Invitational, at Jeffrey Field.

Men's Soccer Countdown: 5 Days - WVU Athletics
We are counting down the days to the start of the men's soccer season.

WVU defeats Dayton Flyers in exhibition - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s soccer team played its final tune-up game this weekend, defeating Dayton 2-1 in an exhibition match.

WVU: Are the battleship gray walls finally gone from Milan Puskar Stadium? - WVUPros
Milan Puskar Stadium, especially the battleship gray walls, could look a lot different when West Virginia hosts the Towson Tigers on Root Sports on September 6.

News of Note:

Can Mountaineers mimic Sooners team that beat Alabama? - Charleston Daily Mail
There are 10 games on this opening weekend of the college football season featuring a pair of teams from the five major conferences. Not one of those games has a bigger underdog than West Virginia.

Georgia Dome to bring different feel - Daily Athenaeum
"It’s a lot different. The sound in that dome stays in there," Trickett said. "There are SEC bands who play their music loud and proud. There’s so much pageantry with it."

Joseph comfortable with rules entering season - Charleston Gazette
"I think I know what I can do and what I can’t,’’ Joseph said. "That was kind of a question last year.’’

West Virginia's defense is searching for a do-over this season - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Injuries posed a problem but not the only one. Changes were in order.

McGill: How first-time ‘Bama QBs have fared; Madison man in need of transplant has fitting finale in tennis - Charleston Daily Mail
Maybe the QBs don’t matter at all. Saban is 7-0 in season openers at Alabama.

Matchups: Freshman orientation for Tide’s left tackle - WV MetroNews
How will WVU attack Cam Robinson, who has made the fast leap from five-star recruit to the starting five at Alabama?

WVU has connections to secrets of how to play Bama - Register Herald
Scoring points on Alabama in recent seasons has been about as easy as getting Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban to crack a smile.

Break-even season if WVU can win close ones - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Two years ago, the West Virginia Mountaineers joined the Big 12 Conference and have found the upgrade in competition to be difficult.

Improvement a must with what lies ahead - Exponent Telegram
Did Oliver Luck throw Dana Holgorsen a life preserver or an anchor when he put together one of the most difficult schedules in modern West Virginia history

Looking back on a WVU turnaround - Exponent Telegram
It’s been a while, but West Virginia’s football program has been here before and at that time proved the adage it’s always darkest just before the dawn.

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Preseason Week 3 Recap: Several play well with one released - WVUPros
Several WVUPros stood out in NFL Preseason Week 3 action and other news and notes.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Advanced Stats You Need to Know for 2014 -

Three Keys to Repeat; Baylor Plays Underdog Role - Our Daily Bears

WRNL Predicts the 2014 Season - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Jayhawks turning former liability into strength - Lawrence Journal World

Geary makes strong impression on K-State defensive line - Topeka Capital Journal

Dorial Green-Beckham's Waiver Denied - Crimson And Cream Machine

A Worst Case Scenario for 2014 - Cowboys Ride For Free

The continuing saga of Daje Johnson - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Preview: New Offensive Scheme Key To Year 3 - Big 12 Conference

VIDEO: Texas Tech Football 2014 Pump-up Video - Viva The Matadors

College Football 2014 Conference and National Title Predictions -

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.

Updated Game Day Parking Information - WVU Athletics
With the home opener of the 2014 WVU football season scheduled for Sept. 6, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is providing a guide to help fans, especially Blue Lot parking pass holders, with game day parking and tailgating information.

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.

Video of Interest:

WVU Senior Cheerleader Haley Durkacz knows what it means to "Be A Mountaineer."

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is being called "The next Kate Upton." CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Charlotte McKinney.