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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (8/26/14) Edition

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Bama previews, Saban, pro baseball in Morgantown, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 26 - WV MetroNews
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban reflects back on his childhood memories at WVU and how it impacted his coaching style & playing days. Also, WVU Athletics Director announces the new baseball organization that will begin playing at Hawley Field [ed.] next year.

Women's Soccer Ranked No. 11 - WVU Athletics
Following a season-opening weekend that saw the squad split its decisions at the Penn State Invitational, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team sits at No. 11 in today’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Division I Women’s Top 25 Poll.

Men’s Soccer Picked Second in MAC - WVU Athletics
"Our goal is obviously to be picked to win the MAC every season, so it looks like we have some work to do," coach Marlon LeBlanc says.

Maloney Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

The story behind the WVU band's trip to McDowell County - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
So when President Gordon Gee swept through McDowell County this summer on his 55-county tour, Gee asked residents what the University could do for them.

The Pride of West Virginia ready for Alabama - WV MetroNews
WVU Band Director Jay Drury says the band will be on the field in Atlanta to show the world what Mountaineer spirit is all about.

Baseball:

Rich Baseball is Coming to Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Successful baseball family coming to Morgantown.

Pirates' NY-Penn Affiliate Coming to Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Rich Baseball Operations partners with West Virginia University to bring New York-Penn League Baseball to Morgantown in 2015.

Luck: Celebrating Pro Baseball in Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Pro baseball is coming to Morgantown.

Pirates' GM Talks Morgantown Baseball - WVU Athletics
Neal Huntington talks minor league baseball in Morgantown.

Morgantown 'the right fit' for NYPL franchise - BGN
Like most businesses, in order for a professional sports franchise to be successful, a lot of parts have to be able to work well together.

Pirates announce New York-Penn League team bound for Morgantown - WV MetroNews
Officials say the Single-A club will move to West Virginia from Jamestown, N.Y., in 2015.

MILB Coming to WVU, Morgantown - WVSports.com
In the spring, WVU will use the facility and in June, when the NY-Penn League begins play, the new franchise will use it. The NY-Penn League is short season single-A play.

News of Note:

2014 Football Preview - WVU Athletics (autoplay audio)
WVU should be much improved in 2014.

Holgorsen has shown ability to adapt, grow as Mountaineers’ coach - Charleston Daily Mail
Mitchell said. "But I think Dana has grown tremendously. He focused solely on the offensive side at Texas Tech, but now he sees it as a whole.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference - WVSports.com
West Virginia will open the season against No. 2 Alabama Saturday in the Georgia Dome and head coach Dana Holgorsen offered an update on the Mountaineers preparation for the matchup.

Holgorsen Talks DBs, Scheduling - EerSports
Dana Holgorsen talked with the national media on Monday morning and discussed a variety of topics, including a suspension, position battles, scheduling and more.

WVU Cool, Calm and Collected Prior to Showdown with Alabama - WVillustrated
Prior to this week, WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, along with his assistants and players have kept quiet about the Alabama Crimson Tide.

WVU ready heading into opener - BGN
As West Virginia heads into its first game week of the season, Dana Holgorsen is pretty pleased with the way his team is looking.

Alabama Football 2014: Previewing the West Virginia Mountaineer Offense - Roll 'Bama Roll
Welcome to the 2014 season with an underperforming but potentially scary opponent standing on the opposite sideline.

Matchups: Tide WR Cooper says Mountaineers use ‘weird defense’ - WV MetroNews
Will West Virginia's 3-3-5 stack give preseason All-American trouble in Atlanta?

Alabama still uncertain about starting quarterback - Charleston Daily Mail
No one has to tell West Virginia about the misery of not knowing who will start at quarterback, but the Mountaineers are about to agonize over preparations for an opponent that hasn’t named its starter.

Furfari: Tidbits and observations for the WVU football season opener - Times West Virginian
We all know that West Virginia University was picked eighth in the Big 12 preseason football poll by the 10 head coaches going into the 2014 season.

Dose of reality awaits WVU in Atlanta - Daily Athenaeum
The time for talk is almost over. After a fall camp marked by optimism and feel good stories, it’s time for WVU to face one of its biggest challenges in years: The Alabama Crimson Tide.

O-line must start strong Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
WVU’s offensive line will have no time to waste once Saturday afternoon rolls around and the Mountaineers are quickly eye-to-eye with 2013’s No. 5 total defensive squad in the nation.

West Virginia notebook: Alabama coach Nick Saban yet to name starting QB - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Few jobs in Tuscaloosa, Ala., are subject to such supreme levels of scrutiny as the starting quarterback of the Alabama football team.

Holgorsen, Saban close to the vest on lineups - Exponent Telegram
Coaches remain mum on several starters; Banks out three games

Alabama starting quarterback still undecided - Sporting News
In five days, Alabama will open its season against West Virginia in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. And it might be then when the rest of us find out who’s playing quarterback for the Crimson Tide.

Saban recalls days as Mountaineers fan - Charleston Gazette
‘Bama coach rooted for West, WVU

Saban Recognizes First Game Challenge - BGN
Alabama Coach Nick Saban discussed the opportunity his Crimson Tide has as it prepares to open the season and also had complimentary comments about the opponent, West Virginia, in Saban's regular Monday press briefing. Here are his opening comments.

Saban Remembers Days As West Virginia Fan - BGN
Nick Saban’s West Virginia background is well known. He grew up in Fairmont, W. Va., where he was indoctrinated into sports by his father, Big Nick, who ran the Pop Warner program.

Saban's memories still vivid - Register Herald
Nick Saban was 7 years old on March 7, 1959, but he still remembers that day vividly.

Alabama coach Nick Saban: 'I've always been a Mountaineer fan' - All 'Eers/PPG
Alabama coach Nick Saban is, at his roots, a tried and true West Virginian. Saban, the son of working-class parents from nearby Monongah, W.Va., shared a few memories Monday of his childhood as a diehard Mountaineer fan.

Football: Banks to Return for Oklahoma - WVU Athletics
Banks to miss first three games of the season.

Hickman: Loss of Banks significant blow - Charleston Gazette
Let’s face it, things could have been a whole lot better on the Ishmael Banks front where West Virginia’s defense is concerned. Of course, they could have been a whole lot worse, too, so there’s that.

Banks reinstated by NCAA, but must serve 3-game suspension - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen said the senior cornerback can return for West Virginia's game against Oklahoma on Sept. 20.

‘Icky’ Out For ’Eers’ First Three Contests - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The fate of Ishmael "Icky" Banks has finally been revealed.

Banks' suspension to test WVU's depth - Daily Athenaeum
With Banks sidelined, Holgorsen said the Mountaineers have several experienced backups who can fill the second corner role.

Building Pressure - BGN
The pressure’s all on No. 2 Alabama entering the season-opener with West Virginia. The Mountaineer defensive line aims to keep it that way.

Countdown to WVU-Alabama game now at 4 days - Register Herald
Four days.

Recruiting:

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - ESPN
Here's the latest around the Big 12 on the recruiting trail

Pro News:

Mountaineers In The Pros: August 25 - WVU Athletics
The latest on WVU's professional baseball players.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Football Opens the 2014 Season - Big 12 Conference

Texas OL Rami Hammad is transferring to Baylor - Our Daily Bears

Paul, We Need To Talk - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Why Not Us? - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State's Barnett ready for leadership role - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Release Initial 2014 Depth Chart: Where Is Frank Shannon? - Crimson And Cream Machine

How short will Yurcich's leash be this year? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Desmond Harrison, Daje Johnson & Josh Turner will miss North Texas - And What Else? - Barking Carnival

Monday Morning Quarterback: Offseason In The Rearview - Frogs O' War

Red Raider Gridiron: Depth Chart Thoughts; Running Back Preview - Viva The Matadors

Forde-Yard Dash: How this college football season should (or could) play out - Yahoo Sports
He's apparently still butthurt that WVU is in the Big 12 over Louisville

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.

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.

WVU’s Countdown to Kickoff: Day 4 Marc Bulger - WVUPros
Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 4, the number once worn by WVU quarterback, Marc Bulger.

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