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Mountaineer Morning Links: Memorial Day (5/25/14) Edition

We're a bit more low key as we cover today's WVU sports news. Please also take a moment to honor our fallen on this Memorial Day.

Names memorialized from the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.
Names memorialized from the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We have an abbreviated edition today but there are still a few features to cover. But also today, instead of the usual silliness, we pause to remember the fallen.

What You May Have Missed:

Bulger knows what it means to give back - Exponent Telegram
This is about Bulger and Memorial Day and being someone who did not talk about honoring out in uniform, but who stepped forward and did something real and meaningful and something that reached right down here to his alma mater, WVU.

News of Note:

FURFARI COLUMN: Mazey sees bright WVU baseball season despite 27-27 finish - Times West Virginian
West Virginia’s baseball team had to be deeply disappointed by its drop out of the Big 12 Conference Tournament this past week at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Juwan Staten focused on NBA success - College To Pro Sports
"Focus and determined." That’s how one fan with close ties to Mountaineer point guard Juwan Staten describes him. "You can see it in his eyes, he wants to succeed badly."


Gold and Blue Now: Monday, May 25 - WV MetroNews
Sportsline guest, and recent WVU basketball commit, Lamont West talks about a Cincinnati influence to his WVU commitment — Devin Williams.

Pro News:

Sunday notes: New York Jets' faith in Geno Smith is unusual, historically speaking - New York Jets Blog - ESPN
The new regime is planning to start Geno Smith after two years of play that ranged mostly from poor to uneven.

Charles Sims to be featured in Buccaneers' backfield -
The coaching staff remains "very high" on Sims,'s Pat Yasinskas wrote Friday.

What's On Tap:

Take at least a few moments to remember those who fell serving our country.

Omaha Beach Cemetary

Video of Interest:

...from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.