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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (5/29/15) Edition

Football reports, Big 12 rules, varsity notes, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

WVU AD Lyons Talks Key Big 12 Issues - WVillustrated
New Mountaineer athletic director shares his thoughts on a league title game, expansion and a football tiebreaker.

Runners Advance at NCAA East Prelims - WVU Athletics
Kaitlyn Gillespie qualified for the National Championships in Eugene, Oregon

Women's Soccer Adds Lopez - WVU Athletics
Midfielder Yulie Lopez set to join WVU women's soccer from Florida State.

Mountaineer golfers looking to challenge Herd's supremacy - Beckley Register-Herald
If there were an official color of the West Virginia Amateur, it would surely be green, and not just because the annual test of golf, now in its 96th year, has made The Greenbrier its permanent home.

FURFARI: Napoleon, RB on 1988 team, now has business on Wall Street - Times West Virginian
Eugene Napoleon, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, recalled recently that he probably could have gone to just about any college after earning All-America prep status as a running back at St. Joseph High in his hometown.

News of Note:

WVU football still working out scheduling strategy - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think everyone is still trying to figure this out," said Alex Hammond, WVU’s director of football operations who works on scheduling with coach Dana Holgorsen and athletic director Shane Lyons.

WVU’s Gibson upbeat on defense — and offense - Charleston Gazette
Gibson, West Virginia fans might know, hasn’t been shy about his thoughts on the new Mountaineer defensive unit.

Defense looks fine, but WVU offense raises questions - Beckley Register-Herald: College Sports
I happened to be taking a wait-and-see attitude on how West Virginia University’s football squad will fare in its fourth year under head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Brass tacks - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
What would Pitt eat in this Big 12? What would one do to the Irish if WVU and Notre Dame still shared conference space?

Five Bold Summer Predictions for 2015 - EerSports
With 100 days to go until the season, EerSports makes a few bold predictions for the upcoming year.

Big 12 QB Rankings - Scout
7) West Virginia

Ranking the best and worst uniform combinations of the Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Big 12 is loaded with countless uniform combinations, and though some attempts have been home runs, others haven't worked out so well.

15 for '15: College football's best mascots -
10. The Mountaineer

A "Way Too Early Analysis" of the WVU Mountaineers 2015 Schedule - Heartland College Sports
At the conclusion of last season, many anxious fans and spectators were already looking towards 2015 and had a lot of questions how this season would shape up.


WVU Offers Third 2017 QB - EerSports
West Virginia has offered their third quarterback in 2017, Grayson (GA) signal caller Chase Brice, according to his coach.

Studstill Shows Two-Way Talent During Spring Game - 247Sports
The 6-0, 180-pounder, who holds offers from Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami, West Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan State, Penn State and many others, showed that he is way more than just another "guy" in the loaded state of Florida.

C.J. Riley Takes a Step Back - Scout
Fresh off scholarship offers from the likes of Kentucky, Nebraska and Rutgers, all schools are on a level playing field for C.J. Riley, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver and rising senior out of Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep.

Aliquippa's Pugh Knows Two Best - Scout
Schools are recruiting Aliquippa (Pa.) High's Kaezon Pugh to play running back or linebacker. He told Scout he has a preference, and he spoke about his recruitment.

Pro News:

Report: Charles Sims set to be the man in Buccaneers' backfield - FOX Sports
the team is locked in on featuring Charles Sims as their starting back, according to Chris Wesseling of

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 might have found the dumbest rule possible -
Home teams "can be subject to penalty if they show controversial replays too much."

Big 12 Reveals Future Championship Venues - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 is excited to announce its championship schedule for the 2015-16 academic year. The Conference has also awarded multi-year agreements in the sports of men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball.

Big 12 tourney stays in Kansas City because if it ain't broke ... - FOX Sports
Take a bow, Big 12. Ya done good. Or rather, ya done right.

Baylor Looking to "Adjust" (Upgrade) Football Schedule Before 2020 - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Cyclones 2015 Preview and Prediction -

Self sees summer contests as chance to grow - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State Wildcats 2015 Preview and Prediction -

Bob Stoops says there is a lot of time left in quarterback race - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU baseball: Trey Cobb critical to OSU's regional hopes - Oklahoman

Strong and weak: Texas Longhorns - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Strong and weak: TCU Horned Frogs - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Tech Red Raiders 2015 Preview and Prediction -

2015 college football season: 100 reasons to be excited (Nos. 50-26) -

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of the Instagram sensations that we like around here. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Ana Cheri.