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What You May Have Missed:
WATCH: WVU Coaches, Alumni Speak from Bridgeport - WVillustrated
A who's who of Mountaineer Athletics showed up at Pete Dye Golf Course to spend the day with fans and donors. See what the WVU contingent had to say on their last stop of the Coaches Caravan.
WVU wrestling coach making constant connections - Charleston Daily Mail
A cavalcade of camps from one side of the country to another isn’t unusual for West Virginia’s wrestling coach or his peers.
Building from the ground up - Exponent Telegram
A year ago around this time, Sean Covich felt like Picasso with a blank canvas before him.
Furfari: Trimarki loved to run as well as pass at WVU - Beckley Register-Herald
He’s listed in the West Virginia football media guide as Michael, but he’ll tell you that he prefers to be called “Mickey” Trimarki.
News of Note:
Clear Dec. 29 or Jan. 2 on your calendar - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Fortunately for Big 12 teams, there are only the two dates to be concerned with, unless you’re in the playoff, in which case you’re cancelling whatever pre-existing plans were in place.
More Night Games ‘Exciting’ for Holgorsen, WVU Football - WVillustrated
WVU football head coach Dana Holgorsen, along with his assistant coaches, ruled in favor of more night games in the future for the program.
Stat crunch: Big 12's returning tackles - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Two defenses -- Baylor and West Virginia -- return more than 75 percent of their defensive production in terms of tackles, and Oklahoma State is close at 74 percent.
Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Jake Trotter's pick: West Virginia at Baylor
Brandon Chatmon's pick: West Virginia at Baylor
WVU All-Opponent Team: Offense - EerSports
EerSports takes a look at West Virginia's schedule and determines the top players on the Mountaineers' slate. Today, we evaluate the offense.
Women’s rules > men’s rules? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Two genders play at the NCAA level, though, and dare I say the changes finally and officially made to women’s basketball are more constructive than the changes to the men’s game.
NCAA changing basketball in the wrong ways - Times West Virginian
There is nothing wrong with trying to improve something … although they keep trying to improve it and it isn’t as good as it was when Jerry and Oscar and Wilt and Russell and all those guys played, to say nothing of Pistol Pete and Alcindor and Walton.
Camp season can open doors for prospects - Charleston Gazette
Over the course of the next couple of months, high school and junior college players from around the country will flock to Morgantown to participate in numerous camps for a variety of sports in hopes of bettering their game and earning a scholarship.
New York Jets minicamp preview: Will Geno Smith keep his job? - FOX Sports
Will Geno Smith prove himself with the new-look Jets offense?
Kevin White expected to be top 10 offensive rookie - Chicago Sun Times
The Bears used the No. 7 overall draft pick on West Virginia receiver Kevin White as a replacement for Brandon Marshall.
The state of the state’s MLB players — and more - Charleston Gazette
The worst news (although it can change in a phone call) is former East Fairmont High and WVU standout David Carpenter has been cut by the New York Yankees. And it’s a tad bit head-scratching.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Baylor’s endless variety of uniforms has given football program an edge with recruits - Waco Tribune
Welcome To The Prohman Empire - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Off his crutches, Brannen Greene gets back to work - Lawrence Journal World
Kansas State receiver Judah Jones transfers to Stephen F. Austin - Wichita Eagle
OU Sports: NEO coach compares Sooners WR Dede Westbrook to former NFL first-round pick - Tulsa World
OSU football: Is Mason Rudolph the next Brandon Weeden or the next Wes Lunt? - Oklahoman
Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell has big challenge at new job - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
TCU WR Kolby Listenbee could star in 2015 college football season - SI.com
Texas Tech is working on improving its turnover margin, Red Raiders ranked No. 85 - Orlando Sentinel (autoplay)
Video of Interest:
Former WVU player John Flowers talks to the media at Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Hump Day Video of the Week:
Today's Miss Throwdown is a Playboy cyber girl gaining in popularity. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lindsey Pelas.