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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (6/11/15) Edition

Jerry West scholarship established, three Mountaineers drafted by MLB, football & hoops notes, recruiting news, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

A Special Message From Shane Lyons - WVU Athletics
An update from WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons.

Gillespie Heads to National Championships - WVU Athletics
Kaitlyn Gillespie will compete in the 10,000-meter run at NCAA Championships

A full nelson of nonsense - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Quickly turn around a program, the curiosity is piqued. Send a freshman to the NCAA final, my brow is arched. Recruit at a crazy-elite level, that itch begs scratching. Make a Hall, I’m all ears.

WVU’s Carey smiling over rules changes - Charleston Gazette
Some of them are simply tailor-made for Carey’s philosophy.

Carey reflects upon NIT run and new basketball rule changes - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Reaching the final game of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament is a good, and a bad thing. First there is the disappointment of not making the NCAA tournament. That’s bad. But winning four post-season games and taking on UCLA in Charleston in the finals, that’s good despite the outcome in which the lost by a point to the Bruins.

10 Universities with Badass Marching Band Traditions - College Magazine
8. West Virginia University Mountaineer Marching Band: "Simple Gifts"

FURFARI: Rodgers took up golf in 1929, won State Amateur in only try - Times West Virginian
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports that may be of interest to you:

News of Note:


Corey Coleman, DeAndre Washington among Big 12's multi-purpose threats - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia running back

WVU All-Opponent Team: Defense - EerSports
EerSports takes a look at West Virginia's schedule and determines the top players on the Mountaineers' slate. Today, we evaluate the defense.

Big 12 Running Back Rankings - Scout
7) West Virginia

Bowl projections for 2015-16 postseason - AP
Heart of Dallas Bowl West Virginia vs. Marshall

Ranking All 128 College Football Head Coaches for 2015 -
48. Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia


Defense becoming extinct with new rules - Charleston Daily Mail
Daxter Miles came to WVU last season with a defense allergy. He’d never really played defense through the years in Baltimore because he never had to play it. He liked to score, but he’d learn to love defense and what it could do for him in the Mountaineers press.

Jerry West Scholarship Established - WVU Athletics
A men's basketball scholarship has been established in West's honor.

WVU establishes men's basketball scholarship in West's name - Exponent Telegram
Three West Virginia natives who have been successful in the business world — Rick McCormick, Joe Subrick and Jim Justice, Sr. — established the endowment in honor of their friend, Jerry, and their combined respect for the famed NBA and WVU Hall of Fame athlete.

West's love for state may be unmatched - Exponent Telegram
First, it was incredulous that one hadn’t been created previously, but then when you thought about it and the man whom it was named for, it became even more incredulous.


Clemson baseball search update - 247Sports
As is the case in all searches, there is a fallback: Randy Mazey, head coach, West Virginia

Two Picked on Final Day of MLB Draft - WVU Athletics
The underclassmen have until Friday, July 17th to decide whether they wish to pursue professional careers or return to WVU.

Davis Named to All-East Region Second Team - WVU Athletics
Kyle Davis earned ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region honors.


West Virginia Mountaineers turn locale to their advantage in Big 12 - ESPN (Insider, but free video)
West Virginia isn't selling Big 12-area recruits on Morgantown. Instead the Mountaineers are using their location and conference to land area recruits.

East Regional Recruiting Roundup - Scout
All the news and notes from the East in Scout's weekly Regional Recruiting Roundup...

Updated Scout 300: Changes In The East - Scout
A new five star and two new four stars highlight the changes in the East Region in the new Scout 300.

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 10 - WV MetroNews
Trevon Wesco talks his WVU recruitment and Lackawanna Junior College, and Iowa State has its new basketball coach.

Pro News:

Kevin White adjusting to NFL speed, Jay Cutler - Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Bears' first-round rookie receiver acknowledged his ongoing mental challenges Wednesday afternoon after the Bears' ninth organized team activity of the spring.

Geno Smith throws 3 INTs on first day of Jets mini-camp - NY Daily News
Geno Smith already has the Porsche headed for the repair shop.

Gary Browne to play professionally in native Puerto Rico - College To Pro Sports
Mountaineer point guard Gary Browne will return to his native Puerto Rico to continue his basketball career as a member of Maratonistas de Coamo.

Four Mountaineers get set for 2015 CFL Season - College to Pro Sports
Last week, all nine Canadian Football League (##cfl) clubs began the journey towards the 103rd Grey Cup game with the league-wide opening of training camp.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Waco Trib: Baylor F Rico Gathers arrested on theft charge - Our Daily Bears

John Walters One-on-One with Steve Prohm -

Avery, Coleman dismissed from KU football; Love steps aside for health reasons - Lawrence Journal World

Q&A: Kansas State QB signee Jonathan Banks - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Bob Stoops talks last season, the Russell Athletic Bowl and staff turnover - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Freeman, Glover Selected in MLB Draft - Cowboys Ride For Free

Report alleges academic impropriety in Texas basketball program - Burnt Orange Nation

MLB Draft Hub: Which teams are picking up Frogs? - Frogs O' War

Taylor, Withrow, Moreno, 4th Tech signee chosen in MLB draft - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

WVU rFR DL Dontae Angus played for the MLK team and is featured heavily in this film, available on Netflix (h/t to John Radcliff for the find)

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South African beauty who's been a regular in the SI Swimsuit issue the last few years (thankfully). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Genevieve Morton (and be sure to check out her body painting photos too).