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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (6/12/15) Edition

Football & hoops news, varsity notes, recruiting, pros news, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineer Fan Experience Committee Meets - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineer Fan Experience Committee began its second year on June 6.

Gillespie Caps Career at NCAA Championships - WVU Athletics
Gillespie took ninth place overall, finishing one spot ahead of defending national champion Emma Bates of Boise State and crossing the finish line in a time of 33:44.08.

Four Earn Academic All-America Honors - WVU Athletics
David Palley (men’s swimming) was named to the men’s at-large first team, while Thomas Kyanko (rifle) and Maren Prediger (rifle) were named to the men’s and women’s at-large second teams, respectively. Jenelle Zee (women’s swimming) was named to the women’s at-large third team. All four student-athletes are seniors.

Renwick claims fifth Association event - WPGA
Renwick, a team captain and No. 1 player, will lead WVU into Big 12 play this year.

WVU's Spiker to Retire June 30th - WVU Athletics
The nationally acclaimed West Virginia University athletic training program that we all know today was born when John Spiker decided to leave North Carolina and return home.

Pursuit of perfection: Jerry West's fire burns as deep as ever with Warriors -
At 77, Jerry West hasn’t played in 35 years—says he won’t even shoot around in the driveway for fear he won’t live up to his famously high standards. But he cannot give up the game.

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 11 - WV MetroNews
Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News joins to discuss college basketball rules changes, and his take on the charge in the NCAA.

FURFARI: Trimarki loved to run as well as well as pass as WVU QB - Times West Virginian
He’s listed in the West Virginia University football media guide as Michael, but he’ll tell you that he prefers to be called "Mickey" Trimarki.

News of Note:

Ready to Contend -
Since joining the Big 12 Conference, West Virginia has spent the past three seasons under head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff building to a point in order for the program to realistically compete for a league title.

Biggest winners, losers five years after realignment hell broke loose - FOX Sports
The biggest losers 3) West Virginia.

At WVU, becoming 'king of the hill' quite the task - Exponent Telegram
Indeed, Law School Hill is to West Virginia football players what the bridge over the River Kwai was to Sir Alec Guinness and his prisoners of war.

WVU’s Miles has sights set on the future - Charleston Daily Mail
"It’s over and in the past, and I can’t really do anything about it except move on and think about the future," Miles said Thursday.

Staten Works Out for the Bulls - EerSports
Former West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten continued his cris-crossing of the country, working out for the Chicago Bulls today, he announced via Twitter.

Gathers, Staten and hoops rule changes - Charleston Gazette
The NBA draft is two weeks away, but if all the mocks out there are ballpark correct, Juwan Staten won’t be taken.

Cameron's Routt Wants to be Biggest Man on WVU Campus - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
These days the Cameron graduate is banging bodies with Williams in the low post, as he began working out with the team Monday.

One gone, one may be going, one maybe never coming - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Perhaps this was not unexpected, but a year after WVU matched a school record and had six players drafted (and six regulars finish their senior seasons), the young Mountaineers had just two players picked this year in the Major League Baseball selection extravaganza.

Pro News:

Padres Send Gyorko Down - EerSports
The San Diego Padres announced on Wednesday afternoon that former West Virginia infielder Jedd Gyorko was being optioned to Triple-A El Paso as he continued to struggle at the plate.

Jets QB Geno Smith rebounds with strong practice at minicamp - New York Jets Blog - ESPN
1. Look, no turnovers for Geno

Yankees trade Carpenter to Washington Nationals - Charleston Gazette
Former East Fairmont High School and West Virginia University pitcher David Carpenter was traded by the New York Yankees to the Washington Nationals for minor league second baseman Tony Renda.

Feel Good Friday: Keith Tandy keeps giving back - College To Pro Sports
He’s at it again. Keith Tandy is making the most of his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Conference realignment: Dan Beebe's role in it, five years later - Staples -
Conference realignment five years later: Reassessing how former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe truly fared.

Corey Coleman Tops's "Most Freakish" List for CFB - Our Daily Bears

ISU & Prohm: Time to go to work - Cyclone Fanatic

The Worst Seasons in KU Football History - Rock Chalk Talk

Bill Snyder thinks new QB Jonathan Banks could start for Kansas State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Wisconsin, Villanova highlight OU basketball's non-conference schedule - Oklahoman (autoplay)

In the spotlight: Oklahoma State Cowboys QB Mason Rudolph - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas LB Malik Jefferson is a true freshman defender to watch - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU preview: Can Trevone Boykin come through for the Horned Frogs in 2015? - FOX Sports

Texas Tech Visual History: The Masked Rider - Viva The Matadors

Mandel's Mailbag: Why Michigan State-Ohio State is the biggest game of 2015 - FOX Sports

What's On Tap:

2015 Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip: Week 9 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Max Olson's pick: West Virginia at TCU (Thursday, Oct. 29)
Jake Trotter's pick: West Virginia at TCU

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the daughter of Frances Fisher and Clint. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Francesa Eastwood.

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