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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (6/16/15) Edition

Football news & notes, recruiting scorecard, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

A Letter from Bill Snyder is the Best Award in College Football -
One of the objectives for Trickett was more specific than wins and losses: Make Bill Snyder sit down at his desk in the Kansas State football office and write out his thoughts about the West Virginia quarterback.

FURFARI: WVU's Montoro to be honored for 25 years of service by CoSIDA - Times West Virginian
Mike Montoro, a member of the West Virginia University sports communications staff, is going to be honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for 25 years of distinguished service.

News of Note:

Ranking the 75 Big 12 football games of 2015 - Oklahoman
Ranking all 75 Big 12 games in 2015, based on projected importance

The top 75 of 2015 - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
As far as predictions go, there’s this about the final weekend of the season, which is when the Big 12 has been adept at scheduling eyeballs

A happy ending to the sod story - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Again, though, space isn’t the big problem. The surface was, and that’s being addressed.

WR Coach Galloway Welcomes WVU as ‘Wide Receiver U’ - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineers are popping up across the NFL at the wide receiver position, which has become all too familiar with position coach Lonnie Galloway and head coach Dana Holgorsen.

The case for and against Big 12 teams after Baylor, TCU - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia

College football conference title odds released - ESPN (autoplay)
Big 12: W. Virginia 15-1

Would you bet West Virginia to win Big 12 championship at 15-to-1? - WV MetroNews
Vegas oddsmakers put the Mountaineers ahead of only Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas on preseason conference championship lines.

Clay Receives Meisel Award - WVU Athletics
Football's Cody Clay recognized.


Big 12 football recruiting scorecard for 2016 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The latest in Big 12 country recruiting as the summer camp circuit continues.

Ohio lineman commits to Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Meadowbrook (Ohio) lineman Josh Sills committed to West Virginia on Sunday, shortly after picking up an offer during the Mountaineers’ camp.

Football early signing date mulled - Charleston Gazette
Seldom are there proposals floated that have anything to do with college athletics that aren’t rife with controversy.

Pro News:

Will Johnson of Pittsburgh Steelers takes up 11-year-old's cause
Steelers fullback Will Johnson helped the family of McKenzie "Mighty McKenzie" Flohr raise more than $6,000 for her leukemia treatment.

Will his third year in the NFL be Tavon Awesome time? - College To Pro Sports
Tavon Austin is hearing some in the media refer to him as "a bust." With a new OC in St. Louis, will he be able to shake his doubters and breakout?

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12's 10 most important games of 2015 - FOX Sports
Note: Rankings in order of occurrence, not in importance.

Three key questions Baylor football must answer in Fall Camp - Dallas Morning News

Iowa State Cyclones turning to junior college ranks for help - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

KU has depth only at defensive end - Lawrence Journal World

Boston Stiverson bounces back from injury, eyes big senior season at Kansas State - Wichita Eagle

Return of Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon creates PR dilemma for Sooners - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State safety Deric Robertson leaving Cowboys - Oklahoman (autoplay)

The end of Rick Barnes-Texas Basketball - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU takes advantage of opportunities in win over LSU - ESPN

Bleachers in, chairbacks coming in Jones AT&T Stadium offseason enhancement project - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Punt, Pass & Pork: Examining Mississippi State's new financial planning program - Staples -

What's On Tap:

Pat White and Steve Slaton are set to host an autograph signing at Collectibles Etc. in Cross Lanes WV, on Saturday June 20th.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a SI Swimsuit model from Australia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jessica Gomes.