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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (6/18/15) Edition

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


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What You May Have Missed:

238 Named to Spring Big 12 Honor Roll - WVU Athletics
Of the 238 WVU student-athletes recognized by the Big 12 for their academic excellence, 43 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the spring semester.

West experiences ‘special moments’ in NBA title ride - Charleston Gazette
WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins couldn’t contain his pride. A picture came across his phone showing former Mountaineer player Jonnie West holding the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy early Wednesday morning. Huggins shared West’s moment with WVU fans via Twitter.

Woodside set numerous records as WVU kicker - Beckley Register-Herald
Paul Woodside, who set more records than any other place-kicker in West Virginia University’s football history, is still going strong as an instructor of his specialty.

News of Note:

Burchett helps Holgorsen with many tasks - Charleston Daily Mail
Burchett can check on grades and meet with quarterbacks when the rules allow. During the summer workouts, which WVU is in the middle of now, the group watches film from spring practice and walks through concepts on the field.

Scheduling, early signing and Kyzir White - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

Big 12 Mailbag: Big 12 trades, title drought, is WVU a realignment loser? - FOX Sports
I actually got several questions about Stew's categorization. Generally, I'm inclined to agree.

Big 12's Best Draft Eligible Prospects - Scout
6) West Virginia


Young on board -
The recent run of recruiting success continued for West Virginia Wednesday night when Mocksville (N.C.) Davie kicker Jonn Young committed to the Mountaineers.

Specialist Commits to WVU - EerSports
West Virginia's momentum keeps rolling Wednesday night as the Mountaineers added kicker/punter Jonn Young out of Davie County (NC).

Young Continues WVU Hot Streak - BGN
Verbal commitments seem to have a way of coming in bunches, and the latest cluster for West Virginia continued on Wednesday when placekicker Jonn Young pledged to the Mountaineer football program.

Lots of gold and blue up in that dorm room - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
We suspected this was coming as far back as the April visit to Lackawanna, because Kyzir was fond of WVU’s early and aggressive interest and somewhat put off by the way other schools quickly followed WVU’s offer.

Kyzir White becomes highest-rated brother to commit to WVU - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers land four-star safety as Lackawanna pipeline continues.

White to WVU: Kyzir Continues Trend by Committing to 'Eers - WVillustrated
Kyzir White, brother of former Mountaineer wide receiver Kevin White and safety at Lackawanna College (Pa.), committed to West Virginia on Tuesday evening.

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 17 - WV MetroNews
WVU adds another offensive line recruit who has experience at center and tackle.

WVU Offers Four-Star Wing - EerSports
West Virginia has offered Friends School of Baltimore (MD) small forward Myles Douglas, the 2017 prospect announced this afternoon.

Jersey WR Names Top 6 - Scout
Palmyra (N.J.) High receiver Kelvin Harmon has six schools on his list and he spoke to Scout about them.

College football early signing period proposal tabled by commissioners - Charleston Daily Mail
A decision to create an early signing period for college football has been put on hold until the entire recruiting process gets a comprehensive review.

Pro News:

Michael Vick: Geno Smith 'can get it done' for Jets - EerSports
The relationship between veteran passer Michael Vick and second-year quarterback Geno Smith in 2014 was not so much pupil-student as two students battling for the top spot in the class.

Michael Bennett, Bruce Irvin back with Seahawks - ProFootballTalk
According to multiple reports, defensive end Michael Bennett and linebacker Bruce Irvin were both at Seahawks headquarters on Tuesday.

Kevin White is not a starter yet for the Bears, misses first day of mini-camp with injury - College To Pro Sports
The Chicago Bears No. 1 draft pick, Kevin White, sat out of the Bears first day of mini-camp with an undisclosed injury.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Source: Baylor Bears in talks to open 2016 in Australia, face Pac-12 opponent - FOX Sports

Martinez Syria Dismissed From Iowa State Football Program - Wide Right & Natty Lite

New look, same Perry Ellis - Lawrence Journal World

Unproven positions a concern for Wildcats - Leavenworth Times

Oklahoma could be the Big 12's darkhorse title contender - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy says he never read Sports Illustrated articles - Oklahoman

Texas officials approve beer and wine sales at football games - Burnt Orange Nation

Midweek Musing - Pinch (Hit) Me, I'm Dreaming - Frogs O' War

Q&A: Texas Tech Red Raiders LB signee D'Vonta Hinton - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Pat White & Steve Slaton To Be At Collectibles Signing Event - The Smoking Musket
Saturday in Crosslanes

Video of Interest:

The WVU women's basketball team host a skills basketball camp for children.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown was yesterday's Hot Clicks LLOD. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elizabeth Velasquez.