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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (6/19/15) Edition

Football & hoops notes, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup and WVUIE97 passes the S/T baton to someone new.


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by my favorite, Guinness Draught, because today's my last official regular S/T (though, I'll still fill in from time to time).

What You May Have Missed:

Swords down - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
What of the settlement? Impossible to know. Fun to speculate.

Mountaineer Freshmen Honored by Big 12 - WVU Athletics
36 WVU student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team.

Athletic Communications Earns Awards - WVU Athletics
The four publications awards WVU received from CoSIDA rank as the third-most awards earned among Division I schools.

Local, WVU soccer and ranking Mountaineer coaches - Charleston Gazette
Izzo-Brown and her Mountaineer women’s soccer staff were at Trace Fork to conduct a clinic. Forty-three boys and girls ages 10 to 18 showed up. Proceeds went to the aforementioned foundation.

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, June 18 - WV MetroNews
Ben Kercheval provides a look at who could give Baylor or TCU a run for the Big 12 football title, and a Mountaineer is finding the net during the World Cup in her home country.

News of Note:


Lyons: Football Stadium Construction to Begin This Fall - WVillustrated
WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons recently spoke about the future enhancements to be implemented at Milan Puskar Stadium, which will get underway this fall.

Show of hands! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
These are the things I think about, not only to fill my free time, but to help fill a sports section. I, and maybe we, keep coming back to one: The way Dana Holgorsen restructured his coaching staff this offseason.

Top 10 duos in the Big 12 for 2015 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Offense 5. Rushel Shell/Wendell Smallwood, West Virginia
Defense 4. Karl Joseph/Daryl Worley, West Virginia

College Football's Top 20 Running Back Tandems for 2015 |
10. West Virginia

Big 12 College Football Teams as Rock and Roll Bands -
West Virginia: Jimi Hendrix

2006 Sugar Bowl: Dan Mozes - WVU Athletics
Of all of the great football players West Virginia University has produced through the years there is only one who has ever been recognized as the nation’s best at his position: center Dan Mozes.


Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp - WVU Athletics
Highlights from the recently completed Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp at West Virginia University, including a touching tribute to the late Hot Rod Hundley, who was a regular Fantasy Camp instructor through the years.

Huggins talks basketball during trip to Glade Springs - Beckley Register-Herald
It’s the offseason for college basketball, but you would never know if you looked at West Virginia’s head basketball coach’s schedule.

College basketball's 30-second shot clock may end up benefiting defenses -
When West Virginia famously morphed into "Press Virginia" this past season, it was by using full-court pressure that created chaos, high turnover volume, constant transition for both teams, and short possessions.

Staten to Work Out for Sacramento - EerSports
The Sacramento Kings announced a pre-draft workout for this coming Sunday that will include several of college basketball's elite players, including West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten.


Unexpected bond -
When Kyzir White first enrolled at Lackawanna he expected to room with his older brother Ka'Raun. But what he found was a new roommate that would eventually become one of his best friends.

Confident commit Kyzir White tells Sportsline ‘I want to come in and start’ - WV MetroNews
Four-star juco safety says departures of KJ Dillon and Karl Joseph will present opportunity in 2016.

N.C. kicker grateful for WVU scholarship, mom’s confidence - WV MetroNews
Jonn Young said he booted a 63-yard field goal in practice and could challenge for the Mountaineers punting job in 2016.

A Trio Are in Good Shape With McIntosh - Scout
Deon McIntosh, the 45th-ranked ball carrier in the nation on Scout out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons, is high on a trio of schools with his senior campaign on the horizon, but one school out of the Big 12 is the early front-runner.

Pro News:

Pat McAfee To Host 2nd Annual Red, White and Boomstick Cocktail Gala -
On Friday, June 26, Pat McAfee is partnering with Solutions Air Charter to host the 2nd Annual Red, White, and Boomstick Cocktail Gala.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor defense projected starters: Bears hope experience can improve mistakes - Dallas Morning News

Iowa State Cyclones dangerously thin, inexperienced at running back - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

South Korea trip will give KU basketball team head start in adjusting to shorter shot clock - Kansas City Star

Snyder’s handwritten notes receive more attention - Manhattan Mercury

Decisons, decisons for Oklahoma in 2015

Mike Gundy: NCAA investigation helps Oklahoma State - Tulsa World

5 new signs Texas AD Steve Patterson might not know what he's doing -

TCU Holds On, Beats the Tigers 8-4 - Frogs O' War

Dave Campbell's loves Tech's offense. But is that enough? - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

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

Video of Interest:

Celebrating John Spiker's 40 years of service to West Virginia University Athletics.

Personal Note:

We've come a long way from my first S/T, way back in August of 2009. That first one had a lot to be desired, in my opinion, but I think I got the hang of it. I'm still forever thankful that Dr. Charley West took a chance on me to take this over. I'm not going anywhere just yet, but it's time someone else took the mantle of this daily post over and I think I found a good one. He'll be taking over on Monday. So please, be nice to the new guy for a at least the first few weeks as he gets his feet wet. It's been an privilege starting your day off with WVU sports news for the last almost six years. Thank you for your support. Now let's have a bit of fun.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

I have a plethora of videos for you today

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a collection of some of my favorite ladies that I've featured over the years. It's slightly different take on how I used to do the old Hump Day posts. Enjoy the videos.

The Lead Off:

The Pledge:

The Turn:

The Prestige:

The Closer (like there was any doubt):

Two More For The Road: