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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (6/26/15) Edition

A bunch of football and basketball news & notes, a couple WVU pros updates, a look around the Big 12, and will the Backyard Brawl be resurrected?


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In Case You Missed It

▶ A Glimpse Into The Past: Mountaineer Field - YouTube
A short documentary on the old WVU football stadium once located in downtown Morgantown. Produced by Sheree Wentz and Lauren Schiefelbein.

Mountaineers Set for Several Rifle Championships - WVU Athletics
Current members of the West Virginia University rifle team, as well as recent graduates and incoming freshmen, will compete at two championships over the next week.

Track Trio Earns Academic All-America Honors | WVU Athletics
A trio of West Virginia University runners received Capital One Academic All-America honors this week, as Kelly Williams was named to the Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team while Kaitlyn Gillespie was named to the second team and Jillian Forsey received third-team honors.

News Of Note


Coach Holgorsen Summer Update | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen met with the media on Wednesday in the new team room at Milan Puskar Stadium.

WATCH: WVU Football Assistant Coach and Player Interviews | WV Illustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Football Assistant Coaches and Players regarding summer workouts and the future of Mountaineer Football.

Holgorsen calls WVU more ‘advanced’ than his previous teams | WV MetroNews
With 43 juniors and seniors—many in key roles—West Virginia's coach likes the offseason leadership he's seeing.

Kyle Rose on spring arrest: ‘That’s not how I was raised’ | WV MetroNews
West Virginia defensive lineman Kyle Rose sounded contrite Thursday while speaking to the media for the first since his April arrest for allegedly assaulting a police officer at a Morgantown bar.

Former WVU QB tells Coal City campers to dream big | Beckley Register-Herald
Rasheed Marshall wasn’t born in West Virginia. He didn’t grow up in the hills of southern West Virginia. But that hasn’t stopped the Mountaineer great from doing what he can to give back to the community that helped make him who he is.

In the spotlight: West Virginia QB Skyler Howard | ESPN
Teams across the Big 12 will be counting on players with plenty to prove this fall. We continue the series with West Virginia QB Skyler Howard.

Best & worst case scenarios for TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia | FOX Sports
Best & worst case scenarios for TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia.

West Virginia defense focused on summer improvements | Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Give West Virginia cornerback Terrell Chestnut credit, he is certainly confident in his defense.

WVU's Clay took advantage of summer camp opportunites | The Exponent Telegram
Thursday’s rain was playing havoc with a defensive and offensive lineman camp that West Virginia was supposed to be holding as Dana Holgorsen, his assistants and a few players took time out from summer workouts to discuss football matters with the media before going into a dead period.

Mitch Vingle: WVU’s Holgorsen, Howard meet the press | The Charleston Gazette
Thursday’s WVU media opportunity with the Mountaineer football players was like one of our many pop-up showers this summer. It was unexpected, with notice given just two days prior. And it was probably staged to, well, whet the appetite of WVU fans.


WVU coach ‘puzzled’ by infatuation with NBA | Charleston Daily Mail
Before the NBA Draft came and went on Thursday night, it was commonly assumed that West Virginia University star Juwan Staten, the team’s best player the past two seasons, wouldn’t be chosen during the two-round selection process.

WVU's Juwan Staten goes undrafted | College To Pro Sports
The 2015 NBA Draft has come and gone, and Juwan Staten did not hear his named called. Now he is a free-agent and can choose among offers.

West Virginia Pros

NFLN: Kevin White Rookie Confessional |
Bears rookie wide receiver Kevin White answers what he likes most about his new team and what are his expectations for training camp. White also has a message for Bears fans.

Five Reasons to be Worried About Geno Smith |
A few weeks ago we pointed out five reasons for Jets fans to remain optimistic regarding the future of third-year quarterback Geno Smith despite his well-documented struggles as a pro thus far. This week, we look at the other side of the coin and cover some of the lingering concerns pertaining to the West Virginia product who has been named the Jets starting quarterback by head coach Todd Bowles who also said Smith could lose the job to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick if his play were to sputter.

Around The League

Nothing has changed on the Big 12 expansion landscape | ESPN
Although Oklahoma president David Boren said he's like to see the Big 12 get bigger, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said nothing is in the works.

Big 12 roundtable: Most improved offensive and defensive units | ESPN
In this week's Big 12 roundtable, we debate who the most improved offensive and defensive units will be this season.

Oklahoma State, Oregon State agree to home-and-home series | ESPN
Oklahoma State will visit Oregon State on Aug. 31, 2019, with the Beavers visiting the Cowboys on Sept. 5, 2020.

Next you’ll say there’s no Easter Bunny | WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
This is the time of the year when there are no games and when players and coaches retreat into the background of meeting rooms and workouts and occasional vacations. The lights and the ink instead go to administrators and decision-makers, and this is how mole hills grow. So what you get is a lot of meetings and a lot of commissioners and presidents/chancellors and athletic directors touring or speaking or both. Suddenly Shane Lyons is advocating for Big 12 expansion, though he never really said that.

College Football's Most Improved Teams for 2015 |
The overall unpredictability of a college football season is one of the main reasons to tune in each Saturday during the fall. While preseason predictions and rankings are often accurate and correctly project the amount of wins for specific teams, each season always brings a surprise or two in the top 25.

Big 12 Expansion Isn't Necessary |
Big 12 expansion is the story that won’t go away.

Meet the Country's Luckiest and Unluckiest Team: Oklahoma |
In the last two seasons, one Oklahoma team went 11–2 and upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Another went 8–5 and got offensive coaches fired.

Word up: Busy offseason has meant plenty for Stoops to talk about | FOX Sports
During any offseason, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops does the banquet circuit to keep Sooners boosters abreast of what's going on in the program and to drum up excitement for the coming season.

Stoops’ Sooners must right the ship in 2015 | The Daily Athenaeum
For the first half of the 2014 season, the Oklahoma Sooners looked destined for an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Strong lands four-star WR as first commit to 2017 class | FOX Sports
Strong lands four-star WR as first commit to 2017 class

Big 12 expansion talk has some legs | The Exponent Telegram
If anyone believes it’s a coincidence that two administrators from the Big 12 have begun talking expansion — one of them being our very own expansionist in West Virginia University athletic director Shane Lyons — then I think I can convince you that they think they can bring Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers into the conference as Big 12 teams.

Tweet Of The Day

I hate to include a Pitt-related tweet two days in a row, but this one is worth it.


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