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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (6/4/15) Edition

Football, baseball & hoops news, varsity notes, recruiting, WVU Pros news, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

When paying scholarship athletes, it’s all relative - Charleston Gazette
The cost-of-attendance stipend that West Virginia will begin paying its scholarship athletes this fall seems reasonable, doesn’t it?

Mountaineers to Host Athletics Summer Camps - WVU Athletics
WVU will hold a variety of athletics camps throughout the summer months.

Mountaineers Ready for Sport's Biggest Stage - WVU Athletics
Two from WVU women's soccer are set for the 2015 FIFA WWC.

Barrett Selected to NCAA Career in Sports Forum - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s tennis No. 2 singles player Hailey Barrett was selected to participate in the 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, set for June 4-7, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Don Williams ranks the Big 12 cities - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
5. Morgantown, West Virginia

You’re Not A Real West Virginia University Student Unless - College Candy
You might have visited WVU, but only real students know these 25 things.

FURFARI: Grant among first of Florida WVU recruits signed by Holliday - Times West Virginian
Steve Grant was one of numerous football players recruited for West Virginia University from Florida by Doc Holiday, now the highly successful head coach at Marshall University.

News of Note:

The big splash and the still waters - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Kyle Bosch can play college football at the highest level, an opinion supported by the fact major programs throughout the five major conferences wanted to sign him in the 2013 recruiting class.

WVU Coaches Share Thoughts on Kyle Bosch’s Eligibility - WVillustrated
WVU football head coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive line coach Ron Crook recently explained their pleasure with the news of Kyle Bosch's eligibility for the upcoming season.

Spring Stars of the Big 12 - Scout
Xavier Preston was a good special teams player for the Mountaineers over the course of this first season in Morgantown.

Numbers you don't mess with in the Big 12 Conference - Big 12 Blog - ESPN (autoplay)
West Virginia: No. 21

Ten best Big 12 conference games for 2015 - Sporting News
7 & 8

The 10 Best Venues for a Night Game in College Football - Bleacher Report
10. Milan Puskar Stadium, West Virginia


Davis and Myers Named Freshmen All-Americans - WVU Athletics
Infielder Kyle Davis and right-handed pitcher BJ Myers of the West Virginia University baseball team have been named Freshmen All-Americans by Louisville Slugger

Double the fun! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
When you went to bed Tuesday night, West Virginia’s baseball team had totaled through the years a sum of two freshman all-Americans. When you go to bed tonight, that number will have soared to four.

Survey says Morgantown becoming a baseball town - Exponent Telegram
Times change, franchises change and I think Morgantown’s ranking is a sign that we in this area are changing with the times.

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, June 3 - WV MetroNews
WVU baseball commit Michael Grove discusses being recruited by head coach Randy Mazey, and former basketball standout John Flowers talks about his career in France.



Trying to crack Virginia: WVU awaits word from 4-star Ball - WV MetroNews
The offensive lineman, thought to be a Florida State lean, is scheduled to make his commitment decision Friday.

WVU signee Grove leads Wheeling Park into 2nd straight state tourney - WV MetroNews
Wheeling Park is the lone returning team to the baseball state tournament out of Class AAA.

Pro News:

Former WVU hoops players Gansey, West meet in NBA finals - Charleston Daily Mail
West is in his third season in the Golden State organization and his first as the assistant general manager of the NBA Developmental League’s Santa Cruz Warriors. Gansey is in his fourth season with the Cavaliers and his third season as the director of development league operations with the Canton Charge.

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Bryant, Butler, Flowers, Jones, Ruoff and more wrap-up their seasons - College To Pro Sports
Here’s a recap of their seasons.

OTA wake up call: First look at Jay Cutler to Kevin White connection - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN
The Chicago Bears will conduct their second of three organized team activities open the media on Wednesday.

Seattle Seahawks Bruce Irvin Ready For Career Year - 12th Man Rising
Bruce Irvin has been a good player since being drafted to the Seattle Seahawks. What should excite you is the best is yet to come.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor DC Phil Bennett says DE Sam Ukwuachu is "expected" to return for 2015 - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Basketball Coaching Search Update: June 3rd - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Jayhawks 2015 Preview and Prediction -

Junior college linebacker Jayd Kirby flips from KU to K-State - Wichita Eagle

Sooners live up to name as Oklahoma works on 2030 football schedule - Sporting News

Incredible Oklahoma State Concept Helmets & Teasers - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas CB Sheroid Evans nearly recovered from knee injury - Burnt Orange Nation

Fort Worth Regional Recap: The Frogs Find A Way - Frogs O' War

Tech DB La'Darius Newbold transferring to Illinois State - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: Why the Pac-12 will be a brutal gauntlet in 2015 & more - FOX Sports

Video of Interest:

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Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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