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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (7/13/15) Edition

A few football news & notes, WVUPros updates, and a look at what's happening in the Big 12 and around the NCAA

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In Case You Missed It

WATCH: WVU Coaches Show | WV Illustrated
In case you missed it on televison, be sure to catch this weeks episode of The WVU Coaches Show airing in its entirety, right here, on WVi!

News Of Note

Young receivers have ample opportunity at WVU | Charleston Daily Mail
Even though the players at the top of the depth chart have the skill to be there and the stats to combine for more than 150 receptions and 1,700 yards, and even though the veterans behind them have been serving their apprenticeships for a few seasons, there is great pressure on West Virginia’s receivers.

Can Worley evolve into West Virginia’s shutdown corner? | WV MetroNews
Junior defensive back aiming for big season after being slowed by injuries and suspension in 2014.

Marquis Lucas feeling fatherly at No. 9 on Most Pivotal list | WV MetroNews
Right tackle hopes to maximize seniority role on WVU's offensive line.

WVU opponent capsule — Maryland | The Charleston Gazette
West Virginia has won eight of the last nine games between the teams.

WVU defense looking to make its mark in 2015 | The Exponent Telegram
There have been plenty of growing pains for the West Virginia defense the last few seasons, but after a few years full of ups and downs, West Virginia finally started to find some stability last year once Tony Gibson made the jump to defensive coordinator.

Joseph has guidance stepping into spotlight | The Exponent Telegram
Throughout his career, West Virginia safety Karl Joseph has let his hitting do his talking for him.

Mark Scott Focused on Improving WVU Special Teams | WV Illustrated
New Mountaineer assistant talks the importance of special teams and how a full roster has bought into what he is teaching this year.

2006 Sugar Bowl: Brandon Myles | WVU Athletics
Brandon Myles was the perfect example of a developmental player who blossomed when he got his opportunity to shine.


WVU Offers Shooting Guard | EerSports
After a strong showing at The Showdown in Philadelphia this morning, 2018 shooting guard Montez Mathis has added an offer from West Virginia.

West Virginia Pros

Geno Smith's Sharing | Gang Green Nation
The Jets added a pair of weapons to their passing arsenal over the offseason in Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith. The team is also hoping for a second year leap from Jace Amaro.

What are realistic expectations for Bears rookie Kevin White? | Windy City Gridiron
Wide receivers historically take a little bit longer to adjust to the NFL, despite what last year's history first-year group accomplished. What can be realistically expected of Bears pick White?

Pat McAfee brings down the house in first comedy special
Pat McAfee recently made his stand up comedy debut .

Kevin Jones joins the Milwaukee Bucks for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas | College To Pro Sports
Juwan Staten won't be the only West Virginia Mountaineer playing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this weekend.

Juwan Staten and Kevin Jones make their NBA Summer League debuts | College To Pro Sports
Twenty-four teams. Two venues. Two West Virginia Mountaineers. One Las Vegas. That is the background information you need to know before we begin the stories of

Da'Sean Butler Signs New Deal | EerSports
Former West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler signed a new deal this morning for the 2015-16 basketball season.

Butler continues living his dream in Germany | Times West Virginian
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? It’s something Da’Sean Butler is going to start hearing a lot as his journey as a basketball player — derailed while on the fast lane to the NBA due to a devastating knee injury in his final collegiate game at West Virginia — continues in his quest for his dream in Germany.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

The TCU football bandwagon is a little too crowded right now | SBNation
In terms of injuries, turnovers, and a late peak, just about everything broke right for TCU, and that might be hard to replicate, but the Frogs will have an excellent shot at their eighth 10-win season in Gary Patterson's 11-year tenure.

Predicting the 2015 season: Week 8 | ESPN
Baylor will remain undefeated as they notch another conference blowout win in Week 8 against Iowa State.

Predicting the 2015 season: Week 9 | ESPN
TCU and West Virgnia figure to stage another hotly contested game, while the Kansas defense will hope to put up more of a fight against Samaje Perine.

Would Boise State fit in the Big 12? 'I think so,' Broncos coach Bryan Harsin says | Sporting News
Coach Bryan Harsin wants his preseason No. 21 Boise State team to focus on the things it can control, but if the Broncos were to join the Big 12 he has no doubt his program wouldn't be in over its head.

There’s A Kicking War Going On Within The Big 12 | Land Grant Gauntlet
It’s July. There isn’t much football happening, but there is a competition taking place. Two Big 12 kickers are one-upping each other, and it’s incredible. Kickers!

Around The NCAA:

FSU RB Dalvin Cook facing arrest, will be charged with battery | Sporting News
A warrant for the arrest of Florida State running back Dalvin Cook will be issued,'s Mark Schlabach reported Friday.

Report: FSU RB Cook cited for puppy mistreatment in 2014 | Fox Sports
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was charged Friday with punching a woman in the face multiple times at a Tallahassee bar in June. That same day, he was suspended indefinitely by the school before turning himself in that night. But according to a report on, this is actually the third legal run-in for the 21-year-old sophomore since he arrived in Tallahassee last summer.

Jimbo Fisher reportedly calls team meeting, prohibits players from bars | Sporting News
Jimbo Fisher reportedly called a team meeting Saturday after releasing a statement saying "we will do better" with player behavior at Florida State.

Tweet Of The Day

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is the newly crowned Miss USA, and she's from the heart of Big 12 country. CLICK HERE for Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan's Instagram.