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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (7/15/15) Edition

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We're a month and a half away from football season, and the news is starting to pick up. We've got a bunch of football notes, a couple updates on the recruiting front, an update on a couple Mountaineer baseball stars, and a quick look around the Big 12 and NCAA.

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In Case You Missed It

2015 Football Poster Revealed | WVU Athletics
The 2015 WVU football schedule poster design is revealed.

Lawrence and Buchanan compete for Canada again in Pan Am Games | The Daily Athenaeum
Rising juniors Ashley Lawrence and Kadeisha Buchanan are furthering their soccer experiences yet again with an opportunity to compete in the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games for the Canada Women’s National Team.

News Of Note

Schedule Analysis: West Virginia Mountaineers | ESPN
The West Virginia Mountaineers' October stretch is the toughest in the Big 12 and could be among the toughest four-game stretches in the nation.

Rushel Shell will be key for West Virginia Mountaineers | ESPN
The Mountaineers' leading returning rusher could be ready for a 1,000-yard season during his second year in Morgantown.

Take Two: Most impactful special teams player | ESPN
Alex Ross propels Oklahoma in the return game; West Virginia has confidence in kicker Josh Lambert when the game is on the line.

WVU football assistants receive additional boost in salary | Charleston Daily Mail
Not long after negotiating new contracts for assistant football coaches Ron Crook, JaJuan Seider, Lonnie Galloway and Joe DeForest in the winter, West Virginia University gave each additional raises in March totaling $150,000.

With Gibson catching on, WVU could strike deep again | WV MetroNews
Redshirt sophomore has speed and potential, but only four catches through two college seasons.

West Virginia opponents, Game 4 — Oklahoma | The Charleston Gazette
A year ago, Oklahoma was coming off an 11-2 season and a shocking and dominating win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, so hopes for a Big 12 title and perhaps a spot in the first College Football Playoff were not only high, but seemed fairly realistic.

FURFARI: WVU gridders on schedule in strength and conditioning | Beckley Register-Herald
Mike Joseph, West Virginia University’s veteran director of its strength and training program, admittedly is pleased where the football squad stands at this point of conditioning for the 2015 season.

Report: WVU to Open in Vegas With Richmond | EerSports
Back in May, it was announced that West Virginia would partake in the Las Vegas Invitational this fall.

Recruiting

WVU’s Florida recruiting pipeline not yet turned up | The Charleston Gazette
There are plenty of West Virginians right about now asking, "where’s the sunshine?" Many Mountaineer fans are curious where the talent from Florida is in this 2016 recruiting class.

Decision on the Horizon for Killins? | Blue Gold News
Adrian Killins, one of the more dynamic athletes in the Sunshine State for the class of 2016, has an idea of when he wants to make his college decision known to the public.

West Virginia Pros

Musgrave adjusts just fine to life in minor leagues | The Exponent Telegram
It’s tough in the big leagues, tougher in the minors, especially for those just beginning their journey down the baseball trail. Ask former West Virginia University pitcher Harrison Musgrave of Bridgeport

McBroom sets league record with Lansing | Charleston Daily Mail
Former West Virginia University baseball standout Ryan McBroom tied a Midwest League record on Sunday with six hits for the Lansing Lugnuts, a low-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Predicting the 2015 Big 12 season: Week 11 | ESPN
We're making predictions for all 75 Big 12 games of the season. We continue our predictions for the entire season with Week 11.

How I voted: All-Big 12 team | FOX Sports
It's preseason awards time, so writer David Ubben offers a look at his ballot for the league's preseason poll, awards and All-Big 12 team.

Around The NCAA:

National nonconference schedule rankings: Cavs have toughest; Ducks vs. Spartans top game | Sporting News
So here’s the problem, the utter irony, with those who take the gamble and schedule up for nonconference games: the College Football Playoff is all but out of reach. Look at the top 10 in the annual Sporting News analysis and ranking of the best nonconference schedules in the nation. It’s a good bet not one of the 10 will advance to the CFP.

Penn State lawsuit: Jay Paterno asks Urban Meyer, Dana Holgorsen for coaching job | SI.com
The son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno sent a handwritten letter to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen in December asking for a job, according to court documents

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