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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (7/20/15) Edition

Big 12 Media Days begin today, but before that we have a bunch of football notes, some news from some other great Mountaineer athletic programs, and a look at what's happening around the Big 12 and NCAA.


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In Case You Missed It

WATCH: The WVU Coaches Show - WV Illustrated
In the latest edition of the WVU Coaches Show, Geoff Coyle looks at some of his favorite pieces he's been able to do at West Virginia Illustrated during the past few seasons, including John Flowers and Headband, Nick O'Toole's Power of the Stache, Brock Burwell's Workout Plan, Jonathan Kimble Reintroduced into Society and SeiderStrong. He's also joined by Flowers himself and former WVU guard Alex Ruoff to talk about their pro careers overseas and the upcoming Alumni Game.

Tennis Named to the 2015 ITA All-Academic Team | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s tennis team was named an ITA All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.

Women's Hoops Summer Update | WVU Athletics
Jeff Culhane and Mike Carey talk about the team's upcoming trip to Europe.

Mountaineers Set for 2015 European Championship | WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team will be represented at the European Championship.

News Of Note

WVU Seniors Leading Offseason Workouts with a Purpose | WV Illustrated
Mountaineer strength coach Mike Joseph details the work his team is putting in this summer and how the veteran leadership has taken over in Morgantown.

O-Line has questions and answers | The Exponent Telegram
The West Virginia offensive line lost two massive performers who may have NFL futures, but Ron Crook has the makings of a strong unit.

Time for a new crop of receivers to spoil us | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia has been spoiled with great wide receivers, so the question know is "Who steps up to fill Kevin White and Mario Alford's shoes?"

Tackling machine Kwiatkoski warrants attention from media, offenses | WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's video countdown continues: At No. 2 on the Most Pivotal Mountaineers, it's the senior linebacker.

Final countdown: Senior safeties share No. 1 spot in Most Pivotal Mountaineers | WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's final video in a 10-part series highlights Karl Joseph and KJ Dillon.

WVU opponent preview — Baylor | Charleston Gazette-Mail
One of these years Baylor will face a rebuilding task with its high-powered offense, right?

Calendar shows football is upon us | The Exponent Telegram
The calendar is lying to us these days. It says we’re in the dead of summer and the weather is doing nothing to make us think otherwise. But don't believe it. Tomorrow, we flip the calendar pages and summer becomes fall. It's Big 12 Football Media Day.

2006 Sugar Bowl: Ryan Stanchek | WVU Athletics
Ryan Stanchek was a freshman contributor on the 2006 Sugar Bowl team.

Former WVU basketball players to reunite at alumni game | Times West Virginian
It’s an argument that so many people have had over the years — comparing players of different eras and arguing who was better.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

AD Steve Patterson: I'm making 'tough decisions' for Texas Longhorns | FOX Sports
Texas athletic director Steve Patterson made no apology on Friday for making "tough decisions" that have angered some fans in his first year and a half on the job, and insisted his goal is to make the Longhorns' program the best in the country.

Plenty of storylines to follow as Big 12 meetings begin | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It’s not exactly the start of the college football season, that being still almost seven weeks away for most teams. It’s not even the start of practice, which for West Virginia and the majority of others won’t arrive until two more weekends have come and gone. But if it’s preseason hype you’re looking for, well, that begins in earnest today, at least where the Big 12 in concerned.

Around The NCAA:

UNC football: Improper benefits laid out in search warrants |
Court documents recently unsealed in North Carolina detail the improper benefits received by UNC football players.

UAB adds first player to football program since reinstatement | Sporting News
Friday, Bill Clark added his first transfer since the program was reinstated in June — offensive lineman Tyler Jones, previously of Memphis, a three-star recruit in the class of 2014 per 247 Sports.

Big Ten revenue soaring with boost from TV network | Sporting News
Being in the Big Ten is paying off now more than ever. Several conference members had their bottom line get a substantial jolt from the Big Ten Network as they received a revenue share from the television network for the first time.

Video Of Interest

Video Of (Dis)Interest

Surely this won't fall flat on it's face like the last series.  Right? RIGHT?!

Tweet Of The Day

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is an actress who has been on Two and a Half Men and a contributor to Maxim magazine, among other things . CLICK HERE for Caitlin O'Connor's Instagram.