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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (7/21/15) Edition

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Tons of West Virginia football and Big 12 conference news and notes from day one of Big 12 Media Days, basketball updates, a look at some of our WVU pros, and something cool finally happened in the ACC.

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In Case You Missed It

2015 Football Media Guide Released | WVU Athletics
The 2015 football media guide has been revealed.

News Of Note

Football:

West Virginia Mountaineers Audio: 2015 Big 12 Media Days | Heartland College Sports | Heartland College Sports
You can hear the audio cuts from the West Virginia Mountaineers crew that was in attendance. This was part of the smaller group press conferences and was not aired anywhere on television. Thanks to our friends at Heartland College Sports and Eddie Santiago for capturing all the audio.

Watch: Dana Holgorsen at the podium in Dallas | WV MetroNews
The quasi-bearded Dana Holgorsen appeared at Big 12 media days on Monday, pumping up West Virginia’s chances for 2015 and lamenting how turnovers cost the Mountaineers a shot at the 2014 title.

‘This year’s TCU?’ Holgorsen embraces the similarities | WV MetroNews
From his perch inside the Omni hotel ballroom, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen needed only to look a few steps straight ahead to see the media mob surrounding TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Gary Patterson.

Holgorsen: ‘15 Team His Most Experienced at WVU | WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen says this team is his most experienced at WVU.

Dana Holgorsen has high hopes for West Virginia Mountaineers' defense | ESPN
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen thinks the Mountaineers' defense could be the best he's had.

Holgorsen: ‘I feel good’ about his team’s chances | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Dana Holgorsen was far more clear and emphatic when crafting the label for his fifth season as the team’s head coach.

West Virginia ready to make mark on Big 12 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Mountaineers boast a solid defense heading into their fourth year in the conference.

Joseph’s greatest hits debuted on wrestling mat | The Dominion Post
Karl Joseph possesses a patchwork recollection of the wrestling room at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. Flickering images of four or five rubberized mats and the itchy resonance of headgear-induced acne have survived in the mind of WVU's senior safety.

Basketball:

WVU hoops preparing for Bahamas trip | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Next month, WVU’s basketball team will leave Morgantown behind for a trip to the Bahamas. And Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins is hoping the team leaves something else in the rearview mirror.

WVU will play shorthanded at Bahamas trip | The Dominion Post
The WVU men’s basketball team will not be at full strength when it travels to the Bahamas to play in three exhibition games next month.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Watch: Big 12 media days highlights from Dallas | WV MetroNews
Sportsline host Tony Caridi breaks down WVU's presence at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.

Bowlsby: Big 12 Fine at 10 Right Now | WVU Athletics
It took three questions before Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby was finally asked to comment about Oklahoma president Dave Boren’s remarks earlier this summer stating the Big 12 is "psychologically disadvantaged" with only 10 schools.

Big 12 expansion inevitable, but not imminent | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When the Big 12 eventually expands at least to the degree where its name matches its membership numbers — and, to be sure, that's "when'' and not "if'' — Bob Bowlsby won't have to scour the landscape in search of willing participants.

Big 12 title game could create $30 million: Bob Bowlsby | WV MetroNews
Even as the Big 12 remains in a holding pattern, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby estimates a football conference championship game would generate $20 million and $30 million.

Big 12 notes: New rules implemented to protect players | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Monday the conference passed two new rules to protect football players beyond NCAA regulations already in place.

Big 12's new contact rules won't have a major impact | ESPN
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced the conference's plan to limit contact days to two instead of three this fall.

New Kansas Jayhawks coach David Beaty optimistic in media days debut | ESPN
The Jayhawks face one of the most challenging rebuilding tasks the Big 12 has seen, but their rookie coach isn't fazed.

Kliff Kingsbury ready to settle Mahomes vs. Webb in August | ESPN
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said that he wants to name his starting quarterback -- either Patrick Mahomes or Davis Webb -- early in fall camp.

Kingsbury: Limiting mistakes key in looming Texas Tech QB battle | FOX Sports
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has a difficult decision on who to name his starting quarterback, but some rather simple criteria for winning the job.

Kansas State Wildcats coach Bill Snyder favors 12 teams, title game | ESPN
The Kansas State coach remembers well the attention on the league when it was one of only two with a championship game.

Gary Patterson likes TCU Horned Frogs' mindset as Big 12 favorite | ESPN
TCU's Gary Patterson took the stage Monday at Big 12 media days and reinforced the message his preseason Big 12 favorites plan to live by this season.

Trevone Boykin embracing Heisman talk, looking forward to 2015 season | FOX Sports
Neither the TCU Horned Frogs nor quarterback Trevone Boykin will sneak up on anyone this season after a breakout 2014 campaign.

Around The NCAA:

ACC apologizes for F-bomb in media guide | Sporting News
Those attending ACC media day on Monday were greeted with a surprise after turning to page 145 of the media guide. Toward the bottom, beneath an entry (perhaps fittingly) detailing Wake Forest's 3-9 season a year ago, was an all-caps sentence that included a pair of expletives.

Gary Pinkel says Notre Dame should join conference or miss playoffs | Sporting News
As long as Notre Dame remains an independent, it shouldn't be part of the playoff discussion. At least that's what Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday as SEC coaches visited ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn., and appeared on TV and radio throughout the day.

West Virginia Pros

Comparing Jets' Geno Smith to other NFL quarterbacks after two seasons | NJ.com
A statistical look at Smith's numbers in his first two seasons next to those of 16 other quarterbacks.

Adam Schefter sees 'encouraging signs' in Geno Smith | FOX Sports
Geno Smith hasn't exactly captured the elusive hearts of New York Jets fans just yet, but he'll get another shot at the feat in 2015. Currently slated to be the starter come Week 1, Smith will still need to beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Bryce Petty for the job, with the quarterback battle set to begin next week in training camp.

Key St. Louis Rams for 2015: Wide receiver Tavon Austin | ESPN
The Rams thought enough of Tavon Austin to trade up to draft him in 2013, but he hasn't met their expectations yet.

Here’s How Bruce Irvin Plays In Seattle Beyond 2015 | Oregon Sports News
It is old news. Seattle did not pick up Bruce Irvin’s fifth-year option for next season. He expressed his displeasure about it on Twitter and then publicly talked about his desire to play in Atlanta next season. Most Seahawks fans, including myself, have assumed this will be Irvin’s swan song in the Great Northwest. There is, however, a scenario that could result in Irvin getting the contract he wants in Seattle, and it is not all that far-fetched.

WATCH: Bears' Kevin White, NFL rookies react to Madden ratings | CSN Chicago
On Monday, EA Sports revealed to a handful of NFL rookies, including Bears WR Kevin White, their Madden 16 ratings. Their reactions were priceless.

WVU's NFL Draft picks during the 1970's
Have you ever wondered how many NFL draft picks the West Virginia football program has produced? The Mountaineers have been one of the most successful programs throughout their entirety, and have produced many great WVU pros.

Video Of Interest

Tweet Of The Day

I don't care what anyone else says, Holgo is and always will be my favorite coach.

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