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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (7/3/15) Edition

Just a couple football notes and West Virginia pros updates, a quick look at the Big 12 and NCAA, and we celebrate America's birthday in style.


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In Case You Missed It

Rifle Takes Top Spots at Championships | WVU Athletics
WVU rifle was well represented at two competitions.

Volleyball Releases 2015 Schedule | WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will play 12 matches against NCAA tournament teams.

News Of Note

West Virginia Mountaineers: Dream and nightmare scenarios | ESPN
Imagine a season in which every single possible domino fell into place for West Virginia. And likewise, if all that could go wrong did.

New Team Room Enhancing Mountaineer Football Experience | WV Illustrated
The new WVU Football team room is getting rave reviews from both players and coaches, which is only the tip of the iceberg in a series of upgrades to Milan Puskar Stadium.

West Virginia Pros

Geno Smith to throw to Brandon Marshall, other New York Jets players in Chicago | ESPN
Geno Smith confirmed Wednesday that he will participate in pre-training camp passing workouts with new top target Brandon Marshall and his other Jets receivers in Chicago this month.

Bears' Kevin White seeks advice from Larry Fitzgerald |
Chicago Bears wideout Kevin White was spotted seeking out advice from Larry Fitzgerald at the NFL Rookie Symposium. The rookie shares a similar body type and style with the talented veteran.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Looking for a Big 12 dark horse? Oklahoma State has the pieces | SBNation
OSU was young and banged up and fell further than one would have assumed they could in 2014. But health, experience, a fun defense, and a good passing game should assure a rebound.

Should the Big 12 add national brand BYU or go for big East Coast markets? | SBNation
There are decent numbers of Cougars fans all over, but there are lots of television sets in Florida and Cincinnati. Let's see if one data source makes things clearer.

Rudolph looks to lead Cowboys’ offensive turnaround | The Daily Athenaeum
In the midst of a five-game losing streak and staring a sub-.500 season dead in the face after a 5-1 start, Oklahoma State was in the darkest of times in the middle of the 2014 season.

Big 12 roundtable: If expansion comes, who should be added? | ESPN
Potential Big 12 expansion has been a hot topic lately, and we examine expansion possibilities in our weekly Big 12 roundtable.

Around The NCAA:

Can College Football Playoff, ESPN change New Year's Eve habits? |
Reinventing New Year's Eve: Can the College Football Playoff and ESPN draw viewers to semifinal games scheduled for Dec. 31?

Bama players admitted they didn't respect OSU QB Jones heading into CFB playoff | FOX Sports
You wouldn'€t expect a 6-foot-5, 250-pound bulldozer of a man to be able to sneak up on people, but that'€™s basically what Cardale Jones did to the Alabama defense last January.

10 things that make college football unique and can never be changed | ESPN
From the traditional Army-Navy game to Oklahoma-Texas at the State Fair, here are 10 things that can never change in college football.

College Football's Top Cornerback Tandems for 2015 |
Cornerback is one of the toughest positions to play in college football. Quarterbacks, spread attacks and skill players aren’t getting any easier to defend and the rules certainly favor the offensive side of the ball.

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Miss Throwdown

America is turning 239 years old tomorrow, and today's Miss Throwdown is celebrating the right way. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Hannah Davis.