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Mountaineer Midday Links: Wednesday (7/8/15) Edition

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Football reports including Orlosky named to Rimington list, recruiting, WVU Pros, Big 12 news and more.

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In Case You Missed It

Izzo-Brown says Buchanan is best athlete at WVU - Exponent Telegram
"Kadeisha will be the greatest center back ever to play the game."

Women’s Hoops Non-Conference Schedule Announced - WVU Athletics
WVU Women's Basketball Set to Play 13 Non-Conference Games

FURFARI COLUMN: Charlie Whiston and son gave much to Mon County, WVU - Times West Virginian
Charlie Whiston, of Westover, died at the age of 99 early Monday morning.

News Of Note

Orlosky Named To Rimington Trophy Watch List - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University junior center Tyler Orlosky is one of 63 NCAA Division I centers named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Watch List as announced today by its committee.

Howard puts emphasis on staying healthy as WVU’s QB - Charleston Daily Mail
The scenario that created the opening for Skyler Howard last season is exactly what he’s trying to avoid in the upcoming season.

Football Notebook: Offensive Balance - WVU Athletics
Balance is the key to having a productive offense.

West Virginia defense looks to reach higher level of play this year - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Not one to break from normal offseason protocol, West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson already has started preparations for the Mountaineers' Sept. 5 opener against Georgia Southern.

Big 12 Position Rankings (Running Back) - Crimson And Cream Machine
#4 West Virginia

Rushel Shell Digging Deeper to Reach Full Potential - WVillustrated
The story of Rushel Shell goes well beyond his time as a West Virginia Mountaineer.

The Big 12's 10 Most Underrated Players for 2015 - AthlonSports.com
Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia

Big 12 releases media days player list - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia: S Karl Joseph, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, C Tyler Orlosky, RB Wendell Smallwood

West Virginia opponent preview — Game 1, Georgia Southern - Charleston Gazette
This is the first in a series of previews on West Virginia and Marshall football opponents.

It's encouraging that Vegas lists WVU as 7-5 - Beckley Register-Herald
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports that may be of interest to you:

Recruiting
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Found it! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Previously on WVUSBWMC, we lamented that there is "basically no video of Myers at Williston State College, where he played and averaged 25 points per game last season."

Harler could help Mountaineers land Ohio LB Ferns - Charleston Gazette
As we reach the homestretch of Ferns’ recruitment, though, the Mountaineers have a wild card that’s been there long before anyone else. No, not his brother, Michael, who transferred to West Virginia, but Wheeling Central shooting guard Chase Harler.

The Opening: Trevon Diggs - Scout (autoplay)
Trevon Diggs delayed his July 4 announcement and now has five schools on his list.

West Virginia Pros

Jock Sanders signs with the Ottawa RedBlacks of the CFL - College to Pro Sports
New RedBlacks running back Jock Sanders has played on the last two Grey Cup winning teams and has the rings to prove it — at least for now.

VIDEO: Amos Zereoue talks WVU, graduation, NFL and Long Island football - College To Pro Sports
GoForThe2.com's Joe Lisi speaks with former West Virginia University and NFL running back Amos Zereoue at the 2015 Boomer Esiason Foundation's Empire Challenge

Around The League

If Bill Snyder has one more big year left at Kansas State, it probably won't be 2015 - SBNation
Bill Snyder takes top-60 classes and turns out top-30 results at Kansas State, but a massive identity change on offense could make a Top-25 or -30 ranking the Wildcats' ceiling in 2015.

Texas Longhorns: 14 ways UT AD Steve Patterson has been a disaster - FOX Sports
UT fans: Do you want your athletic director fired?

What's On Tap

Mini/Single Football Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
Mini-Packages & single-game football tickets on sale now

Video Of (Dis)Interest

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is either a WV or Kentucky native (conflicting info) and the BikiniTeam.com model of the month for July. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Leanna Decker.