Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (1/2/13) Edition

NFL Draft possibilities, 2012 season recaps, look ahead, both hoops squads start Big 12 play this week, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Austin's WVU Career Over, NFL Next - WVillustrated
With Austin's college career over, his eyes are set on the NFL

QB class wide open after Smith's slip-ups in Pinstripe Bowl - CBSSports
A disappointing performance in Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl from West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith will drop his NFL draft stock and trigger a race between a group of rather underwhelming candidates to be the first passer selected in the 2013 NFL draft.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs select Geno Smith with top pick - SB Nation Kansas City
A lot can and will change between now and April, but expect the Chiefs to be linked to Smith, and perhaps other quarterbacks, as the calendar moves closer to the 2013 NFL Draft.

VIDEO: Catching Up with Kevin Jones - WVillustrated
A brief chat with Kevin Jones at halftime of WVU's win over Eastern Kentucky.

Best Games of 2012 - Photos - SI.com
Baylor at West Virginia - Sept. 29

THE WATER COOLER: BOWL MOVEMENT EDITION - TheSignalCaller.com
Apbriddy's bowl recap


News of Note:

Mountaineers Preparing for Big 12 Basketball - WVillustrated
West Virginia basketball is hoping to have a more successful debut in the Big 12 than its football counterparts.

Huggins Faced with Fixing 'Eers Before Big 12 Play - WVillustrated
As soon as he finished with the media, Bob Huggins returned to the court where his team had just hung on for a victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Problems for WVU football may be worse than they seem - Register-Herald
It’s often said that things are never as good or as bad as they seem, but that may not be the case with the West Virginia University football program.

Patterson turns focus to 2013 - WV MetroNews
Defensive coordinator says the turnaround must start with offseason conditioning:

Months ahead crucial for WVU - Register-Herald
The coach, of course, will be doing plenty of evaluation, and not just because of the loss to Syracuse.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Last word on WVU’s 7-6 season - Times West Virginian
it is a season that must be told with words, for the only thing more plentiful than them were opponents’ points during a 7-6 year that many thought would find the Mountaineers battling for a Big 12 championship at the minimum.

Thinking Out Loud on WVU Football - WV MetroNews
Frank Giardina doesn't claim to have answers, but he does offer up questions about Mountaineer football

Orange Ground Game Sinks Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
West Virginia’s offensive and defensive coaches will have plenty of time to evaluate the tape to determine exactly why their players performed so poorly in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl

Orange Bowl pokes fun at West Virginia’s 14 points in the Pinstripe Bowl - Dr. Saturday
the Orange Bowl Twitter feed decided to check up on the Mountaineers and see if they were able to work similar magic against Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Kansas State president on possibility of Big 12 expansion: ‘It could be very interesting’ - Dallas Morning News

Top 10 Baylor Athletics Moments of 2012 - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State vs. Tulsa Liberty Bowl Recap: Mess In Memphis - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas football 2012 in review: Top 10 stories of Jayhawks’ season - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State keeps defense fundamental - Portland Tribune

2013 Cotton Bowl | OU Football | You Remember Dom Whaley, Right? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys Bury Purdue in Heart of Dallas Bowl, 58-14 - Oklahoma State Official Athletic Site

Alamo Bowl Review: Major Applewhite's vision for Longhorns offense - Barking Carnival

Arkansas football: Randy Shannon leaving TCU for Hogs - SBNation.com

Coach Profile: Safeties Coach Trey Haverty - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

WVU to Open Big 12 Play at Oklahoma - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will open Big 12 Conference play for the first time in the history of the program at No. 17 Oklahoma on Jan. 2 at 8 p.m.


Video of Interest:

Big 12 basketball is finally here! The Mountaineers are headed to Norman to face the Sooners in their first Big 12 game on Wednesday, January 2 at 8pm. Head Coach Mike Carey offers his thoughts on the game.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Hump Day Video of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian model and former Miss Universe. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jennifer Hawkins.


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