Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (1/30/13) Edition

Women snap losing streak, men's hoops notes, recruiting notes, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Jan. 30 - WV MetroNews
Big 12 expansion, Harbaugh family memories, and the WVU women win at No. 19 Oklahoma State.

WVU players set for Steak and Burger Dinner - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
At least 13 members of the West Virginia University football program are scheduled to be here tonight when the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg conducts its annual Steak & Burger Dinner at the Grand Pointe Conference Center.

Rifle Steady at No. 1 - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team is ranked No. 1 for the eighth straight week.

Baseball Preview: Unprecedented Challenges - BGN
The stage is set. What West Virginia’s baseball team does with it remains to be seen.

Brandon Hogan works out with the Chicago Bears - WVU Pros
Brandon Hogan worked out for the Bears, setting up a possible reunion with J.T. Thomas.


News of Note:

WVU Upsets No. 19 Oklahoma State - WVU Athletics
Junior guard Christal Caldwell used a career-best five 3-pointers to guide the West Virginia University women’s basketball team to a 67-61 Big 12 road win over No. 19/19 Oklahoma State, Tuesday.

West Virginia snaps losing streak, upsets No. 19 Oklahoma State 67-61 - Daily Athenaeum
After failing to do so in two consecutive losses, the West Virginia women’s basketball team held on to a halftime lead and cashed in a 67-61 victory on the road at No. 19 Oklahoma State Tuesday night.

Harris: Senior Bowl snub won't hurt Smith - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
In hindsight, Smith took a big-time gamble — call it a leap in faith — and ended up winning the lottery.

WVU lucky to cash in on Big 12 check when it did - Daily Athenaeum
It was just less than a year ago that West Virginia settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit and finally reached an agreement to exit the Big East Conference and join the Big 12 Conference in nearly all sports effective last July.

Kansas game mixed bag for WVU - Times West Virginian
West Virginia’s basketball team has a split personality.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Murray shows up in defeat - Times West Virginian
“I don’t want to leave like this, so I’m not leaving, I guess.”

WVU Tries Growing from Losses - WVillustrated
Mountaineers using their showing against ranked opponents to push forward down final stretch of regular season.

Jayhawks impressed with Coliseum atmosphere - Daily Athenaeum
A crowd of 12,402 – the largest of the season – striped the arena with blue and gold and helped energize the Mountaineers on both ends of the floor.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

Ohio Lineman Joins WVU Commitment List - WVillustrated
The WVU football staff continued its recent recruiting success in the Buckeye State on Tuesday afternoon when Grant Lingafelter (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls) switched his verbal commitment from Miami (Ohio) to the Mountaineers following a weekend visit to Morgantown.

3-star lineman flips to WVU - WV MetroNews
Recruiting analysts weigh in on Grant Lingafelter, who had been committed to Miami (Ohio) for two months.

Mixed reports on WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The news coming out of Morgantown this was weekend mixed, especially if you are a fan of the Mountaineer football team.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 may consider conference alliance instead of expansion - Burnt Orange Nation

Big 12 working on preferred bowl lineup, schedules - SI.com/AP

Hoiberg Vows To Lift "Gallagher-Iba Curse" - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Mono-dramatic: Jayhawks sloppy in new jerseys - Lawrence Journal World

Tournament Tuesday (Jan. 29) - Bring On The Cats

Fitz's climb to 1,000 over, but Sooner senior seeking even higher ground - Crimson And Cream Machine

Eddie Sutton still a big part of Tony Allen's life - Oklahoman

Forbes: Big 12 Annual Payout To Equal $26 Million Per Team - Frogs O' War

From Baylor to the NBA, Quincy Acy and Ekpe Udoh remain united - Our Daily Bears

Texas Tech basketball program to hold reception for former players - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Texas legislation would force Texas, Texas A&M to resume rivalry - Burnt Orange Nation

Tennessee athletic department mired in $200 million debt - Sporting News


What's On Tap:

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPNU

Texas Longhorns vs. (18) Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Bramlage Coliseum on ESPN2/3

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba Arena on Comcast Sports Net California


Video of Interest:

Sophomore forward Kevin Noreen talks about how he came to WVU and what he enjoys about being a West Virginia University Mountaineer.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

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