Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Game Day (1/9/13) Edition

Coaching search, Texas previews (both genders), recruiting notes, Big 12 Roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU to Face Texas Wednesday - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team and the Texas Longhorns will tip off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU women host Texas - Times West Virginian
The Longhorns return only two starters and seven total letter-winners from a team that went 18-13 and 13-4 last season.

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Carey & Ayana Dunning

Smith Declines Senior Bowl Invite - WVillustrated
Smith tweeted that he declined an invitation to the game, which currently lists no WVU players on its roster.

Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
Four former West Virginia University football players saw action in last week’s wild card round of the NFL playoffs.


News of Note:

Hoops

Coach Huggins: Mountaineer Men Lack Toughness - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
It's making him question his entire philosophy as the Mountaineers head into tonight's game against Texas.

WVU In First Big 12 Road Tilt - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers and Longhorns to hook up on Wednesday.

Preview: WVU vs Texas - BGN
Two lower-division Big 12 teams fight for a leg up when West Virginia travels to Austin on Wednesday for a road match-up with the Longhorns.

'Behind the 8 ball' - Charleston Gazette
First Big 12 road trip takes struggling Mountaineers to Texas tonight

Texas sees itself in WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's first road game as a member of the Big 12 is against a team that has acted and played a lot like the Mountaineers.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs someone to step up game - Times West Virginian
“At risk of sounding simplistic it would be nice if we made a shot every once in a while,” he said.

Mountaineers at Texas tonight - Register-Herald
WVU and Longhorns looking to improve on season

WVU Men's Basketball: Texas Preview - WVillustrated
The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to earn their first Big 12 win on Wednesday night when they visit Texas in Austin.

WVU to play first Big 12 road tilt - Inter-Mountain
West Virginia will look to earn its first Big 12 Conference win today at Texas.

A primer on Big 12 basketball - Charleston Gazette
I present a primer on WVU's upcoming Big 12 opponents.

Football

New assistants, including one familiar face, could arrive Thursday - Charleston Daily Mail
The Charleston Daily Mail has confirmed that former East Carolina defensive coordinator and NFL veteran Brian Mitchell and Arizona assistant coach Tony Gibson will be on West Virginia University's campus as soon as Thursday.

WVU football could bring back Tony Gibson - Charleston Gazette
A report late Tuesday night suggested that his hire was all but completed, but that couldn't be confirmed.

WVU will be forced to rebuild - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Let's start with the obvious losses on the offensive side of the football.

Holgorsen's headaches came thanks to 'D' - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
The 2012 Mountaineers were loaded on offense and barren on defense.

FURFARI COLUMN: Was Dunlap a scapegoat victim in firing? - Times West Virginian
I don’t know. I’m just asking. Holgorsen hasn’t given any reason(s). He never even had his publicist issue an official announcement.


Recruiting:

Recruiting: Countdown to Signing Day - WV MetroNews
Recruiting analysts don’t think West Virginia’s Pinstripe Bowl loss to Syracuse will have much impact on the Mountaineers’ 2013 signing class.

WVU still the place for McKeesport's Christian - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
The dismissal of longtime West Virginia football assistant Steve Dunlap almost prompted McKeesport linebacker Hodari Christian to attend another school.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 preview: Kansas primed for ninth consecutive conference title - Sporting News

Bears Cruise to 82-48 Win over Texas Tech - Our Daily Bears

Grading the Red Raiders: Baylor Bears 82, Texas Tech Red Raiders 48 - Viva The Matadors

Who Is The Most Valuable Jayhawk? - Rock Chalk Talk

McGruder Named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week - Kansas State Official Athletic Site

How successful was ISU football in 2012? - Ames Tribune

Sooners Cancel Their First Planned Junior Day - Crimson And Cream Machine

Looking back at our Oklahoma State preseason predictions - Oklahoman

Mack Brown elected 2013 President of American Football Coaches Association - Barking Carnival

Josh Boyce is Leaving for the NFL - Frogs O' War

2012 college football season recap: All 124 teams summed up in a sentence each - SBNation.com


What's On Tap:

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's baskeball, 7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Erwin Special Events Center on ESPN2/WatchESPN.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. (6) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Allen Fieldhouse on ESPNU


Video of Interest:

The women's basketball team welcomes the Texas Longhorns to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

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