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What You May Have Missed:
Bob Huggins on CampusInsiders.com - WVU Athletics
Sitdown interview with WVU coach Bob Huggins.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Dibo’s hustle, talent noticed by Huggins - Times West Virginian
Remi Dibo, you see, is still learning basketball, but he’s learning it fast.
Devin Williams, goggles a deceiving pair - Charleston Daily Mail
"I get that a lot," Williams said. "Because I'm wearing goggles and I'm a big guy and I'm strong, the goggles make me look goofy. But at the same time, I'm out there to play. I've got the same goals as everyone, so it's cool."
Big 12 Champions! - WVU Athletics
WVU claimed the Big 12 Soccer Championship on Sunday.
West Virginia Crowned Big 12 Soccer Champions - Big 12 Conference
The Mountaineers capped off a strong showing at the conference championship with a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City and will earn the conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
WVU claims Big 12 soccer title, awaits NCAA unveiling - WV MetroNews
In a Big 12 soccer championship match that featured 40 shots, West Virginia’s Ashley Lawrence took the one that counted.
WVU tops BGSU, earns MAC tournament berth - Daily Athenaeum
The regular season finale at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium did not disappoint as West Virginia hosted Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green Friday. The game had drama, resiliency from both teams and plenty of goals as the game ended in a 3-3 draw.
News of Note:
Figuring out WVU an exercise in futility - Charleston Daily Mail
There are flashes of brilliance, but the offense and defense seldom flash them in concert.
It’s win or else for ‘Eers - Charleston Gazette
"It's pretty simple, really. We need to win our next two games to go to a bowl game,'' safety Darwin Cook said. "I've been to a bowl game every year I've been here. We have to go to one this year.''
Sequence 'tough to take' for coaches - Charleston Daily Mail
"If we make a first down, we probably run the clock out and the defense never comes out on the field," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "We had a couple guys who didn't do what they were supposed to do on that play. It was frustrating."
Blown chances haunting WVU - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"We just didn't finish."
Competitive Mountaineers are having trouble finishing - Register-Herald
Competing with almost anybody has not been much of a problem. Finishing has been a nightmare.
WVU still competitive despite record - Times West Virginian
Other than a blowout loss to Baylor, which clearly is the class of the Big 12, WVU has shown itself to be competitive in what clearly was a rebuilding season within the conference from the start.
Their Own Worst Enemy - WVillustrated
This team's close to being where they need to be, but they're going to have to give it an offseason before all the pieces can fall into place.
WVU fails to execute in key moments - Daily Athenaeum
It’s the story of the WVU season: while you could make a case for West Virginia being the better team in the game, the opposing squad was able to make more plays to win it.
WVU fans witnessed seven lead changes in overtime loss - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback
Mountaineers face must win at Kansas this Saturday - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jayhawks riding 27-game Big 12 losing streak
Monday morning stock report: Longhorns keep WVU languishing - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor grades the ups and downs after the Mountaineers come up 4 yards short against Texas.
Tavon Austin shreds the Colts for 3 touchdowns in breakout performance - ProsReport
In one game, Tavon Austin shed the potential label of "bust"
Bailey hoping to get more involved in Rams' offense - ProsReport
Stedman Bailey now has his first NFL catch in his pocket and now it's on to the next goal.
Around the League (and Beyond):
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Today's Miss Throwdown is a Swedish model who I've wanted to feature here for several years, but there hasn't been a usual video (that I could find). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Johanna Lundback.
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