Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (12/12/13) Edition

Hoops & football notes, more on Fields commitment, playoff system, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Sims Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year - WVU Athletics
The senior also nabbed first team honors.

Dale Blaney: WVU Athletics Hall Of Fame - WVU Athletics
Dale Blaney, who helped West Virginia to three men’s basketball NCAA tournaments and one NIT from 1983-86, started 110 games as a Mountaineer. He helped WVU to records of 23-8, 20-12, 20-9 and 22-11 during his career.

Buchanan Canada's U-20 Player of the Year - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University freshman defender Kadeisha Buchanan has been named the 2013 Canadian U-20 Player of the Year, as voted on by national-team coaches and Canadian club coaches.

A Sit Down with Coach Kramer - WVU Athletics
WVU volleyball coach Jill Kramer reflected on the 2013 season.

NCAA Gymnastics Regional to Return! - WVU Athletics
The NCAA Championship Committee announced today that West Virginia University will play host to the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships at the WVU Coliseum.

Texas Should Consider A Few Things Before Making A Deal With The Devil - Crimson And Cream Machine
With Mack Brown rumored to be out as early as Thursday, the Longhorns appear to be putting all of their eggs in Nick Saban's basket.


News of Note:

Losses pile up, but WVU might be on the cusp - Charleston Daily Mail
"I like to stay away from moral victories," West Virginia point guard Juwan Staten said after his Mountaineers lost to No. 15 Gonzaga, 80-76, Tuesday night inside the Coliseum. "I like the real victories."

Potential is there, but how far will WVU take it? - Charleston Gazette
It might be worth a few wins, at least as long as the teams they're playing don't have the same kind of potential. Face the teams that do and it's an uphill battle.

Harris wants the ball more - Charleston Daily Mail
"I'm not a selfish person," said the sophomore, who leads West Virginia in scoring and who has taken the most shots and 3-pointers in the first 10 games of the season. "By far, I'm not a selfish person."

Furfari: WVU needs to rebuild team, not facilities - Martinsburg Journal
The Mountaineer Athletic Club already has raised $2 million in donations toward payment of that project if and when completed.

Tom Osborne, Oliver Luck among others to discuss College Football Playoff - Andy Staples - SI.com
Excitement surrounds the College Football Playoff but controversy will certainly follow.

Power conferences seeking more autonomy in NCAA - ESPN
President Mark Emmert says NCAA members are cautiously optimistic that the organization can create an acceptable plan to give the five power conferences more autonomy.


Recruiting:

Verbal View: Jaleel Fields - BGN
West Virginia got its second commitment in three days from Aliquippa, Pa., when Jaleel Fields picked the Mountaineers.

Fields joins Aliquippa teammate with commitment to WVU - WV MetroNews
Two-star lineman who played alongside Dravon Henry chose West Virginia over Purdue and Cincinnati.


What's On Tap:

Tickets Remain for Games in Charleston - WVU Athletics
Seats are still available for the Marshall and William & Mary games


Around the League (and Beyond):

Pre-bowl ‘to-don’t’ list for Baylor fans - Waco Tribune

Report: Football Scoop notes in-house OC promotion is likely - Cyclone Fanatic

Wiggins makes headway, now needs help - Lawrence Journal World

Bruce Weber challenges Will Spradling to do more for Wildcats - Kansas City Star

Was Sooners' selection for Sugar Bowl a business decision? - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Cowboys' Justin Gilbert has gone full circle from 2012 disappointment to 2013 Thorpe Award finalist - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mack Brown may be digging in and Nick Saban is making Alabama officials "uncomfortable" - Burnt Orange Nation

Thankful for Patterson, Chris Del Conte, and the Rest - Frogs O' War

QB Baker Mayfield says he's leaving Texas Tech - ESPN

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


Video of Interest:

The West Virginia University community welcomed E. Gordon Gee back to campus on December 10, 2013. For the second time, Gee will serve as WVU president, a position he held from 1981-1985. He will take office in January 2014 and will serve until a permanent president is on board.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Russian beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Xenia Deli.


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