Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (12/9/13) Edition

Hoops notes, attendance is a problem so far, new JUCO quarterback commit, Big 12 roundup & bowl lineup, plus more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Dec. 9 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten talk about what they need to do moving forward after last week’s loss to Missouri.

West Virginia yet to find footing in Big 12 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Luck said he has no specific time line for when he expects West Virginia to climb into contention; his primary concerns are that the staff cultivates depth and keeps high-caliber recruits coming through the door.

Threes Guide WVU to Win over Fairleigh Dickinson - WVU Athletics
WVU uses 11 3-pointers, helping WVU to a 94-47 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

FURFARI COLUMN: Jerry West merits credit for Warriors’ jump in NBA - Times West Virginian
If you follow the National Basketball Association action, you’ll note that the Golden State Warriors are faring very well. And for such significant improvement, you’ve got to give much of the credit, I’m told, to the legendary Jerry West — the greatest basketball player in West Virginia University’s history.


News of Note:

Margin for error remains slim - Charleston Daily Mail
"When things get tough, we are able to come back and get in the game, but we can't spend the whole season trying to come back every single game," said sophomore guard Eron Harris

Playing together will be key again for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"We've got to hope our five guys play better together than the other team's five guys.''

Huggins implores Mountaineers to play to their strengths - Times West Virginian
"We come out and we have too many guys playing out of character and doing things they can’t do instead of doing things they can do," he said

WVU Gets Shot of Revenge Against Gonzaga - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers welcome Gonzaga to frigid Morgantown on Tuesday night after losing 80-71 on Thursday to the Missouri Tigers.

Gary Browne Guided By Faith in Junior Season at WVU - WVillustrated
Guard tells story of time in Puerto Rico and how his summer shaped his outlook with West Virginia.

Dibo, Browne use international experiences to guide them to success in 2013-14 season - Daily Athenaeum
With just nine scholarship players eligible for head coach Bob Huggins, West Virginia is forced to play a number of inexperienced guys. Two true freshmen start while another freshman and a transfer come off the bench.

Is reseating plan a factor in WVU hoops attendance? - Charleston Gazette
Admit it. We in West Virginia just don't handle change well - even when the rest of the country has done so.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU game attendance questioned - Times West Virginian
All of this has been coming at a time when the on-field fortunes of the teams are slipping and when the entire experience of being a Mountaineer is changing via the move to the Big 12 and change in style of play in both basketball and football.

Attendance at WVU home games should improve - Daily Athenaeum
Attendance at home men’s basketball games has been incredibly low – averaging just less than 5,000 people in the six games held so far at the WVU Coliseum this season.


Recruiting:

Howard selects WVU - WVSports.com
"I have committed to WVU and will be returning in January for spring semester," he said.

WVU Adds Juco QB - BGN
Riverside City College quarterback Skyler Howard has confirmed to BlueGoldNews.com that he has committed to West Virginia.

Mountaineer QB room gets more crowded with JUCO commit - Register Herald
Just because the West Virginia University football season ended with a disappointing 4-8 finish doesn’t mean the quarterback competition, which dominated the conversation throughout the fall, is over.

WVU QBs need help - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The news coming out of Morgantown took a turn for the better on Sunday as Riverside (Calif.) City College quarterback Skyler Howard announced his intentions to join the Mountaineers when the second term begins in January.

Following the future: Week 15 - WVSports.com
Weekly recap of the performances of West Virginia's football recruits in their most recent game.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Announces Bowl Matchups - Big 12 Conference

Fiesta Bowl Matchup: Baylor vs. UCF in first-ever BCS bowl - Our Daily Bears

ISU 91 - UNI 82: Recap & Reaction - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Loses to Colorado on Last Second Shot - Rock Chalk Talk

2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: K-State to Play Michigan in Tempe, Arizona - Bring On The Cats

OU to face Alabama in Sugar Bowl - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Cowboys to face No. 8 Missouri in Cotton Bowl - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns Will Face Oregon Ducks in Alamo Bowl - Barking Carnival

TCU still relishing road win at Mississippi State - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech to Play Arizona St. in Holiday Bowl - Viva The Matadors

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


What's On Tap:

Baseball Season Tickets on Sale Monday - WVU Athletics
"It’s a pretty good season ticket package with great competition and great name schools," coach Randy Mazey says. "If you’re a fan in Morgantown or the surrounding area, I expect that we’ll offer you a pretty good product this season."


Video of Interest:


Video of (Dis)Interest:

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues the recent trend of South African beauties. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nicole Meyer.


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