Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (1/20/14) Edition

More fallout from the K-St. loss, women look to be ranked, new football commitment, WVU Pros on Bruce, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Furfari: WVU deserves to be in Top 25 - Martinsburg Journal
The Mountaineers are now 16-2 overall and 5-1 in The Big 12 Conference after Wednesday night's 73-59 shocking upset victory at No. 13-ranked Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, and Saturday's 77-63 victory over Oklahoma.

No. 3 Rifle Dominates in Win - WVU Athletics
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia University rifle team shot a season-best score and rolled to a 4707-4604 victory over NC State, today, in its spring-season opener at the WVU Rifle Range.

Silva Selected by FC Kansas City! - WVU Athletics
19th overall pick at the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft in Philadelphia.

Eger Donates Hair to Charity - WVU Athletics
"It's in my blood and in my nature. My mom always taught me that sometimes it's better to give than receive," said Eger. "That's how I was raised."

News of Note:

Losses have become familiar to team - Charleston Daily Mail
"I see it," said guard Eron Harris, who had struggled with his shot before rediscovering some success by scoring 21 points and making four of eight 3-point attempts against Kansas State. "That's the key. If you don't think you can do it, you're not going to do it."

WVU season taking on familiar feel - Charleston Gazette
After third straight loss, parallels to last year's 13-19 team striking

Players seek answers to stop slide - WV MetroNews
After two lopsided losses, the Mountaineers have lost even the feel-good sentiment of playing good teams tough.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU change has to come from within - Times West Virginian
The arrow of the defeat Kansas State administered upon West Virginia University was still painfully buried into Bob Huggins’ chest, so much so that words coming from his mouth may have been a bit stronger than had the arrow been removed and he’d been given a day or so for the wound to heal.

WVU Leaders Showing "Tough Love" as Losses Pile Up - WVillustrated
Juwan Staten says there's no more time for Mr. Nice Guy. The veterans on the squad must start getting on the younger teammates.

WVU couldn’t overcome Wildcats strong defense - Times West Virginian
The most impressive aspect of Kansas State’s 78-56 victory over West Virginia University on Saturday was the Wildcats’ SOS defense. SOS?

Getting In the Gym - BGN
On several occasions this year, West Virginia head basketball coach Bob Huggins has noted the need for players to make time to work out on their own. If some players aren't doing so, who should be ensuring that they mend their ways?

Alphabet soup notes: NBADL, WVU, MU and NABC - Charleston Gazette
Some notes gathered during the week

Recruiting:

Funderburk Makes It Official - BGN
West Virginia added yet another piece to the class of 2014 on Saturday when Friendship Collegiete (D.C.) safety Daejuan Funderburk committed to the Mountaineers.

3-star safety chooses WVU over Miami - WV MetroNews
Daejuan Funderburk, among the top prospects in the Washington, D.C. area, becomes 20th commitment for 2014.

Pro News:

Coal Burning Stove: Irvin’s sophomore season coming full circle - Pros Report
When Irvin was drafted 15th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, some said it was a reach. The Seahawks, though, called him the draft’s "best pure pass rusher."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor faces uphill battle in Big 12 - SBNation.com

It's Meltdown Time - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Tharpe gives KU huge shot of offense - Topeka Capital Journal

K-State faces crucial stretch of road games - Topeka Capital Journal

OU basketball notebook: Freshman guard Jordan Woodard recovers against Baylor - Oklahoman

After loss to Kansas, Cowboys should feel worse about Big 12 hopes but better about NCAA hopes - Oklahoman (autoplay)

David Ash cleared for offseason workouts & Spring practice by Texas training staff - Barking Carnival

Texas Tech holds on against cold-shooting TCU - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

What's On Tap:

(12) Baylor Bears vs. (15) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Phog on ESPN/3

Video of Interest:


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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