Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa St. Game Day (2/10/14) Edition

Iowa State previews, football notes, recruiting features, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Feb. 10 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten discuss the 83-69 loss to the No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks.

WVU’s Luck has full plate - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Imagine you are the Director of Athletics at an NCAA Division I school with dozens of teams and hundreds of athletes depending on your every decision.


News of Note:

Hoops

Mountaineers, No. 16 Cyclones to Meet Monday - WVU Athletics
Game to be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Ejim, Iowa State visit West Virginia after record-setting day - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia attempted a season-low 48 shots in Saturday's loss to No. 8 Kansas. Melvin Ejim scored a Big 12-record 48 points in Iowa State's win the same day against TCU.

No rest for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
WVU faces another quick turnaround as No. 16 Iowa St. visits

After 48-point game, electric Ejim brings a buzz to Morgantown - WV MetroNews
Iowa State is the first of five RPI top-50 teams West Virginia will face during the next 27 days.

Huggins: We Ain't Dead Yet - WVillustrated
Mountaineers positive following road defeat, look forward to more opportunities ahead in Big 12 action.

Football

Former Mountaineers assistant Tall being considered for Holgorsen's staff - Charleston Daily Mail
Sources said Bruce Tall, now the defensive coordinator at Charlotte, is a favorite among the options, but that the Mountaineers will look into a few other possibilities.

Glut of backs a plus for WVU - Charleston Gazette
We bring that up today because, while the Mountaineers are just three weeks away from the start of spring practice and don't have a quarterback or even a full complement of coaches, boy do they seem to have some running backs.

My apologies for the abbreviated version, I'm still out of town. Here's the usual sources for stories though:

WVMetronews WVU Sports News

Times West Virginian Sports

WVillustrated

EerSports

Blue Gold News

WVSports.com


Recruiting:

Dorchester: ‘Good to have some closure’ on 2014 class - WV MetroNews
West Virginia came away with a promising list of players in the 2014 class and did it without much drama.

Recruiting Crest: WVU coaches careful not to over-leverage Tavon connection - WV MetroNews
"You try not to put anyone of that stuff on a kid, because for him (the experience) might be different," Galloway said.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor defense ineffective as Bears tally 8th Big 12 loss, 88-72 - Waco Tribune

Notebook — Cyclones get West Virginia on short notice - Ames Tribune

Notebook: Joel Embiid 'all right' after landing funny - Lawrence Journal World

Wildcats quickly turn focus to Kansas - Wichita Eagle

Isaiah Cousins has become a critical piece to OU's season - Oklahoman (autoplay)

What if Marcus Smart hadn't shoved Jeff Orr? - SBNation.com

OKLAHOMA STATE BASKETBALL: Time for Travis Ford to go - Cowboys Ride For Free

Charlie Strong's Journey To Texas Longhorn Head Football Coach - Barking Carnival

TCU can’t hold down record day by Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Releases Video and Statement Regarding Marcus Smart and Texas Tech Fan - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

(16) Iowa State Cyclones vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on ESPNU/3

(8) Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Bramlage on ESPN/ESPN3


Video of Interest:

Junior Averee Fields goes one on one with Amanda Mazey. Averee talks about the balance between athletics and academics and what it means to be a Mountaineer.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown was the PMOY for 2012. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jaclyn Swedberg.


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