Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma/National Signing Day Hangover (2/6/14) Edition

Signing day recaps/analysis, coverage of the Oklahoma win, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Feb. 6 - WV MetroNews
Eron Harris talks about living a dream after defeating No. 21 Oklahoma at the Coliseum last night 91-86 in overtime. Juwan Staten also adds in the fact that they are extremely difficult to beat when the Big 3 play well as Staten, Harris and Henderson combined to score 65 points in the Mountaineers win over the Sooners.

▶ West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck - YouTube
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck stopped by Wednesday's Signing Day Show to talk about a variety of topics.


Oklahoma Hangover:

Eron Harris catches fire after halftime to lift WVU past No. 21 OU - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Mountaineers Win Third Straight - WVU Athletics
WVU outlasts Oklahoma in overtime.

Mountaineers rebound vs. Oklahoma in OT - Charleston Daily Mail
The University of Oklahoma had the trip that wouldn't end. West Virginia University had the streak that wouldn't end.

Mountaineers suddenly on a roll - Charleston Gazette
Harris' hot hand helps WVU to OT win over Oklahoma

WVU Tops Sooners in OT - EerSports
West Virginia needed overtime, but the Mountaineers ended their lengthy losing streak against Top25 opponents, knocking off 21st-ranked Oklahoma, 91-86, on Wednesday night.

WVU topples No. 25 Oklahoma in OT - WVSports.com
The hot streak continues for West Virginia.

Harris explodes later to knock off Sooners - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers guard enjoyed a special second half and his team posted another quality win.

WVU Wins One Versus Top 25 - BGN
It took overtime, but West Virginia has finally beaten a top 25 team for the first time since 2012.

WVU Upsets No. 21 Oklahoma in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Behind Eron Harris, the West Virginia Mountaineers downed the twenty-first ranked Oklahoma Sooners 91-86 in overtime Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Mountaineers pull off OT win over Sooners, 91-86 - Times West Virginian
Eron Harris had a simple explanation for inexplicable Wednesday night.

Mountaineers Top Sooners in OT - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Eron Harris scored 26 of his 28 points after halftime and West Virginia outlasted No. 21 Oklahoma 91-86 in overtime Wednesday night.

Harris’ strong second half propels WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Not much went right for Eron Harris in the first half of West Virginia’s 91-86 overtime victory over No. 21 Oklahoma Wednesday night.

WVU Believes It Is Back in NCAA Conversation - BGN
On more than one occasion this season, we've written about West Virginia wins and have asked the question of whether or not it represented an actual turnaround in this team.

WVU holding its own in Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
In arguably one of the most difficult conferences in the nation, the West Virginia men’s basketball team have held their own.

BGN Video: Player Reactions - BGN
Harris & Watkins

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Harris, Henderson & Staten

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Oklahoma - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 91-86 overtime win over Oklahoma

PHOTOS: Mountaineers Get Win Over No. 21 Oklahoma - WVillustrated
Browse photos from West Virginia Basketball's win over No. 21 Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum.

Lon Kruger and Jordan Woodard: Oklahoma Post-game - YouTube


Signing Day:

Dana Holgorsen Signing Day News Conference - WVU Athletics
Transcript and audio here, video below

Holgorsen Pleased with 22-Player Class - WVU Athletics
Coach says WVU beat out other top schools for prospects.

Signing day: WVU pleased to reach scholarship limit - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Mike Casazza: WVU upgrades already strong secondary - Charleston Daily Mail
The words Dana Holgorsen used were shocking. Not because the West Virginia coach long synonymous with offense was speaking about defense, but because he is the West Virginia coach.

Football recruiting, Huggins and Parsons - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

High hopes for WVU on signing day - Charleston Gazette
WVU lands surprise RB, bolsters line, secondary

West Virginia closes strong on signing day - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia added plenty of beef and a couple surprises on National Signing Day.

Cue the expectations: Crest highlights Signing Day haul - WV MetroNews
WVU got its man, a dual-threat QB who figures to be the future of Air Raid. The only question is when?

Rivals: WVU Lands Nation’s 38th Ranked Recruiting Class - CBS Pittsburgh
West Virginia made an impact in the local recruiting base when they got a commitment from Aliquippa defensive back Dravon Henry, who many were hoping would go to Pitt.

Holgo labels Gibson ‘Mr. Pittsburgh’ after landing Aliquippa recruits - WV MetroNews
West Virginia assistant has been recruiting Western Pennsylvania for 15 years before Wednesday's breakthrough.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Assistant Coaches Talk 2014 Football Signing Day - WVillustrated
Gibby, Seider, Galloway & Mitchell

Best parts of each Big 12 recruiting class - ESPN
Below is a breakdown of the most exciting element from each of the 10 Big 12 recruiting classes

Added Depth - BGN
West Virginia added a few key pieces on Wednesday to its football program, signing several preferred walk-ons to the Mountaineer team.

Mountaineers fill roster, needs - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"It's been a successful day," Holgorsen said. "The excitement began at 7:02 a.m. when we received the letter-of-intent from Dravon (Henry) and it continued throughout the day."

WVU recruiting class includes 3 WPIAL stars - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
The fax machine in West Virginia's football office whirred to life early Wednesday morning with the arrival of Aliquippa star defensive back/running back Dravon Henry's signed letter of intent.

Brown looks to add 30 pounds before freshman year at WVU - WV MetroNews
Morgantown lineman Amanii Brown talks about officially signing with WVU.

Mountaineers OL Adds Quality, Quantity - WVillustrated
Dontae Angus the latest addition to the rotation as WVU inks four new offensive lineman for 2014.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s future rides on QB ‘Young Geno’ - Times West Virginian
"He’d been a target of ours for the better part of three years," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen admitted.

Henry, Crest highlight WVU recruiting class - Times West Virginian
Recruiting, they say, is the life blood of a football program and after West Virginia’s performance over the last year and a half, few teams are in more need of a transfusion.

Holgorsen happy as Mountaineers sign 22 players - Register-Herald
It’s not likely a college football coach will ever step to the podium on National Letter-of-Intent Signing Day and exclaim his displeasure in the class he just signed.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Recruiting: Remaining Needs Moving Forward - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Hires Brandon Blaney As Offensive Line Coach - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Notebook: Joel Embiid 'not thinking' about NBA right now - Lawrence Journal World

K-State’s recruiting class ranked best it has been in years - Wichita Eagle

West Virginia Mountaineers Extend Streak To 3 With Win Over Oklahoma Sooners - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Jordan Brailford savors signing day with the grandfather who saved him - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Assessing 2014 Texas Longhorns Football Signing Day By Service - Barking Carnival

Stars align on offense for TCU recruiting class - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Kingsbury lands class loaded with linemen, DBs - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

No. 1 Rifle to Finish Regular Season - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team closes out the regular season with two matches at the WVU Rifle Range this weekend.


Videos of Interest:

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen reviews the 2014 signing class, comments on traditional and new recruiting territories and delves into the assistant's ability to gain high-quality commits and hold the verbals until today.
Video courtesy of BGN


Highlights from West Virginia's 91-86 overtime victory over Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

Coach Huggins' post-game comments after the Mountaineers defeated No. 21 Oklahoma, 91-86, in overtime, tonight at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the February Bikini Team Model of the Month. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Alexandra Victoria.


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