Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Pre-Game (2/7/14) Edition

Varsity updates, DC Patterson's departure, Kansas previews, signing day wrap-ups, Big 12 roundup, weekend hoops viewing guide & more

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What You May Have Missed:

No. 1 Rifle Trumps No. 3 Alaska-Fairbanks - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team overcame a three-shot smallbore deficit to defeat No. 3 Alaska-Fairbanks, 4709-4680, today, at the WVU Rifle Range.

Additional WBB Promotions Announced - WVU Athletics
Several promotions have been added to the women's basketball home games.

Women's Soccer Inks Six - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown announced the addition of six student-athletes for the 2014 season.

WVUSportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
An inside look at Mountaineer sports.


News of Note:

Patterson departs program, leaves vacancy at defensive coordinator - Charleston Daily Mail
Dana Holgorsen's fourth season as West Virginia University's football coach will feature a fourth defensive coordinator.

Patterson leaving WVU for Arizona State's staff - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers in search of fourth defensive coordinator in as many years

Polls don’t matter, RPI does for WVU - Charleston Gazette
When Bob Huggins was asked late Wednesday night about the significance of West Virginia beating a Top 25 team for the first time in more than two years, he was quick to put it in perspective.

No time to relish win with trip to Kansas on deck - Charleston Daily Mail
"I told them, 'I'm 60. You've got to stop doing this,'" Huggins said after yet another game decided in the final moments. "We need to make free throws and not throw it around. I think I could do this a little better when I was younger."

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Recruiting:

2014 Class Poised to Contribute - EerSports
After a rough season in Morgantown, the Mountaineer football staff finally had something to smile about. This year’s recruiting class was highlighted with players such as Dravon Henry, William Crest, and Donte Thomas-Williams, but the depth is something that could pay dividends for this class.

Signing day: WVU reaches scholarship limit, snags coveted recruits - Charleston Daily Mail
Football Bowl Subdivision teams are allowed to grant 85 scholarships, but WVU hasn't been there in many years and not once in coach Dana Holgorsen's first three seasons.

Chuck McGill: Assistant coaches, recruits share bond - Charleston Daily Mail
When it comes to selling an impressionable teenager on the merits of the West Virginia University football program, the best salesman for a future Mountaineer can be a former Mountaineer.

Pro News:

Big 12 to send 25 players to NFL Scouting Combine - ESPN
WVU has Will Clarke & Charles Sims attending


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Recruiting: 2014 Signing Class Videos - Our Daily Bears

The Exorcism of Gallagher-Iba - Wide Right & Natty Lite

How does Kansas do with each player on/off the court? - Rock Chalk Talk

Tournament Thursday: The margin for error gets smaller - Bring On The Cats

Five Oklahoma Sooners Headed To 2014 NFL Combine In Indy - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy will not talk about QBs — until after Florida State game - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Basketball Bracketology - Longhorns 5 seed - Barking Carnival

TCU football signs record number of four-star prospects, 24 total new players Wednesday - TCU 360

Pullquotes | Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury Talks 2014 Signing Class - Viva The Matadors

Photos of Big 12 stadiums under snow during national signing day - ESPN


What's On Tap:

Kansas State Wildcats vs. (17) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
WBB: 2 pm Saturday from the Coliseum

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (8) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Phog on ESPN/ESPN3

(15) Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from Bramlage on MSG+, MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (16) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Hilton on MSG+, MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

Baylor Bears vs. (21) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Lloyd Noble Center on ESPN2/3

(19) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
9:30 pm from United Spirit Arena on ESPNU/3


Videos of Interest:

West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen joins the CBSSports.com National Signing Day crew to talk about the big day in college football recruiting.

In this edition of the Playbook, Coach Huggins and Tony talk about the thrilling overtime win at home over Oklahoma, and look ahead to the matchup this weekend in Lawrence against the KU Jayhawks.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown was named British tabloid's Zoo "babe for the next decade". CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rachel Williams.


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