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Six Earn All-Big 12 Honors

Six Mountaineer football players have been honored by the Big 12 for their accomplishments on the football field in the 2012 season.

Tavon Austin Named Big 12 Offensive Player Of Week

Tavon Austin caught 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in West Virginia's 31-21 win over Maryland. The 13 receptions matched a school record set last week by Stedman Bailey. The receiving yardage was the second-highest of Austin's career and marked the second consecutive game, and ninth in his career, in which he has recorded over 100 yards. Austin's touchdown receptions covered 44, 24 and 34 yards, giving him five scoring catches on the season and 22 for his career. The senior set the WVU career record for receptions in the fourth quarter and ended the game with 208. He is now tied at No. 2 on the career touchdown receptions chart with 22 and also moved up to No. 2 in career receiving yards with 2,469.

Initial Coaches Poll Released, WVU Ranked 11th

In a stark contrast to WVU's previous conference affiliation (0 ranked teams), WVU is amongst five other Big 12 members being ranked by the coaches SID's preseason poll. Oklahoma is the highest at #4, followed by WVU at #11, Texas at #15, TCU at #17, Oklahoma State at #19 and Kansas State at #21. Baylor is 6th out.

Champions Bowl Will Pay Big 12 Members $4 Million Annually

...assuming the pot gets split evenly amongst the league members and we hold pat at 10. I don't know about you, but the Big 12 is looking better and better daily.

More Holgorsen Audio, RE: Entering The Big 12

Coach Holgorsen stopped by and spoke to the folks at Yahoo! Sports to talk about WVU entering the Big 12

WVU 2nd in Big 12 Preseason Media Poll

"The Sooners received 32 of 41 first-place votes and totaled 396 points. West Virginia was chosen second with 339 points and garnered seven first-place tallies. Texas was picked third, followed by defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State in fourth. TCU and Kansas State each received a first-place vote and finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas rounded out the poll."

Big 12 And SEC Announce Major Bowl Partnership

The Big Ten and Pac-12 aren't the only major football conferences with official buddies now. The SEC and Big 12 have linked arms -- setting up a "new January bowl tradition," as Mike Slive calls it -- pairing their conference champions or runners-up beginning in 2014. While SEC and Big 12 champs missing the playoffs would be a very, very rare event, the importance here is that the two have effectively created another Rose Bowl, and one that would quite often trump the Granddaddy, at least in terms of highly-ranked football teams. It also creates a very clearly defined upper tier in college football, with everyone from the ACC on down all but walled off from the highest level. Follow the header link for more info on this awesome development.

It's Official

Luck said of the settlement: "This closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for WVU’s future. I’ve heard from Mountaineer fans across the country who have made it very clear that they are proud and honored to be heading into the Big 12."

Big East Motion Denied - BGN/AP

Not surprisingly, Mon County Circuit Court Judge Clawges has refused a stay motion by the Big East, which means the case can move forward in WV without waiting for things to play out in the RI court. He also issued a ruling refusing a dismissal motion by the Big East.

Big East Files Countersuit Against West Virginia

In best Joe Pesci voice, "Oh, a counter-offer."

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