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Six Earn All-Big 12 Honors

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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

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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

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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

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...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

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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

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"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."

SEC-Big 12 Form Bowl Alliance, Screw Over ACC

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In case you didn't hear, the SEC and Big 12 have formed a new partnership that will send their football conference champion to a bowl game to play each other, should they not make the proposed 4-team "playoff" for the National Title. Why does that matter? Well, it basically leaves the ACC without a dance partner. The Big 10 and Pac 12/16 have a similar agreement with the Rose Bowl so now the ACC is the last conference standing. Could they partner with the Big East? Maybe, but who is going to care about a Big East-ACC game and who knows if the Big East will even exist in a few years... I'll have more on this tomorrow, but this is definitely a line in the sand of sorts that knocks the ACC down a peg, elevates the Big 12, and might kill hopes of ND ever joining the conference. It could also impact what FSU does. Hold on to your butts, things are about to get crazy...

Big 12 And SEC Announce Major Bowl Partnership

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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.

SEC & Big 12 Champs to Face Off in Postseason

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As Jason Kirk points out in the article, watching the Cotton and Sugar Bowls fight over who hosts this is going to be absolutely perfect. Geographically, it's a slam dunk, from a style of play and also a travel standpoint. It possibly renews old rivalries (you think Texas vs. A&M wasn't referenced?) and will mean big money for whoever hosts it. Since details are light, what are your initial thoughts on this?

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