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Mountaineer Morning Links: VMI Post-Game (11/29/12) Edition

Coverage of VMI win, postgame interviews, Kansas previews, player features, Big 12 roundup & more


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VMI Hangover:

West Virginia 94, VMI 69 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

West Virginia Cruises Past VMI - WVU Athletics
Juwan Staten's 18 points leads the Mountaineers.

Mountaineers roll Keydets - Charleston Daily Mail
Turns out the Keydets were just what WVU needed.

Mountaineers rout Keydets 94-69 - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia overcame not only its horrid start but also injuries to three players and foul trouble that eliminated another.

Miles with Career High Again - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The biggest key for him overall heading into this year has been simply his experience and maturity now as a sophomore.

Something Gained, Something Lost - BGN
After struggling through its first four games of the season, West Virginia got an easy win in its regular season home opener, thumping VMI 94-69 on Wednesday night. But the Mountaineers lost a pair of contributors -- at least for the time being.

Up to the Challenge - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Miles scores 11 as WVU rips VMI 94-69 at Coliseum

Seven Mountaineers score in double figures as West Virginia routs VMI in home opener - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia got a season-high 36 points from its bench.

Game Recap: WVU vs. VMI in Home Opener - WVillustrated
West Virginia had ten different players score in their home opener and defeat the VMI Keydets, 94-69.

Miles finding offensive rhythm - Daily Athenaeum
But the sudden outburst of points to his name hasn’t changed Miles’ modest mind-set.

Staten, Murray Continue Making Strides for WVU - WVillustrated
Last year's transfers learning each other's games well to have major impact in early going.

Win Well-Worth $95K - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Cutting such a sizable check was money well spent for West Virginia (2-3), which lacked confidence, cohesion and victories during a difficult four-game road swing that launched the season.

Video: VMI Postgame - BGN
Huggs, Staten, Browne, Keaton & Murray

WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Murray, Staten, Browne, Turk & Keaton


Photo Gallery II: WVU vs VMI - BGN

PHOTOS: WVU Defeats VMI - WVillustrated

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins talks about how his team is still not playing 40 minutes of basketball, Keaton Miles is happy about his play so far this year and Geno Smith embraces his final game as a Mountaineer at home.

West Virginia vs. Kansas Game Preview - WVillustrated
In their regular season finale, the Mountaineers look to finish strong against the Jayhawks.

Holgorsen expects KU to improve - Inter-Mountain
But Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers' second-year head coach, most certainly isn't talking like he's taking the Jayhawks lightly.

Dwight Wallace Kansas Preview - WVU Athletics
MSN's radio analyst breaks down the Jayhawks.

College Football Hot Button Topic of the week - College Football - ESPN
Title vs Consistency

News of Note:

Smith wants one last win in front of the home fans - Register-Herald
Right now, he just wants one more win in front of the home fans at Mountaineer Field.

Smith, Austin and Bailey a record-breaking trio - Charleston Daily Mail
Is it more dizzying to keep up with conference realignment or the updates to West Virginia's football record book?

Looks like WVU's Bailey will leave early for NFL - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU C Madsen among 21 seniors in final home game - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Joe Madsen has seen more changes than a light bulb at West Virginia.

Joseph emerges as bona fide star - Charleston Daily Mail
How has a freshman found a way to stack tackles and lead the team with 88? How he is holding up while playing almost every snap of every game?

Alston found role as big back in Air Raid offense - Charleston Daily Mail
There was a time, we must remember, when Shawne Alston was an afterthought in West Virginia's offense.

Alston gives WVU run game a boost - Herald Dispatch
West Virginia had 239 yards on the ground, its third-highest total of the season, in a 31-24 road win.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 Primer: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Jayhawks wary of West Virginia game-breaker Tavon Austin - Lawrence Journal World

Baylor vs. Oklahoma State Statistical Preview - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Bowl Game FAQ - Wide Right & Natty Lite

K-State’s Brown hopes to learn from Baylor struggles - Wichita Eagle

Sooners' mission this week: Beat TCU, root for Texas Longhorns - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Uni tracker: Are repeat combos a bad omen? - OSU Cowboys

Red McCombs believes Mack Brown will return - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson still listening, but TCU has a lot to offer - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tech TE Jace Amaro not yet cleared to play - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -


Why the Big 12 is happy with 10 amid the latest round of realignment -
Expansion possibilities may hinge on SEC gentleman's agreement

Conference realignment: Should the Big 12 expand to avoid falling behind? - Burnt Orange Nation
The latest round of conference realignment is in full swing, yet the Big 12 is standing idly by. Is that the prudent choice?

Videos of Interest:

Head Coach Bob Huggins discusses WVU's victory over the VMI Keydets on November 28 at the WVU Coliseum.

Coliseum Vision highlights from West Virginia's 94-69 victory over VMI Wednesday night in Morgantown.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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