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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Pre-Game (11/30/12) Edition

KU previews, Senior Day, player features, bowl scenarios, KJ called up, Big 12 roundup, tailgate prep & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Coach Dana Holgorsen previews WVU's final Big 12 game of the inaugural season. Shawne Alston tells us why Senior Day carries extra meaning for him.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Miles having fun off the court - Times West Virginian
The best part of a West Virginia University basketball game isn’t really part of West Virginia basketball at all.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith remains tied to Chiefs at No. 1 - SB Nation Kansas City
Experts have the Chiefs eyeing the once-Heisman frontrunner to solve their quarterback problems.

No. 25 West Virginia ready for matchup with UVA - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 25 West Virginia women’s basketball team will look to get back on track following two losses in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic, as it travels to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers Sunday.

The Cleveland Cavs Sign Kevin Jones From the NBDL - WVU Pros
It only took three monstrous NBDL games for Kevin Jones to show he was out of place.

WVU still in position for exciting bowl game - Daily Athenaeum
Despite somewhat of an underwhelming inauguration into one of the nation’s top football conferences this year, West Virginia still has some very alluring prospects for a great bowl game.

Jumbled Big 12 bowl picture starts coming into focus tonight - Charleston Gazette
But so many outside factors are in play, not the least of which is that MAC title game tonight in Detroit.

MAC, Big East could impact Big 12 bowl bids - Charleston Gazette
Here's how the process works in relation to the Big 12 and how the MAC title game plays into it:

Five to Compete at USA Winter Airgun Championship - WVU Athletics
Five members of the No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team will be competing at the USA Winter Airgun Championships this weekend.

State of Oklahoma has become popular spot for schools searching for head coaches - Oklahoman (auto-play video)
Since 1999, Oklahoma has had five offensive coordinators — Kevin Wilson, Kevin Sumlin, Chuck Long, Mark Mangino and Mike Leach — hired as head coaches. At OSU, former offensive coordinators Dana Holgorsen, Larry Fedora and Mike Gundy himself are now head coaches at BCS schools.

College football playoff mock selection committee-Oregon, Florida in - NCAA Football -
ADOL is on the mock committee. Thanks to Matt from our Facebook page for the heads up.

SI college football playoff mock selection committee lessons -

News of Note:

Week 14: Kansas at West Virginia - College Football News
CFN Prediction: West Virginia 41 … Kansas 24

WVU, Kansas meet for only second time - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers, Jayhawks last played in 1941

Twenty One Seniors to be Recognized - WVU Athletics
Senior day Saturday for Mountaineer football.

WVU looks to send seniors out with win in final home game vs. Kansas - Daily Athenaeum
Awaiting West Virginia (6-5, 3-5) is a Kansas team (1-10, 0-8) that hasn’t defeated a current member of the Big 12 Conference since 2010.

West Virginia seniors Smith, Austin go out in blaze of glory - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I'm glad that I was able to be able to be up here for four years. ... I'm just blessed to be a part of this. I look forward to watching it grow when I leave."

Eye-catching credentials for WVU trio - Inter-Mountain
Quarterback Geno Smith, four-position standout Tavon Austin, and junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey have continued to share a variety of career records this season.

Smith looking for victory in home finale - Times West Virginian
“As far as it being our last game, it probably won’t hit me until I go out there,”

Mountaineers Get Their Shot at Struggling Jayhawks - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
On the whole, Kansas, which faced the toughest schedule in college football, has lost 36 of 42 games under three different coaches and needs a victory Saturday against the Mountaineers to avoid its worst season in 14 years.

DeForest expects a battle from foe - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's a scary game," DeForest said. "It really is, because what do they have to lose?

KU: The Perfect Senior Day Sacrifice - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia will enjoy Senior Day against Kansas, the only Big 12 team not bound for a bowl this season.

Opposing view: Kansas writer Austin Meek - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Today we're joined by Austin Meek of The Topeka Capital-Journal

Madsen's No Longer the Shy Guy - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"I was here when he [RR, ed.] said he would sign a contract to stay here forever," Madsen said,

Jenkins ready for last home game at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Parkersburg-native one of 21 seniors playing last game in Morgantown

Questioning the Big 12 and examining its top players - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

West Virginia assistant remembers fondly his time in KC - Kansas City Star
Five years later, Roberts is now an assistant at West Virginia, coaching cornerbacks for a program that is adjusting to life in the Big 12.


Schedule Spawns Recruiting Imbalance - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"This is one of the weeks that the NCAA designates as a recruiting week, so Texas Tech and Iowa State are all over the country recruiting.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 by the numbers: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

KU’s Weis has tough task ahead on recruiting trail - Kansas City Star

Sturdy Baylor O-line spurs running resurgence - Waco Tribune

Korie's DeLucious Turnovers - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein eyes a title, not a trophy - Kansas City Star

OSU football: Todd Monken's high-powered offense enhancing his status as head coach prospect - Oklahoman (auto-play video)

If Mack Brown gets kicked upstairs, why not Gary Patterson? Or even Sean Payton? - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

TCU senior tight end enjoys finally playing catch-up - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech Red Raider Basketball Trending - Viva The Matadors

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 14 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Links below are StatMilk previews, ESPN previews are HERE

Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
2:30 pm ET Saturday from Milan Puskar Stadium on ROOT and FSN affiliates. Mountaineers are giving 19.5.

(23) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Baylor Bears
Noon ET Saturday from Floyd Casey Stadium on FX. Pokes are giving 4.5.

(11) Oklahoma Sooners vs. TCU Horned Frogs
Noon ET Saturday from Amon G. Carter Stadium on ESPN/WatchESPN. Land Thieves are giving 6.5.

(18) Texas Longhorns vs. (6) Kansas St. Wildcats
8 pm ET Saturday from Bill Snyder Family Stadium on ABC. Cats are giving 10.5.

College Football TV Schedule
Full TV listings, all times listed are Central

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi visits with Dana Holgorsen to preview Saturday's Kansas game in the final United Bank Playbook of the season.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Slow Roasted BBQ Beef Roast
5 pounds boneless rump roast
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1. Prepare an outdoor rotisserie grill for medium heat.
2. Cut slits on all sides of the roast, and insert garlic slices.
3. In a small bowl, mix paprika, salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Rub the mixture over the roast.
4. Place roast on the prepared rotisserie, and cook 2 to 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Allow to rest about 20 minutes before slicing.

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Video of (Dis)Interest:

Just for Smitty:

Mountaineer Maniacs - 2013 Naismith Student Section of the Year

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model and actress best known for her work in the SI Swimsuit editions. She's also The Pledge from our old Hump Day magic show. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Brooklyn Decker.