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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (12/17/12) Edition

Huggins questions effort, women win, football lists, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineers Defeat Youngstown State - WVU Athletics
The No. 25/22 West Virginia University women’s basketball team had five players in double figures, including a double-double from senior Ayana Dunning to defeat Youngstown State 90-57 on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

Hot shooting lifts WVU women - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers find rhythm in home rout

Bowl Season's 35 Most Exciting Players - Photos -
22 & 5

15 Most Amazing Runs, Hits and Catches in College Football 2012 -
J.D. Woods' one hander vs. Baylor made the cut

BHS Alumna Mentus Tackling Wedding Plans as Fiancé Tackles NFL Foes - Connect Bridgeport
an eventual injury to right tackle T.J. Lang saw Barclay pressed into the lineup against the Minnesota Vikings.

College football bowl games preview: 35 GIFs for 35 games, Part 1 -
Do you have the time to figure out whether every bowl is worth watching? Of course not. Hate reading? Love funny moving pictures?

News of Note:

Huggins Asks Players to Be More Like WVU Past - WVillustrated
For a man who tells a story of a truck with no rearview mirror, Huggins finds himself bringing up the past a lot lately.

Huggins peeved by effort of team - Charleston Daily Mail
"I'm sick of it. I'm sick of watching guys stand around and watching guys not compete and watching guys miss shot after shot after shot and never come early, never stay late and don't even think about coming in on an off day."

Huggins blasts work habits of some Mountaineer players - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“It’s going to be about we, it’s never going to be about me. I’ve left players that were way, way better than Aaric Murray."

Huggs can bear it no more - Register-Herald
West Virginia coach unloads after lackadaisical effort in loss to Michigan

HERTZEL COLUMN: This message falling on deaf ears - Times West Virginian
Huggins was talking about effort, desire and dedication.

Freshmen Provide Quality Minutes in WVU Loss - WVillustrated
Henderson, Harris provide a spark, but not enough for WVU to keep pace with Michigan.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor football returns to field for Holiday Bowl practice - Waco Tribune

Cyclones grind to a win - Ames Tribune

Kansas Dominates Its Toughest Home Test - Rock Chalk Talk

Zags cruise past Cats in second half - Manhattan Mercury

Oklahoma Turns Up Defensive Heat In 64-54 Win Over Texas A&M - Crimson And Cream Machine

Season of 'what ifs' has left the Cowboys in an unknown bowl - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Report: Is Manny Diaz Running Out Of Options? - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: Freshmen Fields, Boykin have first media chat - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

In Their Own Words: Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt - Viva The Matadors

College bowl games: We are to blame for all the bad games - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

Submit your Nike Roar for WVU Basketball Shirt - WVU Athletics
Nike Basketball’s Campus Roar is back and for the third year in a row, fans can impact a West Virginia University Nike T-shirt by sending in their "roar".

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's victory over Youngstown State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

If only Smitty was this clever last weekend:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Russian bombshell. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Irina Voronina (gallery below questionnaire).