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Mountaineer Morning Links: Apocalypse Survival (12/21/12) Edition

If you're reading this, congratulations...we survived. News and notes from all over, including football, basketball (men's and women's), plus your Big 12 roundup, weekend hoops viewing guide and more. Programming Note: We will be back with another edition on Monday.


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Highland Scotch Ale, in preparation of tomorrow's opponent.

What You May Have Missed:

Stripe the Coliseum Planned - WVU Athletics
All fans attending the WVU-Kansas game are encouraged to take part in the first-ever ‘Stripe the Coliseum’ on Monday, Jan. 28.

Mountaineers Drop Decision to Duquesne - WVU Athletics
The No. 24/20 WVU women's basketball team dropped a 62-54 decision to Duquesne.

WVU Women's Basketball Falls to Duquesne - WVillustrated
Mountaineers lose second-straight to Duquesne, Carey announces freshman guard White's departure.

Carey's rant and the facts about WVU hoops crowds - Charleston Gazette
it's pretty clear WVU fans aren't much interested unless the women's team is a national contender and/or has a star like Baylor's Brittney Griner.

2013 NFL Draft: Risers, sliders from the 2012 college football season - NFL - Tony Pauline -
Below, we list the draft winners and losers from the entire season's body of work.

An Early Look At Stedman Bailey in the 2013 NFL Draft - WVU Pros
As Stedman Bailey forgoes his Senior season at WVU, where will he land in the 2013 NFL Draft? Here's a look.

No Consensus For Tavon - WVU Athletics
College football's most electric player fails to make consensus team.

WVU favored in bowl game - Martinsburg Journal
To coach Dana Holgorsen and his players, it is a matter of some unfinished business with revenge in mind.

25 best all-time bowl performances - Sporting News

NFL Mock Draft 2013: Chiefs still eyeing a quarterback - SB Nation Kansas City
Experts weigh in on who the Chiefs will target in the 2013 NFL Draft.

News of Note:

Murray not looking back - Charleston Gazette
Mercurial center delivers breakout performance in return to lineup

Noreen brothers to meet on court Saturday - Charleston Daily Mail
The last time Kevin and Kyle Noreen were on opposite sides of a basketball game, the hoop was bolted to their garage in Minneapolis, Minn.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Losing is the end of the world - Times West Virginian
to Huggins, losing basketball games is like the end of the world, and he has a way of transferring that belief to his players

A quick word on steroids in college football -
Sometimes football players gain weight for the saddest reason imaginable.

Area universities' policies vary widely on steroids - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia, like Pitt, includes steroids in the school‘s drug policy for athletes.


Holgorsen Lands Four Mid-Year Signees - WVU Athletics
Four junior college players have signed with WVU.

Terrell Pinson Signs with WVU, Eyes Starting Role - WVillustrated
JUCO safety plans January enrollment to compete for job in Mountaineer secondary.

Wellman sees hard-hitting role in his future with WVU - WV MetroNews
“I haven’t put it into perspective yet,” Wellman said

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Welcomes Five Midterm Enrollees (So Far) - Our Daily Bears

Bowl Central: Rhoads, Players Talk Bowl Prep and Tulsa -

Forbes: K-State is best football team for money; KU worst - Kansas City Star

Jay Norvell Nearly Suspended After Twitter Snafu Per AP Report - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU to Play Florida State at Cowboys Stadium in 2014 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Myck Kabongo: What happens now? - Barking Carnival

TCU guard Ray out 6-8 weeks with foot injury - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kingsbury Sits Down With the Local Media - Viva The Matadors

Why Do We Have College Basketball Polls? - Rock Chalk Talk

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame among college football stories of 2012 - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Radford Highlanders vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on ROOT

Brigham Young Cougars vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPN2

Texas Longhorns vs. (20) Michigan State Spartans - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Breslin Center on ESPN2

(8) Florida Gators vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from KC on ESPN2

Video of Interest:

Tony talks with Coach Huggins about the win over Oakland and the upcoming matchup with Radford

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown just unbelievably turned 40. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of actress Alyssa Milano.