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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (12/26/12) Edition

Pinstripe Bowl: Madsen ineligible, Geno's redemption, Cuse players out, hoops notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Ten Unforgettable Moments From 2012 - WVU Athletics
Ten moments we won't soon forget from the inaugural Big 12 season.

Time for reflection for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Most of that reflection revolves around the old gold and blue's move from the Big East

Is glass half-full or empty? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
When it comes to West Virginia University athletics, I can't make up my mind.

NFL Draft prospects to watch in bowl games: Part 2 - Tony Pauline -
Breaking down the players to watch in the season's first batch of bowl games, as well as a projection as to where they'll be drafted.

Ranking the most memorable sports moments in 2012 -

Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
Fifteen former West Virginia University football players are currently on NFL rosters.

News of Note:

Pinstripe Bowl

Center Madsen to miss Pinstripe Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia arrived here Tuesday for Saturday's Pinstripe Bowl with all but one player.

New York State of Mind - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers have arrived in New York City.

Bowl check-in day in the Big Apple - WV MetroNews
Snow, rain and temps in the low-30s are forecast for Saturday afternoon’s kickoff.

WVU quarterback Smith happy for one last shot at Syracuse - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith chuckled when he discovered he will oppose Syracuse in his final college football game.

West Virginia's Smith hopes to finally pin a loss on the Orange - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For quarterback Geno Smith, his swan song in the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday will offer an almost serendipitous crack at a team that has beguiled him in his West Virginia career.

Smith ready for last game with Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
If there was a criticism of Geno Smith this season - and that presumes such a thing is possible when he again set so many records while so much of West Virginia's trouble was tethered to its defense - it has been handled and molded into a compliment.

Former Oklahoma State star not kept down for long - Charleston Daily Mail
McGee knows his position and can teach the craft, but he knows that's not nearly enough.

Patterson took unlikely route to new job - Charleston Daily Mail
Keith Patterson could be the defensive coordinator today at Arizona State or at Auburn. He could be the head coach at a high school in Texas or Oklahoma.

Hickman: 8-5 vs. 7-6: No small matter - Charleston Gazette
It may seem only one small number. And in reality it is.

How to replace WVU's Big 3? - Charleston Gazette
Assistant confident that Mountaineers will fill the shoes of Austin, Smith, Bailey

Adonis Ameen-Moore, Max Beaulieu of Syracuse Orange held out of New Era Pinstripe Bowl - ESPN

Marquis Spruill To Miss 'Significant Portion' Of Pinstripe Bowl - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician


Defensive switch was helpful vs. Radford - Charleston Daily Mail
When WVU (6-5) switched from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone, it caused havoc for Radford (5-7), which scored just 13 points in the final 9 minutes of the game and made just four shots from the field.

1-3-1 Zone Causes Headaches For WVU Opponents - WVillustrated
WVU uses its size and athleticism to make the 1-3-1 zone a game-changing type of defense

Huggins Looking For A Spark Off The Bench - WVillustrated
Forward Dom Rutledge is one of the players trying to grab hold of that role

WVU working hard to fix problems - Times West Virginian
Great coaches aren’t made happy by victory.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Preview: Bowls - BGN

Christmas Eve Video: Baylor Football in San Diego! - Our Daily Bears

Healthy ISU defense looking to regain old form - Ames Tribune

With Weis at helm, KU academic staff not worried about juco signees' academics - Lawrence Journal World

K-State needs running game in top form - Topeka Capital Journal

Stacy McGee Arrested, Almost Assuredly To Miss Cotton Bowl - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys' tempo might not be quite the same in Heart of Dallas Bowl - Oklahoman

Texas Football Bowl Game Prep: All About Oregon State - Burnt Orange Nation

Senior lineman Foltz savors every moment as TCU career winds down - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Douglas, Mackey and Payne Suspended for Meineke Car Care Bowl Game - Viva The Matador

What's On Tap:

Pinstripe Bowl Festivities Set To Begin - WVillustrated
Both teams will spend four days in New York City.

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Miss Throwdown:

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