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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (12/3/12) Edition

Pinstripe Bowl, Bailey & the Draft, Football Commitments, Big 12 Bowl Roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Bailey contemplates entering draft - Times West Virginian
At the same time he says that, he maintains he’s not 100 percent certain.

NFL Decision Looms for WVU's Bailey - WVillustrated
Junior receiver weighing options after stellar regular season, looking to future in football.

Bailey Making His Push for Biletnikoff - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
"He'd be stupid to go," Dawson said with a laugh.

Three like you’ll never see again - Daily Athenaeum
The trio of Mountaineers: quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, circled the stadium to pose for pictures, slap high fives and sing "Country Roads" with the berth of West Virginia fans who stayed to witness their last song following Saturday’s 59-10 victory against Kansas.

Mountaineers Get Road Win at Virginia - WVU Athletics
Christal Caldwell’s second-half surge helped the No. 25/23 West Virginia women’s basketball team to a come-from-behind win over Virginia, 54-47, Sunday at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Mountaineers point guard brings on-floor leadership - Charleston Daily Mail
Even though he sat out last season because of the NCAA's transfer rules, his teammates named him a team captain before the start of this season.

A Very Early Look At West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2013 NFL Draft - WVU Pros
We examine the NFL Draft prospects of a trio of Mountaineer senior and tell you who else to keep an eye on.

News of Note:

The Official Site of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5) vs. Syracuse Orange (7-5) Dec. 29, 3:15 p.m., Bronx, N.Y.

WVU Accepts Bid To New Era Pinstripe Bowl - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers will face longtime Eastern rival Syracuse.

2012 Pinstripe Bowl, West Virginia vs. Syracuse: Teams, TV schedule, location and more -
Former Big East rivals West Virginia and Syracuse will meet in the Bronx for the third edition of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Mountaineers to face Syracuse in Pinstripe Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU and Syracuse will revive the rivalry for the 58th straight year on Dec. 29, the 60th time overall and quite likely the last time for a long time.

No Bronx Brawl, but another Big East rival will do for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Maybe the Mountaineers' explosive offense can warm the Kentucky bluegrass on what will surely be a chilly day at Yankee Stadium, the site of the third-year bowl game.

Mountaineers get trip to N.Y. to earn stripes - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The two teams have a rich history that spans six decades and dates to 1945.

WVU to meet Syracuse in New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Charleston Gazette
Oh, the irony of it all. On so many different levels.

WVU to play ‘Cuse in Pinstripe Bowl - Daily Athenaeum
The bowl, held at the new Yankee Stadium Dec. 29, marks the 11th-straight year the Mountaineers will make an appearance in postseason play and their 32nd postseason appearance in program history.

WVU to Face Syracuse in Pinstripe Bowl - WVillustrated
Mountaineers and Orange will renew rivalry, battle for Schwartzwalder Trophy in Dec. 29 meeting.

Mountaineers Will Bowl in NYC - WVMETRONEWS.COM
But even though the game seems too familiar and decidedly unsexy, there's payback incentive for WVU, which lost to Syracuse 49-23 last season and 19-14 in 2010.

WVU Gets Orange In Big Apple - BGN
Starting spreading the news - West Virginia will battle Syracuse in the Big Apple.

Put on the Pinstripes - Register-Herald
WVU to battle former Big East foe Syracuse at Yankee Stadium

Hoppy's Commentary on Pinstripe Bowl - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Naturally there are pros and cons to WVU's New Era Pinstripe Bowl trip to play Syracuse. Let the family debates begin about whether or not to go to the bowl game this year.

WVU’s 2012 Season in a Nutshell - Daily Athenaeum
Full season review

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 59-10 win over Kansas


Florida Safety Gives WVU 20th Commit - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Three-star safety Malik Greaves of Jacksonville, Fla., committed to West Virginia on Sunday over offers from 10 other FBS schools including Auburn, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Virginia.

Juco WR Chooses Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
It hasn't quite reached pipeline status, but West Virginia pulled a second commitment out of Itawamba (Miss.) Community College, according to Rivals.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Ranking the Big 12 Bowl Matchups - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Quick-twitch reaction to the Big 12's lineup of nine bowl games, and which ones are most worth watching

The Baylor Bears are going to the Holiday Bowl! - Our Daily Bears

Rematch In Memphis: Iowa State Will Play Tulsa In Liberty Bowl - Wide Right & Natty Lite

WE DID IT. 2012 BIG 12 CHAMPIONS. - Bring On The Cats

Sooners Left Out Of BCS, Will Face Texas A&M In The Cotton Bowl - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State will play Purdue in Heart of Dallas Bowl - Cowboys Ride For Free

Bowl selection: Texas headed to Alamo Bowl, likely to play Oregon State - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Headed To Tempe, Will Battle Spartans - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech and Minnesota to Play in Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas - Viva The Matadors

KU running back James Sims says NFL can wait - Lawrence Journal World

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

Ranking all of the 2012-13 bowl games from best to worst - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Pinstripe Bowl Ticket Information - WVU Athletics
Tickets for West Virginia's appearance in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday, December 29 at Yankee Stadium in New York are now on sale to the general public online at

MAC, Season Ticket Holder Priority Bowl Tickets - WVU Athletics
WVU received tickets in several different price levels for the game with varying quantities of available tickets in each price level.

West Virginia Football Packages, Mountaineers Bowl Game Travel - WVU Sports Travel

Videos of Interest:

Senior quarterback Geno Smith and junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey share their thoughts after WVU's 59-10 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks on senior day in Morgantown.

Amanda Mazey and Jed Drenning break down West Virginia's 59-10 victory over Kansas Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.

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Video of (Dis)Interest:

Misses Throwdown:

Today's Misses Throwdown is actually a pair of gorgeous sisters from Colombia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Camila and Mariana Davalos.