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Mountaineer Morning Links: VT Pre-Game (12/7/12) Edition

Stedman snubbed (more on this later this morning), more awards, Pinstripe Bowl, Hokies previews, weekend hoops guide, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins and Roanake Times writer Mark Berman preview the WVU-Virginia Tech basketball game on Saturday, and Syracuse Post-Standard writer Nolan Weidner discusses the Pinstripe Bowl.

Big 12 Individual Game Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
Individual tickets for Big 12 home games for the 2012-13 WVU men’s basketball season will go on sale Monday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m.

WVU women cope with Bussie injury - Times West Virginian
In a way, West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team has been playing from behind even before the season started.

HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Brawl’ still lives on in new book - Times West Virginian
Antonik gives you all the well-known anecdotes in a breezy manner, while also offering little-known, behind-the-scenes information.

TV brainwashing sports voters - Charleston Gazette
you also suspect is not all voters thoroughly research matters.

Pat White Chases Acting Gigs in L.A. - Lost Letterman
West Virginia QB Pat White is best remembered for an entertaining style of play that produced a slew of records and lasting memories that included two Top 10 Heisman Trophy finishes in 2007 (6th) and ‘08 (7th).

News of Note:

Bailey Falls Short in Quest for Biletnikoff Award - WVillustrated
Like McAfee before him, Bailey will return to Morgantown empty handed.

Two Make Walter Camp Second Team - WVU Athletics
Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey picked as WRs.

Austin receives share of award - Charleston Daily Mail
"He's the most explosive player in the country with the ball in his hands," Coach Dana Holgorsen said.

WVU looks to continue winning streak, takes on Virginia Tech for first time since 2004 - Daily Athenaeum
After dropping in-state rival Marshall in a physical contest Wednesday night, the West Virginia men’s basketball team will return home for another rivalry game against Virginia Tech, Saturday at 4 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

Tough stretch should help Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU's 69-59 win over Marshall was the start of tough streak of games that continues Saturday at 4 p.m. against Virginia Tech (ESPN2).

Mountaineers are making progress - Register-Herald

What to Expect from Gerun? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Put on hold for six games by the NCAA, the timing of Volodymyr Gerun's debut now comes at the discretion of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.

Center A Piece For WVU - BGN
Deniz Kilicli got most of the press for his points and poise at the line. But it was Aaric Murray that, on both ends, made an underrated impact in the 69-59 win over Marshall.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 by the numbers: Pre-bowls - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Lache Seastrunk: Game-changer? - Our Daily Bears

Jamie Pollard Expands Media Empire - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football Lands Four on All Big 12 Teams - Rock Chalk Talk

Rece Davis Talks With Jon Morse - Bring On The Cats

Tyrus Thompson Will Not Receive Suspension From The Big 12 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Think Twice Before Pointing The Finger At Gundy - Cowboys Ride For Free

A tribute to Texas Longhorns DB Kenny Vaccaro - Barking Carnival

Time is coming for TCU to make a call on Casey Pachall - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

May be more options than just Kentucky for Brown - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Coliseum on ESPN2/WatchESPN

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane - ESPN
1:05 pm Saturday from Reynolds Center on FSN

Colorado Buffaloes vs. (9) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Allen Fieldhouse on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Kansas State Wildcats vs. George Washington Colonials - ESPN
2:30 pm Saturday from the Smith Center on CBS College Sports Channel

Missouri State Bears vs. (23) Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba Arena on RSN

UCLA Bruins vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
5:15 pm Saturday from Reliant Stadium on ESPN/WatchESPN

Video of Interest:

He may not have won last night, but he'll always be OUR Biletnikoff winner:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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