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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (1/15/13) Edition

Women's hoops tonight against TCU, football weightroom upgrades begin, new commitment, will Staten play tomorrow?, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia set to take on TCU - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers will play TCU for the third time in program history.

Mountaineer women face tough road in Big 12 Conference play - Daily Athenaeum
If there is one thing the West Virginia women’s basketball team has learned thus far, it’s that Big 12 Conference play is going to be tough.

Two Mountaineers Recognized by CFPA - WVU Athletics
Geno Smith and Tavon Austin honored for their play this season.

Weight Room Improvements Underway - WVU Athletics
The Milan Puskar Center weight room is getting a facelift.

New coaches waiting to get to work - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU's Madsen Working Toward NFL Dream - WVillustrated
Mountaineer center putting past behind as he focuses on future at the professional level.

Top 100 college football games of 2012 countdown: The Top 10 -

Caldwell Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

West Virginia to Meet Iowa State for First Time - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers travel to Ames to take on the Cyclones.

Huggins Keeps Team Informed On Tourney Chances - WVillustrated
WVU is currently on the outside looking in at the NCAA tournament. There is time to fix that. Head Coach Bob Huggins is making sure his team is aware of its situation heading into each and every game

Cyclones prefer to push pace - Charleston Daily Mail
Iowa State averages 82.5 points per game, which is No. 5 nationally.

No word on when Staten will play again - Charleston Gazette
Juwan Staten was leading the Mountaineers in playing time by a large margin before his benching on Wednesday.

Staten Will Travel, May Play At Iowa State - WVillustrated
Head Coach Bob Huggins said Staten will travel to Iowa State, but left unanswered the question about whether or not he will play in that game Wednesday night.

WVU’s Huggins claims Staten isn’t on same page - Times West Virginian
"Everybody has to be on the same page. If everyone isn’t on the same page, you don’t have a very good team," Huggins said

Staten’s playing status still a tossup - WV MetroNews
Sophomore point guard Juwan Staten has been benched the past three halves after starting West Virginia’s first 14 games.

Huggs: Staten Will Travel To ISU - BGN
Bob Huggins discussed the status of Juwan Staten, Big 12 travel, his thoughts on transfers and more in the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday.

Mountaineers have become frequent fliers - Register-Herald
If the West Virginia University basketball team could collect frequent flier miles, the entire team could probably take a summer vacation to Jamaica.


Underwood Becomes Commitment No. 22 for WVU - WVillustrated
Underwood is a 6'4" 285-pound offensive line prospect who comes from the junior college ranks after signing with Southeastern Louisiana out of high school.

Juco center commits to WVU - WV MetroNews
Stone Underwood figures to compete next fall for spot vacated by departing center Joe Madsen.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big Monday Disappointment: Kansas downs Baylor by double digits. - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: Hoiberg, players confident after 20-point win over Texas - Cyclone Fanatic (autoplay video)

K-State offense going through the motions, and that’s a good thing - Kansas City Star

Aaron Colvin Returning For His Senior Season - Crimson And Cream Machine

And we thought the non-football season would be boring - Cowboys Ride For Free

Case McCoy, Jordan Hicks reinstated to the Texas football team - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU's Stansly Maponga Entering NFL Draft - Frogs O' War

Five Questions: The Receivers - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

WVU Tips With TCU Tuesday - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will tip off with TCU at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of Interest:

A few highlights and an interview with Mountaineer gymnastics head coach Jason Butts after the team defeated the Pitt Panthers in their first meet of the season

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Swedish model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Mini Anden.