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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (1/21/13) Edition

Hoops notes, Geno and the draft, Austin gets another award, Big 12 growing pains, hoops recruit from Martinsburg, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Growing pains hurt WVU - Times West Virginian
It is a different world, and while West Virginia may have believed coming in that it could impose its will upon its new conference, it is going to require an adjustment period that could offer some growing pains before the Mountaineers are settled in.

WVU’s Austin Repeats As Hardman Award Winner - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
the state Amateur Athlete of the Year

No. 1 Rifle Resumes Season with Win - WVU Athletics
The No. 1 WVU rifle team trumped No. 8 Nebraska today at the WVU Rifle Range.

Chip Kelly hire puts all QB options, including Geno Smith, on Eagles’ table | Audibles -
Could Chip Kelly, now that he’s been named head coach of the Eagles in a stunning turn of events, decide that he needs to use the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft on Geno Smith?

Moore among the best - Martinsburg Journal
Lowes Moore of Mount Vernon, N.Y., ranks among the all-time top 10 men's basketball scorers in West Virginia University history.

News of Note:

Defeated Huggins: I Didn't See This Coming - WVillustrated
Mountaineer head coach admits his forecast for the season has changed following latest setback.

Issues continue to pile up for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"Every person in the locker room, all the players need to look in the mirror and think about what we're doing to contribute and what we're doing that's not contributing to the team. We all need to come together and fix it all. That's all we can do now."

Mountaineers at a Loss for Answers - WVillustrated
West Virginia players say all the motivation they need is their current losing record.

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Martinsburg’s Grantham talks WVU, D-I options - WV MetroNews
Martinsburg's Donte Grantham staying patient on college decision.

Around the League (and Beyond):

MBB Runs Past Hardin-Simmons, 107-38 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site

Iowa State Is Good, TCU Is Bad... That About Sums It Up - Frogs O' War

Kansas Survives Poor Shooting, Turnovers To Beat Texas - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas St. Defense Sparks 69-60 Win Over Oklahoma - Crimson And Cream Machine

Texas Tech's offensive woes continue in lopsided road loss to Oklahoma State - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Radical change needed to overhaul bowls system - Sporting News
It's time to change the bowl system — in every sense of the system. From the games, to the dates they're played, to — most important — how the teams are selected.

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
5:30 pm tonight from Ferrell Arena on ESPN/ESPN3

Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight from the Noble Center on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

sophomore guard Jabarie talks about his slow start on the season and how things are looking up for both him and the Mountaineer basketball team

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from Mother Russia. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lina Shekhovtsova.