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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma Pre-Game (1/4/13) Edition

Oklahoma previews, Holgorsen says changes are coming, Pat White's record, NFL Draft outlook for the Big 3, weekend viewing guide, Big 12 roundup & more.


Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Oklahoma Suks Beer, in preparation for tomorrow's hoop tilt (it's really weird rooting for them tonight and against them tomorrow).

What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen says changes are coming - Charleston Gazette
The coach said by this time next week many of the moves will be made public. He's called a team meeting for Sunday "to lay the foundation."

Big scores, a broken record and bad starts - Charleston Daily Mail
McGill's Notebook

Bailey ready for professional football - Register-Herald
A finalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, Bailey ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring per game and No. 3 in receiving yards per game.

NFL mock draft 2013: Geno Smith, Tavon Austin top QB and WR in draft, per new mock - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Geno Smith and Tavon Austin of the West Virginia Mountaineers could each be the top player off the NFL Draft board at their respective positions, with one mocker selecting Smith No. 3 and Austin No. 12.

HERTZEL COLUMN: White still greatest rushing QB - Times West Virginian
Patrick White is getting jobbed.

News of Note:

WVU Faces Oklahoma in Inaugural Big 12 Game - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers, Sooners to clash Saturday at the Coliseum.

In Big 12 opener, a familiar foe awaits - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia begins its inaugural season of Big 12 Conference competition at home Saturday under unusual circumstances.

Kruger, Oklahoma making first visit to Morgantown - WV MetroNews
Oklahoma head coach looks at his team's matchup against West Virginia.

WVU Not In Terrible Shape As Big 12 Play Begins - WVillustrated
It has been a frustrating start to the season for WVU, but the numbers indicate the Mountaineers are in better shape than some may have thought with Big 12 play on the horizon.

Mountaineers' slow start - Charleston Gazette
Huggins frustrated by lack of improvement

Inconsistent Dom-inion - BGN
Dominique Rutledge is emerging as a second interior threat for West Virginia on both ends of the floor.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Kansas State falls to Oregon, 35-17 - SB Nation Kansas City

2013 Cotton Bowl | OU Football | Diagramming A Sooners Victory - Crimson And Cream Machine

Baylor Football upgraded to Nike Tier 1 for 2013 - Our Daily Bears

Bowled over: Cyclones have work to do in offseason - WCF Courier

How Important are Non-Revenue Sports? - Rock Chalk Talk

Mike Gundy talks Heart of Dallas Bowl, college offenses in the NFL and his flirtations with other schools on Tim Brando radio show - Oklahoman

Myck Kabongo, the NCAA, and the Media - Burnt Orange Nation

Mac Engle: Casey Pachall Returning To TCU "Not A Done Deal Yet" - Frogs O' War

Coach Profile | Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Dennis - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on MASN, YES, ESPN Gameplan & WatchESPN

(21) Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Immediately following the men at the Oliver Garden on Saturday. Both games are designated as "Gold Rush."

(9) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (11) Oklahoma Sooners - Preview - ESPN
Cotton Bowl, 8 pm tonight from Jerry World on Fox. Land Thieves are getting 3.

(22) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (23) Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from Fred Bramlage Coliseum on YES & WatchESPN

Texas Longhorns vs. Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Ferrell Center on ESPNU. No word on any streaking.

Temple Owls vs. (6) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
4:30 pm Sunday from Allen Fieldhouse on CBS

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi and Coach Huggins talk about Saturday's Big 12 matchup with Oklahoma and the Mountaineers victory over Eastern Kentucky.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Greek/Irish bombshell. CLICK HERE for today''s gallery of Georgia Salpa.