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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (1/7/13) Edition

Oliver Luck discusses offseason challenges, more on Dunlap, hoops notes, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

HERTZEL COLUMN: Luck looks back on Big 12 debut - Times West Virginian
"It’s going to be arguably one of the most important offseasons we’ve had in a while," Luck said

Dunlap offered lesser position - Charleston Daily Mail
A source told the Charleston Daily Mail that Dunlap has been offered an alternate position of employment with the university and it's up to Dunlap to accept and remain at his alma mater or move on to his next job.

NCAA unfair in White ruling - Register-Herald
That organization has ruled that the former West Virginia University quarterback does not hold the all-time record for most rushing yards by a signal-caller.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics - WVU Athletics
Statistics are not always what they seem.

WVUPros Wildcard Weekend Wrap-Up: Two Survive - WVU Pros
Four WVUPros entered the weekend, two survived.

News of Note:

Searching for answers after missed opportunity - Charleston Gazette
There's a chance that West Virginia's basketball team isn't going to get a ton of opportunities like the one it had Saturday.

Huggins' small solution for a bigs problem - Charleston Daily Mail
Can a four-guard lineup work in the Big 12? Is the trade-off worth it?

Mountaineers still winless against top teams - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU's best win so far is against Eastern Kentucky, which is No. 136 in the RPI, and that nearly didn't happen.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU faces an uphill Big 12 battle - Times West Virginian
“It’s not like flying to Philadelphia and back. We’re going to have to adjust things,” coach Bob Huggins admitted.


All-Madden Kicker Alex Louthan Pledges to WVU - WVillustrated
2013 prospect says he will join Mountaineers as a preferred walk-on for the coming season.

4-star DE commit flips to Louisville - WV MetroNews
Richardson has yet to qualify academically and could be a candidate for prep school regardless of which school signs him

Around the League (and Beyond):

Oklahoma Offense Disappears Leading To 41-13 A&M Cotton Bowl Rout - Crimson And Cream Machine

Solitary swipe: Ben McLemore's late steal turns tide in 69-62 KU win - Lawrence Journal World

Jerome Tang-led Bears down Texas 86-79 in OT - Our Daily Bears

Texas Basketball Falls Just Short In Overtime Loss To Baylor - Burnt Orange Nation

McGruder leads Kansas State past Oklahoma State - Wichita Eagle

Postgame Frustration: Raiders make Frogs go cold, 62-53 - Frogs O' War

Grading the Red Raiders | Texas Tech 62, TCU 53 - Viva The Matadors

Questions...questions...and more questions...for 2013 OSU Football - Cowboys Ride For Free

[TE Coach] Wells off to Utah State - Ames Tribune

Video of Interest:

Program featuring tailgates from the Oklahoma/WVU game:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Yippee Ki Yay...

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