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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (1/8/13) Edition

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Draft notes, hoops notes, ND schadenfreude, WVUPros with Bruce update, Big 12 roundup & more

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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 Beatdown Brown Ale, in honor of the ass whipping that Notre Dame took last night.

What You May Have Missed:

Final Big 12 Stat Leaders - WVU Athletics
Several WVU players among league stat leaders.

BCS: How Much Is Your College-Football Team Worth? - Wall Street Journal
#32

From the Bench: A ESPN, NCAA Hit Job on WVU's Pat White - Connect Bridgeport
This is a vintage hatchet job. One gleefully started by the Worldwide Leader in Sports and followed with equal joy by the governing body of collegiate sports.

NCAA record just isn’t a big deal - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Bruce Irvin will start for the Seahawks vs. the Falcons - WVU Pros
When the Seattle Seahawks selected WVU DE Bruce Irvin in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, they did so with a vision of him becoming an every down player.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith is still the pick for Chiefs - SB Nation Kansas City
The quarterback out of West Virginia is a no-brainer for rebuilding Kansas City.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Will Texans draft WR Tavon Austin? - SB Nation Houston
In the latest SB Nation mock draft, Houston drafts the versatile Tavon Austin out of West Virginia.

A.J. McCarron's girlfriend gains thousands of fans, including Brent Musburger and Aaron Murray - SBNation.com
Things got so weird.


News of Note:

AUDIO: Huggins, Texas' Barnes On Big 12 Call - WVillustrated
Bob Huggins and Rick Barnes will lead their respective teams against each other facing similar situations at this point of the season.

Simple Problems Need Solving - BGN
Time to study what occurred in Saturday’s late letdown against Oklahoma didn’t change Bob Huggins’ opinion of what happened in that loss -- or the entire season thus far

Loss drives home shortcomings - Charleston Gazette
Will it ever change? Huggins doesn't sound quite sure.

WVU struggling at both ends - WV MetroNews
The shooting has been lacking all season, but WVU's defense isn't picking up the slack.

WVU Lacks Killer Instinct - WVillustrated
WVU can get a lead on its opponent, but fails to put that team away.

The waiting is the hardest part - Register-Herald
Mountaineer fans still longing for a turnaround in Big 12 debut

Rigorous travel schedule ahead for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"I was in Kansas. We were basically an hour (flight) from everybody. I've never been through this before, this kind of travel on a day-to-day basis."


Recruiting:

WVU recruit hopes to make impact - Charleston Daily Mail
Montverde Academy senior Devin Williams, who is ranked the 22nd-best power forward in the class of 2013, is headed to WVU.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Asking About Conference Championship Game - Frogs O' War

Baylor football '13: Briles takes stock for another bowl run - Waco Tribune

Cyclones' defense among the nation's elite based upon opponent scoring norms. Check it out. - 2:00 Timeout With SteveMalchow

Notebook: Travis Releford responds to halftime criticism from Bill Self - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State notebook - Kansas City Star

Sooners Confirm Tony Jefferson & Kenny Stills Declaring Early - Crimson And Cream Machine

Doug Meacham leaving OSU for Houston - Oklahoman

Jason Verrett To Return To TCU For Senior Season - Frogs O' War

Five Questions: The Offensive Line - Viva The Matadors


This Week in Schadenfreude:

Sad Notre Dame fan is the perfect snapshot - SBNation.com

Eddie Lacy makes Rudy cry: The @SBNationGIF masterpiece - SBNation.com


What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball Reunion Saturday - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University Varsity Club Director Dale Wolfley is expecting close to 100 former basketball players on campus for the annual Mountaineer basketball reunion taking place on Saturday, Jan. 12 as part of WVU’s 1:30 p.m. game against Kansas State at the WVU Coliseum.


Video of Interest:

Jabarie Hinds, Richard Romeo & Kevin "Big Sweat" Noreen are featured in this edition of A Meetin' with Keaton.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a prime example of why the Beach Boys wrote the song California Girls. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of California girl Jessica Burciaga.