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Mountaineer Morning Links: Capital Classic Pre-Game (12/13/13) Edition

Previews for tomorrow's hoops matchups for both men and women against Marshall, hoops notes, football recruiting, WVU Pros weekend preview, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Dec. 13 - WV MetroNews
Kevin Noreen shares his thoughts on the upcoming Capital Classic while Dave Wilson, beat reporter for the Thundering Herd gives us a closer look at what WVU can expect to see on Saturday.

Capital Classic: WVU women can extend streak over Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail
The West Virginia women's basketball team can equal its longest winning ever against Marshall in the 53rd meeting of the intrastate series.

Women's Basketball Playbook - WVU Athletics
Jeff Culhane visits with West Virginia women's basketball coach Mike Carey to get an update on the team as it prepares for Saturday's Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston.

FURFARI COLUMN: Seeing Catlett, Blaney back at Coliseum a treat - Times West Virginian
It was great to see Gale Catlett and his wife, Anise, at last Tuesday night’s West Virginia University-Gonzaga men’s basketball game at the Coliseum.

Wrapup of WVU’s season - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Here are a few tidbits to munch on as you prepare for what should be an interesting spring:

News of Note:

Tickets Remain for Games in Charleston - WVU Athletics
Seats are still available for the Marshall and William & Mary games

A Capital Classic - WVU Athletics
State bragging rights on the line once again.

Record doesn’t show it, but WVU has improved - Charleston Daily Mail
Despite all the points scored in the first 10 contests to suggest this team was superior to that team, the difference is just one game. But that's on paper and the Mountaineers don't believe that's quite accurate.

Is WVU really any better? - Register Herald
West Virginia fans want to get behind the 2013-14 Mountaineer basketball team.

Floor generals take center stage in Capital Classic - Charleston Daily Mail
The point guard position is the most compelling aspect of Saturday's Capital Classic, the 42nd matchup between the men's basketball programs at West Virginia and Marshall


HERTZEL COLUMN- Gibson digging Western PA pipeline deeper - Times West Virginian
Clearly, the underground railroad is up and running from Pittsburgh to Morgantown, and Tony Gibson is the engineer.

‘Tough town’ of Aliquippa has been producing top talent for years - Times West Virginia
Back in the mid-1990s, West Virginia University football coach Don Nehlen reached up in Aliquippa, Pa., to grab off a wide receiver named Charles Fisher with the idea of making him into a cornerback, a pretty good idea at that as Fisher wound up his career as a second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Juco QB made rapid climb from FCS walk-on to WVU recruit - WV MetroNews
Skylar Howard's coach at Riverside (Calif.) Community College reflects on a season of exponential growth.

Pro News:

Tavon Austin injury update and other NFL notes - Pros Report
Here are some notes on Tavon Austin and some other WVUPros heading into NFL Week 15.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 college football assistant coach salaries - ESPN
This week, USA Today released its annual database of assistant coach salaries in college football.

College Football Assistants Salaries - USA Today
Full listing

Tevin Reese cleared for Fiesta Bowl - Our Daily Bears

Teenage Mutant Ninja Cyclones - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Self: KU reacting too slow vs. zone - Lawrence Journal World

Gardner Hobbled, But Probable - Bring On The Cats

Most Improbable Of Seasons | Sooners Coaching Staff Deserves More Credit - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert named a Walter Camp All-American - Oklahoman

Bill Powers keeps job as Texas president, no Powers/Steve Patterson/Mack Brown meeting Thursday - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Officially Hires Doug Meacham as Offensive Coordinator - Frogs O' War

A Miscommunication - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from CCC on ROOT.

(23) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (17) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight from Hilton on ESPNU/3

(7) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - Preview - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Thomas Assembly Center on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

In this edition of the Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook, the coach and Tony Caridi talk about the upcoming in-state battle with Marshall.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another gorgeous Russian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natalia Belova. The video kind of sucks, but the gallery will not disappoint.