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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (12/18/13) Edition

Basketball notes (including Holton update), women in action tonight, football recruiting, Jerry West still has it, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Dec. 18 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins chats about his team during final exam week as they get set to play Purdue on Sunday and David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest talks about the best candidates for Texas Longhorns.

WVU women’s basketball eyes 9th straight - Times West Virginian
Call Mike Carey selfish, if you dare, but he has four players averaging in double figures this season, and he wants more.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
WVU Women's Coach, Mike Carey, and his player, Christal Caldwell, talk to the media prior to the Mountaineers' game against Delaware State.

Furfari: Szuch recalls his QB years at WVU - Register Herald
Alex Szuch, a native of Logan, was a quarterback for West Virginia University’s football team in 1954-55-56.

HERTZEL COLUMN: In death, Chris Henry helped others - Times West Virginian
Death is supposed to be the final chapter. The end. Write the biographies, make the final judgments.

News of Note:

Mountaineers have points of emphasis with extra practice time - Charleston Daily Mail
Two games in 15 days might not be a bad thing.

Staten's Leadership Extends Beyond the Court for WVU - WVillustrated
Junior guard is having an outstanding season for the Mountaineers, but it's what he does off of the court that may have the biggest impact.

Huggins says he hasn’t ruled out Holton playing this season - WV MetroNews
“No, I don’t think it’s final,” Huggins said Tuesday night while visiting with the crew on MetroNews “Statewide Sportsline.”

Holton, Jimbo, hoops and predicting - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Brandon Watkins: In or out? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Watkins is the longest, rangiest player on the team and the only guy who can block and contest shots inside. He’s not particularly explosive, but he seems to care about his role


WVU recruiting: Will Ayeni's odyssey stop in Motown? - Charleston Gazette
From England to Nigeria to New York to Canada to New Mexico to ... Morgantown? That could be the path of Terry Ayeni, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end who holds a West Virginia offer and has the Mountaineers as one of his favorites.

Pro News:

WVUPros NFL Week 15 Recap - Pros Report
Here are how your favorite Mountaineers performed in NFL Week 15 action.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears break huddle again in preparation for Fiesta Bowl - Waco Tribune

Questions behind them, No. 17 ISU stands undefeated - Ames Tribune

Jayhawks can’t wait to return to fieldhouse - Lawrence Journal World

K-State men face week of challenging tests - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners Weather The Storm To Secure 10th Win Over UT-Arlington 91-89 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys roll past Delaware State - Oklahoman

David Ash wants to return in Spring - Barking Carnival

Sonny Cumbie ‘excited’ for coaching opportunity at TCU - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Marquez's move to slot could last for a while - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Saying goodbye to the BCS - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers Ready for Midweek Matchup - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will face Delaware State in a midweek matchup, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the WVU Coliseum.

Texas Longhorns vs. (14) North Carolina Tar Heels - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Dean Dome on ESPN2/3

LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
9 pm tonight from United Spirit Arena on ESPNU/3

Northwestern State Demons vs. (12) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on FSN affiliates (including MASN2)

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model who was a rookie in the most recent SI Swimsuit issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Emily Didonato.