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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (12/19/13) Edition

Football inks 4, women's hoops wins big, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Dec. 19 - WV MetroNews
New JUCO commit Skylar Howard and Jon Martin of are featured in this edition of Gold and Blue Now as WVU wraps up a big recruiting day.

Silva Named NSCAA Scholar All-America - WVU Athletics
WVU senior Frances Silva scored another academic honor today.

Musgraves named NCBWA Preseason All-American - Register Herald
West Virginia University junior left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-America Second Team, the organization announced Wednesday.

FURFARI COLUMN: Schaus and King developed WVU-Purdue basketball series - Times West Virginian
There’s a West Virginia University angle of pride of the past to Sunday’s clash with Purdue in a men’s basketball game at the Coliseum.

News of Note:

Mountaineers Break 100 in Win Over Delaware State - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's basketball team defeated Delaware State 109-47, Wednesday.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews of WVU Women's Basketball Coach, Mike Carey, and his players following the Mountaineers' win over Delaware State.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bussie stands tall in the face of adversity - Times West Virginian
Once Big 12 play comes around for West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team, Asya Bussie is going to have to stand tall for the Mountaineers, which she should have no trouble doing.

Mike Casazza: No denying attrition was a problem for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
The explanation nobody wants to hear about West Virginia's defense in 2013 is that missing persons played a massive role in how badly the Mountaineers played late in the season.


Football Announces Four Mid-Year Signees - WVU Athletics
Holgorsen signs four JC players.

WVU Confirms Four Mid-Year Signees - BGN
West Virginia has signed four players on the first day of the mid-year football signing period.

WVU inks 4 junior-college prospects - Charleston Gazette
Dana Holgorsen has gotten a jump on his 2014 recruiting class by signing four junior college players, each of whom have the potential to help fill critical needs as the Mountaineers attempt to bounce back from their first losing season in more than a decade.

Richardson Signs With WVU - EerSports
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (OK) C.C. cornerback Keishawn Richardson pulled a surprise on Wednesday morning, signing with West Virginia over Wisconsin with the intent to enroll next month.

Juco cornerback picks WVU over Wisconsin - WV MetroNews
Keishawn Richardson becomes sixth junior college commitment for 2014 and plans to enroll early.

More Defensive Help - BGN
West Virginia made something of an unexpected pickup when another junior college defensive back committed and signed.

Howard caps ‘surreal’ month by signing with Mountaineers - WV MetroNews
Culminating a month of rapid recruitment that he labeled "so surreal," junior college quarterback Skylar Howard signed his letter of intent with West Virginia on Wednesday.

Pro News:

‘NFL Films Presents’: Tomlin and the Stewart family - Pros Report
Here is a touching story from NFL Films showing Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and his relationship with with the Stewart family.

Terence Garvin of Steelers fined $25,000 for hit - Pros Report
Terence Garvin has seen a gradual increase in his playing time for the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the season, but now he will see a reduction in his bank account.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor vs. Northwestern State final score: No. 12 Baylor wins OT thriller, 91-84 -

‘Foul or Defend’ and other late-game thoughts - Ames Tribune

Tharpe steps up as leader since demotion - Lawrence Journal World

K-State looks for signature victory against Gonzaga - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma basketball notebook: Ryan Spangler comes back strong - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys pick up the pace after half - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns 86, North Carolina Tar Heels 83: Victory! - Barking Carnival

The Business of TCU Athletics (2013 Edition) - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Falls to LSU, 71-69 - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Gold Rush/Family Day Set for Sunday - WVU Athletics
$60 online ticket available at

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's 109-47 victory over the Delaware State Hornets.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Polish model best known for her work with VS. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Magdalena Frackowiak (the gallery is much better than the video).