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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (12/20/13) Edition

Hoops & football notes, Huggs gives back, weekend hoops viewing guide, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Dec. 20 - WV MetroNews
we hear more about new signee Keishawn Richardson plus Brian Neubert of Black and Gold Illustrated talks about the Purdue Boilermakers.

A complete Christmas story - Charleston Gazette
WVU’s Huggins meets with local children battling cancer

Silva, Buchanan Honored Again - WVU Athletics
Two starters from the Big 12 champion West Virginia University women’s soccer team were named to the Best XI, recognizing 33 upperclassmen and 22 freshmen for outstanding 2013 performances.

Holmes making strides for WVU - Times West Virginian
If this had been the slalom in the upcoming winter Olympics, you would have been saying that the only thing between her and the gold medal was a fall.

FURFARI COLUMN: Dr. McKown among most-respected administrators in field - Times West Virginian
A handsome young man, who had earned All-State honors twice as a football halfback at Wayne County High School, was West Virginia University’s starting center fielder on its baseball team in 1953-54-55-56.

News of Note:

Huggins seeks balance in scheduling - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bob Huggins has a way with words - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s Bob Huggins is a throwback as a coach, almost in every way, and this is not meant as a criticism.

Watkins Ready to Continue Contributing - BGN
In the days leading up to West Virginia's home matchup against Gonzaga last week, Bob Huggins didn't see what he wanted out of one of his freshmen.

Analysis: What happens now at QB for WVU? - Charleston Gazette
who will emerge as the frontrunner from what could be a five-man group

Pro News:

Wired: Stedman Bailey vs Saints - Pros Report
Here is a highlight reel focused on Stedman Bailey from this past weekend’s Rams victory over the Saints.

Devin Ebanks hits clutch jumper in Texas Legends win - Pros Report
Less than a week after a career-high 42 point performance, Devin Ebanks delivers another solid game leading to a Texas Legends victory.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles focused on UCF, not head coaching rumors - Waco Tribune

Jump hook proving an extremely effective weapon for Niang - Ames Tribune

Self says Black’s breakout still to come - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State anticipates on-court arrival of Jevon Thomas - Wichita Eagle

Report: Former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield to enroll at Oklahoma and walk on to football team - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mike Gundy says he hasn't talked to Texas about its head coaching job - Oklahoma (autoplay)

UT’s Big Board: Developments on the Texas coaching search - Austin American Statesman

Expected return date for TCU’s Amric Fields - Dallas Morning News

Freshmen linemen work to find their niche - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Purdue Boilermakers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
1 pm Sunday from the Oliver Garden on ESPNU/3

Georgetown Hoyas vs. (18) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Phog Allen on ESPN/3

(21) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from Wichita on ESPN2/3

(5) Michigan State Spartans vs. Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Erwin Center on CBS

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Arizona State Sun Devils - ESPN
6:30 pm Saturday from Wells Fargo Arena on the PAC12 Network

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Toyota Center in Houston on ESPNU/3

(7) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (20) Colorado Buffaloes - ESPN
11:30 pm Saturday from the MGM Grand on ESPN2/3

(17) Iowa State Cyclones vs. George Mason Patriots - ESPN
5:30 pm Sunday from Honolulu on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

In this edition, Coach and Tony preview Sunday's matchup with Purdue and generally spread around a little holiday cheer.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model and former Miss Maxim (2006). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tami Donaldson.