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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (12/26/13) Edition

Features on Huggs & the women's basketball team, realignment review, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Santa Huggs Visits with Mountaineers for Christmas - WVillustrated
Current and former WVU players join a few Mountaineers assistants to ask Santa Huggs for their Christmas wishes.

WBB Campus Tour: West Virginia - Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference is featuring the women's teams from around the league. It's WVU's turn.

News of Note:

Texas A&M, Missouri top the realignment scorecard as Colorado suffers - ESPN
Teams improved visibility, competitive standing and future outlook during college football conference realignment.

Huggins' coaching style focused on building understanding with players - Daily Athenaeum
With 730 career wins, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins is No. 3 among active Division 1 head coaches in overall wins, trailing Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Mike Kryzyewski.

Pro News:

Charles Sims commits to Senior Bowl, Will Clarke to Shrine Game - Pros Report
With the Mountaineer football season coming to an unfortunate early end, it’s time for us here at WVUPros to start looking at those players who could hear their names called in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Benching Helped Former WVU Quarterback Smith - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The worst day of Geno Smith's young NFL career came four weeks ago with a halftime benching and whole lot of doubts.

Week 16: Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Week nominees - NFL Videos (autoplay)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw for 214 yards, rushed for 48 yards and had 3 TD's in the Jets' 24-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 16.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Regular Season Baylor Football Stats, Records - Our Daily Bears

Island Champs - Wide Right & Natty Lite

‘Break’ means gym time for KU men's basketball - Lawrence Journal World

2013 BWW Bowl - Scouting the Enemy: Michigan Defense - Bring On The Cats

Sooners might benefit using both Trevor Knight and Blake Bell in Sugar Bowl - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Cotton victory would make Bedlam bitterness bearable - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns Football: The case against playing on Thanksgiving - Barking Carnival

TCU spends more on college football than any other team in Texas - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech arrives in San Diego for Holiday Bowl (video) - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Belarusian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Maryna Linchuk.