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Mountaineer Morning Links: New Year's Eve (12/31/13) Edition

Hoops notes, Adrian gets award, another Mickey football rant, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Dec. 31 - WV MetroNews
Terry Henderson and Nathan Adrian talk about their big games against William & Mary in this edition of Gold and Blue Now.

Clarke to Play in East-West Bowl - WVU Athletics
Clarke second WVU player named to all-star game.

Furfari: Nehlen found ways to win games; has Holgorsen? - Register-Herald
Can that sad, sad state of affairs really be attributed to the lack of facilities, or to recruiting, coaching and knowledge of the highest paid — by far — coaching staff in WVU annals?

News of Note:

Staten's Big Dunk Ignites Crowd - WVU Athletics
Junior guard becoming the heart and soul of this year's team.

Huggins sees troops getting tougher - Charleston Gazette
If West Virginia's basketball team accomplished nothing else with Sunday's 2013-ending romp over William & Mary at the Civic Center, at the very least it showed some grit.

Adrian Big 12 Newcomer of the Week - WVU Athletics
Adrian cops first Big 12 award.

8-5 WVU may make postseason - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
I couldn't think of a better way to forget the fall than having a pair of Mountaineer basketball teams playing in March.

Purdue loss may have provided fuel for WVU’s fire - Times West Virginian
"You almost have to get to the point where winning is expected and losing is an almost terrible experience. That’s where we got to get to," he said.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU freshmen need to play consistently - Times West Virginian
There is an old saying about a chain being only as strong as its weakest link, a saying that all too often can be tied to success in athletics.

Pro News:

Eers in the NFL: Week 17/Final - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers and how they fared during Week Seventeen of the NFL season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Groggy Bears recover, stymie hot Oral Roberts’ out-of-gate run, 81-55 - Waco Tribune

Cyclones still striving for improvement - Ames Tribune

Perry Ellis' big night leads KU soaring past Toledo, 93-83 - Lawrence Journal World

K-State ends non-conference schedule with a toughie - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Bob Stoops Being Considered For NFL Openings - Crimson And Cream Machine

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Oklahoma State 92, Robert Morris 66 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Mack Brown goes out with a whimper in 30-7 loss to Oregon - Burnt Orange Nation

How I became a TCU Fan - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Trounces Arizona St. in Holiday Bowl - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

George Washington Colonials vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
3 pm today from Bramlage on FS Midwest

Northern Illinois Huskies vs. (17) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Hilton on Cyclones TV

Video of Interest:

Mountaineer players talk about their big win over William & Mary Sunday in Charleston.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the 2013 Playmate of the Year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Raquel Pomplun.