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Mountaineer Morning Links: Missouri Game Day (12/5/13) Edition

Missouri previews, varsity notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Dec. 5 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Brad Howe preview WVU’s matchup against the Missouri Tigers which will get underway tonight at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2. We also hear from Steve Walentik, a Tigers beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune

An Inspirational Story - WVU Athletics
Hahns to discuss Kathi's multiple battle with cancer.

Izzo-Brown, Mountaineers Earn All-Region Honors - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team earned five all-region honors today.

Carey’s Second Season as Honorary Chairperson - WVU Athletics
Mike Carey is this season’s honorary chairperson for The Salvation Army.

This Week In GIFs: West Virginia - Wide Right & Natty Lite
They like us

The Takeaway: An unforgettable season comes to a close - WV MetroNews
In their weekly installment of "The Takeaway," Allan Taylor and Justin Hoff review the final game of the 2013 campaign against Iowa State and share their thoughts on the Mountaineers’ 4-8 season.

College Football’s All-Time Worst Coaches at Great Programs -
No WVU here, at least not directly

FURFARI COLUMN: The sweet and bitter about Oliver Luck - Times West Virginian
OK, so athletic director Oliver Luck admittedly remains confident that third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff can turn around West Virginia University’s sinking football program in 2014.

News of Note:

Mountaineers show promise ahead of Mizzou meeting - Charleston Daily Mail
There are reasons to believe West Virginia's basketball team is on the way to putting things together.

Mountaineers at full strength for upcoming tough stretch - Charleston Gazette
Now, though, the schedule begins imposing its inevitable will. While at least four of WVU's first eight games could be considered walkovers, perhaps none of the final 23 can be considered such.

Unbeaten Missouri poses big road test for WVU - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers hype for trip to Mizzou Arena, where Tigers have won 77 consecutive nonconference games.

Preview: WVU vs Missouri - BGN
As if WVU didn't have enough road trips to the mid- and southwest, it faces an early season test with a trip to Columbia, Mo, to take on the undefeated Missouri Tigers on Thursday.

Mountaineers square off with similar Missouri team " WVU Sports " The Times West Virginia
If Bob Huggins took a mirror and held it up to the Missouri team that West Virginia University plays tonight in Columbia, Mo., he would get back a reflection of his own team.

West Virginia at Missouri Game Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia (6-2) will hit the road to face undefeated Missouri (7-0). West Virginia is still looking to add a quality win to their record, while Missouri is looking for the national spotlight.

Mountaineers Carry Momentum to Missouri - WVillustrated
Coming off of a blowout win, WVU faces its second road game of the season and a much tougher opponent.

Change is Good For Huggins, WVU - EerSports
The most obvious change has been a more free-flowing offense, full of offensive threats, especially around the three-point arc.

Missouri presents big challenge for WVU -
West Virginia (6-2) will take a big step up in competition when the Mountaineers hit the road Thursday night for a matchup with Missouri (7-0).

WVU to face Mizzou in Big 12/SEC challenge - Register-Herald
West Virginia has a chance to make some history tonight when it travels to Columbia, Mo., for a 7 p.m. clash with Missouri as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge

Missouri basketball prepares for big weekend - Rock M Nation
Whereas Missouri's toughest basketball opponent to date (according to Ken Pomeroy) is No. 121 Northwestern, the Tigers will now welcome No. 56 West Virginia and No. 21 UCLA to town.

Huggins’ career not all about W’s - Register-Herald
Teddy bear or grizzly bear? Depends on who you ask.

West Virginia looks to put an end to road struggles - Daily Athenaeum
But after nearly two complete seasons – basketball still just getting underway, baseball still a few months off – it’s also become fairly clear West Virginia is in fact at a distinct disadvantage regarding its hefty travel requirements, which are more significant than any other team in the conference.

Pro News:

Darius Reynaud signs with the New York Jets - ProsReport
Reynaud was released from the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 22nd after a muffed punt was recovered in the endzone by the 49ers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears host last game at Floyd Casey Stadium - Baylor Lariat

Regents deny student appeal believed to be Palo's - Ames Tribune

Self: Shooting just one of KU's struggles - Lawrence Journal World

Weber, Players Talk About Ole Miss Game - KSTATESPORTS.COM

2013 Bedlam Football | Cowboys Present Double Threat - Crimson And Cream Machine

Bedlam Hype Video: Amazing - Cowboys Ride For Free

The Reality of Baylor (Modern) Football: Breaking Down The Conventional Wisdom & the Old Vocabulary - Barking Carnival

Doug Meacham: Bio, History, Twitter and More - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Hoops | 5 Things - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Missouri Tigers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Mizzou Arena on ESPN2/3. Tigers are giving 5.5.

Video of Interest:

Meant to run this earlier but...

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Italian actress and model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elena Santarelli.