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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Game Day (2/4/13) Edition

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Women beat Oklahoma, Big 3 NFL draft profiles, WVUPros, Texas previews, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Great Lakes Blackout Stout, for last night's blackout in the Superdome.

What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineers Down No. 21/20 Oklahoma - WVU Athletics
WVU downs No. 21/20 Oklahoma 82-63.

West Virginia upsets No. 20 Oklahoma - Daily Athenaeum
WVU capitalized on the opportunity to face a familiar foe with a dominating 82-63 victory in front of 3,153 at the Coliseum.

West Virginia women upend No. 21 Oklahoma - Times West Virginian
"Needless to say, this was a big win," said WVU coach Mike Carey

HERTZEL COLUMN: Harlee brings intensity - Times West Virginian
"I knew I had to step it up on defense and get some easy steals to get the offense going," she said.

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Beats No. 20 Oklahoma - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Jess Harlee, Christal Caldwell & Bria Holmes

WVU women discuss upset of Oklahoma - WV MetroNews
Caldwell, Harlee, Holmes and Dunning reflect on the Mountaineers' 82-63 win over No. 21 Oklahoma.

Geno Smith 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile - DraftnikCentral
Geno Smith 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Tavon Austin 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile - DraftnikCentral
Tavon Austin 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Stedman Bailey 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile - DraftnikCentral
Stedman Bailey 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

How high can Tavon Austin go in the 2013 NFL Draft? - WVU Pros
Tavon Austin has the opportunity to take his special talents to the NFL. In the current landscape of NFL offenses, he finds himself in a position to be a game-changer for an NFL team. We take a look at where he may go in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Panini America Inks Trading Card Deal with Projected No. 1 Overall Pick Geno Smith - Official Panini America Blog
The deal is Smith’s first officially licensed NFL and NFL PLAYERS trading card deal


News of Note:

5 Keys: Texas at WVU - WV MetroNews
It's another Big Monday on the West Virginia campus, as Texas continues the parade of Big 12 teams making their first sojourn to Morgantown.

Preview: WVU vs Texas - BGN
Of all the unexpected things to occur in West Virginia's first year in the Big 12, a football\basketball sweep of Texas might have been one of the most unlikely.

WVU tries to carry its momentum against Texas Longhorns - Times West Virginian
Now, WVU plays Texas again, this time in a Big Monday ESPN extravaganza that starts at the Coliseum at 9 p.m., and WVU is hoping that it finally has found a way.

Mountaineers Look for Winning Streak Against Texas - WVillustrated
WVU and Texas face off in Big Monday matchup from the Coliseum at 9 p.m. in Morgantown.

Longhorns next up at Coliseum - Register-Herald
"It’s not over yet," said Huggins after Saturday’s victory.

WVU Assistant Discusses Difficult Season - WVillustrated
WVU Assistant Erik Martin opened up about the lack of leadership on the WVU basketball team and why losing is becoming easier for kids to accept in college basketball.

WVU committed to rejuvenated brand of play - Daily Athenaeum
This team has played well, and poorly, never achieving a level of consistency that is a prerequisite for success in the Big 12 Conference.

600-to-1 that WVU wins it all - WV MetroNews
Throwing out some WVU basketball prop bets

Charleston Daily Mail Articles

Charleston Gazette Articles


Recruiting:

Syvertson follows his dream, will walk on at West Virginia - Register-Herald
Shady Spring's Houstin Syvertson has long been a Mountaineer fan. Now, he's officially a member of the family.

WVU Lands Defensive Lineman - BGN
West Virginia added one missing piece to its 2013 football recruiting puzzle when Dontrill Hyman committed to the Mountaineers on Sunday.

The Salesman, a Dry Cleaner and a Post-it Note - WVU Athletics
Recruiting sometimes requires a little patience and a lot of luck.

Recruiting 2013: Big 12 Needs & Concerns - College Football News
Recruiting 2013 - What does each Big 12 team need, and what are the concerns this offseason?


Around the League (and Beyond):

Sooners Get Blown Out In Morgantown - Crimson And Cream Machine

Iowa State downs Baylor 79-71 in Ames - Our Daily Bears

Bill Self questions team's toughness, desire following home loss to OSU - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas St. Edges Oklahoma 52-50 In Norman - Crimson And Cream Machine

Papi Shines as Longhorns Rout TCU 60-43 - Burnt Orange Nation

Grading the Red Raiders | West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 61 - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on ESPN/ESPN3

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Hilton Coliseum on ESPNU


Video of Interest:

Highlights from the women's basketball team, as they downed the Sooners 82-63, Sunday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

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