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Mountaineer Morning Links: New Year's Day (1/1/14) Edition

2014 predictions, football early enrollees, women's update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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 The Chive's Black Lager (by Resignation Brewery and Red Hook).

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Jan. 1 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins talks about his team’s health entering Big 12 play while Will Clarke shares his thoughts on the 2013 season for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

News of Note:

Here is what to expect in 2014 - Charleston Gazette
But wouldn't it be nice to know what was going to happen in 2014 ahead of time?


WVU recruit Rogers anxious to get started - Charleston Gazette
High schoolers Ricky Rogers and Davonte James, a wide receiver and linebacker, respectively, will also enroll early.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The big 2014 Fiesta Bowl breakdown: UCF vs. Baylor -

A win and a tribute - Ames Tribune

Naadir Tharpe erases awful start with hot shooting - Lawrence Journal World

Winning in style: K-State 72, George Washington 55 - Bring On The Cats

Louisiana Tech Snaps Oklahoma's Seven Game Winning Streak, 102-98 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State: Josh Stewart remains a versatile, valuable weapon - Oklahoman

Texas coaching search: Charlie Strong interviews with Steve Patterson? - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson not taking anything back - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech TE Amaro dominates in final game as Red Raider, declares for NFL draft - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(15) UCF Knights vs. (6) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
Fiesta Bowl, 8:30 pm tonight from University of Phoenix Stadium on ESPN/3. Bears are giving 17.

Video of Interest:

WVU's Jeff Culhane spoke with Head Coach Mike Carey about how the team graded out in non conference play and what the Mountaineers will face as they start their Big 12 schedule.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Lithuanian beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Edita Vilkeviciute.