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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas St. Pre-Game (1/17/14) Edition

Hoops features, CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman on Holgorsen, varsity notes, JFlow update, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Jan. 17 - WV MetroNews
Ford Childress goes back to Texas to play college football plus Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports shares his thoughts on Dana Holgorsen’s performance as the Mountaineers head football coach and Wyatt Thompson, Kansas State play-by-play announcer gives WVU fans a sneak peak at what to expect from the Wildcats on Saturday.

WVU's Clarke to Play in East-West Shrine Game - WVU Athletics
You can get a chance to see how Will Clarke stacks up against some of the top talent in college football this weekend as the NFL Network provides coverage of the 2014 East-West Shrine Game Saturday, January 18 at 4:00 PM ET from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

WVU’s Stepney steps up her scoring - Times West Virginian
All season long, West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey had preached a message to his point guard, Linda Stepney.

WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
The WVUsportsBuzz, with Amanda Mazey, is back for the spring semester with profiles on women's basketball, wrestling and a behind-the-scenes look at women's soccer's Big 12 championship presentation at a recent men's basketball game.

Childress enrolls at Texas junior college - WV MetroNews
Quarterback Ford Childress, who withdrew from West Virginia last week, has enrolled at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, about a three-hour drive from his hometown of Houston.

And here's a podcast preview of the Bama game I did with @RickMuscles:

News of Note:

Eron Harris frustrated with shooting struggles - Charleston Daily Mail
"I thought he was really bad against Texas Tech, and he got 18," Huggins said before the team's loss to Oklahoma State and after a win against the Red Raiders when Harris was 3-for-11 from 3-point range. "He's a guy who it doesn't seem like it bothers him as much as it does other people."

WVU's Harris seeks answers to shooting slump - Charleston Gazette
If Harris isn't trying to shake things up then he's doing a pretty good impersonation of someone who is.

Henderson, young WVU team learning from recent struggles - Daily Athenaeum
But even amid this tumultuous stretch, there have been some bright spots for West Virginia basketball, and one of them has been sophomore guard Terry Henderson.

Campus Connection [Notebook, ed.] - WVU Athletics
Is this the strongest team Mike Carey has had in his 13 seasons leading the West Virginia University women’s program? It could be.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU still lacking physicality from players on court - Times West Virginian
There was a quiet that was deafening hanging heavily over the room within the club area of the Coliseum being used for player interviews following West Virginia University’s loss to Texas Monday night.

Mountaineers living and dying by 3-pointer - Daily Athenaeum
The notion of West Virginia living and dying with the jump shot has never been more evident than after its 80-69 loss to the Texas Longhorns Monday night.

Bright future ahead for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
But fear not, West Virginia faithful, because it appears a series of very good basketball teams are literally just around the corner in Morgantown.

Pro News:

Flowers Finds Success in France - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer standout is in his second season with a French team, but this season brings something new: wins.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 men’s hoops not for the timid - Waco Tribune
There are a lot of reasons why the Big 12 is the nation’s No. 1 ranked RPI men’s basketball conference.

Son of Snoopzilla (formerly Snoop Dogg), a 4-star wide receiver, reportedly interested in Baylor - Dallas Morning News

Basketball Happens - Cyclone Fanatic

Regents give approval to proposed apartments near Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence Journal World
$17.5 million apartment building for Kansas University basketball players

K-State Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1964 Final Four on Saturday - Bring On The Cats

Former Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard adds upside-down Longhorns sticker to his East-West Shrine Game helmet - Oklahoman

OSU notebook: Cowboys refocused in second half, challenged by coach Travis Ford - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Basketball: Inside the Numbers, Horns 2-2 in Big 12 - Burnt Orange Nation

Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site

Down to One | Thoughts on the Quarterback Situation - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Family Day/Gold Rush Set for Saturday - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team’s home game against Oklahoma this Saturday, Jan. 18, is a Coca-Cola Family Day. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from the Octogon of Doom on MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

(25) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (12) Baylor Bears - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Ferrell Center on ESPN2/3

(8) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Erwin SEC on MASN, Altitude & ESPN3

(9) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (15) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Phog on CBS

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
6 pm Saturday from the DMC on MASN2, ROOT, SportsSouth & FOX Sports SW

Video of Interest:

Meet WVU's President, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, and find out why West Virginia University remains close to his heart.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is from the former Soviet republic of Moldova. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Xenia Deli.