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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (1/2/14) Edition

Hoops notes, Gibby gives recruiting update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Jan. 2 - WV MetroNews
WVU safeties coach Tony Gibson gives an update on recruiting and junior point guard Juwan Staten talks about his team being underrated heading into conference play.

Looking back at the Big 12 in BCS bowls - ESPN
The Big 12 will say goodbye to the BCS era Thursday -- a system that brought the league’s teams two national championships, 12 victories and several memories.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Coach Mike Carey and his players prior to the Mountaineers' game at Kansas.

News of Note:

WVU Must Shape Up with Big 12 Ahead - WVillustrated
Tougher competition awaits the Mountaineers after an 8-5 finish to the non-conference slate.

Big 12 basketball nonconference review - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor gets you updated on first-semester happenings across the league.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Fiesta Bowl Final: UCF 52, Baylor 42 - Our Daily Bears

Farewell Johnny Orr - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Better every day: After relaxing break, KU freshman Embiid all about improvement - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Southwell tough to handle - Topeka Capital Journal

2014 Sugar Bowl | Josh Heupel - "Our Players Believe In Both QBs" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cotton Bowl notebook: Cowboys' J.W. Walsh opens up about QB switch - Oklahoman

Art Briles willing to talk, would take Texas job - Burnt Orange Nation

As TCU’s rivals celebrate, Gary Patterson remakes his offense - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Happy Holiday: Tech freshman dazzles Arizona State in upset victory - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Women’s Basketball Opens Big 12 Play at Kansas - WVU Athletics
8 p.m., on Jan. 2 at Kansas.

(11) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (3) Alabama Crimson Tide - Preview - ESPN
Sugar Bowl, 8:30 pm tonight from the Superdome on ESPN/3. Tide is giving 17.

Video of Interest:

The Mountaineers are taking to the road this week for their first Big 12 games of the season. The Mountaineers will face Kansas and Oklahoma State on their two-game road trip.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous American model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Samantha Ahrens.