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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (1/27/14) Edition

Hoops notes, Sims at the Senior Bowl, new OL commitment, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Jan. 27 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins discusses the impact of Eron Harris fouling out against Oklahoma State and Juwan Staten talks about finishing being one of the achilles heels for the Mountaineers.

No. 3 Rifle Earns Eighth Win - WVU Athletics
The No. 3-ranked West Virginia University rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 11 Memphis, 4690-4655, today, in Memphis, Tenn.

Gymnastics Victorious in Home Opener - WVU Athletics
195.425-195.4 victory over NC State

WVU Sports Podcast: Jed Drenning - WVU Athletics
This week's Mountaineer sports podcast.

News of Note:

'And-one' chances hurt Mountaineers at Oklahoma State - Charleston Daily Mail
It wasn't the 3-pointers from the Big 12's scariest shooter or the player with two 3s on the back of his jersey that did in West Virginia in Saturday's loss to No. 11 Oklahoma State. It was the three-point plays that mattered most in the 81-75 loss to the Cowboys.

Mountaineers looking to avoid another letdown - Charleston Gazette
When last West Virginia suffered a bitter, close loss to Oklahoma State, the Mountaineers followed it two days later with arguably their worst performance of the season in a home loss to Texas.

Harris' Confidence on Display in WVU Loss - WVillustrated
Mountaineer sophomore can't stay in game long enough to have full impact, but remains confident in himself and his team.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU learning to become winners on gym floor - Times West Virginian
The most difficult lessons for Bob Huggins' basketball players are not found in the college classrooms but, instead, in the gymnasium.

WVU trio needs to step up - Daily Athenaeum
Sophomore guards Terry Henderson and Eron Harris have heated up recently, and junior guard Juwan Staten continues to put together the type of season that could put him in position to be a first-team All-Big 12 player at season’s end.

Sims, Hoskins contribute for North, but South wins Senior Bowl 20-10 - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's Charles Sims carried three times for 8 yards, while Marshall's Gator Hoskins had one reception for 9 yards for the North squad.

Charles Sims' background as receiver draws links to Matt Forte -
West Virginia running back Charles Sims credits his time as a high school wide receiver for his impressive versatility.


Miramar (FL) offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste commits to WVU - EerSports
On Sunday, West Virginia finished out their offensive line class when Miramar (FL) lineman Yodny Cajuste committed to the Mountaineers.

Cajuste Makes The Call - BGN
With his recruitment heating up the last several weeks, offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste (Miramar, Fla.) made an official visit to West Virginia this past weekend and committed to the Mountaineers.

WVU adds OL/DL -
Coming into this weekend's visit to West Virginia, Miramar (Fla.) lineman Yodny Cajuste was yet to receive a full scholarship offer from the Mountaineers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears are done with mad-dash recruiting - Waco Tribune

ISU Notebook: Freshmen come up big - Ames Tribune

Andrew Wiggins satisfies expectations at TCU - Lawrence Journal World

Cats cannot tap the right sources down stretch - Topeka Capital Journal

Center Ty Darlington won't receive redshirt season for 2013, will be classified as a junior next year - Oklahoman

Marcus Smart's frustrating day ends in apology - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Longhorns continue hot streak as Texas coach Rick Barnes praises team's commitment - Dallas Morning News

No court rush for TCU as Kansas rolls - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Smith unhappy with team's effort as Texas Tech falls to No. 25 Oklahoma 74-65 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(11) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (25) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
Bedlam, 9 pm tonight from the Lloyd Noble Center on ESPN/WatchESPN

Video of Interest:

West Virginia Mountaineer guard Gary Browne has rededicated himself to the game he loves. A trip home last summer to Puerto Rico made him realize how much the game of basketball means to him

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a South African beauty who was a rookie in the 2013 SI swimsuit issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natasha Barnard.