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Mountaineer Morning Links: Baylor Hangover (1/29/14) Edition

Coverage of the Baylor win, women to take on Iowa State, Parsons out, Bruce at Super Bowl, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineers Remain in Top 25 - WVU Athletics
In the Associated Press Poll, West Virginia dropped from No. 18 last week to No. 20 this week, and went from No. 21 to No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

No. 20 West Virginia hosts Iowa State Wednesday night - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 20 West Virginia women’s basketball team will look to get back on the winning track Wednesday as they face the No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
West Virginia Women's Basketball Coach, Mike Carey, and his players, Christal Caldwell and Asya Bussie, talk to the media prior to their game against Iowa State.

No. 3 Rifle Wins Winthrow Invite - WVU Athletics
The final standings for the 2014 Winthrow Invitational were released by Murray State today, and the No. 3-ranked West Virginia University rifle team finished first with a season-best 4710 score.

Baylor Hangover:

Staten layup gives WVU 66-64 win at Baylor - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Staten's Basket Lifts WVU Over Baylor - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers back to .500 in league play.

WVU basketball: Staten's late layup saves West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail
In the moment, Juwan Staten and his West Virginia teammates could not have recognized and would not have believed that his two missed free throws with 48.1 seconds to go would actually win them Tuesday night's game here.

Staten the obvious - Charleston Gazette
Clutch bucket gives WVU 66-64 win over Baylor

Staten gives props to dad’s advice, Huggins’ trust after game-winner - WV MetroNews
Point guard had freedom to make final play, parental guidance to execute it as WVU stunned Baylor 66-64.

Staten, Mountaineers top Baylor - Times West Virginian
Juwan Staten shook off a dreadful night of free throw shooting to save the day with a spectacular left-handed reverse layup with just 3.1 seconds to play and West Virginia played just enough defense to force a last-second, desperation shot to come just after the final buzzer as the Mountaineers beat the Baylor Bears, 66-64, before 5,529 fans in Waco, Texas, Tuesday night.

Staten’s late layup boosts West Virginia past Baylor 66-64 in Waco Tuesday night - Daily Athenaeum
Staten also led West Virginia with nine assists, matching his career-high. It’s the fourth time this year he’s reached the mark.

Staten Lifts WVU Past Bears - EerSports
Despite leaving Bears' best three-point shooter open and missing multiple free throws in the final minute, West Virginia got a much-needed victory over Baylor on Tuesday night, 66-64.

Staten's Layup Beats Baylor - BGN
West Virginia went down to the wire with Baylor to come away with a 66-64 win in Waco, Texas.

Staten Finds Redemption in WVU Game-Winner - WVillustrated
Junior guard takes game in his hands after struggling at the free throw line in battle at Baylor.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Mountaineers are showing promise, poise - Times West Virginian
It is beginning to happen for West Virginia. Slowly. But it’s happening.

After Big Win, Can WVU Make A Run? - BGN
Well, West Virginia finally won a game it wasn’t supposed to. It doesn’t really feel as gratifying as it should, though.

WVU Gets Win at Baylor - WVillustrated
West Virginia bounced back on the road against the Baylor Bears in a thriller Tuesday Night. The Mountaineers downed the Bears 64-66 picking up their fourth Big 12 win of the season.

Breathing easier: Harris exhales after Baylor’s too-late last shot - WV MetroNews
Forget the heave: Bears coach Scott Drew said desperation play was wide-open for a dunk if properly executed.

Huggins turns fiery at halftime over rebounding gap - WV MetroNews
Coach said he was more emotional than ever as WVU was getting blasted on the boards.

Baylor big men Austin, Jefferson suffer through subpar nights - WV MetroNews
Floundering Bears fall from No. 7 in the nation to No. 9 in the league.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Harris, Staten & Dibo

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Baylor - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 66-64 win over Baylor.

News of Note:

WVU source: Parsons reaches settlement, will exit in June - WV MetroNews
Deputy athletics director, who has been with university since 1979, had retained lawyer after being stripped of duties by Oliver Luck.

Parson, WVU set to part ways - Charleston Daily Mail
The career of Mike Parsons in West Virginia University's athletic department, which began in 1979, will officially end June 30.


WVU recruiting: 2-way lineman's pledge launches busy week - Charleston Gazette
Although the season is over and practice has not yet started, January tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for college football coaches.

Pro News:

Former Mountaineer Irvin ready for Super Bowl - Daily Athenaeum
In April 2012, following two years at West Virginia, Bruce Irvin accomplished a goal that few could reach. Irvin was drafted 15th overall in the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, taking an even further step from where he once was.

Super Bowl 2014: Bruce Irvin, once a high-school dropout with no home, finds himself a key cog for Seahawks - Washington Post
Seattle linebacker’s checkered past includes arrests and an eye-opening moment that sparked a change.

Furfari: Smith stands up for rights - Martinsburg Journal
I am so proud of Geno Smith, the New York Jets' rookie quarterback, for standing up for his rights in a recent incident as an airplane passenger.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Free Fallin': Baylor loses 66-64 to West Virginia in Waco - Our Daily Bears

ISU’s Daniel Edozie has already won - The Gazette

Despite Offensive Explosion vs. TCU, Self's Offense Still a Bad Fit for Wiggins - Rock Chalk Talk

Unlikely heroes: K-State 66, Texas Tech 58 - Bring On The Cats

Veteran Sooners look back on how far they've come - Oklahoman

Cowboys struggle with foul trouble again in loss - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Depth, attitude have led Texas basketball’s historic turnaround - Daily Texan

Devonte Fields Attacked During Robery; TCU Defensive End Assaulted - Frogs O' War

Kansas State defeats Texas Tech 66-58 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(23) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (20) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
WBB 7 pm tonight from the Coliseum

(16) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (6) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Phog on ESPNU/3

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