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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (1/30/14) Edition

Baseball & hoops notes, women take down Iowa St. again, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Jan. 30 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten talks about what went into the game-winning basket at Baylor and Ryan Hurd, Notre Dame prep coach discusses WVU commit Daxter Miles’ 2013-2014 season.

Parsons split-up inevitable - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
But the worst kept secret in Morgantown over the past few years was the obvious dissension between Director of Athletics Oliver Luck and now-former deputy AD Mike Parsons.

Rifle is Nation's No. 1 Team - WVU Athletics
Following three months at the No. 3 spot, the West Virginia University rifle team has reclaimed the nation’s top ranking in this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.

Take Me Home, Country Roads - WVU Athletics
The story behind the state's anthem.

News of Note:

More Ballpark Details Emerge - WVU Athletics
Details have emerged on the Monongalia County Ballpark.

Mountaineers baseball prepares to take field - Martinsburg Journal
When Randy Mazey came last year to West Virginia University, there were a number of changes associated with the Mountaineers baseball program.

Mike Casazza: Maybe Staten should be centerpiece of WVU offense - Charleston Daily Mail
Guard is shooting 52 percent from the floor with 26 fewer shots than Harris, WVU's leading scorer

Good thing he missed those freebies - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
The most entertaining and most telling part from the final sequence of West Virginia’s win at Baylor Tuesday night was how Juwan Staten handled the possession that ended with his game-winning layup.

Staten’s late-game heroics lift Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum
“It wasn’t really a play,” said junior guard Juwan Staten. “He pretty much told me that the ball was going to be in my hands. ‘Run the shot clock down and then make something happen.’ So that’s what I did.”

Staten got assist from dad on game-winner - Charleston Gazette
"My dad, he's always in my head, giving me stuff to think about,'' Staten said. "And he told me I'm not shooting enough reverse layups.''

No. 20 WVU Downs No. 21 Iowa State - WVU Athletics
WVU swept the season series with ISU, winning both games by double figures. WVU is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season.

Mountaineers women hang on to sweep Iowa State, maintain 2nd place in Big 12 - WV MetroNews
Bria Holmes scored 16 and Asya Bussie's had her fifth double-double as No. 20 WVU slogged through a 67-56 win Wednesday.

Carey: ‘I’m as disappointed now as if we would have lost’ - WV MetroNews
A double-digit victory over a ranked team wasn't enough to satisfy West Virginia coach Mike Carey, who thought his team lacked fire.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Coach, Mike Carey, and his players following the Mountaineers' win over Iowa State.

Mike Carey: Iowa State Post-game - YouTube
Women's basketball head coach Mike Carey's post-game press conference, after the Mountaineers defeated the Iowa State Cyclones tonight at the WVU Coliseum

Around the League (and Beyond):

Amazing McLane Stadium 3-D Viewer - Our Daily Bears

The State of the Program - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas defeats Iowa State: 5 Observations - Rock Chalk Talk

Take it and run, K-State - Bring On The Cats

Memorial Stadium Mock Up | Oklahoma Sooners $300M New Fantasy Home? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys facing a grinding finish - Oklahoman

A Fool's Errand: It ain't over yet - Barking Carnival

Five players that exceeded expectations for TCU in 2013 - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech Hoops | 5 Things (Week #12) - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

Highlights from the Mountaineers defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, tonight, by a score of 67-56.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Argentinian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Rocio Guirao Diaz.