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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas St. Pre-Game (1/31/14) Edition

Hoops notes, varsity news, signing day primer, Bruce at the Super Bowl, weekend hoops guide, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Missed points (and a WVU connection) to union case - Charleston Gazette
If you missed Wednesday's news cycle, you might have missed what could turn out to be a very significant story.

Reinforcing the Message - BGN
Most people planning for a long outdoor hike hope for good weather. West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey wished for just the opposite.

Ryan McBroom and Harrison Musgrave - YouTube
Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom and r-Jr. LHP Harrison Musgrave, the reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, share their thoughts on the upcoming baseball season.

Buchanan, Canada Set for Clash with USA - WVU Athletics
WVU freshman defender will compete with the Canadian Women's National Team.

The WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
An inside look at Mountaineer sports.

Furfari: Gee shares thoughts on athletics - Martinsburg Journal
Gordon Gee, West Virginia University's interim president, had some interesting observations about intercollegiate athletics on Tuesday in his office.

News of Note:

Huggins wants more consistency from Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"We just don't sustain anything," West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

Mountaineers need Dibo to be on his game - Charleston Gazette
Remi Dibo's outside shooting touch has been off since an early hot start.

Can Dibo become dependable for Mountaineers’ stretch run? - WV MetroNews
Lapses on defense and a too-soft approach to rebounding have limited shooter's playing time.

WVU Sports Podcast - Warren Baker - WVU Athletics
Jeff Culhane visits with Mountaineer legend Warren Baker.

Noreen Earns Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
The junior is now a candidate for Academic All-America honors


2014 college football signing day: breaking down the needs and recruits of the Big 12 | Campus Union -
So, with just more than a week remaining until Feb. 5, where do the Big 12 programs stand? Here’s a breakdown of each school’s class heading into 2014.

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin Represents WVU in Super Bowl - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer star turned his life around on a path that led through Morgantown to Seattle and now the biggest game of them all.

Pete Carroll thinks Bruce Irvin suspension was a turning point - ProFootballTalk
As much as the Seahawks have had to overcome a rash of player suspensions, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he thought one of them in particular helped put the team on the right path.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Top 25 players in the Big 12: No. 5 Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor - ESPN

Chasing a freight train - Cyclone Fanatic

Naadir Tharpe steering ever-improving Jayhawks - Lawrence Journal World

Tournament Thursday: Built to win in March? - Bring On The Cats

Sooners doing something no other team in college basketball is doing - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Top 25 Big 12 players: No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys CB Justin Gilbert - ESPN

Could the Texas Longhorns have interest in USC Trojans graduate transfer quarterback Max Wittek? - Burnt Orange Nation

Big 12 2013 countdown: No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs CB Jason Verrett - ESPN

Red Raider Gridiron | Levingston Doesn't Qualify, to Sign with Kansas - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Kansas State Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on MASN, Altitude alternate & ESPN3

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
1:30 pm Saturday from United Spirit Arena on MASN2 alternate & ESPN3

Baylor Bears vs. (8) Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba on ESPN/ESPN3

(6) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (25) Texas Longhorns - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Erwin SEC on ESPN/ESPN3

(23) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (16) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Hilton on MSG+, MASN, Altitude alternate & ESPN3

Video of Interest:

In this edition of the Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook, the coach talks with Tony Caridi about redemption this weekend against Kansas State and the exciting win over Baylor on Tuesday.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown makes it two Argentinians in a row. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jessica Cirio.