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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Game Day (1/6/14) Edition

Texas Tech previews, Holton eligibility, Trickett features, IMG sales results, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Jan. 6 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and Eron Harris share their thoughts on the first Big 12 victory of the season.

Former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett talks Seminoles, Tigers -
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, a former FSU QB, knows a lot about the two programs playing in the BCS Title Game. Trickett shares his thoughts on what it's like watching the team he left go play for a BCS title.

Report: Trickett played with torn labrum this season - WV MetroNews
WVU transfer tells CBS Sports he's considering surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews.

WVU's Clint Trickett has no regrets about decision - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Well, [shoot]," Trickett said, laughing. "I could have stayed at Florida State or I could have transferred to Auburn or West Virginia -- two of the three are playing in the national championship, and my [butt] is sitting at home.

IMG beats WVU first season sales goals - Charleston Daily Mail
Despite an extremely compressed startup timetable, officials at IMG College said their first football season as multimedia partners with West Virginia University athletics surpassed expectations.

FURFARI COLUMN: Poll: Marshall would have beaten WVU in football last fall - Times West Virginian
Do you think Marshall University would have beaten West Virginia University had the two state rivals met in football last season? The Wheeling newspapers asked readers that question a week or so ago, and those who responded voted "yes" by 69 (to 31) percent. I would have guessed the margin might have been somewhat greater.

News of Note:

Holton could join team soon - Charleston Daily Mail
The team is hopeful, though realistically cautious, that the NCAA might deem junior college transfer Jonathan Holton eligible this week, and perhaps as early as today.

Road woes end in Texas - Charleston Daily Mail
For the entire season, the 2013-14 West Virginia Mountaineers have sought to avoid comparisons to last year's team.

WVU looking to complete Texas sweep - Charleston Gazette
There was only one acceptable goal for West Virginia's basketball team on its Big 12-opening, two-game road trip to Texas. Win both games.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Tough-nosed WVU finding ways to win - Times West Virginian
Surely it is not the most talented team Bob Huggins has ever coached, but it is displaying something from within that makes you wonder if it might not actually become one of the most overachieving teams he’s had in his career.

Mountaineers, Red Raiders to Meet Monday - WVU Athletics
Two coaching legends to hook up on Monday night.

WVU hasn’t forgotten last season’s finale against Texas Tech - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers are seeking a 2-0 start in Big 12 play tonight in Lubbock.

Preview: WVU vs Texas Tech - BGN
West Virginia completes its Big 12 opening weekend with a visit to Lubbock and Texas Tech. What must the Mountaineers do to come home with a 2-0 start?

Critical game today for WVU  Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia
Almost every college basketball coach has the same formula for conference success

WVU ready for Big 12 game with Red Raiders - Times West Virginian
West Virginia has a chance to turn a five-loss, non-conference portion into nothing more than a bad memory and give itself a big jump on the Big 12 standings

HERTZEL COLUMN- Huggins lives up to “Huggy Bear” nickname - Times West Virginian
This is the game I’ve been waiting for.

WVU looks to go 2-0 in Big 12 action - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers back on road at Texas Tech


WVU overlooks in-state athletes - Martinsburg Journal
The Mountaineers have been overlooking in-state athletes for a long time.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Art Briles releases statement of "no desire to pursue other coaching positions" - Our Daily Bears

Notebook — Morris sparks Cyclones’ second-half surge - Ames Tribune

Offense, rebounding doom Jayhawks in loss at home to SDSU - Rock Chalk Talk

Marcus Foster makes a difference in K-State upset win - Wichita Eagle

Trevor Knight Comes Full Circle To Shred `Bama Defense In The Sugar Bowl - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Stevie Clark travels, doesn't play after Kansas State - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns announce hire of Charlie Strong as head football coach - Burnt Orange Nation

Five way too early predictions for 2014 TCU football - Dallas Morning News

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders | Game Preview - Viva The Matadors

Rich Rodriguez to Louisville rumors begin - Arizona Desert Swarm

So is a Thing That Exists | Extra Mustard -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the United Spirit Arena on MASN & ESPN3.

BCS Championship Game (LAST ONE EVER!!!)

(1) Florida State Seminoles vs. (2) Auburn Tigers - Preview - ESPN
8:30 pm tonight from the Rose Bowl on ESPN/3. Noles are giving 10.

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a West Virginia girl, former Playboy Cyber Girl of the Year and one of the hottest red-heads you'll ever see. CLICK HERE for today's gif gallery of Leanna Decker. (Despite the screen shot, the video is SFW...barely)