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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (1/9/14) Edition

Hoops notes, more on the Cogdell hire, women drop game to Baylor, recruiting update, Big12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Jan. 9 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Brad Howe discuss the recent hiring of former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell who replaces Erik Slaughter on the WVU coaching staff. We also hear from West Virginia’s head women’s basketball coach Mike Carey after WVU suffered a 78-62 loss to Baylor on Wednesday night.

WVU Drops First League Game to No. 7 Baylor - WVU Athletics
The loss ended the Mountaineers’ (13-2, 2-1) 13-game win streak, while the Lady Bears (13-1, 3-0) extended their Big 12 Conference game win streak to 43 consecutive games.

Baylor is WVU women's new Mount Everest - Charleston Gazette
For the longest time Wednesday night at the Coliseum, the question wasn't whether West Virginia's women's basketball team would outscore No. 7 Baylor, but whether the Mountaineers would even outscore Odyssey Sims.

Baylor whacks WVU with a scoring Odyssey - WV MetroNews
The No. 7 Bears got 48 points from Sims and easily ended West Virginia's 13-game win streak.

Video: Carey and WVU players react after loss to Baylor - WV MetroNews
Mike Carey credited the Bears' first-half aggression and Jess Harlee said defense failed to contain Odyssey Sims.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with WVU Women's Coach Mike Carey and his players following their loss to Baylor at the WVU Coliseum.

News of Note:


Mike Casazza: Marcus Smart reminds Huggins of Jason Kidd - Charleston Daily Mail
In WVU's two games against Oklahoma State last season, Huggins saw in freshman Marcus Smart what he'd seen in February 1994.

Big 12 notebook: Who's biggest of the bigs? - Charleston Gazette
Debate rages over Big 12, Big 10 supremacy

Mountaineers closing out games on road, finishing critical in conference play - Daily Athenaeum
During Monday night’s 89-86 overtime victory, the West Virginia men’s basketball team showed a sign of resiliency.

Strong start a sign of things to come - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s basketball team is off to their best mark in conference play since the 2009-10 Final Four run.


Former Mountaineer player Cogdell added to staff - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia football started the spring semester Wednesday by saying goodbye to some parts of the program and hello to others.

Cogdell in, Slaughter out on Mountaineer staff - Charleston Gazette
Former West Virginia linebacker Damon Cogdell, who has developed some of West Virginia's best players in recent years while coaching at Miramar High School in Florida, will now develop them in Morgantown.

Recruiting at center of Cogdell joining WVU football staff - WV MetroNews
Former Mountaineers linebacker spent 12 seasons as coach at talent-rich Miramar (Fla.) High School.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Former WVU LB added to football staff - Times West Virginian
Damon Cogdell is coming home.

Suspended Carswell no longer on WVU roster - WV MetroNews
His career began at as a signee at Alabama, the team WVU faces to open next season. But Carswell never played for the Crimson Tide as was suspended by Nick Saban before transferring to junior college.

Ten Big 12 players to watch on defense in 2014 - ESPN
Now it’s time to spotlight 10 possible breakout defenders.


Lewis picks WVU -
West Virginia added its fourth commitment to the class of 2015 when Miramar (Fla.) wide receiver Kahlil Lewis announced on social media that he had selected the Mountaineers.

Miramar 3-star receiver commits to Mountaineers for 2015 - WV MetroNews
WVU lands Kahlil Lewis and hopes to continue Miramar pipeline in coming days.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor football poised for continued success at new stadium in 2014 - Waco Tribune

DeAndre Kane making immediate impact for Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN

Kansas Jayhawks Hold Off Oklahoma Sooners in Big 12 Opener: 90-83 - Rock Chalk Talk

Wildcats looking ahead to game at KU - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Sooners Football | What's Left In The Cupboard For 2014 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Marcus Smart leads Cowboys past Texas - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Vance Bedford Confirmed As New Texas Longhorn Defensive Coordinator - Barking Carnival

TCU falls to Kansas State as head coach Trent Johnson demands more leadership - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech Hoops | 5 Things (Week #9) - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

WVU Athletics: Stripe The Coliseum - WVU Athletics
All fans attending the WVU-Oklahoma State game are encouraged to take part in the ‘Stripe the Coliseum’ on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Video of Interest:

Highlights from WVU's second loss of the season to the 7th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 78-62.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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