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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (12/1/14) Edition

Football notes & Skyler Howard features, hoops notes, recruiting updates, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday , Dec. 1 - WV MetroNews
Skyler Howard joins us to talk about his first career victory as a Mountaineer. We also hear from Bob Huggins as his team improves to 7-0 with a victory over College of Charleston.

VBall Downs K-State in Season Finale - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University volleyball team won a five-set thriller over Kansas State (25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 21-25, 15-13) in its season finale on Saturday night in Manhattan, Kansas.

Smith, Morales Highlight Northeast Duals - WVU Athletics
A pair of Mountaineers toppled ranked foes at the Northeast Duals.

FURFARI: Bucky Waters had great career in TV after coaching at West Virginia, Duke - Times West Virginian
Bucky Waters, West Virginia University men’s basketball coach from 1966-69, went on to develop an unbelievably fantastic career.

News of Note:

Iowa State Notebook - WVU Athletics
Notes and quotes following WVU's win at Iowa State.

Mountaineers could be headed to the Liberty Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
Win or lose Saturday, West Virginia had almost no say in whether it helped or hurt its postseason positioning.

Coach heaps praise on Howard but said job still belongs to injured Trickett - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia isn’t having any problems with decisions involving Skyler Howard, no matter if they happen on the field or off of it.

Howard shines as fill-in at West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia's Skyler Howard came away from his first start looking more like a linebacker than a quarterback.

Holgorsen downplays talk of QB controversy - Charleston Gazette
“Clint was never cleared,’’ Holgorsen said of his senior quarterback’s absence from Saturday’s 37-24 win over Iowa State. “That doesn’t mean he’s out. He’s still our starting quarterback. I think Clint’s done a bunch of great things all season long.’’

Underdog makes good - Exponent Telegram
If anyone deserves the tag of “Underdog” it is young Mr. Skyler Howard. He’s hardly the prototypical quarterback in any offense above the level of high school.

Howard displays his ability - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Backup quarterback Skylar Howard stepped in and solved the problem of recent quarterback play with a solid performance

Will Howard be a one-hit wonder? - Register Herald
As first starts go, Skyler Howard couldn’t have asked for much better. The question now is when will we see him again.

What we learned in Big 12 football: Week 14 - ESPN
5. WVU might've found its QB, too

Monday Morning Stock Report: Mountaineers call for backups in Ames - WV MetroNews
After West Virginia ended its losing skid 37-24 at Iowa State, Allan Taylor provides his weekly unit-by-unit review.

Big 12 thoughts: Week 14 - FOX Sports
West Virginia salvaged its season. Sort of.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6 <=> West Virginia Mountaineers

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 15 - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia 7-5, 5-4

Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 14 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia QB Skyler Howard

Hoops

Paige can provide boost on the perimeter - Charleston Daily Mail
“Paige, he can really shoot it,” WVU junior forward Jonathan Holton said.

Staten embracing team-first attitude this season - Exponent Telegram
“Sacrifice?” Staten says. “We’re 7-0 right now. It’s a team thing. The more you win, the more you get taken care of.”

Holton Embraces Press Defense - WVSports.com
When you ask West Virginia forward Jonathan Holton if he can guard anyone on the court, he'll tell you he can defend anyone one-on-one regardless of their position.

Recruiting:

Following the Future: Playoffs - WVSports.com
Here's how some did during the fifteenth week of the season.

Adams Brothers Lift Franklin to State Title Game - EerSports
Jacquez and Jordan Adams helped lift Franklin (MD) to the state title game, defeating Thomas Stone (MD) in the semifinals last night, 30-0.

Scout Spotlight: David Sills - Scout
Check out this amazing video of David Sills, a three-star quarterback from Maryland, who is committed to West Virginia.

Scout Spotlight: Jamie Herr - Scout
Check out this amazing video of Jamie Herr, a three-star offensive tackle from Maryland, who is committed to West Virginia.

Pro News:

Buffalo Bills fans raise $100,000 for Darryl Talley, former linebacker - ESPN
"This shows what an incredible bond Bills and Mountaineers fans (Talley played college football at West Virginia) had for Darryl," Croisdale said. "Time might have even deepened our love for him."

WVU in the NFL: Week 13 - WVSports.com
Following each week of the NFL season, WVSports.com will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Eers in the NFL: Week Thirteen - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Thirteen.

Devin Ebanks signs to play in Mexico - WVUPros
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Devin Ebanks headed south of the border.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Week 14 Rewind In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference
A look back at the significant numbers and notes from the 14th week of action in the Big 12.

ESPN College GameDay coming to Baylor! - Our Daily Bears

Big 12 losses won’t change until defense does - Ames Tribune

Jayhawks Outlast Michigan State, Win 61-56 - Rock Chalk Talk

Lockett, Waters, Sexton a dynamic trio - Salina Journal

OU football: Caleb Gastelum and the Year of the Walk-On - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State's Bedlam Football Futility - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas beats UConn 55-54 on Jonathan Holmes' game-winning three - Burnt Orange Nation

Overreaction Sunday: The Frog Awakens - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech vs Air Force | Huge Comeback Win 63-62 - Viva The Matadors

Gameday Final - ESPN

Punt, Pass & Pork: Lessons, questions from first College Football Playoff season - Staples - SI.com

College football's best Vines, GIFs and quirks of Week 14 - SI.com

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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