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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (12/11/14) Edition

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Big 12 honors several WVU football players, women's hoops beats Duquesne, hoops notes, recruiting updates, Talley news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Dec. 11 - WV MetroNews
David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest gives his take on the All-Big 12 teams. We also catch up with West Virginia native and Memphis Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace as he explains the must see places while at the Liberty Bowl.

No. 20 West Virginia Powers Past Duquesne - WVU Athletics
WVU propels past Duquesne for 14th consecutive home win.

Fields provides boost for WVU women in win against Duquesne - Exponent Telegram
The Mountaineers are now 7-1 while the Dukes fell to 5-3.

WATCH: Bria Holmes' 27 Points Lifts Mountaineers Past Duquesne - WVillustrated
WVU women's basketball head coach Mike Carey, along with select players, spoke with the media following its 79-60 victory over Duquesne on Wednesday night.

Holmes Named to Naismith Trophy Top 50 List - WVU Athletics
In addition to being named to the Naismith Top 50 list, Holmes is presently on the John R. Wooden Award and Wade Trophy watch lists.

Bevin Earns NSCAA All-Region Honors - WVU Athletics
Andy Bevin was named to the NSCAA Great Lakes First Team.

News of Note:

Liberty Bowl Preview - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers, Aggies to meet for first time in football.

WVU Football Ahead of Schedule with Liberty Bowl Invite - WVillustrated
After accepting an invitation to the Liberty Bowl, the WVU Football program has succeeded in a season that many thought would not include a bowl game.

Big 12 Postseason Awards Announced - WVU Athletics
Selections are made by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Who was snubbed by All-Big 12 coaches’ ballots? - WV MetroNews
Josh Lambert set an NCAA single-season record for field goals from 40-plus and is a Lou Groza finalist, but Big 12 coaches voted TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom all-conference.

WVU's White, Lambert Named All-Americans - WVillustrated
CBSSports.com tabs White a first-teamer while Lambert is named a second-team honoree.

Fox Sports Southwest's All-Big 12 Team - FOX Sports
The coaches' and media's picks are in, but here's what writer David Ubben's All-Big 12 team looks like.

Big 12 2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Team - AthlonSports.com

WVU Alumni Association to Offer Liberty Bowl Travel Package - WVillustrated
The WVU Alumni Association is offering a travel package for the upcoming AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here's the announcer schedule for each 2014-2015 bowl game - SBNation.com
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs. West Virginia
TV: Clay Matvick, Anthony Becht, Dawn Davenport

Big 12 needs help, but expansion isn’t it - Charleston Daily Mail
It’d be hypocritical to spend time and words on a topic that deserves neither, so consider this a short and simple way to say it won’t happen.

Big 12 moving forward with caution - Exponent Telegram
In the wake of being snubbed out of the College Football Playoff, the Big 12 Conference is looking into the possibilities of playing a championship game of its own in the future

White’s big-time plays thrill those who knew him when he wasn’t so big - WV MetroNews
A year ago, the humble White figured he might try coaching after finishing his career at West Virginia, but now there's an NFL future in front of him.

Break for WVU and Big 12 curiosities - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

Hoops

WVU Shooting In Focus - Scout
West Virginia's shooting woes have been well-chronicled this year, but the focus has been on the wrong area of the court.

Recruiting:

Scout Spotlight: Robert Landers - Scout
The Scout Spotlight shines on Huber Heights (Ohio) defensive lineman Robert Landers. Check out this video to learn more about the West Virginia pledge.

Jennings Focused on Recruiting - Scout
Gary Jennings is focused on recruiting. The Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge wide receiver talks in-home visits, official visits and the coaching situations that could affect his decision.

Gray Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Kyle Gray.

Pro News:

Talley family to accept $150,000 raised by supporters of the Bills legend - Buffalo News
Darryl Talley still can’t fathom the flood of generosity that has washed over him since Thanksgiving."This is heavy duty, man," Talley said. "It could very well save my life."I’m agonizing over a way to say thank you."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Football Awards Released: Spencer Drango Co-OL of the Year, 8 Bears make All-Big12 Team - Our Daily Bears

Hopes and concerns: Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN

Kansas Survives Georgetown, 75-70 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State’s Tyler Lockett wins Big 12 coaches’ special teams award for second straight year - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Fullback Aaron Ripkowski Had The Game Of His Life And No One Is Talking About It - Crimson And Cream Machine

Tyreek Hill Is The Big 12's Offensive Newcomer Of The Year - Cowboys Ride For Free

Rivals Texas & Arkansas To Meet In Texas Bowl - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Gary Patterson Named Home Depot National Coach of the Year - Frogs O' War

Five Thoughts on Texas Tech's 73-56 Win Over Fresno State - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Special Men’s Basketball Dates Announced - WVU Athletics
The first date is a Gold Rush on Saturday, Jan. 10 vs. Iowa St.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia University is well represented on this year's All-Big 12 football team.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the "other Candice" from South Africa. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Candice Boucher.