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Mountaineer Morning Links: Friday (12/12/14) Edition

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Liberty Bowl presser, Trickett update, hoops notes, varsity notes, recruiting updates, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Leary and Stepney Have Formed Sisterly Bond - WVU Athletics
Playing the game they love for more than a decade together, it was inevitable when Crystal Leary and Linda Stepney were to continue their inseparable bond.

A Time to Reflect - WVU Athletics
A look at the 2014 WVU women's soccer season.

Bevin Invited to MLS Combine - WVU Athletics
Andy Bevin has been invited to the 2015 MLS Player Combine.

‘Hot Rod’ to be honored by YMCA, where hoops tale began - Charleston Daily Mail
The Charleston YMCA was where it all began.

News of Note:

Campus Connection: Busy Decembers - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers remain busy in December.

Chit-chat over between Liberty Bowl coaches - Charleston Gazette
"Both teams need to get to bed early and get some rest,’’ the Aggies’ coach said Thursday. "There’s going be a lot of plays in this game.’’

Liberty Bowl coaches well worth the listen - Exponent Telegram
it became obvious Wednesday night that the coaches are ready to turn this into quite a fun event for themselves.

Holgorsen, Sumlin ready for 'great matchup' - BGN
It was impossible for Dana Holgorsen and Kevin Sumlin to avoid the inevitable question Thursday when the two head coaches took questions from the media in Memphis during a press conference for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Holgorsen's Take: Liberty Bowl Presser - WVSports.com
Today West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin participated in the first bowl press conference prior to the game.

WVU's Holgorsen: Trickett might have suffered 2nd concussion earlier in season - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Asked to clarify whether Trickett had one or two concussions, Holgorsen was not as definitive.

Trickett ‘in limbo’ for Liberty Bowl after concussion - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen says quarterback will be re-evaluated once team returns to practice next week.

Trickett Still "In Limbo" for Liberty Bowl - EerSports
"Clint Trickett has really come on and had a great senior season. He had done a good job of coming into his own. He’s in limbo right now. I don’t know if he’s going to be (able to play)."

Kevin White the Next Larry Fitzgerald? NFL Mock Draft Updates - EerSports
One comparison that has really gained traction is to Arizona Cardinal receiver Larry Fitzgerald - and not just because of the hair.

White, Lambert Speak From College Football Awards - WVillustrated
WVU represented well Thursday night, with two Mountaineers on hand for the annual awards. See what each player and their supporters had to say about the special night.

Mountaineers will have to replace much more offensively - Exponent Telegram
Replacing White and Alford may be more difficult than replacing Trickett

Hoops

Huggins has WVU playing his style - Charleston Daily Mail
When West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was hired as the Cincinnati coach in 1989, his orders were pretty clear.

ROOT SPORTS To Televise WVU-Marshall - WVU Athletics
The game will be played Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Charleston.

Power Rankings: The Jah-Providers, Utah's secret advantage, more - SI.com
18. West Virginia

Recruiting:

Bridgeport’s Tonkery ‘shocked’ after earning scholarship offer from WVU - WV MetroNews
Bridgeport junior running back Dylan Tonkery received a scholarship offer to play for WVU.

4-star Smothers Looking At Visits - Scout
Four-star Steven Smothers is now looking at visits since his junior season is over, and the Franklin standout spoke to Scout about possible destinations.

Grove Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Michael Grove.

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 15 Preview: The NFL Playoffs picture becomes clearer - WVUPros
With three weeks of the 2014 NFL Regular Season remaining, many games will have a "Playoff feel" coming down the stretch.

FURFARI: Darryl Prue now coaching after great career at WVU - Times West Virginian
Darryl Prue, who still lives in the Washington, D.C., area, was a giant-sized standout on the West Virginia University men’s basketball teams from the 1985-86 season through 1988-89.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 can solidify flimsy resume in bowl season - FOX Sports

Baylor OC Phillip Montgomery Named Head Coach at Tulsa University - Our Daily Bears

Charges Dropped Against Bryce Dejean-Jones - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Devonté Graham's ankle should be fine - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State hopes home basketball games will help it recover from a slow start - Wichita Eagle

Running Back "SoonerDave" Heading To Illinois? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mason Rudolph gives OSU an arm up on 2015 - Oklahoman

Texas-Arkansas: Three reasons why Hogs WR Kendrick Edwards wasn't totally wrong - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Men's Basketball is on the Verge of History - Frogs O' War

How Does Texas Tech Football Assistant Coach Salaries Compare to the Big 12 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

IPFW Mastodons vs. (23) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
NCAA Women's Basketball 4 pm Saturday from the Coliseum

(22) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd - ESPN
4:30 pm Sunday from the CCC on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

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