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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (12/16/14) Edition

Gibby's new deal, White & Henry honored, hoops notes, recruiting notes, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Dec. 16 - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor talks about whether the Capital Classic should continue to being played, and if so where at.

Women’s Hoops Climbs to No. 22 in AP Poll - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (8-1) are in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

The Captain's Fuel - WVU Athletics
Imagine being the captain of an NCAA Champion team. It’s what every collegiate student-athlete dreams about. Now imagine being fueled with the passion to reach that dream just after a loss.

Fields Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
VSR

FURFARI COLUMN: Jerry West proud his Golden State team is off to a great start - Times West Virginian
The last time I looked, the Golden State Warriors were 21-2 and held the No. 1 spot in the National Basketball Association’s standings.

Furfari: Maphis was a high school coach after great WVU basketball career - Register Herald
Bill Maphis was an outstanding basketball player for West Virginia University as a 6-foot-5, 175-pound forward in the 1960s.

News of Note:

Gibson’s new WVU contract worth $2.1 million - Charleston Gazette
Tony Gibson won’t be the richest assistant football coach in the country, but he’s a lot closer to the top than the bottom now.

Gibson’s new 3-year deal averages $700K annually - WV MetroNews
Defensive coordinator becomes the highest-paid assistant in program history.

White Named to Senior Bowl Roster - WVU Athletics
A dozen more talented seniors from across the nation have accepted invitations to next month’s Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Henry Named ESPN True Freshman All-American - WVU Athletics
Henry joined freshman running back Samaje Perine of Oklahoma and freshman wide receiver KD Cannon of Baylor as Big 12 Conference student-athletes recognized.

WVU Attendance Rises As National Average Plummets - EerSports
West Virginia saw a seven-percent increase over last year to 56,686 per home contest.

Tallahassee Nights: Which quarterbacks have the best NASCAR names? - SI.com
1) Clint Trickett, West Virginia

Hoops

Staten’s stint on bench says a lot about progress - Charleston Gazette
Yet there was Juwan Staten, healthy and relatively void of foul trouble — he had three, but with under 10 minutes to play so did almost everyone else on both rosters — sitting idle.

WVU winning in spite of shooting woes - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia is playing winning basketball without playing winning basketball.

WVU-Marshall battle likely won't change - Times West Virginian
Some people were saying it probably should end and there was even one line of discussion aimed at increasing the WVU-Marshall battles to two each year.

Recruiting:

Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's what's been cooking on the recruiting trail in the past week around the Big 12:

Pro News:

Charles Sims is "going to give the NFC South headaches for years to come" - WVUPros
In a game where little offense was produced for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Charles Sims showed Carolina Panthers' radio play-by-play man Mick Mixon what he could do.

WVUPros NFl Week 15 Recap: Mountaineers Finishing Strong - WVUPros
For a full rundown on how some of your favorite Mountaineers fared in NFL Week 15 action, keep reading.

J.T. Thomas having a career year at the right time - WVUPros
The 6-foot-1 linebacker has 66 total tackles (39 solo) with two interceptions. five passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a score.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Men's Basketball Leads The Nation - Big 12 Conference
Big 12 men's basketball has a 17-game win streak, is rated as the No. 1 conference in the RPI and eight teams have winning percentages of .875 or better.

Baylor WR K.D. Cannon named a Freshman All-American by ESPN - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State Football Player Arrested on Domestic Abuse Charge - whotv.com

Self: Kansas grades out OK so far - Lawrence Journal World

K-State notes: Walk-on Brian Rohleder has big game for Wildcats - Kansas City Star

Lon Kruger not worried about Buddy Hield's struggles - Oklahoman (autoplay)

What to make of the Tyreek Hill saga and Mike Gundy’s decision - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Basketball, Inside the Numbers: In Appreciation of the Texas Defense - Burnt Orange Nation

By the Numbers - Season in Review - Frogs O' War

Jarrett Stidham decommits. Now what? You go to a luau with Breiden Fehoko and make a fire. - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Special Offer for Liberty Bowl Attendees - WVU Athletics
A special offer from the Memphis Grizzlies for Liberty Bowl attendees.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is lovely Ukrainian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lera Koryts'ka.