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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (12/17/14) Edition

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Liberty Bowl previews, more individual honors for football team, hoops notes, WVU getting Michigan transfer, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Dec. 17 - WV MetroNews
Dave South, the voice of the Aggies joins us to preview the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

WVU WBB Moves to No. 18 in Coaches Poll - WVU Athletics
After extending its win streak to six games, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team moved up two spots to No. 18

Three Earn NSCAA Scholar All-East Region - WVU Athletics
Three members of the WVU men's soccer team earned NSCAA academic honors.

Buchanan, Abam Earn Postseason Honor - WVU Athletics
Two from WVU women's soccer earn a postseason honor.

Luck Announces Home Golf Courses - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will practice and compete at eight regional courses.

News of Note:

Roundtable: Big 12 team with most to gain in bowl games - ESPN
It has to be the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, when West Virginia and Texas A&M battle

Big 12 predictions: Bowls - FOX Sports
Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M 31, West Virginia 27

More Mountaineers Honored - WVU Athletics
White, Lambert & Alford

ESPN.com's Big 12 season awards - ESPN
Defensive Freshman of the Year: S Dravon Henry, West Virginia
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: RB Rushel Shell, West Virginia

Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon lead SI.com's 2014 All-America Team - SI.com
White - 2nd Team, Lambert - HM

Hoops

WVU to review Classic after D’Antoni ‘poke’ - Charleston Gazette
There’s a saying in these parts that you don’t poke a bear.

Campus Connection: Nobody Asked Me But ... - WVU Athletics
Dan D'Antoni is dusting off the old Marshall playbook.

Huggins takes Herd hoops program to task - Exponent Telegram
To be honest, D’Antoni is guy who is coming into a gun fight with a pea shooter against a man in Huggins who carries a bazooka.

Bob Huggins crushes Marshall's basketball program - Sporting News
Source: Smoking Musket

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
22 West Virginia

Recruiting:

Michigan linebacker reportedly transferring to WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
The fallout from Michigan football coach Brady Hoke’s firing Dec. 2 continues.

St.C.’s Ferns Is Transferring to West Virginia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The recruit credited by many with pulling together what turned out to be Brady Hoke's final recruiting class at Michigan, is also moving on with his academic and athletic careers.

Robert Landers commits to Ohio State, flips from West Virginia - Land-Grant Holy Land
Shit

WVU recruiting: Dead period actually pretty lively time - Charleston Gazette
Monday began a month-long "dead period" in college football recruiting, but as most recruitniks know, these times can be anything but "dead" when it comes to the news.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor and Michigan State will have to adapt to win the Cotton Bowl - SBNation.com

Sherron Dorsey-Walker to Transfer - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Exploring Backup Point Guard Options - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales faces additional charge, released on bond - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Forward, TaShawn Thomas, Suffers Injury In 85-53 Win Over ORU Golden Eagles - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys dominate in the paint in win over Middle Tennessee - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Basketball Cruises Against Lipscomb, 106-61 - Barking Carnival

Coach Gary Patterson Agrees to New Deal - Frogs O' War

Hope and concern: Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Special Offer for Liberty Bowl Attendees - WVU Athletics
The AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the Memphis Grizzlies have teamed up to provide WVU fans the opportunity to join the Mountaineers to watch the Memphis Grizzlies.

Video of Interest:

WVU's Jeff Culhane spoke with Head Coach Mike Carey about the team's upcoming road trip against Marshall and Ohio State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Greatest Christmas movie EVER

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is native Pennsylvanian, not too far from Morgantown in Uniontown. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Caitlin O'Connor.