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Mountaineer Morning Links: Gotham Classic Pre-Game (12/19/14) Edition

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AD situation, Holgorsen & Huggins pressers, player & coaches interviews, games previews, WVUPros report, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Luck's Tenure Features Many Accomplishments - WVU Athletics
Oliver Luck's tenure at WVU features move to Big 12.

Oliver Luck is the right hire at the right time for overcriticized NCAA - FOX Sports
The message with the hiring of Oliver Luck to be the No. 2 to NCAA president Mark Emmert in a newly created position of executive vice president of regulatory affairs? The NCAA finally understands that as the big-money world of collegiate sports is rapidly changing around it, it must change too and quickly.

Luck said NCAA needs to be ‘open and transparent’ - Charleston Daily Mail
He said the popularity and exposure of college sports are at an all-time high, but he acknowledged the existence of the many problems and doubts he was known to point out when he worked for WVU.

Luck looks foward to new opportunity with NCAA - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Under Luck's supervision, the NCAA will bring all regulatory functions — academic, membership, eligibility and enforcement — under one umbrella.

Brawl for ADs between Pitt and WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
As a Pittsburgh-born West Virginia graduate, I'll take a Backyard Brawl however I can get it.

Cunningham Assumes Interim AD Role - WVU Athletics
Petersburg's Cunningham to serve as interim AD.

Cunningham Not A WVU AD Candidate - BGN
Cunningham said she does not anticipate being a candidate for AD spot.

Herd women’s coach mourns loss ahead of game vs. No. 22 WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Overall, the Mountaineers have won 12 of the last 13 games in the series. The last five victory margins: 31, 16, 12, 57 and 32.

High-scoring Holmes leads WVU into battle vs. Herd - Charleston Gazette
Now the junior guard has taken center stage as the leading force, making her mark as one of the top women’s college basketball players in the country.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Media Conference: Texas A&M - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below

Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M-West Virginia - FOX Sports
In a matchup of two well-known offensive juggernauts, the Liberty Bowl could be decided by which team -- West Virginia or Texas A&M -- can come up with enough defensive stops.

WVU’s Trickett cleared to play in bowl - Charleston Gazette
But whether that means he will start — or even play — when West Virginia faces Texas A&M on Dec. 29 in Memphis, Tennessee, seems up in the air for now.

WVU's Trickett cleared to play in Liberty Bowl - Exponent Telegram
Holgorsen doesn't name senior starter vs. Texas A&M

West Virginia notebook: Trickett cleared to play in bowl game - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, sidelined with a concussion since the Kansas State game Nov. 20, has been cleared to play by the Mountaineers medical staff

No shortage of topics for conversation around West Virginia football - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck had left for a job with the NCAA, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had taken the same post at Kentucky, and senior associate head coach Tom Bradley’s name had begun circulating as a potential candidate for Pitt’s head coach opening.

Holgorsen understands Dawson’s decision - Charleston Daily Mail
Dawson might have had the title, but Holgorsen holds the power.

Holgorsen in no hurry to replace Dawson - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen is thrilled for Dawson, the last remaining member of his original WVU staff, who will have the chance to get out from underneath Holgorsen’s considerable offensive shadow.

Holgorsen, players applaud Dawson’s expanded role at Kentucky: ‘He’s ready’ - WV MetroNews
Now it’s Dawson’s turn.

Dawson’s Exit A Shocker For ’Eers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Don’t think you’re the only one who was blindsided by the news of Shannon Dawson leaving Morgantown.

Dana Holgorsen Issues Statement on Shannon Dawson's Departure - WVillustrated
Mountaineers lose offensive coordinator to Kentucky, Holgorsen calls Dawson an "outstanding member of our staff."

Dawson leaving WVU to be OC at Kentucky - BGN
After spending the last three years as West Virginia's offensive coordinator, Shannon Dawson - the final member of Dana Holgorsen's first coaching staff at WVU remaining in Morgantown - will be leaving to take the same position at the University of Kentucky.

Dawson doesn't speak about departure - Exponent Telegram
It wasn’t revealed whether Dawson opted not to speak, but let’s put it this way — if Dawson did, it would be the first time under any circumstance the personable coach chose to remain silent.

Holgorsen Talks OC Search, Starting Quarterback - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen discusses replacing Shannon Dawson and who will start at quarterback for the Mountaineers.

Gibson Discusses New Contract, Impact on Players, Recruits - EerSports
West Virginia Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson discusses his new contract and how it can have an impact on the current players and recruits.

WVU's Gibson thrilled with stability of new contract - Register Herald
While one West Virginia University coordinator is on his way out of Morgantown — offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is headed to the University of Kentucky to serve in that same role under Mike Stoops — the other is happy to be firmly established as a Mountaineer once again.

Big 12 unsung heroes - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia LB Wes Tonkery

Phil Steele All-Big 12 Teams - WVU Athletics
WVU placed 11 on the three teams

Player/Coaches Media Session: Liberty Bowl - WVU Athletics
Select members of the WVU football team met with the media.

Liberty Bowl Preview: Gibson and Bradley - BGN
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and line and senior associate head coach Tom Bradley detail the bowl preparations against Texas A&M, including the continually moving target of peaking at the correct time and figuring out when to push the team and when it needs rest.

WATCH: WVU Football Assistant Coaches Shift Attention to Liberty - WVillustrated
DeForest, Crook, Mitchell, Galloway, Seider, Scrap & Gibby

WVSports.com TV: Football Interviews - WVSports.com
Scrap, DeForest, White & Tonkery

WATCH: WVU Football Players Preview Texas A&M in Liberty Bowl - WVillustrated
Squirt, Lambert, Joseph, White, Rose, Alford, Glowinski, Chestnut, Riddick & Tonkery

Hoops

Bob Huggins Media Conference: NC State - WVU Athletics
Head coach Bob Huggins spoke to the media Thursday.

Mountaineers face N.C. State at Madison Square Garden - Charleston Daily Mail
No. 22 WVU (9-1) looks to write new history Saturday night in the Gotham Classic. The Mountaineers play North Carolina State (9-2) at around 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Huggins loves the Garden parties - Charleston Gazette
"You try to tell them, ‘Don’t buy watches,’ and the first thing they do is run and buy watches,’’ Huggins said.

WVU's Huggins To Team: Show Me - BGN
To Bob Huggins, West Virginia’s recent issues are best surmised by one of his core coaching concepts: "Show me what you can do; don’t show me what you can’t do."

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Browne & Philip

WVSports.com TV: Basketball Player Interviews - WVSports.com
Browne & Paige

Recruiting:

Huggins Discusses Recruiting Strategy - EerSports
"We’re trying to (play in New York City more)," he said this morning. "We still want to try to recruit in there, and if we want to recruit in there, we got to play there."

Pro News:

Goode Will – Najee Goode, the engineer turned Eagle, gets ready to make an impact - WVUPros
Najee Goode grew up in Cleveland, and from an early age he remembers hearing his father belt out a familiar cheer: "E-A-G-L-E-S—Eagles!"

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Prepares for the Cotton Bowl vs. Michigan State - Our Daily Bears

Is Fred Hoiberg As Good of a Coach As We Think He Is? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football Excitement in December - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State basketball will return to Intrust Bank Arena in 2015 - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma football notebook: Julian Wilson injures shoulder, Geneo Grissom also out of Russell Athletic Bowl - Oklahoman

Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph rolls with the changes during rise to Cowboys' starting quarterback role - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Jordan Hicks, John Harris and Malcolm Brown Will Not Return in 2015 - Who Will Replace Them? - Barking Carnival

TCU notes: Boykin’s 2015 Heisman drive can expect school push - Star Telegram

From inside out: Red Raiders attacking zone teams in the paint - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

NC State Wolfpack vs. (22) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
9:30 pm Saturday from MSG on ESPN2/3

Marshall Thundering Herd vs. (22) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
NCAA Women's Basketball 4 pm Saturday from the Coliseum

Special Holiday Ticket Price - WVU Athletics
A special holiday price of $10 per ticket is available for the next two home games.

Video of Interest:

Video courtesy of Tier 4

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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