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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wofford Game Day (12/22/14) Edition

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Hoops previews & football notes, pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

City native, Lyons, on WVU AD list - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Current Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama and Parkersburg native Shane Lyons is among the potential list of candidates for the WVU athletic director position

No. 18 Mountaineers Face Road Test at Ohio State - WVU Athletics
Monday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Value City Arena.

WVU set to face Buckeyes in quick turnaround - Exponent Telegram
Today’s contest gives WVU another opportunity to secure a quality road win.

Five members of WVU 1964 team to be recognized at Liberty Bowl - Register Herald
Stringing together some odds and ends about sports which may be of interest.

FURFARI: WVU reveals $4.3M balance for 2013-14 fiscal year - Times West Virginian
"We had a bigger income last year (2012-13)," he recalled. "It was $77.7 million and we had a $3.2 million cash balance last year."

FURFARI: Luck seemingly did far more damage than any other WVU AD - Times West Virginian
During the Ohio native’s 4 1/2 years of service as director of athletics, I firmly believe Luck, who was a quarterback at WVU from 1978-81, has done far more damage than any other before him.

WVU rifle team has international flair - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"Petra and Nicco set a great example for international shooters and for what can be achieved here," Hammond said. "It's certainly a great resource."

News of Note:

Similarities Could Prove Beneficial For WVU - EerSports
Stop me if you've heard this before - West Virginia and Texas A&M will face off in the Liberty Bowl in eight days and their styles are practically identical.

Bowl Breakdown: Dueling QB Duos - EerSports
West Virginia and Texas A&M have both trotted out a pair of quarterbacks this season, each showing an ability to lead an explosive attack at various points.

Running back in vogue for colleges - Exponent Telegram
The setting is perfect for a coming out game of Rushel Shell, who next year may well become the featured back in a run-first offense

Gibson brings pride back to Mountaineer defense - Exponent Telegram
Numbers tell part of the story, but only part, a snapshot of what the result was of naming him defensive coordinator before this season began:

Hoops

Quick Turnaround For No. 20 WVU - WVU Athletics
WVU, Wofford to meet Monday night at the Coliseum.

‘Really good’ Wofford visits after Mountaineers’ successful trip to the Garden - Charleston Daily Mail
"Wofford’s good — I mean, really good," said WVU coach Bob Huggins

Mountaineers face sneaky challenge from Terriers - Register Herald
Beginning tomorrow, West Virginia’s basketball team will have a few days to rest and enjoy the holidays. But first, there’s one more area of business that needs to be handled, and it may be a much more difficult assignment than many realize.

With a No. 38 RPI, Wofford will gauge West Virginia’s ability to refocus - WV MetroNews
Will the Mountaineers still be in a New York state of mind as they host the Terriers, a veteran squad coming off an NCAA berth?

WVU must keep its edge vs. Wofford - BGN
For whatever reason, West Virginia just hadn’t looked like the same team since winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off over Connecticut.

Staten returns to form against Wolfpack - Exponent Telegram
Point guard's 24 points, six assists led Mountaineers to win at MSG

Holton found range vs. NC State - Charleston Gazette
He just needed him to start making a few because it will be vital, he believes to just how good this West Virginia team can be.

Holton's shooting key to offense - Exponent Telegram
"If we’re going to make a serious run, he needs to make those shots," Huggins said.

Offensive Outburst Leads to Decisive WVU Win Over Wolfpack - WVillustrated
The WVU men's basketball team used an above average offensive outburst to take care of NC State on Saturday night in New York City.

Pro News:

WVU in the NFL: Week 16 - WVSports.com
Following each week of the NFL season, WVSports.com will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Eers in the NFL: Week Sixteen - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Sixteen.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 smarting from CFP snub; strong schedule could be answer - Sporting News

Kendal Briles to call plays for Cotton Bowl - Our Daily Bears

McKay does exactly what ISU needs in Drake win - Ames Tribune

Frank Mason influencing game, improving - Lawrence Journal World

K-State picked up a quality win -- but was missing quality at times, too - FOX Sports

Oklahoma football notebook: OU's defense motivated to face Clemson - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Cowboys fall to No. 17 Maryland - Oklahoman

Shooting From the Corner: Long Beach State - Barking Carnival

TCU's Boykin is not Manziel, but he's pretty dang good - Clarion Ledger

Preview: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

(22) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes - ESPN
Women's Basketball: 2 pm today from Columbus

Wofford Terriers vs. (22) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from the Coliseum on West Virginia Media Holdings.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I'm still in a New York State of Mind:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an English model/actress. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Kelly Brook.