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Coverage of men's win & women's loss, Liberty Bowl notes, AD search updates, recruiting notes, WVUPros feature, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Dec. 23 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins talks Elijah Macon and how he has overcome adversity this season. We also hear from Macon who scored in double figures for the first time in his career in last nights 77-44 win over Wofford.

WVU President Gee hopes to hire new AD early next month - Exponent Telegram
Gee said the university has been looking into replacements since Luck gave them notice he would go about a month ago, giving them a good head start before the matter became public, which allowed them to operate in secrecy.

With new AD, changes may come for WVU football - Times West Virginian
We might not be right on this, but it could be that Dana Holgorsen will be facing a major task coming up when West Virginia University signs a new athletic director to replace Oliver Luck, who is headed to the NCAA.

Staten Big 12 Player of the Week - WVU Athletics
Guard Juwan Staten honored by Big 12 Conference.

Men's Hoop Notebook - WVU Athletics
West Virginia is one of a record seven Big 12 teams in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll

No. 18 West Virginia Falls at Ohio State - WVU Athletics
The No. 21/18-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome the hot perimeter play of Ohio State,

Furfari: Karwoski was two-sport standout at WVU in the 1960s - Register Herald
Jim Karwoski of Beaver, Pa., was team captain in both football and men’s track and field at West Virginia University in the early 1960’s.

Wofford Hangover:

Staten leads No. 18 West Virginia over Wofford - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Mountaineers Roll on Monday Night - WVU Athletics

Mountaineers whip Wofford - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers get a break after lopsided win over Wofford - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers' pressure problematic for Wofford - Exponent Telegram

Macon's progression makes Mountaineers even deeper - Exponent Telegram

Command performance: Mountaineers find their motivation to bury Wofford - WV MetroNews

WVU rolls past Wofford - BGN

Mountaineers tame Terriers -

WVU Jumps Out Big Early, Cruises to Win Over Wofford - EerSports

WVU Gets Win over Wofford - WVillustrated

Basketball: #18 West Virginia takes care of Wofford 77-44 - WVUPros

Bob Huggins Details Wofford Win - BGN

Watch: Huggins won’t be miserable at Christmas this year - WV MetroNews

Key players react to West Virginia’s easy win over Wofford - WV MetroNews TV: Basketball Interviews -
Huggs, Staten & Macon

Wofford Postgame: Player Reaction - BGN
Macon, Paige & Carter

WATCH: WVU Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Staten, Macon & Browne

Photo Gallery: West Virginia hosts Wofford in Morgantown - WV MetroNews

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Wofford - BGN

News of Note:

Bellringer Newsletter - 2014 Autozone Liberty Bowl
News and notes for the bowl game, including events surrounding the game

No set formula for bowl success - Charleston Gazette
"It’s a very interesting dichotomy, how you go about it,’’ Bradley said of preparing for a bowl game. "Everyone has a different philosophy.’’

Bowl Breakdown: WVU RBs vs Texas A&M LBs - EerSports
taking a look at the matchup between West Virginia's running backs and Texas A&M's linebackers.

Smith, Lee among Big 12 players to watch - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia WR Daikiel Shorts


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - ESPN
Here's what happened last week on the recruiting trail in the Big 12

Texas in final four for FL athlete Tim Irvin ahead of announcement - Burnt Orange Nation
So is WVU

Pro News:

Vaughn Rivers inducted into Pittsburgh Public School Hall of Fame - WVUPros
Rivers was a hard-hitting defensive back for the Mountaineers from 2003-07 who tallied 66 tackles and three interceptions over his collegiate career as well as returning punts and kickoffs.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 The Top Men's Hoops Conference In The Nation - Big 12 Conference
Big 12 men's basketball has the nation's best record, having posted a 90-15 mark to start the year for an .857 winning percentage.

Bears defend their new ranking, beat Southern 70-66 - Waco Tribune

Next few games will allow McKay to settle in - Des Moines Register

Jayhawks Run Out of Philly, Lose to Temple 77-52 - Rock Chalk Talk

KANSAS STATE RPI WATCH: 12/22/14 - Bring On The Cats

Blowout Monday | Final Score: Oklahoma Sooners 85, Weber State Wildcats 51 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Spike in junior-college transfers breaks normal mold for Cowboys - Oklahoman

Stanford Preview - Barking Carnival

TCU men’s basketball enters Top 25, routs Grambling - Star Telegram

Texas Tech falls to Loyola 62-44 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Andy Staples: Punt, Pass & Pork -

What's On Tap:

Ticket Office Holiday Hours - WVU Athletics
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Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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