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Mountaineer Morning Links: Christmas Eve (12/24/14) Edition

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Liberty Bowl previews, Joseph wants NFL evaluation, hoops notes, recruiting notes, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Buchanan Named to ECAC All-Star Team - WVU Athletics
Kadeisha Buchanan was named to the ECAC Women's Soccer All-Star Team.

FURFARI: Jim Karwoski was a standout in football, track and field at WVU in the 1960's - Times West Virginian
Jim Karwoski of Beaver, Pennsylvania, was team captain in both football and men’s track and field at West Virginia University in the early 1960’s.

Furfari: Dr. Allara grateful to WVU for basketball spot and his education - Register Herald
Dr. Dave Allara, who earned a bachelor’s degree and shortly after that received an M.D. in 1983, had spent a year at Marshall College before transferring to West Virginia University.

News of Note:

Joseph adds honors and versatility, wants NFL evaluation - Charleston Daily Mail
There is a chance the Liberty Bowl will be Karl Joseph’s final game for West Virginia.

WVU’s White fulfills potential - Charleston Gazette
Regardless of what happens when West Virginia plays Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl next week, the game will be the last for Kevin White and Shannon Dawson.

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics
This week's Mountaineer Insider is a stocking stuffer full of great interviews. Jeff Culhane visits with Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, who talks about his new three-year deal, the Texas A&M Aggies and bowl preparation, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his thoughts on the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl and facing his good friend Dana Holgorsen and All-American wide receiver Kevin White on his break out season in 2014.

Roundtable: Examining Monday Big 12 bowls - ESPN
What is the biggest key for West Virginia?

Bowl Breakdown: WVU WRs vs Texas A&M DBs - EerSports
EerSports continues our Bowl Breakdown series

Lambert not taken in with own success - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia placekicker Josh Lambert knew he’d had a good year.

Back to Bowling: WVU Confident Heading Into Liberty Bowl - WVillustrated
The WVU football team is preparing for yet another post-season bowl game, getting back to the success that the program was initially built on.

Three Make ECAC All-Star Team - WVU Athletics
Senior wide receiver Kevin White and senior guard Mark Glowinski were named to the offensive team while junior safety Karl Joseph was listed on the 16-player ECAC defensive squad.

Hoops

Technically speaking, Mountaineers have a little spunk about them - Exponent Telegram
There is a statistic — one single, simple statistic — that tells you all you need to know about this year’s West Virginia basketball team, even more than the statistic that shows the team gave up only 11 field goals to Wofford on Monday night — the fewest any WVU team has allowed since Penn State made only 10 baskets in 1949.

Macon Overcomes Biggest Hurdle - BGN
Elijah Macon's path to the court at West Virginia has been filled with obstacles. And just when he finally thought he had overcome them, the most devastating blow of all fell on him.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
18 West Virginia

Recruiting:

WVU recruiting: Basketball commitments off to good starts - Charleston Gazette
The high school football season is over, and recruiting is square in the middle of the dead period. Basketball, however, is in full swing, and West Virginia’s commits are off to a tremendous start.

Pro News:

Mountaineer Pat McAfee earns spot in 2015 NFL Pro Bowl - WVUPros
McAfee has earned the honor of being one of the league's best.

Quick Hit: Geno Smith, says coaching change 'could be good for us all' - WVUPros
During Smith's college days at West Virginia (2009-12), he went through a coaching change.

WVUPros NFL Week 16 Recap: Preparing for the Playoffs and Beyond - WVUPros
For WVUPros whose teams are in playoff contention, the last two weeks of the season will be treated like the playoffs.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Construction begins on Baylor’s new $3 million athletic nutrition center - Waco Tribune

The Rise of Monte Morris - Wide Right & Natty Lite

The Day After: Getting trounced by Temple - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State evaluating options at free safety before Alamo Bowl - Wichita Eagle

2014 Russell Athletic Bowl Preview | What To Expect From The Oklahoma Offense - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says game against Washington is 'one of the best matchups in all of the bowl season' - Oklahoman

Shooting From the Corner: Stanford Beats Texas 74-71 - Barking Carnival

Could the Frogs Dance this March? - Frogs O' War

Report: Houston Defensive Coordinator David Gibbs Interviews with Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors

Michigan State Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to be new Pittsburgh Panthers head coach - SI.com

What's On Tap:

Mountaineer GameDay Hosts Liberty Bowl Special - WVU Athletics
Mountaineer GameDay will air a 90-minute AutoZone Liberty Bowl pregame special on Monday, Dec. 29, from 12:30 - 2 p.m., ET.

Video of Interest:

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Hump Day Video Of The Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely British model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of April Summers.