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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (12/3/14) Edition

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Football & hoops notes, women's hoops in action tonight, recruiting updates, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Dec. 3 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten comments on the pace of play that WVU is playing and how it effects its opponents. Allan Taylor also joins us to discuss the football season overall as a whole for the Mountaineers.

WVU women look to avoid letdown on road - Exponent Telegram
Mountaineers face NEC for Fairleigh Dickinson

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Talks Fairleigh Dickinson Match-Up - WVillustrated
Mountaineers assistant Sharrona Reaves and select West Virginia players speak with the media prior to Wednesday night's game.

Buchanan Named M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Semifinalist - WVU Athletics
The award is college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy and represents the highest level of individual achievement in the sport.

News of Note:

Back to the bench, which is totally cool - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
It would seem unusual to me if Dana knew right now that Clint was out for the bowl, but I don’t think it’s clear that Clint will be cleared, either. So the line is the line: Trickett is the starter because he’s always been the starter.

No reason for Trickett to play in bowl game - Exponent Telegram
A nice gesture — but enough is enough. Trickett is not NFL bound. His future lies in coaching quarterbacks, not playing quarterback.

West Virginia’s defense has seen huge improvements from just a couple of season ago - Daily Athenaeum
Although West Virginia’s first-year defensive coordinator Tony Gibson isn’t a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top assistant coach, the Mountaineers’ defense has taken a huge leap forward this season under his guidance.

Consistency a must for WVU entering bowl season - Daily Athenaeum
"They were executing ,and we weren’t," said defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

Flatliner Lambert Making Waves - WVU Athletics
Josh Lambert one of three finalists for Groza Award.

New Week, All New (and Different) Bowl Predictions for WVU - EerSports
With the release of the College Football Playoff Rankings, ESPN has updated their bowl projections this evening. With every major outlet...

One True Champion? Not likely in Big 12 - Charleston Gazette
The Mountaineers’ bowl destination will be decided the old-fashioned way. You know, finagling. Wheeling and dealing. It’s all pretty straight-forward, actually, but also unclear.

Hoops

Hot Start Fueling WVU’s Juwan Staten in Final Season as a Mountaineer - WVillustrated
Juwan Staten has endured two frustrating seasons in Morgantown, but now in his senior year, is flourishing in a more efficient role as WVU's go-to guy.

WVU's MO: Cumulative Pressue For KO - BGN
It’s been West Virginia’s modus operandi this season, continuing to pressure and relentlessly defend until the cumulative effect forces foes into submission. And there was no better example than a five-minute stretch in the latest win against the College of Charleston.

Recruiting:

Visitation time for WVU coaches - Charleston Gazette
The latest NCAA contact period began Sunday, once again allowing college coaches to not only reach out to top prospects from around the country but also visit them at school or in their homes.

WVU Commit Heading "Home" - Scout
West Virginia commit Jordan Adams had a big touchdown catch to help Franklin past Thomas Stone 30-0 and into the Class AAA title game at M&T Bank Stadium.

CB Douglas To Decide Shortly; Three Finalists - Scout
Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau CC cornerback Rasul Douglas plans to decide soon, and he has three finalists.

FSU QB Pledge Eyes a Pair of Big 12 Visits - Scout
"I'm not sure yet (if I'm going to visit any other schools), but I want to visit Baylor and West Virginia," Francois said. "I'm just not sure yet."

Campbell Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Tanner Campbell.

Pro News:

The 2014 WVUPros.com CFL Year End Wrap-Up - WVUPros
Seven different West Virginia University football legends appeared on the roster as a member of a CFL team at one point or another.

Joe Alexander Named NBA Development League Performer of the Week (12/1/14) - WVUPros
Santa Cruz Warriors forward Joe Alexander was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 30.

Around the League (and Beyond):

At Baylor, We Play For Championships - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State AD offers support for Paul Rhoads - Des Moines Register

Why the Florida Game Matters More than the Kentucky Game - Rock Chalk Talk

DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 12 - Bring On The Cats

Wide Receiver Derrick Woods Dismissed From The Team - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy says starting quarterback still "game-time decision" for Bedlam - Oklahoman (autoplay)

We Run This State In Basketball - Texas Longhorns Hoops - Barking Carnival

Patterson says committee needs no help picking top four teams - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

An Open Letter to Under Armour on Texas Tech's Uniforms - Viva The Matadors

Forde-Yard Dash: Spoiler alert ... which teams are best equipped to ruin playoff dreams - Yahoo Sports (autoplay)

What's On Tap:

No. 24/21 WVU Visits Fairleigh Dickinson - WVU Athletics
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Stratis Arena inside the Rothman Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Limited Coliseum Parking Thursday - WVU Athletics
Parking will be limited at the WVU Coliseum on weekday games.

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Last one, I promise...for now

Hump Day Video of the Week

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Aussie. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Zoe Cross.