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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas A&M Roundup/Virginia Tech Game Day (12/30/14) Edition

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Coverage of the Liberty Bowl loss, Hoops takes on VT this afternoon, women won Monday, Big 12 roundup & more.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Wild Turkey Bourbon, because that's as close to a Hokie as I can find, plus we need something to begin to drown out our football offseason blues.


What You May Have Missed:

No. 21 WVU Eclipses Century Mark in Win Over SFU - WVU Athletics
No. 21 WVU closed out non-league play in dominating fashion.

Kramer Resigns as Head Volleyball Coach - WVU Athletics
Head Coach Jill Kramer resigned to join TCU as the Director of Volleyball

Florida State OL coach Rick Trickett sad to see son's career end - ESPN
Rick Trickett said. "That’s not what it is. Everybody said he retired. No -- he was told he couldn’t play in the game. There’s nothing left to do. It’s time to go coach. He got a taste of it and loves it. That’s what he has always wanted to do. He’ll do good at it."

Liberty Bowl Hangover:

Kyle Allen's four TD passes leads Texas A&M to Liberty Bowl win - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Aggies Win a Shootout - WVU Athletics
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Instant Analysis: Texas A&M Aggies 45, West Virginia Mountaineers 37 - ESPN

Mountaineers squander lead as Texas A&M wins Liberty Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU falls apart in 45-37 loss to Texas A&M - Charleston Gazette

Liberty Bowl: West Virginia Mountaineers fall to Texas A&M, 45-37 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WVU’s Lambert sets NCAA, school and bowl records - Charleston Daily Mail

Holgorsen: Field goals weren’t enough in bowl shootout - WV MetroNews

West Virginia defense suffers setback during bowl blistering - WV MetroNews

West Virginia unable to keep pace in Liberty Bowl loss to Texas A&M - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Recap & photos

Liberty Bowl notebook: Texas A&M student assistant benched after striking WVU player - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia notebook: Holgorsen wants more touchdowns - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Mountaineers fade in second half in falling to Aggies - Exponent Telegram

Texas A&M Agg-ravates WVU - Register Herald

Texas A&M Takes It To West Virginia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Memphis meltdown - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Liberty Bowl 2014 final score: 3 things we learned from Texas A&M's 45-37 win - SBNation.com

Aggies Oust, Outlast WVU In Liberty Bowl - BGN

Mountaineers Melt Down in Second Half, Fall to Texas A&M - EerSports

Liberty Bowl Filled With "Missed Opportunities" - EerSports

WVU bowled over by A&M, 45-37 - WVSports.com

Holgorsen's Take: Post-Liberty Bowl - WVSports.com

WVU Falls to Texas A&M in 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl - WVillustrated

Barbecued in Memphis: WVU roasted by Texas A&M in Auto Zone Liberty Bowl - WVUPros

Late-season meltdowns are now the norm for West Virginia - Charleston Gazette

WVU Continues Late-Season Woes - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Gibson on Texas A&M assistant’s antics: ‘That’s embarrassing’ - WV MetroNews

WVU Defense Built for Special, Memorable 2015 Season - WVillustrated

Howard’s day in Memphis features bombs, misses - WV MetroNews

Dawson has hard time saying goodbye - Inter-Mountain

Liberty Bowl Postgame: Players and Assistants - BGN
Howard, Gibby & Dawson

WVSports.com TV: Football Interviews - WVSports.com
White, Dillon, Alford & Riddick

Photo gallery: WVU falls in the Liberty Bowl - WV MetroNews

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Texas A&M - BGN

News of Note:

Mountaineers, Hokies to Hook Up - WVU Athletics
West Virginia, Virginia Tech to play Tuesday in Morgantown.

Mountaineers prep for ‘different’ Hokies - Charleston Daily Mail
It is the type of style contrast West Virginia coach Bob Huggins likes this time of the year.

Mountaineers host Williams, Virginia Tech today - Charleston Gazette
By all rights, West Virginia’s game with Virginia Tech today should not be terribly competitive.

Mountaineers look to avoid repeat against Virginia Tech - Register Herald
Last March, when West Virginia was trying to put the final touches on a resumé that would be worthy of NCAA Tournament consideration, it kept looking back to one loss that it just couldn’t defend — an 87-83 setback at Virginia Tech on Nov. 12.

Williams leads Tech against Mountaineers - Exponent Telegram
The last time Buzz Williams, who leads Virginia Tech into the Coliseum at 2 p.m. today to face West Virginia’s 10-1 Mountaineers, was in the Coliseum was in 2012 when he was coaching Marquette and both schools were members of the Big East.

Staten Big 12 Player of the Week - WVU Athletics
WVU senior wins award for second straight week.

Recruiting:

Four-star ATH Tim Irvin to decide between four at the 2015 US Army All-American Bowl - SBNation.com
The final days of the consensus four-star prospect's recruitment will determine his destination.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears vs. Michigan State: Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears

Naz Long: A life built on sacrifices (and knockouts) - Cyclone Fanatic

Self: KU needs to play faster - Topeka Capital Journal

Tyler Lockett prepares for finale at K-State in Alamo Bowl - Topeka Capital Journal

Russell Athletic Bowl Aftermath | The College Football World Is Laughing At Oklahoma's 40-6 Loss - Crimson And Cream Machine

Where Are All of the Running Backs? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Shooting From the Hip: Arkansas 31, Texas 7 - Barking Carnival

Texas Longhorns basketball: Horns Struggle against Owls, win 66-55 - Burnt Orange Nation

Frogs handle Tigers 60-40, go undefeated in Non-Conference - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech defeats North Texas 60-45 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. (17) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
2 pm today from the Oliver Garden on ESPNU/3. Mountaineers are giving 16.5.

Video of Interest:

Holgorsen presser courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is how you open a champagne bottle:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former playmate and BikiniTeam.com model of the month. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Raquel Gibson.