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Mountaineer Morning Links: Virginia Tech Roundup/New Year's Eve (12/31/14) Edition

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Coverage of the VT win, football season recaps, recruiting notes, WVUPros feature, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU WBB Remains No. 21 in Coaches Poll - WVU Athletics
West Virginia earned 136 votes in the poll, just 44 behind No. 20 Iowa.

Top 10 college hoops conferences in 2014 - Sporting News
Dude's on crack, listing ACC #1

Michael Richardson, Texas A&M Aggies student assistant, fired after striking West Virginia Mountaineers players - ESPN
Texas A&M Aggies student assistant coach Michael Richardson issued an apology for his actions on the sideline Monday in which he struck two West Virginia players in the first half of the Aggies' 45-37 win over the Mountaineers in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl

News of Note:

Liberty Bowl Notebook - WVU Athletics
2014 Liberty Bowl leftovers.

Mountaineers face several questions as offseason begins - Charleston Daily Mail
"We’ve just got to keep getting better. I’ve got a lot of guys coming back, so we should be a little bit better next year."

Mountaineers have big holes to fill on offense - Charleston Gazette
In the aftermath of yet another disappointing end to a season, Dana Holgorsen and his returning players managed to look forward.

West Virginia kicker’s success is offense’s problem - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Lambert’s numbers, though, are the perfect illustration of West Virginia’s offensive problems this season.

WVU's next AD faces tough call on Holgorsen - Exponent Telegram
As a first move, the AD has to decide whether he or she wants Dana Holgorsen to continue as football coach.

Some good, some bad for Howard in Liberty Bowl - Exponent Telegram
Is Skyler Howard West Virginia’s quarterback of the future?

Mountaineers took two steps forward, one step back in 2014 - Register Herald
Fans and coaches alike weren’t really talking bowl games, win totals or national rankings when the 2014 football season began for West Virginia University. The buzzword used by almost everyone discussing the program was simple — improvement.

WVU Defense Built for Special, Memorable 2015 Season - WVillustrated
The WVU defense will return nearly all of its starters next season, creating a level of optimism unmatched in several years.

Holgorsen reflects upon WVU's 'competitive' year - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
On Monday, West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen was eager to express hope for a brighter future in light of the Mountaineers' 45-37 loss to Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl.

Hokie Hangover:

No. 17 West Virginia routs Virginia Tech 82-51 - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, photos, etc

Mountaineers Roll Over Tech - WVU Athletics
Recap, photos, stats, etc

Big second half lifts Mountaineer men past Virginia Tech - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU blasts Virginia Tech with big second half, 82-51 - Charleston Gazette

‘Press Virginia’ now ready for next phase - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers rout Hokies 82-51 to cap nonleague slate - WV MetroNews

WVU closes nonconference slate with win over Tech - Times West Virginian

No. 17 West Virginia routs Virginia Tech, 82-51 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Recap & photos

WVU’s Scoring Surge Outlasts VT - BGN

WVU does what it needed to do in win over VT - BGN

West Virginia, Staten Embarrass Hokies - EerSports

Huggins, Players Credit Strong Second Half For Blowout Win - EerSports

#17 Mountaineers destroy rival Virginia Tech in an afternoon matinee in Morgantown - WVUPros

WVU Gets 82-51 Win Over Hokies - WVillustrated

Staten, Browne break down WVU win - BGN

WATCH: WVU Basketball Postgame Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Staten, Browne, Miles, Williams & Adrian

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Virginia Tech - BGN

Recruiting:

Coaching changes could push recruits back toward Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
For months now, West Virginia’s recruiting board for 2015 has gotten smaller.

Pro News:

Top 5 WVUPros moments of 2014 - WVUPros
2014 provided some great moments for many WVUPros in many sports. A few won championships, a few made heroic comebacks and some are just glad the year is about over.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Royce rolls in 3-pointers, leads Baylor men to win over Norfolk State, 92-51 - Waco Tribune

Cyclones keeping pace - Ames Tribune

Kansas pulls away in the second half, wins 78-62 - Rock Chalk Talk

Men's Hoops Preview - Kansas State vs. Georgia Bulldogs - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Linebacker Eric Striker Will Return For Senior Season - "I Don't Want To Go Out Like This" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Le'Bryan Nash comes to life after halftime talk, leads OSU to win over Missouri - Oklahoman

Will Texas DT Malcolm Brown leave for NFL? - Burnt Orange Nation

Keys to Victory - And Then There Was One - Frogs O' War

Ready or not: Big 12 is here - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(9) Ole Miss Rebels vs. (6) TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
Peach Bowl, 12:30 pm today from the Georgia Dome on ESPN/ESPN3. Frogs are giving 3.5.

Video of Interest:

Huggs Presser courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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