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Mountaineer Morning Links: Northern Kentucky Roundup (12/8/14) Edition

Coverage of hoops win, Liberty Bowl reports, recruiting updates, Pros recaps, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Dec. 8 - WV MetroNews
the executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl comments on West Virginia’s matchup against Texas A&M. Mountaineers basketball coach Bob Huggins addressed his team bouncing back from its first loss by romping at Northern Kentucky.

Mountaineers stomp Coppin State 83-43 - Daily Athenaeum
Paced by double-doubles from Averee Fields and Lanay Montgomery and a game-high 20 points from junior guard Bria Holmes, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team had no trouble in dispatching the Coppin State Eagles Saturday, 83-43.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Coaches, Players Discuss 83-43 Win - WVillustrated
The WVU women's basketball team took care of Coppin State 83-43 on Saturday night in Morgantown.

FURFARI: You concerned about growing football injuries? Don Nehlen is - Times West Virginian
Don Nehlen, like many other followers of college football, admittedly is concerned about former players who went on as professionals in the NFL regarding concussions and other ill effects.

Big 12 Holidays - Big 12 Conference
WVU Holiday Card from the Big 12

Northern Kentucky Hangover:

No. 16 WVU downs Northern Kentucky 67-42 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Strong Second Half Lifts WVU - WVU Athletics

Strong second half lifts No. 16 Mountaineers to win - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU shakes off slow start, pulls away from Northern Kentucky 67-42 - Charleston Gazette

Defense delivers when shots don’t fall at Northern Kentucky - WV MetroNews

Mountaineers roll after Huggins goes ‘Rockne’ at halftime - WV MetroNews

Despite slow start, No. 16 West Virginia pull away with 67-42 win over NKU - Daily Athenaeum

Solid Second Half Lifts WVU - BGN

Strong Second Half Propels WVU to Win - EerSports

No. 16 WVU Cruises at NKU - WVSports.com

WVU Uses Big Second Half to Cruise Past Northern Ken - WVillustrated

WATCH: WVU Men's Hoops Coaches, Players React to 67-42 Win Over - WVillustrated
Huggs, Williams, Holton, Adrian & Staten

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Northern Kentucky - BGN

News of Note:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Extends Invitation to WVU - WVU Athletics
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Executive Director Steve Ehrhart, today, extended an invitation for West Virginia (7-5) to face SEC opponent Texas A&M (7-5) at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (60,121) on Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m., ET.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M Aggies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
A first look at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Mountaineers draw Texas A&M in Liberty Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail
The 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl will feature West Virginia versus Texas A&M, the Big 12 against the Southeastern Conference and Dana Holgorsen matched up against his former boss.

WVU will face Texas A&M, Spavital in Liberty Bowl - Charleston Gazette
Dana Holgorsen will face his former protégé Jake Spavital when West Virginia meets Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl.

Coaching buddies meet in bowl game - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It will be the first meeting between the storied Big 12 and Southeastern Conference programs, but there is plenty of familiarity.

Give ‘em Liberty: Texas A&M awaits WVU in Memphis - WV MetroNews
It's practically a coaches' reunion as the Mountaineers' prepare to meet the Aggies on Dec. 29.

Mountaineers to battle A&M in Liberty Bowl - Exponent Telegram
It was 50 years ago, in another era and another area code when WVU last went to the Liberty Bowl

WVU to face Texas A&M Aggies in Liberty Bowl - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
the SEC, which had the final word, tabbed the Aggies to play the Mountaineers on Dec. 29.

WVU Headed to Liberty Bowl - WVSports.com
"We faced a very challenging schedule this season with five Top 12 teams and playing a tough opponent like Texas A&M in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will be yet another challenge," said Holgorsen.

A Look At WVU's Vast Defensive Improvement - BGN
There have been some surprising statistics across college football this season, and West Virginia has certainly created some of its own, especially defensively. Here’s a look at the vast improvement on that side of the ball – and the weird early-season nonlinear association with turnovers factoring into wins and losses.

Big 12 College Football Power Rankings: Week 15 - ESPN
6 West Virginia Mountaineers

Recruiting:

Martin Makes It Official For WVU - BGN
After holding West Virginia in high regard for several months, wide receiver Tavares Martin committed to the Mountaineer program following his weekend visit.

Martin on board - WVSports.com
West Virginia picked up its 24th commitment of the 2015 cycle after Greenacres (Fla.) Dwyer wide receiver Tavares Martin selected the Mountaineers following a weekend official visit.

Fla. receiver commits to Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Dwyer (Fla.) wide receiver Tavares Martin has long had West Virginia as his top choice, but needed to visit Morgantown before any commitment was finalized.

Pro News:

Wk 14 Can't-Miss Play: Austin powers it home - NFL Videos
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin is practically untouched as he returns a punt 78 yards for a touchdown to extend the Rams lead.

WVU in the NFL: Week 14 - WVSports.com
Following each week of the NFL season, WVSports.com will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Eers in the NFL: Week Fourteen - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Fourteen.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 Conference: No. True. Playoff Teams - Our Daily Bears

Big12 Expansion, Championship Game Back on the Table - EerSports
"That will cause us to go back to the drawing board and talk about whether or not we need to think about a different model."

Big 12 Expansion: Why It Needs to Happen, and How - Bring On The Cats
The Big 12's model melted last night, and it's time to fix it.

Baylor to Face Michigan State in Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2015 - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State at TCU Recap: It's Over - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Introducing David Beaty, Your New Kansas Football Coach - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State Football Bowl Preview: Remember The Alamo (Bowl) - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Sooners Headed To Orlando For Russell Athletic Bowl - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Is Heading To The TicketCity Cactus Bowl - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorn Football Accepts Bid To Advocare Texas Bowl To Play Arkansas Razorbacks - Barking Carnival

TCU will face Ole Miss in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Defensive Line Coach John Scott Jr. Resigns - Viva The Matadors

Punt, Pass & Pork: Big 12's lack of true champion proves costly in College Football Playoff - Staples - SI.com

What's On Tap:

Game Day Central - WVU Athletics
AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Mountaineers, Aggies in Liberty Bowl - WVU Athletics
Tickets for West Virginia's appearance in the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Monday, December 29, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (60,121) in Memphis, Tennessee, are now on sale on a priority basis to 2014 Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) members and football season ticket holders at WVUGAME.com.

Video of Interest:

Huggs presser courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues the South African beauty trend here. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Morgan Shelly.