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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (12/9/14) Edition

Huggs on teleconference, hoops notes, Liberty Bowl reports, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Dec. 9 - WV MetroNews
Brad and Garrett preview the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the relationship between Jake Spavital and Dana Holgorsen.

WVU Moves Up to No. 23 in AP Poll - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball climbed one spot in the Associated Press poll.

Spurgeon Fifth at Air Gun Championships - WVU Athletics
Seven members of the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team competed at the USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships, Dec. 5-7, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Morales Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

‘May Madness’ may not be that farfetched - Exponent Telegram
March Madness could be pushed back to May with basketball turned into a one semester sport, starting around the first of the year

FURFARI: Nehlen suggests shoulder blocking, calls facemask a weapon - Times West Virginian
Don Nehlen is concerned about the direction the sport of football appears to be headed.

News of Note:

Men's Hoop Notebook - WVU Athletics
WVU makes news during finals week.

Spotty shooting so far for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Sunday’s win was a reminder of how far West Virginia’s still-ranked basketball has to go to reach its goals, but also of how far the Mountaineers have come for so long.

What if this WVU team could shoot the 3? - Charleston Gazette
The truth is, there’s not much separating this West Virginia team from being really good except for shooting.

Huggins looked good, team didn’t, in win over No. Kentucky - Exponent Telegram
“I’m not a banker,” he declared, “but I’m trying to change our luck.”

Huggs talks depth, transfers on Big 12 call - BGN
Bob Huggins talked about a variety of different topics during the first Big 12 coaches teleconference of the basketball season Monday afternoon.

Huggins on Transfers, Staten, Marshall and More - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins took part in the first Big12 Teleconference of the season this morning, and he was asked about a variety of topics.

Huggins' Take: Big 12 Teleconference - WVSports.com
West Virginia has started the season 8-1 and depth has been a major contributing factor according to head coach Bob Huggins during the Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference.

Staten takes step back, not down - Daily Athenaeum
“I think that’s why his scoring is down more than anything else. He’s really trying to get other people involved. He really does. He wants to win.”

West Virginia defense playing major role in early success - Daily Athenaeum
The strong start for head coach Bob Huggins’ team has established WVU as a legitimate threat in the Big 12.

WVU's Holton, Williams Have Homecoming - BGN
WVU's Devin Williams and Jonathan Holton had a number of family members and friends in attendance at the Mountaineers' win over Northern Kentucky on Sunday.

Liberty Bowl:

Spavital prank calls former boss, knows both must adapt signals - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen's former protege says the two will have fun leading up to the Liberty Bowl, when their competitive sides will take over.

WVU has strong opponent for bowl game - Times West Virginian
Texas A&M also brings a 7-5 record into the game, so the two teams should be matched up fairly close.

A&M: A well-rounded opponent for West Virginia - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia will face Texas A&M in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Dec. 29 in Memphis to conclude its 2014 season.

West Virginia heads to its 33rd bowl game, will take on Texas A&M in AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia Mountaineers will make their third trip to a bowl game during Holgorsen’s fourth season at the helm.

WVU, A&M eager for Liberty Bowl matchup - BGN
It didn't take long this year for the Liberty Bowl to figure out one of the two teams it wanted to take part in its bowl game in 2014.

Big 12 Power Rankings: Pre-bowls - FOX Sports
4. West Virginia 7-5, 5-4.

Ranking the Big 12 bowl games - FOX Sports
3. Liberty Bowl: West Virginia vs. Texas A&M

CFP, new bowls boost spending on gifts - SportsBusiness Journal
2014 Bowl Gifts to Participants

Recruiting:

Zarbnisky Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Braden Zarbnisky.

Pro News:

NFL Recap: WVU Talent On Display In Week 14 - WVUPros
It was a busy week on the gridiron for a number of past Mountaineers now in the NFL

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 expansion: Conference will not add new members, per report - SI.com

Big 12 researching possible candidates for expansion even before playoff snub - Sporting News

Briles, Bears turn page from snub, get motivated for Cotton Bowl, Michigan State - Waco Tribune

enCYCLONEpedia: Basketball blabberings - Cyclone Fanatic

Big 12 getting shut out of the College Football Playoffs may have been the best thing for Kansas Football - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State hopes home basketball games will help it recover from a slow start - Wichita Eagle

History Lesson | What I Bet You Didn't Know About The Russell Athletic Bowl - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mike Gundy is Eric Taylor - Cowboys Ride For Free

Back-up Arkansas WR thinks beating Texas will be "too easy" - Burnt Orange Nation

Snubbed? Trevone Boykin is not a Heisman Trophy Finalist - Frogs O' War

A Follow Up on Texas Tech's Uniforms and Under Armour - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tickets Now Available - WVU Athletics
Tickets for West Virginia’s appearance in the 2014 AutoZone Liberty Bowl are now on sale to the general public.

Video of Interest:

Steven and the boys would be...proud?

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a beautiful Namibian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bianca Koyabe.