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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (2/20/14) Edition

#13 Women destroy #12 OSU, hoops & football notes, recruiting updates, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Feb. 20 - WV MetroNews
the Coordinator of Big 12 Officiating Curtis Shaw gives his take on the new rule changes for college basketball this season plus Mike Carey discusses his program’s big 77-45 win over No. 12 Oklahoma State.

Big 12 pre-spring practice breakdown of running backs - ESPN

WVU Baseball Podcast - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
Coach Randy Mazey talks about his team.

In wake of Smart’s shove, Big 12 officials chief wants offensive fans booted - WV MetroNews
Curtis Shaw says some of the insults directed at players and officials

Women's Hangover vs. OSU:

No. 13 Mountaineers Knock Off No. 12 Cowgirls - WVU Athletics
77-45, Wednesday at the WVU Coliseum

Oklahoma State basketball: No. 12 Cowgirls fall at No. 13 West Virginia - Oklahoman
The Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12) raced out to a 14-0 lead and were never threatened, leading by 18 at halftime and adding an 8-0 run to start the second half on a Caldwell jumper.

Elite praise for WVU women after clobbering No. 12 Oklahoma State 77-45 - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers led by 42 points and coasted to their largest win ever over a ranked team.

WVU women destroy Oklahoma State - Times West Virginian
This one had been building for West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team.

Support for SeLarra - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's basketball team showed its support for senior manager.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Student manager fighting illness gets huge boost - Times West Virginian
SeLarra Armstrong thought it was just going to be another night in her role as student manager for West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team as she showed up at the Coliseum on Wednesday.

Inspired Performance Earns WVU Respect it Deserves - WVillustrated
Mountaineers honor senior manager battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma while dominating Oklahoma State.

▶ Mike Carey: Oklahoma State Post-game - YouTube
Comments from coach Mike Carey, after the No. 13 Mountaineers defeated No. 12 Oklahoma State by a score of 77-45, tonight, at the WVU Coliseum.

Carey, players react to dominant victory - WV MetroNews
Check out the postgame comments from Mike Carey, Asya Bussie, Christal Caldwell and Bria Holmes after the Mountaineers ripped Oklahoma State.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with Coach Mike Carey and his players following their 77-45 win over No. 12 Oklahoma.

▶ Jim Littell: Oklahoma State Post-game - YouTube
Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Jim Littell addressed the media following their 77-45 loss to West Virginia.

News of Note:

Mike Casazza: WVU needs a third option on offense - Charleston Daily Mail
We're all aware this is a team that will be carried by what Juwan Staten and Eron Harris do on offense. But this is the inevitable part, the thing the Mountaineers would like to mute for as long as possible. They're only going to go as far as a third source of offense will take them.

WVU's young bigs have time to mature - Charleston Gazette
It's never too early to look to next year, right?

WVU men look for improvement after week off - Register-Herald
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team most certainly isn’t wasting its time during this off week between games.

Huggins emphasizes resilience for stretch run - Daily Athenaeum
The last two games have exposed two entirely different sides of Mountaineer men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins.

WVU remains on the bubble as opportunities await - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins has never been one to lie about his team’s predicament in relation to the NCAA Tournament.

WVU’s young players must step up - Daily Athenaeum
In fact, I firmly believe the Mountaineers’ NCAA chances are going to rely on the play of three different but still vital pieces: Remi Dibo, Devin Williams and Nathan Adrian.


Chuck McGill: WVU-bound Cook hones game, recruiting pitch - Charleston Daily Mail
Cook, who gave WVU coach Bob Huggins his word in September 2012, wouldn't mind seeing his Prep teammates in the old gold and blue.

Recruiting analyst thinks Carter can be an effective scorer at WVU - WV MetroNews
Three-star signee wasn't overwhelmed with major-college offers, but a recruiting writer who has watched him play for three seasons says the guard could be a find for Bob Huggins.

Second junior day to bring out talent -
The West Virginia football program will open its doors for the second major junior day of the spring Saturday and much like the first, the list of prospects expected to be in attendance does not disappoint.

Pro News:

Previewing Will Clarke and Charles Sims at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine - WVU Pros
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis had a distinct Gold n’ Blue feel to it.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Coach Drew keeps talent coming to BU - Baylor Lariat

Cyclones creating 'lob city' of their own with thrilling dunks - Des Moines Register

Joel Embiid thrives in return to Kansas lineup - Lawrence Journal World

K-State takes a while to put away TCU 65-53 - Wichita Eagle

NCAA Says "No Going Back For Seconds!" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Marcus Smart incident prompts NCAA rule modification - Tulsa World

Quandre Diggs lays out plan for changing Texas fan culture - Burnt Orange Nation

An Open Letter to TCU Athletes: It's Not Worth It - Frogs O' War

Like father, like son: Tech's Hannahs learned from major league dad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Lack of patience, playing time contributing to increased QB transfers - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

Highlights from the No. 13 Mountaineers 77-45 victory over the No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowgirls at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sarah Stephens.