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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (2/25/14) Edition

Hoops notes, features on the football coaching staff members, varsity reports, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Feb. 25 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins gives his take on the Mountaineers’ remaining regular-season schedule, and recently promoted defensive coordinator Tony Gibson discusses his new opportunity.

Mountaineers Near Top 10 - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's basketball team moves up to No. 11 in the AP Poll this week.

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

Spurgeon having successful sophomore year - Daily Athenaeum
Sophomore shooter Garrett Spurgeon has become a leader in the range this season for the Mountaineers.

Pierre-Louis Attends Canadian Camp - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s soccer freshman Amandine Pierre-Louis was selected for the Canadian U-20 Women’s National Excel Camp, currently being held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Men’s Soccer Announces Award Winners - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team held its annual banquet.

Three Gymnasts Nationally Ranked - WVU Athletics
Senior Hope Sloanhoffer ranks No. 29 in the all-around with a 39.04 RQS, while freshman Nicolette Swoboda checks in at No. 50 (38.725). Additionally, freshman Alexa Goldberg ranks No. 48 on the uneven bars with a 9.83 RQS; the Ivyland, Pa., native has earned a national ranking each week this season.

News of Note:


WVU basketball: Iowa State's Ejim presents unique challenge - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's run through the final four games of the regular season begins with one of the most unique challenges the Big 12 has seen. Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim led the league in rebounding last season. He's the top scorer this season.

Huggins Still Sees Opportunity - EerSports
Bob Huggins caught up with the national media on Monday morning, and talked about a variety of topics. Not the least of which was the poor showing by the Mountaineers in the second half versus Baylor. For the West Virginia head coach, though, it was more about what the opponents were doing rather than what his team was not.

'Plenty of Opportunities' Left for WVU - BGN
With two-straight losses dropping his team to .500 in Big 12 Conference play with just a few games left, time is running out for head coach Bob Huggins and the WVU basketball team to make its case for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.

WVU Down, But Not Out - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
They are also well aware one, or even two more losses could send them to the NIT Tournament, or worse, no postseason play at all.

WVU looks to move on from disappointment - Daily Athenaeum
Despite dropping their last two games in convincing fashion, the West Virginia men’s basketball team remains with the same message: just keep winning.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Post defense, points in paint hurting WVU - Times West Virginian
Juwan Staten wasn’t in a mood to mince words in the moments after Baylor dismantled West Virginia University, 88-75, on Saturday at the Coliseum, virtually destroying any realistic hopes the Mountaineers had at making March Madness.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU basketball fighting to make history, tourney - Times West Virginian
In the history of the Big 12 conference, there has never been a team reach the NCAA Tournament with a sub-.500 conference record.

Furfari: Baylor loss a blow to WVU hopes - Register-Herald
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team obviously suffered a running-out-of-time setback in Saturday’s 88-75 loss to Baylor at the Coliseum.

Watch Remi Dibo Wearing the Jersey - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles Mountaineer junior forward Remi Dibo


Mike Casazza: Conflict at WVU ends with Bradley - Charleston Daily Mail
The press release is out, the plaudits are in and Tom Bradley is West Virginia's latest - and ideally the last - addition to what's been a turnstile coaching staff.

West Virginia, Tom Bradley a good union - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
His first day was Monday. “I don’t know the players’ names and I can’t find the team room,” Bradley said. “But at least they haven’t fired me yet.”

Holgorsen finally has stable staff - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
If I came away with anything other than a bunch of 'coach speak' from Friday's spring football media luncheon, it was the feeling that head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff appear to be up to the task, and determined to turn around the Mountaineer football program.

WVU’s Gibson is ready - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Fourth D coordinator in four years

Palm-reading convinces Dawson undersized juco QB worth an offer - WV MetroNews
"He’ll say he’s 6-foot, but whatever," Dawson cracked.

Gibson sticking to the plan - Charleston Gazette
The biggest change? "The guy we called the Buck linebacker?'' Gibson said. "Now he's the Will linebacker again.''

WVU to take spring practices on the road -
West Virginia is in the midst of winter workouts and strength and conditioning preparing for spring practice to open March 2, but this season there will be some minor adjustments to the schedule including four open practices with two coming outside Morgantown city limits.

Former WVU linebacker Damon Cogdell gets second chance as a coach - Times West Virginian
Damon Cogdell was sitting at a circular table in the dining area at Milan Puskar Stadium, moments after Dana Holgorsen had delivered his state of the West Virginia Mountaineers pre-spring practice football luncheon.

Cogdell jumps at chance to return to WVU - Register-Herald
When Damon Cogdell got the call offering him a job on the West Virginia University football coaching staff, the former Mountaineer linebacker didn’t really hesitate.

Big 12 football pre-spring breakdown 2014: Ranking defensive lines - ESPN
7. West Virginia

Steak and Burger Dinner set for tonight - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Want to meet some members of West Virginia University athletic teams, including Parkersburg South graduates Michael Molinari and Ron Crook?


Verbal commitments keep coming in for WVU football - Charleston Gazette
The commitment train for West Virginia keeps on rolling.

Pro News:

VIDEO: Joe Alexander drops 20 in fifth game back - WVU Pros
Joe Alexander's comeback to basketball in the US is gaining momentum.

What's next for Gyorko? - Charleston Gazette
Padres want to see ex-Mountaineer's average climb

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor’s Jefferson named Big 12 player of the week - Waco Tribune

Cyclones' blocking attacker McKay waiting in the wings — with his 86-inch wingspan - Des Moines Register

Naadir Tharpe learns what it takes to play point guard for KU's Bill Self - Kansas City Star

Freshmen step up for K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

Kansas Jayhawks Clinch Big XII Championship With 83-75 Win Over Oklahoma Sooners - Crimson And Cream Machine

BASKETBALL RECAP: Oklahoma State 76, TCU 54 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns Hoops remains in AP & Coaches Top 25 - Barking Carnival

The Case For Trevone Boykin - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders look to bounce back after 22-point weekend loss to Oklahoma State - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College football spread offenses: Who spreads defenses out the most? - Football Study Hall
The spread ethos is to put playmakers in space and given them room to make plays. Who does that the most effectively?

Big 12 football spring practice preview capsules 2014 - ESPN
Spring football is rapidly approaching. Here's a team-by-team look at what to watch in the Big 12 this spring

What's On Tap:

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
7 pm tonight from United Spirit Arena on ESPN2/3

Video of Interest:

Shannon Dawson addressed the media following the spring football luncheon, and spoke about the quarterback race for spring football.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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