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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa St. Game Day (2/26/14) Edition

Iowa State previews, Women take on TCU, football notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Feb. 26 - WV MetroNews
“The Voice of the Cyclones” John Walters discusses what Iowa State learned from the first time around against the Mountaineers and John Templon an NIT Bracketologist gives his take on where WVU stands right now for postseason play.

Help Send Coach Huggins to the Final Four - WVU Athletics
Six days remain in the voting to help coach Bob Huggins move into the Final Four of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge.

Mountaineers Crack Top 10 in Coaches Poll - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers are up from No. 14 last week, and currently rank No. 11 in the Associated Press Poll.

No. 10 WVU to Host Texas Tech - WVU Athletics
The No. 11/10 West Virginia women’s basketball team will play host to Texas Tech at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU women, trying to catch up with Baylor, at home tonight - Register-Herald
The great West Virginia University women’s basketball team advanced from No. 13 to No. 11 this week in The Associated Press rankings.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
West Virginia Women's Coach Mike Carey and his players talk to the media prior to their game against Texas Tech.

Furfari: WVU women climb in national polls - Martinsburg Journal
The Mountaineers, who are on a seven-game winning streak, own a sparkling 24-3 overall record and are 12-3 in the Big 12 Conference competition.

News of Note:


West Virginia expects raucous crowd tonight at Iowa State - Charleston Daily Mail
Exactly what happened the last time West Virginia and Iowa State played is unclear.

WVU, Cyclones set for rematch tonight - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers crushed No. 15 Iowa State in first meeting

Cyclones seek big retribution for embarrassment in Morgantown - WV MetroNews
“Both teams have a bitter taste in their mouths about what was going on at the end of that game,” said Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim.

No. 15 Iowa State out for revenge against WVU - Times West Virginian
No. 15 Iowa State has about 100 reasons to want to beat West Virginia in their 8 p.m. rematch tonight at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

Preview: WVU vs Iowa State - BGN
A perfect storm of ISU misses and WVU efficiency led to a Mountaineer blowout win in Morgantown two weeks ago, but a repeat of that is very unlikely in Wedensday's rematch in Ames.

Mountaineers travel to No. 15 Iowa St. tonight - Register-Herald
It’s only been 16 days since West Virginia’s basketball team dismantled then-No. 22 Iowa State 102-77 in Morgantown, but a lot has changed since that Feb. 10 meeting.

West Virginia (15-12, 7-7) travels to Ames, Iowa to face 15th ranked Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday.

Cousy Award Finalist, Staten Focused on Team - WVillustrated
WVU junior point guard continues to push his team through tough stretch in final regular season games. Personal accolades can wait, he says.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Staten, Ijim playing for more than just a win - Times West Virginian
Considering that West Virginia University took Horace Greeley’s advice – “Go West, young man, go west” – a couple of seasons back and threw it with schools from Texas and Oklahoma and Iowa and Kansas as part of a conference known as the Big 12, it might be best to label the goings-on in Ames, Iowa, tonight as “The Shootout at the OK Corral” or some such thing.


Gibson Ready to Run WVU Defense - WVU Athletics
Veteran coach Tony Gibson is ready for his first crack at running a major college defense.

Gibson gets his chance -
"It was a no-brainer," he said. "Obviously it's a dream come true for me to be in my home-state coaching the Mountaineers in the role that I'm going to be in right now."

Bradley hire the right move - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia football head coach Dana Holgorsen made the right decision to add former Penn State assistant Tom Bradley to his coaching staff. Bradley brings his 33 years of experience to Morgantown.

WVU looking for stars to emerge in spring ball - Charleston Gazette
Now. As spring practice begins this Sunday, the search is on.

Seider Talks Talented RB Group - BGN
West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider doesn't believe in having players step in to try to fill a role that was left by someone who graduated. He'd rather see them try to fill the spot by creating their own role for themselves, something that fits their style well.

From pudgy to punishing: Shell earns raves from WVU position coach - WV MetroNews
Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell arrived at West Virginia last August overweight. But assistant JaJuan Seider says Shell "firmed up" while sitting out the season.

Big 12 conference pre-spring breakdown: Linebackers - ESPN
3. West Virginia

Molinari delivers a message - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Speaks to Boys and Girls Club


Prep coach says Maryland twin recruits ‘have extremely high ceilings’ - WV MetroNews
Franklin High coach Anthony Burgos says dynamic duo of Jordan and Jacquez Adams are great fit for WVU.

Pro News:

Jock Sanders signs with the Calgary Stampeders - WVU Pros
After getting cut by the Tampa Bay Bucs following Training Camp in 2011, Jock Sanders broke into the CFL with the B.C. Lions. Now, three years later, Sanders found himself as a free-agent commodity, weighing offers from four teams.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Canucks taking over Big 12 basketball at Baylor, elsewhere - Waco Tribune

Cyclones have "revenge" in mind - Ames Tribune

Familiar song emanates from Allen Fieldhouse - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State snaps road losing streak - Wichita Eagle
60-56 over Texas Tech

OU basketball notebook: D.J. Bennett, Tyler Neal help Sooners hang close in loss - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Stevie Clark's reputation rehab should include admission of his mistakes - Oklahoman

Texas to begin beer sales at athletics events - Burnt Orange Nation

Former Horned Frog QB Casey Pachall rips TCU program - College Football Talk

Tech football aims for sellout of season tickets - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

No. 11 West Virginia to take on Texas Tech - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will seek its eighth consecutive victory against Texas Tech today 7 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (15) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from Hilton on MASN2, Altitude & ESPN3

Baylor Bears vs. (24) Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Erwin SEC on ESPNU/3

Video of Interest:

Heading into spring football practice which starts on March 2, receivers coach Lonnie Galloway discusses what he's going to focus on with his group of guys.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Spanish señorita. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Diana Morales.