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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (2/3/14) Edition

Hoops notes, recruiting updates heading into NSD, another commit for 2015, WVU in the NFL & Superbowl, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Jan. 3 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten and Bob Huggins talk about WVU’s 81-71 win over Kansas State.

Bill Danoff Sings "Country Roads" at Huggins Fish Fry - WVillustrated
Songwriter who penned Country Roads returns to West Virginia to share his song with Mountaineer fans.

News of Note:

Staten's heroics required some assistance - Charleston Daily Mail
"What happened was two guys made great decisions," coach Bob Huggins said of Staten's basket that beat the Bears in Waco, Texas. "He made a great decision with the ball when he scored with the reverse layup. Eron Harris made a great decision running to the corner. If Eron Harris stayed where he was, none of that would have happened."

Staten’s big day draws historic comparisons - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia junior guard Juwan Staten became the first Mountaineer to score at least 35 points in a game since Da’Sean Butler scored 43 against Villanova in February 2009.

Earlier loss motivated Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Never underestimate the power of redemption as motivation.

HERTZEL COLUMN- WVU men just getting started on the court - Times West Virginian
A start. That is how West Virginia’s players are looking upon what is happening to them these days.

WVU’s victory a momentum builder - Daily Athenaeum
A shift in momentum is just what the West Virginia men’s basketball team needed before heading into a grueling stretch of their conference schedule.


WVU Sports Podcast - Ryan Dorchester - WVU Athletics
Jeff Culhane of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG visits with football's coordinator of recruiting operations Ryan Dorchester as West Virginia prepares for national signing day next Wednesday.

Jones a Mountaineer - EerSports
Hubbard (OH) offensive guard Matt Jones has committed to West Virginia during his unofficial visit to Morgantown today.

Jones commits to WVU -
West Virginia picked up its sixth commitment in the class of 2015 when Hubbard (Oh.) offensive lineman Matthew Jones selected the Mountaineers while visiting Morgantown for the junior day festivities.

4-star Ohio lineman becomes 6th WVU commitment for 2015 - WV MetroNews
Matt Jones of Hubbard, Ohio, continues the growing buzz around West Virginia's next recruiting class.

Scott: WVU still at the top -
Hubbard (Oh.) Rivals100 running back Larry Scott couldn't help from imagining the possibilities as he took pictures wearing West Virginia's uniform at Saturday's junior day events in Morgantown.

Pro News:

Super Bowl Memories - WVU Athletics
Through the years, there have been many Super Bowls that have featured West Virginia University players.

Mountaineers in the NFL - WVU Athletics
A total of 16 former Mountaineers competed in the NFL this season.

Joe Alexander plays first game in two years - WVU Pros
Joe Alexander can identify with the Grateful Dead. "What a long, strange trip it's been" indeed.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Stillwater revival: Road upset of No. 8 OSU pulls Bears out of tailspin, 76-70 - Waco Tribune

Cyclones keep Sooners at bay thanks to Niang - Ames Tribune

Wiggins has quiet day on offense for KU - Kansas City Star

K-State plagued by inconsistent play - Topeka Capital Journal

OU basketball: Forward Cam Clark working his way through slump - Oklahoman


Mack Brown Encouraged Recruits to Look Around At Other Schools - Burnt Orange Nation

The Karviar Shepherd Effect - Frogs O' War

Class of 2014 runs deep with defensive backs - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

What's On Tap:

(16) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (8) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Gallagher-Iba on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

When Indianapolis native Eron Harris made his first visit to Morgantown, he committed to WVU immediately. For the sophomore guard, being a Mountaineer is about the opportunities he has always dreamed about.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model best known for her work in the SI Swimsuit Issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Hilary Rhoda.