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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (1/15/15) Edition

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Hoops & football notes, Women drop 4th straight, recruiting, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU WBB Encounters Tough Shooting Night - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball falls to Texas Tech

WVU’s lack of depth a problem - Daily Athenaeum
"It’s frustrating to our veterans, and it’s frustrating to me," Carey said

WATCH: WVU Women's Hoops Reacts to 55-45 Home Loss to Texas Tech - WVillustrated
The WVU women's basketball team dropped to 0-4 in Big 12 Conference play after a 55-45 home loss at the hands of Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

Rifle Begins Spring Semester No. 1 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team returns for spring semester competition this week ranked No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.

News of Note:

Football Notebook - WVU Athletics
WVU will have five scholarship QBs available this spring.

Despite family legacy, Trickett expects coaching career to start at bottom - WV MetroNews
The former Mountaineers quarterback is seeking a graduate assistant position

Rivalry Uniform (Big 12) - Imgur
Big 12 football teams recolored in their rivals colors. Gag reflex kicking in, btw.

Huggins’ gripes and final football rankings - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

How WVU defeated Oklahoma - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
A painful loss three days earlier? A prolonged struggle for the star player? A ranked opponent known for offense? Didn’t matter Tuesday night. Hear how the Mountaineers prevailed over the Sooners.

Huggins still not satisfied with Mountaineers - Register Herald
After back-to-back seasons missing out on the NCAA Tournament — posting a 30-35 record over that stretch — West Virginia basketball appears to be regaining the form that led to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four, in head coach Bob Huggins’ first five seasons back at his alma mater.

Pressure A Must - From Both Ends - BGN
The front end of West Virginia’s press has proven itself adept against almost any level of foe. The back end, manned by the frontcourt, has struggled at times with the vaunted trio of spacing, decision making and defending the rim.

Mountaineers much more than a one-man show - Exponent Telegram
The Oklahoma victory showed that even while shooting 1 for 9, Staten could be an important contributor to victory, as eight assists and a strong second half indicated.

Bench Production Proving Importance in WVU’s Success - WVillustrated
The WVU men's basketball team has outscored its opponent in regards to bench points in 15-of-17 games thus far, proving that no matter who's in the game, the Mountaineers will produce.

Carter’s 3-point barrage provides a major lift for No. 16 West Virginia - Daily Athenaeum
"They find me when I’m open. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to guys like Juwan Staten and Daxter Miles finding me on the wing," Carter said.

Midseason All-Americans - Sporting News
Third team — Juwan Staten (West Virginia)

Recruiting:

Ahmad, Bolden Nominated for McDonald's All-American Game - EerSports
West Virginia commits Esa Ahmad and James Bolden have both been nominated for the McDonald's All-American Game, a collection of the top players in the country.

Gary Jennings Scout Spotlight - Scout
The Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge wide receiver is set to take two officials in the next two weeks, and a decision could follow shortly afterwards.

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Mountaineers becoming leaders around the world - WVUPros
In this edition of the Hardwood Report, we tell you about different Mountaineers who led their teams to wins over the past couple of days

Wellington Smith happy to still be around the game - WVUPros
Wellington Smith has been out of the game since 2011, but he hasn't gotten away from basketball.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Report: Baylor Hires Former NFL All-Pro Cris Dishman as DB Coach - Our Daily Bears

Unbearable: Baylor 74 - Iowa State 73 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Hires Former TCU Coach Kenny Perry as Co Defensive Coordinator - Rock Chalk Talk

Men's Hoops Recap - Kansas State 58, Texas Tech 51 - Bring On The Cats

Super Freshman Samaje Perine Named As A FWAA Freshman All-American - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mason Rudolph will be Cowboys' starting quarterback in spring practice - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas OG Curtis Riser says he will transfer to Sam Houston State - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson Takes Home Paul "Bear" Bryant COY Honors - Frogs O' War

Five Thoughts on Kansas State Wildcats 58, Texas Tech Red Raiders 51 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

2015 Gymnastics Promotional Slate Set - WVU Athletics
As the West Virginia University gymnastics team prepares to open its 2015 home season at the WVU Coliseum next week, several exciting promotions are set for Mountaineer fans.

Video of Interest:

Swimming, Wrestling, and Track highlight our first show of the 2015 season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

And now you know...and knowing is half the battle

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Swedish model best known for her work with VS. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elsa Hosk.