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Mountaineer Morning Links: TCU Pre-Game (1/23/15) Edition

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Four football players cited for pot, TCU previews, varsity notes, WVUPros updates, big football recruiting weekend on tap, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide and more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Q&A: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby Part II - ESPN
After an eventful 2014 football season, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby recently conducted a lengthy phone interview with ESPN.com to discuss the state of the Big 12, the controversial co-champions rule and the possibility of expansion.

Women's Basketball Playbook: Kansas - WVU Athletics
Watch as host Jeff Culhane and head coach Mike Carey breakdown this weekend's match-up with the Kansas Jayhawks on the Women's Basketball Playbook

When one hero falls, another rises - Exponent Telegram
Her name is Lanay Montgomery, and she’s emerging, like heroes do, when needed most by West Virginia’s basketball team.

Wrestling’s Marable Receives World Ranking - WVU Athletics
Assistant coach Nick Marable is ranked 10th in the world at 70 kg.

News of Note:

TCU’s Zeigler finally gets chance to visit WVU Coliseum - Charleston Daily Mail
Zeigler played his first two college seasons for his father, Ernie, at Central Michigan. When Ernie was fired after the 2012 season, Zeigler transferred to Pitt and was eligible to play right away and would have been a part of the Backyard Brawl had it not come to an end the year before.

"…like trying to play chess outside a bee hive." - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
That’s no pinata, but that’s a good way to describe West Virginia’s press.

Ex-Cleveland State coach: WVU, Louisville, VCU are rare, pressing breed - WV MetroNews
Mackey, who famously coached a pressing Cleveland State unit into the Sweet 16 in 1986, provided the offseason push and the persuasion that spawned “Press Virginia.”

No. 18 West Virginia looks to bounce back, welcomes Horned Frogs to Morgantown - Daily Athenaeum
No. 18 West Virginia will return to action Saturday night against TCU. Both teams are coming off losses to Texas and will be looking to get back on track.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU Takes on TCU at Home - WVillustrated
No. 18 West Virginia (15-3, 3-2) will host the TCU Horned Frogs (14-4, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Coliseum.

Campus Connection: WVU News and Notes - WVU Athletics
This week's Mountaineer sports news and notes.

Move from Big East proving to be successful - Daily Athenaeum
It’s been three years since West Virginia made the jump from the Big East to the Big 12, and there are still rumblings from fans debating whether or not moving to the Big 12 was best for the University.

Football

Four WVU football players cited for marijuana possession - Charleston Daily Mail
Safety Dravon Henry, linebacker Xavier Preston, defensive lineman Jaleel Fields and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste were cited at Lincoln Hall

Season's best Big 12 players: Nos. 6-10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6. Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Recruiting:

Simmons back on the market - Scout
With National Signing Day just 12 days away, Simmons says he'll be shifting his full attention to West Virginia, Marshall and Temple moving forward.

WVU Recruiting: Weekend Visitor Preview - BGN
It what could be deemed the biggest recruiting weekend of the year, West Virginia will play host to a large group of official visitors today through Sunday. BlueGoldNews.com breaks down each of the prospects scheduled to be on campus.

Pro News:

Bruce Irvin goes from question mark to key Seahawks starter - Charleston Gazette
Every now and then, even during games sometimes, Bruce Irvin will be overwhelmed by gratitude.

Former Jets QB coach rips Geno Smith: His play ‘killed us’ - New York Post
Former Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee pointed the finger for the Jets’ struggles in the last two years at his pupil Geno Smith.

Ryan Mundy: John Fox will help Bears get 'back to the basics' - WVUPros
Ryan Mundy was a pivotal part of a Chicago Bears defense that likely made Brian Urlacher cringe this past season.

WVUPros on Twitter: Football Pros - WVUPros
Here is a list of many Mountaineer football players of the past to follow on Twitter. Enjoy, share, follow.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Football just around the corner: Briles, Bears await bright, busy spring - Waco Tribune

enCYCLONEpedia: Expensive throws - Cyclone Fanatic

Less than perfect: Greene misses FT, but his trey huge vs. Oklahoma - Lawrence Journal World

Fresh off Hall of Fame election, Bill Snyder faces another rebuild - ESPN

Sources: Fired OU mascot harassed Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford's wife - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Fun With Math - A Mason Rudolph 'What If' - Cowboys Ride For Free

Gov. Abbott Appoints Three Members to UT Board of Regents - Barking Carnival

New TCU Baseball Uniforms Revealed - Frogs O' War

Garrett Bruce dimissed from baseball team - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mailbag: Is UConn a tourney team? What's wrong with Sam Dekker? - SI.com

What's On Tap:

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (18) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Lyons Den on ESPNU/3

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
NCAA Women's Basketball, 2 pm Saturday from the Phog

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. Kansas St Wildcats - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Octagon of Doom on ESPN2/3

(11) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (17) Texas Longhorns - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Erwin Center on CBS

(9) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Shopping Cart on ESPNU/3

(19) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (21) Baylor Bears - ESPN
6 pm Saturday from the Ron Burgundy Center on ESPN2/3

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook for January 23rd, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Nederlander. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Robin Holzken.