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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (1/26/15) Edition

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Freshman performance from Saturday highlighted, WVU Football gains another commitment, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Monongalia County Ballpark Update - WVU Athletics
The Mon. County Ballpark is coming closer to reality each day.

McBeam Leads Track at YSU College Invite - WVU Athletics
For the second time in six days, Katlyn Shelar claimed first in the pole vault. Shelar’s vault of 3.90 meters was her second-best mark of the season. Tori Bertrand placed fifth in the event, vaulting 3.35 meters.

Gymnastics Scores Season High in Home Opener - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (1-4-1, 0-0-1) finished tied for second with No. 23 Iowa State. No. 25 George Washington earned the win with a 195.025 mark.

News of Note:

Wins in Morgantown a must WVU’s for title hopes - Charleston Daily Mail
“We really want to win the league and we really want to do something special. You have to win your home games and steal some on the road. We let some games get away here, which is why we had to protect our home from here on out.”

WVU hoops freshmen shine because of ‘trust’ - Charleston Daily Mail
“It’s just trusting your teammates,” Staten said Saturday after No. 18 WVU survived a visit from TCU, 86-85, in overtime at the Coliseum.

Miles’ performance a dream come true - Charleston Gazette
For Daxter Miles, the way West Virginia’s game with TCU played out Saturday was better than any dream he’s ever had.

Freshman Pair Prove the Future Has Arrived Early - EerSports
The way it went down is a story within itself.

Holton finding his way - Exponent Telegram
The aliens who kidnapped Jonathan Holton returned him to coach Bob Huggins and the West Virginia basketball team in one piece Saturday, having duly paid the ransom of two losses in the previous three games.

White Projects Well - WVSports.com
After a stellar senior season, West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White is a likely first round pick for the NFL Draft come April. Most NFL draft experts have White as a premier, can't miss prospect.

Recruiting:

Dowdy Commits to WVU - EerSports
The three-star prospect was committed to Pitt at one-time, but opened things up after the departure of Paul Chryst.

WVU adds Dowdy - WVSports.com
West Virginia added another commitment Sunday after Westerville (Oh.) offensive tackle Rob Dowdy pledged to the Mountaineers following a weekend official visit.

Dowdy Adds to WVU Offensive Line List - BGN
After a weekend visit to West Virginia, Ohio lineman Rob Dowdy has added his name to WVU's 2015 football verbal commitment list.

Former Pitt commitment becomes WVU’s 4th offensive line pledge for 2015 - WV MetroNews
Rob Dowdy of Westerville, Ohio, is a three-star prospect who also holds offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Miami, Arizona State and Minnesota.

Highlights: Esa Ahmad - Scout
Highlights of West Virginia signee Esa Ahmad and his impressive game at the Flyin to the Hoop event.

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Butler and Pepper have strong outings overseas - WVUPros
This week’s Hardwood Report features updates from Mountaineers in Germany, France, Russia, Poland, Mexico, the Czech Republic and the UK as we follow the WVUPros men around the globe.

Bengals.com gives Pacman Special Teams honor - WVUPros
It's no secret that Adam "Pacman" Jones has had a career year in Cincinnati.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor's Art Briles Debuts Gun Metal Grey Helmets - Our Daily Bears

Rhoads Announces Football Departures - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Seizes Early Control of the Big 12 With Win at Texas - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State notes: Justin Edwards has solid game in win over Oklahoma State - Kansas City Star

Baylor Bears 69 - Oklahoma Sooners 58 | A Look Beyond The Box Score - Crimson And Cream Machine

Nerdalicious Numbers: A Third of the Way through Conference Play - Cowboys Ride For Free

Zach Gentry confirms change in Texas offense - Barking Carnival

Vine: TCU Coach Trent Johnson Had To Be Restrained From Going After A Ref Following Loss To WVU - College Spun

Texas Tech freshmen gain experience in Big 12 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

After Cyclones loss, fair to question how good Big 12 is - ESPN
Is the Big 12 really as good as we think it is, or is it just a bunch of similarly decent, not exceptional, teams beating up on one another?

Big 12 Conference continues to show its depth - Daily Athenaeum
Things would only be spiced up by the week’s excitement, and narrowing down which team poses the most serious threat has only become more difficult.

Big 12 Hoops Power Rankings: Jan 26-31 - FOX Sports
4. West Virginia: 16-3, 4-2. Last week: 5.

What's On Tap:

(17) Texas Longhorns vs. (9) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Hilt on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Tickets are only $1 as the Mountaineer Women's Basketball team hosts Oklahoma on Sunday, February 1st at 2 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite superhero!

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a UFC Ring Girl from Down Under. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Kahili Blundell.