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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Roundup (1/6/15) Edition

Coverage of last night's win in Lubbock, more on AD hire of Lyons, recruiting, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, Virginia hold top seeds in Bracket Watch -
EAST 4. West Virginia (13-1, LW: W4)

Moisey Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Lyons is home, but experiences make for a perfect fit - Charleston Daily Mail
"You leave West Virginia," said Lyons, a Parkersburg native, "but West Virginia never leaves you."

Country roads take Shane Lyons home as WVU’s new AD - Charleston Gazette
From all indications, West Virginia University feels as if it hit a home run with its choice of a new athletic director.

New AD Lyons will take patient approach at West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail
The first thing Shane Lyons wants to do as West Virginia’s newly hired athletic director is get to know the place he once knew so well.

Lyons’ style: Listen first, then lead - Charleston Gazette
To say that there was a difference in management styles between West Virginia’s two most recent athletic directors would be an understatement.

Lyons vows to listen, learn before making football decisions - WV MetroNews
West Virginia's new athletics director says he'll spend three to four months evaluating the department.

Did WVU make a good hire? - Charleston Gazette
The research to answer that included talking to those with keen perspective and intelligence. It included looking at the numbers.

Lyons is a perfect fit for Mountaineers - Register Herald
Before the search for Oliver Luck’s replacement began, the name Shane Lyons was not one of which I was aware. But as soon as his name came through the grapevine as a possible candidate, I quickly found out that he was a no-brainer for West Virginia University’s next athletic director.

Success on the gridiron will dictate Lyons' legacy - Exponent Telegram
The first order of business on Lyons’ agenda has to be to look into the football program, to see if 7-6 was where it should have been last year, to see if it can reach the heights it has the potential to reach under its current leadership.

LISTEN: New AD Shane Lyons Shares Vision for WVU Athletics - WVillustrated
New WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons spoke publicly for the first time during a teleconference on Monday afternoon, discussing his plans for the future in Morgantown.

Lyons: "Not What Is, But What Should Be." - BGN
If former Director of Athletics Oliver Luck eliminated much of the antiquated thinking around West Virginia University athletics, new WVU AD Shane Lyons seems more than willing to continue the momentum in that direction.

Full circle -
"Being from the state I understand the passion," he said.

Lyons the "Very Top" Candidate for WVU - EerSports
WVU President Gordon Gee said he and "a small group within the institution" targeted him as a top choice very early in the process, even before Oliver Luck announced his departure.

New AD Shane Lyons was right pick by university to replace Oliver Luck - WVUPros
As Gee noted in his statement about Lyon’s ability, the same confidence should be shared by West Virginia Mountaineers fans with his track record and experience in college athletics over the past 26 years.

Texas Tech Hangover:

No. 14 West Virginia upends Texas Tech 78-67 - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc

WVU Leaves Texas 2-0 In League Play - WVU Athletics

No. 14 Mountaineers get win at Texas Tech - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers grind out 7th straight win - Charleston Gazette

WVU tops Texas Tech, 78-67 - Exponent Telegram

Worn-down Staten still up for the task as Mountaineers rumble through Lubbock - WV MetroNews
Recap & photos

14-1 looks good from outside, but Huggins sees holes - WV MetroNews

Tubby Smith learns first-hand ‘It’s hard to simulate’ West Virginia’s press - WV MetroNews

No. 14 West Virginia dominates paint, turns up pressure to stop Texas Tech - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Recap & photos

WVU takes down Texas Tech - BGN

Attitude, Intensity Lacking In WVU Win - BGN

No. 14 WVU Cruises Past TTU -

WVU Pulls Away From Texas Tech - EerSports

WVU Gets Win at Texas Tech - WVillustrated

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Miles, Staten & Browne

Coach Huggins on Juwan Staten - Lubbock Avalanche Journal
"When I walked in the locker room he was throwing up in a trashcan," Huggins said. "They were like, ‘(Juwan) is in there throwing up.’ I was like, ‘Good. That’s a good thing. That’s what men do. Men go do their job.’ That’s what men do. Don’t let a little cold bother you. Go out there and play. Sweat it out."


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - ESPN
It's the final countdown. Less than one month until national signing day. Here's the latest on each Big 12 team's recruiting efforts:

Pro News:

WVUPros Wild Card Weekend Recap - WVUPros
Here is a quick summary of this past weekend’s games and how the WVUPros performed.

Quinton Spain signs with Verus Sports Management - WVUPros
West Virginia Senior offensive guard Quinton Spain has selected Verus Sports Management to represent him as he prepares to enter the NFL.

Alex Ruoff thriving, happy to be in Germany - WVUPros
In his second season with BG Göttingen, WVU guard Alex Ruoff is playing very well, and has his team in a playoff spot after winning the Division 2 championship last season and being promoted to Division 1.

Truck Bryant named Player of the Week - WVUPros
Truck Bryant continues to find success on the basketball court overseas, and was named's Player of the Week recently.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Begins 2015 As Nation's Top Conference - Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 non-conference winning percentage (.825) is the best by any league since the 2004-05 season and only the second time that any conference has been over .800.

Monday Shootaround: Big Week for Baylor Men's Basketball - Our Daily Bears

B-BOY HOIBERG - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU experiencing some bumps, bruises - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State basketball in need of quick turnaround after bad week - Wichita Eagle

The Final Score 70-49 | 3 Takeaways From The Oklahoma Sooners Win Over The Texas Longhorns - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys face season's toughest stretch - Oklahoman

Texas Basketball Blown Out By Sooners in Austin - Burnt Orange Nation

Effort, not arena setting, behind TCU’s shooting defense, coach says - Star Telegram

Texas Tech struggles with turnovers in 78-67 loss to No. 14 West Virginia - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. (17) Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Hilt on ESPN2/3.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a British model and actress. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Keeley Hazell.