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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (1/7/14) Edition

WVU Women take on undefeated UT tonight, football & hoops notes, recruiting notes, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Lyons Adds to Parkersburg's WVU Lore - WVU Athletics
And then I began thinking of the enormous contributions Parkersburg athletes and administrators have made to the success of West Virginia University athletics through the years.

A W.Va. native returns with high hopes for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Following in the footsteps of Oliver Luck, who guided WVU through the minefield of conference realignment and into the land of Power Five competition, Lyons has the opportunity to build on a foundation set in Big 12 country.

No. 25 WVU Takes on Unbeaten No. 3 Texas Wednesday - WVU Athletics
Tip-off at the Erwin Center is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Deep in the heart of Texas; Carey concerned with Longhorns' rotation - Exponent Telegram
Sometimes Mike Carey wishes he wasn’t right.

2015 Gymnastics Preseason Notebook - WVU Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team officially opens 2015 at Maryland Friday night.

News of Note:

It’s a new year for ‘goofy’ Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
The return to home for a game against the Cyclones starts a critical stretch, not just because there are three consecutive games against ranked teams, but because WVU has been in this position before.

The secret behind WVU’s hoops success - Charleston Gazette
It’s great stuff, because much of West Virginia’s success makes little sense. And yet it makes complete sense.

WVU more confident than ever in Big 12 play - BGN
When the West Virginia basketball team thinks back to where it was at this time a year ago, it’s easy to tell the big differences.

No guts, no glory - Exponent Telegram
Huggins saw Staten spilling his guts right after such a performance and was reminded of another time and another player.

Staten Setting ‘Warrior’ Example - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Juwan Staten knew the blame would fall on his shoulders.

Huggins' play style, teaching ability prepares players for pros - WVUPros
Bob Huggins has always been a coach who asks a lot of his players.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
14 West Virginia

Football

Trickett has no regrets on stint at WVU - Exponent Telegram
Trickett cared about his team, his school, his state and the people in it.

Daniel Jeremiah compares WVU WR Kevin White to Julio Jones - 247Sports
West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White is among the top prospects at his position in the 2015 NFL Draft and at least one analyst thinks he's the best of the group.

Too-early 2015 Big 12 Power Rankings - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia

College Football's Top Coordinator Hires from 2014 - AthlonSports.com
Tony Gibson, Defensive Coordinator, West Virginia

Recruiting:

WVU recruiting: Offers made to junior prospects - Charleston Gazette
It’s a new year, and while West Virginia has not yet turned its full attention to 2016 recruits, the coaching staff did go over some film over the break and extended two new offers in the junior class this week.

Pro News:

Joe Madsen signs with Green Bay Packers - WVUPros
Joe Madsen, who started 50 games at West Virginia University, was signed to the Green Bay Packers' practice squad last Saturday.

Wilson still looking for chance at MLB - WVUPros
Brady Wilson thought his playing days were over when things didn’t go as planned after leaving WVU. But then he got the call.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 hoops is the ‘best league in America’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"I don’t think there’s any argument whatsoever," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said on Monday’s Big 12 teleconference.

The Big 12 is looking like the best basketball conference in the country - SBNation.com
Is this the year someone finally dethrones Kansas in the Big 12? With as many as eight contenders, the Jayhawks will have their toughest test yet.

How to cure Baylor’s bowl hangover - Waco Tribune

Recap: Iowa State 63 Oklahoma State 61 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Free Hunter Mickelson? - Rock Chalk Talk

If Foster has quit on K-State, 'Cats' cold winter might turn nuclear - FOX Sports

Dorial Green-Beckham Declares For NFL Draft & Other Oklahoma Sooners Player News - Crimson And Cream Machine

5 Thoughts On OSU's Loss At Iowa State - Oklahoman

Five way-too-early Texas football predictions for the 2015 season - Dallas Morning News

TCU Football Wishlist for 2015 - Frogs O' War

What is Texas Tech Getting in Defensive Coordinator David Gibbs? - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (3) Texas Longhorns - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the FEC on LHN/ESPN3.

WVU WBB Hosts Baylor for Family Day and Gold Rush - WVU Athletics
Saturday, Jan. 10. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

(12) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (21) Baylor Bears - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Ferrell Center on ESPNU/3.

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Miss Throwdown:

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