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Mountaineer Morning Links: Iowa State Pre-Game (1/9/15) Edition

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Hoops notes & previews, football notes, weekend varsity action, recruiting updates, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & weekend viewing guide, plus more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Monongalia County Ballpark Update - WVU Athletics
Work has continued this week despite weather.

Mountaineers Head to Virginia Duals - WVU Athletics
The WVU wrestling team will face Chattanooga and No. 14 Edinboro.

Gymnastics Opens 2015 at Maryland - WVU Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team opens its 2015 season at Maryland Friday night.

Rifle to Host NCAA Qualifying Match - WVU Athletics
The WVU rifle team will host an NCAA Qualifying match in February.

Furfari: Schaus' coaching in 1950s gave WVU its first golden era of basketball - Register Herald
West Virginia University has yet to capture an NCAA men’s basketball national championship in its long history.

News of Note:

Iowa State returns to face ‘the bully’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"Going into that building," he said, "there’s something about it that doesn’t welcome visitors."

WVU’s consistency shows hot start is legit - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia has a different basketball team this season than it did the four previous seasons, but it is no different in that regard. Is it Press Virginia? Mountaineer Mayhem? A Canvas of Chaos?

We're Talking West Virginia - Wide Right & Natty Lite
The Riot Bowl moves indoors and we want the gas can back

Power Rankings: Kentucky, Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona in top five - SI.com
16 West Virginia Mountaineers

GAME PREVIEW: WVU Takes on Iowa State at Home - WVillustrated
The last time Iowa State played a game in Morgantown things didn't quite go their way.

Fans can help Huggins collect $100K for cancer fund - Dominion Post
Huggins is one of 48 top college basketball coaches participating in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The program benefits the coaches’ favorite charities.

Campus Connection: This Week's Notes - WVU Athletics
Lots of WVU notes heading into this weekend.

Gibson says 2015 defense can be ‘as good as anybody in the country’ - WV MetroNews
With 10 returnees who have starting experience, West Virginia's defensive coordinator says he'll be disappointed

Recruiting:

Kevin White's Brothers Get WVU Offers - EerSports
West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White comes from a talented family, and this evening his two younger brothers - Kyzir White and Ka'Raun White - claimed offers from the Mountaineers.

Potock Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Jake Potock.

Beetle, finances and tweaking Urb - Charleston Gazette
Baby, it’s cold outside. Just don’t tell that to WVU hoops signee James "Beetle" Bolden.

Pro News:

J.T. Thomas could end up back with the Jaguars - WVUPros
A free agent, Thomas can either test the market or re-sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Signs are pointing to the latter.

Charles Sims could enter offseason as No. 1 RB - WVUPros
Charles Sims didn't have the rookie season that one would have hoped for. But it looks like his sophomore campaign could be one to watch out for.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Coach Art Briles on ESPN's First Take - Our Daily Bears

ESPN's 'College GameDay' headed to Ames to kick off 2014-15 season - Sporting News

Devonté Graham managing to learn while sidelined - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State’s Marcus Foster flashes top form after slump - Wichita Eagle

Is Lon Kruger Changing Oklahoma's Basketball Culture By Stockpiling NBA Talent In Norman? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Football Staff Changes: Two In, Ray Out - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas DT Malcom Brown declares for the 2015 NFL Draft - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU’s Gary Patterson on taking the high road, expanding the College Football Playoff and the difference between ‘Gary’ and ‘Coach P’ - Dallas Morning News

VIDEO: The Double T Insider Interviews Kliff Kingsbury - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

(17) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (14) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
8 pm Saturday from the Oliver Garden on ESPN2/3

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (12) Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
3 pm Saturday from the Phog on ESPNU/3.

(21) Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from Ft. Worth on ESPN2/3.

(10) Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma St Cowboys - ESPN
5 pm Saturday from Gallagher-Iba on ESPNU/3.

Kansas St Wildcats vs. (16) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Noble Center on ESPNU/3.

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins United Bank Playbook for January 8th, 2015

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a blonde bombshell from Orlando. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Charlotte McKinney.