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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (2/10/15) Edition

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Basketball & football notes, women take on Kansas tonight, more varsity news, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia Faces Kansas on Tuesday - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball returns home to host Kansas on Tuesday

Carey seeks hearty effort against Jayhawks - Exponent Telegram
The way WVU women’s basketball coach Mike Carey sees it, the time for words in this 2014-15 season is past.

West Virginia takes on Kansas Tuesday at 7 pm - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will go for its fourth-straight home win Tuesday night, when it takes on the 13-11 Kansas Jayhawks in a crucial conference matchup at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Women Prepare for Kansas - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Coach Mike Carey and his players prior to their match-up with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Wearing the Jersey: Teana Muldrow - WVU Athletics
It took time, but redshirt freshman forward Teana Muldrow has finally found her comfort zone at WVU. Watch her story on this week's Wearing the Jersey

Moisey Earns Big 12 Honor - WVU Athletics
Zeke Moisey earned Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors after going 2-0.

Charleroi Area grad takes aim at 2016 Summer Games - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Today, as a redshirt-sophomore on the West Virginia University rifle team, Lucas, 20, is a member of the nation's top-ranked team.

Mazey's proposal makes plenty of sense - Exponent Telegram
“The first six weekends on the road is something we’ve become accustomed to until we change the rules under which we play this sport,” Mazey said. “That’s just the nature of the beast.”

More WVU Baseball Preview: Fox and Munden - BGN
West Virginia's batting line-up could go through more shuffles than a deck in Vegas. But it seems a few positions are set, no more so than the left side of the infield with Taylor Munden at short and Justin Fox at third.

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

FURFARI: Bob Jeran believed to be oldest ex-WVU basketball player at age 89 - Times West Virginian
Bob Jeran of Buckhannon lettered only once as a basketball player for West Virginia University. That was way back there in 1943-44.

News of Note:

Men's Basketball Notes - WVU Athletics
This week's men's hoop notes.

WVU slips in offensive, defensive and national rankings - Charleston Daily Mail
As far back as three weeks ago, Bob Huggins had a bad feeling about the future of his West Virginia basketball team. The practices weren’t as crisp, as determined or as reassuring as they had been, and the Mountaineers coach knew that could cause problems as the team entered the thick of the schedule in the nation’s toughest conference.

‘We’re going to be all right’ - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Maybe it’s just be, and maybe it’s because I have at least 10 games left this season, which is, like, a third of the schedule, but it’s not yet over for West Virginia

Devin Williams only spark for ice-cold Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum
When Devin Williams returned in the Mountaineers’ matchup against the Bears Saturday, his presence was known as he put up career-high numbers, recording 20 points, 15 rebounds and two steals.

Tough closing stretch ahead for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
By no stretch is West Virginia on the bubble just yet, but considering the road ahead, the Mountaineers have their work cut out for them when it comes to turning things around.

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Feb. 10 - WV MetroNews
Brad Howe and Garrett Cullen break down the Mountaineers’ recent struggles and position the Kansas State game as a must-win.

329th nationally & bottom of the Big 12: Breaking down WVU’s 3-point struggles - WV MetroNews
A player-by-player glimpse at the Mountaineers' perimeter shooting this season.

Sliding Mountaineers Confident They Can Snap Out of Slump - WVillustrated
WVU faces tough end to regular season and after losing two-straight in blowout fashion, the Mountaineers know the turnaround must start now.

Huggins thinks WVU can still bounce back - BGN
Following Saturday's loss to Baylor, West Virginia finds itself in uncharted territory this season.

Huggins Not Concerned After Back-to-Back Blowouts - EerSports
West Virginia is 4-4 in their last eight games, and lost their two most recent contests by a combined 37 points.

Huggins Not Worried Yet - WVSports.com
West Virginia faces an uphill climb during its remaining eight games.

Potential Big 12 NCAA Tournament sleepers: West Virginia Mountaineers, Texas Longhorns, and ... Baylor Bears? - FOX Sports
Less expected is the fact that it also seems really, really, really warm to Baylor (KenPom: 10), Texas (KenPom: 22), Oklahoma (KenPom: 9), West Virginia (KenPom: 20), Wichita State (KenPom: 15) and UNI (KenPom: 16), too.

Lunardi: Even a 2-6 finish ‘more than likely’ sends WVU dancing - WV MetroNews
ESPN bracketologist currently projects Mountaineers as a No. 6 seed in the NCAAs.

Bracketology - ESPN
West 6

Bracket Watch - SI.com
South 5

Football

Big 12 pre-spring position rankings: QB - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
6. West Virginia

2015 NFL mock draft: Every team has options - SBNation.com
15. San Francisco 49ers: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Ex-Lackawanna standout Glowinski gets NFL Combine invite - Times-Tribune
Glowinski has been invited to the combine and he will have the opportunity to show his skills in front of personnel from every NFL team.

2015 Walk-on Program Info - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football program will host a workout for students interested in joining the Mountaineer football team as a walk-on. The workout will be held on Wednesday, February 25, at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Recruiting:

Focus on East Coast paying off for West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
On first entering the Big 12, West Virginia focused on recruiting in the Southwest footprint, especially Texas. But Dana Holgorsen has changed course.

Big 12 college football recruiting scorecard for 2016 class - ESPN
Recruiting never stops. And even though the ink is barely dry on the letters of intent from national signing day last week, schools have begun putting together their 2016 classes.

5 things college football recruits should know before they sign - SBNation.com
National Signing Day has a few issues that prospects should be aware of.

Punt, Pass & Pork: Why top prospects should decline NLI - Staples - SI.com

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report: Butler hits five threes, Tel-Aviv wins in overtime - WVUPros
This week’s edition of the WVUPros on the Hardwood Report features Da’Sean Butler raining threes in France, as well as updates from Poland, Czech Republic, Russia and Israel.

Belnome hoping for another shot at the majors - WVUPros
Vince Belnome has always been a player that has been used to the grind. That’s probably the best word to describe the life of a minor leaguer who is trying to push his way into the big leagues.

Green Bay Packers Annual Checkup: Don Barclay - FOX Sports
Don Barclay didn't play in 2015 because of a knee injury suffered in training camp, but he's valuable to the Packers for his versatility along the offensive line.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bouncing Around the Big XII - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Another week of critical match-ups are certain to create more volatility in the middle of the conference pack.

Big 12 basketball midseason awards - FOX Sports

Oklahoma State Outguns Baylor 74-65 - Our Daily Bears

Knocked Out in Norman: Oklahoma 94 - Iowa State 83 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Dean Smith - A Great Jayhawk - Rock Chalk Talk

Who's to blame for K-State's collapse? Everyone - Bring On The Cats

The Final Score 94-83 | Three Takeaways As The Oklahoma Sooners Move Into 2nd Place In The Conference - Crimson And Cream Machine

RECAP: Red Hot Cowboys Beat Baylor In Waco 74-65 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns coaching search continues - Burnt Orange Nation

The 2015 TCU Baseball Video is here - Frogs O' War

Kirby Hocutt Named To College Football Playoff Selection Committee - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
NCAA Women's Basketball 7 pm tonight from the Lyons Den

(8) Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Shopping Cart on ESPN2/3

Video of Interest:

On Feb. 7, 1867, the West Virginia Legislature created the Agricultural College of West Virginia - what we know and love today as West Virginia University.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is your 2015 SI Swimsuit cover model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Hannah Davis.