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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (2/26/15) Edition

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Hoops & football features, varsity notes, recruiting update, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Feb. 26 - WV MetroNews
Daxter Miles touches on the momentum that his team is riding now and how they’re preparing for the upcoming road tests at Baylor and Kansas. We also hear from WVU preferred walk-on Brent Osborne as he speaks about the role that coach Holgorsen and his staff envisions him taking on in the years to come.

Variety of Promos Set for WBB Senior Day - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team closes out the 2014-15 regular season slate on Sunday, March 1, versus No. 24-ranked Texas at 1 p.m. A variety of promotions are slated for the season finale.

Golf Visits WVU Children’s Hospital - WVU Athletics
In anticipation of its first varsity season in three decades, the West Virginia University men’s golf team has been in the community making friends – and fans.

Spurgeon brings prior shooting to WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Coming from the small, rural town of Canton, Mo., Spurgeon had never even shot as part of a team before donning the old gold and blue and joining the No. 1 rifle team in the NCAA.

FURFARI: Anastasio was standout halfback, kicker at WVU and set punting record - Times West Virginian
Anastasio, who earned all-state and all-Ohio Valley League status at Follansbee High School in 1953, did not think he was big enough at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds to play football at West Virginia University.

News of Note:

WVU men’s basketball team rounding into form - Charleston Daily Mail
"I don’t know who else they want us to play, who else we have to beat," forward Jon Holton said following Tuesday’s 71-64 win against Texas.

Mountaineer for a day lends a hand to Huggins - Charleston Gazette
"That’s what little Nick told me to do,’’ Huggins said. "Throw it to the guy with the goggles.’’

Huggins deserves top coaching honor - Exponent Telegram
I’m not talking about him being the Big 12’s Coach of the Year. That’s a foregone conclusion.

Bob Huggins: Big 12 Coach of the Year - Daily Athenaeum
It is difficult to put into words how far West Virginia basketball has come in the last two seasons. After the graduation of one of the best players in program history, forward Kevin Jones, head coach Bob Huggins’ team faced the prospect of entering a new conference without a clear-cut leader.

WVU's recent run reminiscent of 2010 - Beckley Register-Herald
The 2009-10 basketball season has become the gold standard for West Virginia University basketball under head coach Bob Huggins.

Holton proving himself, still a work in progress for the Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum
As the regular season begins to wind down, many different players on the West Virginia basketball team have shown significant improvement from the start of the season to now.

Devin Williams finally overcomes Texas’ size - Daily Athenaeum
"We figured it out and got the win. It feels good, feels real good. Out of all the wins we’ve had this year, this one tops it for me," Williams said.

Six Mountaineers Honored - WVU Athletics
Six West Virginia University men’s basketball players have been named to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team.

Big 12 men's basketball coaches salaries - Dallas Morning News
2. Bob Huggins, West Virginia

The 6 Commandments to Storming a College Basketball Court - AthlonSports.com
Court Storming Issue Resolved: College Basketball Rules to Follow

Football

WVU better after Bradley’s brief stay - Charleston Daily Mail
Former WVU football assistant coach Tom Bradley, who spent many years as an assistant under Joe Paterno at Penn State, is leaving the Mountaineers to be the new defensive coordinator at UCLA.

Ranking the Big 12 college football coaching jobs - ESPN
7. West Virginia

Critical spring for several Big 12 football players - ESPN
Daikiel Shorts, WR, West Virginia

Recruiting:

Two standing out for 4-star QB Surratt - Scout
His most recent offer came from West Virginia.

Pro News:

After a long journey, Scooter Berry is eager to resume his football career - WVUPros
Berry is healthy and ready to return to a league where he found some of his greatest pro success. This past weekend, Berry signed with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.

Josh Francis signs with the Green Bay Packers - WVUPros
He had a tryout with the Packers two weeks ago after being put on the exempt list by the Wichita Falls Nighthawks of the TIFL where they will play in their season opener on March 1st.

Jets committed to trying to make Geno Smith a success - New York Jets Blog - ESPN New York
ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini says the team isn’t absolutely committed to picking a quarterback with the No. 6 overall selection in the draft.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Stunned: Baylor 77 - Iowa State 70 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Bears Stun Cyclones in Ames 79-70 - Our Daily Bears

Get off the Court! - Rock Chalk Talk

Big 12 Reprimands Kansas State (this one's real) - Bring On The Cats

Schedule formula gave Sooners crucial break at needed time - Norman Transcript

Oklahoma State running backs coach Jemal Singleton candidate for coaching position at Arkansas - Oklahoman

National analyst: Texas is top coaching job in college football - Dallas Morning News

Swept: TCU thumps Tech, 71-54 - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech spring questions: How do they line up? Analyzing David Gibbs' first depth chart - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

Both the swimming and diving and track & field teams are competing in the Big 12 Championships this weekend. Following suit, today's show features diver Jennifer Rey and distance runner Kelly Williams.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is proof that curves are hot. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Ashley Graham.