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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (2/9/15) Edition

Baseball previews, hoops looking to bounce back, varsity notes, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Evansdale’s mini-’Lair to be ready by spring -
The campus connector will feature a Barnes & Noble bookstore. A Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, and a juice bar are also expected.

Offensive Woes Hamper Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball fell at Iowa State on Saturday.

2015 Baseball Season Preview - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team opens action on Friday at Clemson.

WATCH: 2015 WVU Baseball Players Meet with Media for First Time - WVillustrated
WVU Baseball players Ross Vance, Taylor Munden and Justin Fox met with the media on Saturday, talking preparation for the start of the upcoming season.

Vance To Anchor Rotation As Saturday Starter - BGN
Ross Vance encompasses every win, every start and almost every inning pitched returning for West Virginia's baseball team after a surprisingly successful season last year. Now, the offspeed lefthander faces the biggest challenge of his collegiate career in anchoring a rotation with zero experience against the lone conference in the nation returning three College World Series teams. TV: Baseball Interviews -
Mazey, Fox, Munden & Vance

No. 1 Rifle Regular-Season GARC Champs! - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe, No. 5 Kentucky, for the regular-season GARC title, 4677-4663, today, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Wrestling Downs Clarion - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers took seven of ten bouts in earning a 26-9 win.

Wrestling Falls to Iowa State - WVU Athletics
More than 1,200 fans supported WVU and Cradles for Cancer vs. Iowa State.

WVU's Gee a president with broad interest in sports - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
He is a major player with a fondness for the national stage himself, a chief executive deeply passionate about athletics and a charter member of the so-called reform movement. He has held numerous presidential posts in various conferences, written many articles and served on several NCAA commissions.

Oliverio enjoys managerial duties at WVU - Exponent Telegram
After graduating from Bridgeport High School in 2010, Carlo Oliverio knew he wanted to be around basketball.

News of Note:

Lopsided losses have WVU searching for fixes (video) - Charleston Daily Mail
"We’re going to be all right," West Virginia’s Bob Huggins said

Huggins, players remain optimistic - Charleston Gazette
here are plenty of reasons to doubt whether West Virginia’s basketball team can dig itself out of the hole in which it finds itself these days.

Devin Williams on WVU’s 2-game skid: ‘We’re going to find ourselves again’ - WV MetroNews
Blown out in back-to-back games, West Virginia aims to get back to its Puerto Rico ways.

Gut-check time for WVU - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia wasn’t tough enough.

Young players defining their place - Exponent Telegram
So it is that facing its first two-game losing streak of the season, it is also doing it as it is involved in its most difficult stretch of games in the season.

Huggins blames lack of effort from WVU - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers, who have risen to No. 15 in the rankings, thanks to their unrelenting full court press, have been figured out in the last two games.

FURFARI: Was WVU's 3-23 start in Baylor loss the worst in Coliseum history? - Times West Virginian
Was the West Virginia University men’s basketball team’s shocking start in the game against Baylor the worst in the 45-year-old Coliseum’s history?

Big 12 Power Rankings: Feb. 9-15 - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia 18-5, 6-4. LW: 2


Cogar’s choice to walk-on at WVU over Toledo scholarship ‘a big surprise’ - WV MetroNews
Westside's Justin Cogar talks about joining WVU's football team as a preferred walk-on.

Holgorsen Emphasizes Depth, Variety in 2015 Recruiting Class - WVillustrated
WVU Football head coach Dana Holgorsen explained a variety of things during National Signing Day on Wednesday, including his changed perception on recruiting football players along the east coast.

Who are potential WVUPros from this year's signing class? We discuss with's Keenan Cummings - WVUPros
there are a few who could find their way to the NFL at the end of their college careers and join the ranks of WVUPros.

Pro News:

Jamison Crowder among top undersized WRs in 2015 NFL Draft -
West Virginia's Mario Alford (5-9, 177)

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor men seek to build résumé vs. Oklahoma State - Waco Tribune

We're Talking Oklahoma - Wide Right & Natty Lite

No. 8 Jayhawks go stagnant in Stillwater - Lawrence Journal World

Freshman Tre Harris provides bright spot for K-State in first half of loss to Texas - Topeka Capital Journal

TaShawn Thomas "Good To Go For Big Monday" Against Iowa State Cyclones - Crimson And Cream Machine

Dare I say it...I'm rooting for Travis Ford - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Still Has Plenty Of Time To Turn Their Season Around - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU’s 1-9 conference plummet now snowballing - Star Telegram

Five Thoughts on Iowa State Cyclones 75, Texas Tech Red Raiders 38 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma St Cowboys vs. (19) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Anchorman Center on ESPNU/3

(11) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (21) Oklahoma Sooners - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Noble Center on ESPN/EPSN3

Video of Interest:

Help us pack the Coliseum with pink against Iowa State in the Play 4 Kay game. Saturday, February 21 at Noon. The first 5,000 fans will get a pink towel from WVU Healthcare. Print your free ticket at And join us in wearing pink. Let's Go Mountaineers

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Brazilian model, best known for her work with SI. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Cintia Decker.