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Not even a new NCAA rule can slow down Big 12 drama. What side does West Virginia stand on?

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News Of Note

Football:

Holgorsen Announces Staff Addition | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced the hiring of veteran coach Joe Wickline as the Mountaineers’ new offensive coordinator.

WVU names Wickline offensive coordinator | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Joe Wickline, the former offensive line coach at Texas, Oklahoma State, Florida and Middle Tennessee, is coming back to West Virginia.

Veteran line coach Wickline officially hired as West Virginia offensive coordinator | The Daily Athenaeum
Wickline, a 34-year coaching veteran, spent the last two seasons as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator at Texas, where he helped run an offense that ran the ball two-thirds of the time last season.

West Virginia hires ex-Texas assistant to be offensive coordinator | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia has turned to Texas to find its offensive coordinator. The Mountaineers hired former Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline to hold the same position in Morgantown, W.Va., the university announced Thursday.

Field Box Upgrades Revealed | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) has unveiled seating and ticket renewal information for the upgraded field box seating areas at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Basketball:

Williams has emerged as WVU's leader | The Exponent Telegram
It is difficult to select one image from West Virginia’s Tuesday night wild and wonderful ride past Kansas to an upset victory that will best summarizes what that game and this team is all about from the many that keep flashing through the mind a few days later.

WVU can beat No. 1 and No. 2 in same week | The Daily Athenaeum
It was the first time the West Virginia University men’s basketball team has defeated the nation’s top team in 33 years. It was their eighth straight victory, lifting them to sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

WVU’s pressure back on track as OU looms | Charleston Gazette-Mail
As No. 11 West Virginia readies for its next top-tier test and takes the sport’s most obnoxious and most effective pressure defense on the road to play the No. 2-ranked team that committed 19 turnovers Wednesday, it’s important to remember where the Mountaineers were just seven days ago.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 24 WVU Opens Big 12 Action | WVU Athletics
The No. 24 West Virginia University wrestling team opens will host a pair of Big 12 duals at the WVU Coliseum this weekend. The Mountaineers will welcome No. 5 Oklahoma State to Morgantown on Friday for an 8 p.m. match before hosting No. 9 Oklahoma as part of Beauty and the Beast with WVU gymnastics at 4 p.m. Sunday.

WVU faces pair of Big 12 tests over weekend | The Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers host Oklahoma State on Friday at 8 p.m. and host Oklahoma at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 no longer needs to expand to have a championship, but Oklahoma's president wants to anyway | SBNation
Not even a new NCAA rule can slow down Big 12 drama.

David Boren tired of Big 12's 'little brother' status | Tulsa World
Give University of Oklahoma President David Boren credit. He’s tired of the Big 12 Conference being reactive to every situation that comes down the pike.

What NCAA rule change means to Big 12, WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
A rule change approved Wednesday by the NCAA allows the Big 12 to hold a football championship. In the past, leagues needed 12 members playing in two divisions to stage a title game. That leads to two questions.

Big 12 roundtable: Should Big 12 implement title game? | ESPN
In this week's Big 12 roundtable, we break down Wednesday's NCAA conference championship deregulation vote, which will allow the Big 12 to implement a conference championship game with 10 teams.

Around The NCAA:

2016 college football rankings: Combining 13 way-too-early top 25s into one | SBNation
Here's a top 25 that most of college football media would more or less agree on at the moment, based on a combination of the various 2016 rankings already out there.

How teams like Alabama convince 5-star recruits to commit and sit on the bench | SBNation
Once a program fills up with superstar recruits, how does it get even more when it can't sell playing time?

How Alabama exploited a tiny Clemson error into the Championship's deciding play | SBNation
Alabama's onside kick changed the national title game. Although it looked spontaneous, a ton of work went into ensuring the perfect play.

8 power conference teams already on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament | SBNation
Clemson, LSU and UCLA have all been making headlines recently, and they're among a group of power conference teams our resident bracketologist believes will be the most discussed in the run up to Sunday, March 13th.

Recruiting

West Virginia recruiting: Breaking down Mountaineers’ 2016 class | SI.com
Taking an in-depth look at West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class, via Scout.com.

What's On Tap

(11) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (2) Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday at 4PM EST on ESPN2 from Norman, OK. The Mountaineers aim to remain on top of the Big 12 standings, but will have to go through Buddy Hield and the Sooners to make that happen.

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