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What You May Have Missed:
Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen looks ahead to Kansas State and Jed Drenning takes one final look at what happened on Saturday against Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Huggins: Big 12 Hoops a Grind - WVU Athletics
Huggins is fully aware of the challenges the league presents - specifically, the travel issues the Mountaineers will have, especially following night road games.
Can Huggins’ crew win 25 games? - Register-Herald
“If we can stay healthy, we have as good a chance as anybody and most people would say that’s a pretty good team.
Team in Transition - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"We'll get into our offense from transition this year, so people don't know what we're getting into. We'll get more open shots and better shots than last year."
Geno Smith wins Halfway Heisman, tops Heisman Watch after week 7 - Cory McCartney - SI.com
It was close, but America is throwing its weight behind Geno Smith.
Geno Smith Still A Legitimate Heisman Contender - WVillustrated
WVU Quarterback Geno Smith did not lose the Heisman Trophy at Texas Tech. He looked human and came back to the pack in the race for college football's most prestigious individual award.
Midseason report: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
It was all going so well.
On The Mark: Week 8 - ESPN
Recognizing the best and worst at the midway point of the season.
HOLGO TAKES HOME MOVIES FROM UP ABOVE - Every Day Should Be Saturday
UP ABOVE/ THE ALIENS HOVER/ MAKING HOME MOVIES/ FOR THE EERS BACK HOME
Burnett Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report
NFL WVUPros Week 6 Recap: Lankster's Big INT and Bruce Irvin Disrupts Tom Brady - WVU Pros
We recap Mountaineers in the NFL for Week 6. Highlights include career firsts for two Mountaineers.
News of Note:
Holgorsen Says WVU Was Not Mentally Tough Enough - WVillustrated
West Virginia University Head Coach Dana Holgorsen took part in the Big 12 weekly teleconference for the first time following a loss.
Holgorsen questions West Virginia's mental toughness - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two days after his team was blown out, 49-14, at Texas Tech, Holgorsen said Monday that his team's intensity was not great enough in Lubbock.
Attitude adjustment - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen says Mountaineers failed to 'bow up' when adversity struck at Texas Tech
Take The Physical Challenge - BGN
West Virginia faces its biggest challenge of the season against Kansas State on Saturday, according to head coach Dana Holgorsen.
Was WVU's offensive letdown inevitable? - Charleston Gazette
"I don't think there's anything wrong with what we're doing offensively. I just think we had a bad game.''
WVU’s loss not end of the world - Pittsburgh Tribune
For reasons still not fully understood, the Mountaineers came out flat against Texas Tech and were deservedly flattened in the polls.
WVU will face its biggest foe - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Fans attending Saturday night's game against KSU will have to duplicate that effort and hope it will be enough to help the Mountaineers overcome what will be their biggest opponent of the season so far.
Holgorsen expects WVU’s biggest challenge vs. Kansas State - Daily Athenaeum
Kansas State doesn’t make mistakes. It doesn’t beat itself. It is the second-least penalized team in the country. The Wildcats put themselves in position to win games.
High-tempo offense vs. run-first K-State - Times West Virginian
As the experts begin analyzing this week’s key Big 12 confrontation between Kansas State and West Virginia University on Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, a must-win game for the Mountaineers following their 49-14 loss at Texas Tech, they ultimately will arrive at the conclusion that this is a clash of styles.
K-State standout Brown ‘good fit’ - Charleston Daily Mail
As far as the recruiting world was concerned in 2007, Bryce Brown was the best high school football player to come out of Kansas since Barry Sanders was spinning around Wichita more than 20 years earlier.
Around the League (and Beyond):
The conundrum that is Big 12 football. - Cowboys Ride For Free
Has parity or mediocrity become the identity of the Big 12?
When You Write A Piece Like This... - Barking Carnival
...other blogs must read it
What's On Tap:
Big 12 Media Day - WVU Athletics
Huggins will be available in the arena for a question-and-answer session with the media from 10:45-10:55 a.m. (CST) and he will also shoot a public service announcement for the conference at 12:15 (CST).
No. 1 Rifle Welcomes No. 10 Memphis - WVU Athletics
Following a two-win weekend, the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team opens its home season at the WVU Rifle Range against Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 10 Memphis on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Men's Basketball Tips with Gold-Blue Debut - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will tip off the 2012-13 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coke Zero on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.
Videos of Interest:
Dana Holgorsen's Monday morning Big 12 coaches' teleconference.
This week's Wearing the Jersey, brought to you by Pandhandle Cleaning and Restoration, takes a look at WVU wide receiver Stedman Bailey. Bailey has put up impressive numbers so far this season, but for him they're just routine plays.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is the Playboy Cyber Girl of the Year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery (below the interview) of Leanna Decker (despite the Playboy name, both gallery and video are SFW, unfortunately)