Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (10/23/12) Edition

Hoops interviews, Holgorsen teleconference, Football gets 16th commitment for 2013, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen says that his players need to grow up and WVU Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins says that Deniz Kilicli is better this year.

Memories of a glorious night in Morgantown - Bring On The Cats
You all saw the game, but allow me to share parts of my unforgettable experience in the hopes that one day you, too, can make a successful trip to Mountaineer Field.

Fanatic Fatalism - BGN
West Virginians are known for giving their all. Now, within the course of two games, they’ve chosen instead to give up.

Who are the fans booing? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Is it the players?

Smith Named Semifinalist for Davey O'Brien Award - WVU Athletics
Geno Smith was named a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award

Collin Klein tops Heisman Watch, besting Geno Smith, Manti Te'o - SI.com
Still listed at #5

2013 NFL Draft: What is Geno Smith doing wrong, and where does he go from here? - SBNation.com
Geno Smith has struggled in consecutive weeks, as the Mountaineers have now dropped two straight games since being ranked No. 5 in the country. In many ways, it has been as bad as it seems. But Smith still has a chance to revive his draft stock.

Staten gets most of what he expected - Charleston Gazette
In truth, the reasons Staten came to West Virginia just over a year ago are a bit more complex than simply wanting a higher level of competition.

Video: Basketball Interviews 10/22 - BGN
Huggs, Harris, Humphrey, Staten & Henderson

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Humphrey, Harris, Henderson & Staten

A Meetin' With Keaton - WVU Athletics
Keaton Miles interviews some of his teammates.

Hill Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
VSR: 10/22/12

WVU donors put $569M toward fundraising goal - Charleston Gazette
The West Virginia University Foundation says it's now three-quarters of the way to meeting its fundraising goal of $750 million.

Home football games bring $11M into Monongalia County - Charleston Gazette
The study doesn't look at surrounding counties in either West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Nor does it include spending from the WVU athletics budget.


News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Teleconference - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen's Monday morning remarks.

WVU must regroup, not crumble - Pittsburgh Tribune
Having lost their past two games in embarrassing fashion, the West Virginia Mountaineers are doing their best to take the glow off a 5-0 start.

Holgorsen: Young Team Needs to Grow Up - WVU Athletics
West Virginia has played 12 true freshmen so far this year.

Holgorsen wants more maturity - Charleston Gazette
Coach: We need to grow up

Alston's return may spark West Virginia offense - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
But no decision until RB rejoins practice

Where have the TDs gone? - Martinsburg Journal
The promise of a couple of weeks ago has dissolved into a premise of more disaster for West Virgina.

Smith, WVU offense pressing when faced with early deficits - Daily Athenaeum
Trailing early in games usually doesn’t pose great cause for concern, but as Saturday night showed, when the opposing team is scoring on every drive, it could potentially cause additional pressure on the offense to perform.

Searching For Toughness - BGN
The chance to face Kansas State showed Dana Holgorsen there is a stark difference between the Wildcats and his West Virginia squad in at least one key area: maturity.

Defense seeks solutions - Charleston Daily Mail
According to its game participation report, No. 25 WVU played 26 defenders in Saturday's 55-14 loss to No. 4 Kansas State - and was without three regulars who would have played in a normal game.

HERTZEL COLUMN: No excuses for ‘D’ not improving - Times West Virginian
“Right now we aren’t getting better” keeps echoing through the recesses of the mind. It’s there when you go to sleep, there when you get up.

Depends on who you ask - Register-Herald
Mountaineer fans ready for time off, but players want to get back to it


Recruiting:

WVU Football Nabs 16th Commitment - WVillustrated
After a disappointing showing on Saturday night, the West Virginia University football team received some much needed good news Monday when the top-rated high school linebacker from the state of New Jersey pledged his commitment to the Mountaineers.

New Jersey Linebacker Picks WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Grant told the newspaper. “West Virginia is going in the right direction and they need help defensively. They need impact players on the defense and that’s exactly what he is — an impact player.”


Around the League (and Beyond):

Power Poll: QB Klein, Kansas State standing up to all challengers - CBSSports.com

Hello, Mr. Heartache - Our Daily Bears

CYALIS: Your Solution For Premature Enumeration - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU football coach Charlie Weis expected to name starting QB on Tuesday - KUsports.com

'Stripe The Stadium' For Notre Dame Game - Crimson And Cream Machine
Copycats

Oklahoma State's QB shuffle...now what? Or should we say who? - Cowboys Ride For Free

It's The Longhorn Networks Fault - Barking Carnival

Monday Morning Quarterback: October 22nd, 2012 - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas St. Wildcats | Preview, Television, Game Time & Big 12 Round Up - Viva The Matadors

On The Mark: Week 9 - ESPN


What's On Tap:

TV Exercises Six-Day Window on TCU - WVU Athletics
WVU's game time against TCU to be determined next week.

Mountaineer Quincy Wilson to speak to Charleston WVU Fan Club - Charleston Daily Mail
Quincy Wilson, assistant director of WVU football operations and former running back star, will speak to the Charleston WVU Fan Club at Harding's Restaurant beside the Interstate 79 Mink Shoals exit at 7 p.m. Thursday.


Videos of Interest:

The movie trailer entrance video from the October 19th Gold & Blue debut at the WVU Coliseum.


Wearing the Jersey - This week senior kicker Tyler Bitancurt is featured.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another Brazilian model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Camila Morais.


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