Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (10/11/12) Edition

Notes from: football, basketball, baseball & women's soccer, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Head Coach Dana Holgerson talks about recruiting this week, Curtis Shaw discusses some rules changes in Big 12 Basketball and Eron Harris says the WVU Men's Basketball Team will be alot better shooting this year than in the past.

Kilicli: WVU to Speed Things Up This Year - WVU Athletics
Deniz Kilicli says WVU can play much faster this year.

Mountaineer guards look to run more this year - Daily Athenaeum
With a large group of freshmen last year, the West Virginia men’s basketball team came into the season with goals of running a more up-tempo style offensively.

West Virginia's Air Raid Problem: Air Travel? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
West Virginia lost their second game in two weeks on Saturday, falling to Kansas State, at home, 55-14. There were plenty of reasons behind the Mountaineers' loss.

Mazey already changing the face of WVU baseball - Daily Athenaeum
In those four months, the plans for a new, multi-million dollar stadium have been created, the Mountaineers have held their first-ever Alumni game, and Mazey has announced one of the most impressive recruiting classes in program history.

Women's Soccer Team Enjoys WVU's First Big 12 Title - WVillustrated
The women's soccer team is still undefeated in Big 12 play with one regular season game remaining. WVU will look to follow up its regular season title with a Big 12 tournament championship.

Women’s Soccer Climbs to No. 14 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s soccer team moved to No. 14 in this week’s Soccer America Top 25 rankings, and is ranked No. 19 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.


News of Note:

For WVU, no simple way to fix problems - Charleston Daily Mail
"Whenever you put two losses like that back-to-back, it's a little different. There are some challenges this year that didn't exist with last year's team, and there were some challenges last year that don't exist with this team."

No simple fix for WVU's troubles - Charleston Gazette
If there's nothing wrong with the scheme, or so goes the party line, then he must be throwing the players who execute it under the bus, right? Well, no. He's thrown everyone under the bus, from his players to his coaches to himself.

WVU back to basics during bye - Times West Virginian
Now the recruiting goes on this week, but with an emphasis on immediate help out of junior colleges for next season, and the team goes back to the basics, unimaginable stuff really for a team that once was in the Top 5.

WVU rated too high? - Martinsburg Journal
"It doesn't matter what happened last year. I stood up here before the Marshall game and said that this is a different team. I said it was going to take multiple games to see what we were made of."

Big 12 notebook: Oklahoma-Notre Dame isn't the only game to watch this week - Charleston Gazette
Several WVU notes included

HERTZEL COLUMN: Longing for more tough stuff in game - Times West Virginian
Oh, make no doubt it hasn’t disappeared completely, for Kansas State certainly proved that toughness can be incorporated into a modern football team, especially if it is coached by a 73-year-old throwback.

West Virginia defense among worst in nation - Pittsburgh Tribune
WVU ranks No. 120 in passing defense, No. 115 in scoring defense, No. 113 in total defense, No. 113 in third-down defense and No. 97 in red zone defense.


Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 Primer: Week 9 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Waco officials approve $2 million for intersection project near new Baylor Stadium - Waco Tribune

Running Out Of Contention - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas vs. Texas: Charlie Weis Weekly Press Conference - Rock Chalk Talk

Texas Football 2012: Fall Camp-Style Practices In Effect - Burnt Orange Nation

Confidence becomes key to Klein’s improvement as passer - Wichita Eagle

Point of Attack | Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas St. Wildcats - Viva The Matadors

Expect OSU's Wes Lunt to start against TCU - Oklahoman

Midweek Musings: Some Defensive Stats - Frogs O' War

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


What's On Tap:

Big 12 Women's Basketball Media Day - WVU Athletics
Mountaineer women’s basketball will be at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday morning to take part in the Big 12 Conference media day festivities.


Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi talked with WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen about what the Mountaineers are planning in the off week to try and get back to their winning ways.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


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