Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/27/12) Edition

Kansas previews, Weis & Holgs trade barbs, Austin, Hoops notes, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins is disappointed with the Mountaineers' stats among other Big 12 schools. Coach Holgorsen admires the KU coaching staff. KU Football Coach Charlie Weis explains why WVU's offense is special.

Schedule Showing WVU's Deficiencies - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Bob Huggins says the only positive from West Virginia's 1-3 start is "we know what our deficiencies are."

WVU's Tavon Austin Honored - WVU Athletics
Tavon Austin named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll.

WVU Has 12th-Most Difficult Grid Slate - WVU Athletics
This year's schedule is the toughest in the last 15 years.

Notre Dame-Alabama title game leads college football bowl projections - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Holiday vs. UCLA

Zublasing Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report: 11/26/2012

Twice Spurned, Canton's Kevin Jones Starts NBA D-League Career on a Rampage - NBA.com
Kevin Jones is on fire.


News of Note:

Rising Above - BGN
There are still two more chapters to be written in the story of West Virginia’s 2012 football season, but coach Dana Holgorsen said he has already been impressed by his team’s ability to handle the adversity that came with a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season.

Holgo: WVU Stuck Together Through Streak - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"We have a lot of seniors who didn't want to go out like that, didn't want to be remembered as the team that couldn't handle the new conference," he said.

Mountaineer seniors set for big day - Register-Herald
West Virginia to host Kansas Saturday in regular season finale

Bowl site at stake for WVU - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“There’s about 22 seniors that it means a lot to,” said the second-year coach.

Why not Austin for Heisman? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Whether it be as a receiver, a running back, a punt returner or a kickoff returner, Austin has shown the ability to dazzle defenders and leave opposing coaches wondering why their players can't contain the Mountaineers' standout.

West Virginia star Austin the real deal - Pittsburgh Tribune Live
Pound for pound, West Virginia senior receiver/running back/return specialist Tavon Austin is the best college football player in 2012.

Austin a consistent force for WVU this season - Daily Athenaeum
The senior inside wide receiver has done it all.

Offense is a mystery by design - Charleston Daily Mail
"It was definitely fun to see the defense kind of confused," Austin said.

Misery gets some company - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers, Jayhawks both endure losing streaks

He said, he said - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
"We’re going to be at a major schematic disadvantage going against their coaches," he said.

Weis, Holgorsen go way back - Times West Virginian
each dubbed offensive genii at times during their coaching careers, found reasons to fire invisible darts at each other.

Holgorsen: WVU at "Schematic Disadvantage" Against KU - WVillustrated
Mountaineers prepare for hungry Kansas team, looking to break losing streak a week after WVU did the same.

Did Holgorsen, Weis just diss each other? - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's notebook

Weis gets testy when motivation questioned - Charleston Daily Mail
"I was offered other jobs for a lot more money, just so you know that," he said

KU's Weis: Tavon Austin a "Pain in the Butt" - WVillustrated
Kansas coach prepares 1-10 Jayhawks for season finale at WVU after a bye week.

Oklahoma State football: Do Cowboys miss Joe DeForest? - Berry Tramel's Blog/Oklahoman
Joe DeForest spent 11 years on the OSU football staff before leaving after last season to become West Virginia's defensive coordinator.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12's depth will go unnoticed ... again - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Big 12 is the deepest conference in college football, top to bottom. This is not up for debate.

Big 12's offensive explosion means one thing: The league isn't ready to play big-boy football - Oklahoman (autoplay video)
I would argue the opposite

Let's talk about Art Briles and the Coaching Carousel - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State football: Postseason picture still muddled - Des Moines Register

Break is over, back to work for the last game of the season - University Daily Kansan

Collin Klein gets one final shot to become Heisman favorite - Wichita Eagle

Bob Stoops Weekly Press Conference - Crimson And Cream Machine

Coach Mike Gundy says he never gets over losses like Bedlam - Oklahoman

Case McCoy to start against Kansas State - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Quarterback: November 26th, 2012 - Frogs O' War

At least there will be a bowl game - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

On The Mark: Week 14 - ESPN


What's On Tap:

Limited Coliseum Parking Tuesday-Wednesday - WVU Athletics
Parking information for the events upcoming Nov. 27 & 28.


Videos of Interest:

This week's Wearing the Jersey takes a look back at the brilliant career of senior quarterback Geno Smith.

Coca Cola Highlights from West Virginia's 31-24 victory over Iowa State on November 23, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Da'Sean Butler and Alex Ruoff hit big shots in their careers at WVU. See what they did at the Coliseum recently.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an all American model from Washington state. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Vivian Kindle.


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