Mountaineer Morning Links: VMI Gameday (11/28/12) Edition

VMI & Kansas previews, Head Coaches pressers, player features & interviews, realignment, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Wednesday's Gold and Blue Now we preview the home opener for the WVU Men's Basketball team with Bob Huggins and VMI Coach Duggar Baucom and we also hear from Dana Holgorsen.

McPherson to be Recognized - WVU Athletics
Longtime Mountaineer assistant men's basketball coach and fundraiser Gary McPherson, pictured here in this publicity photo in 1970, will be recognized before Wednesday night's game against VMI.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Not easy to predict the future - Times West Virginian
West Virginia, by the way, was 11th and rose as high as fourth before the defense exposed the Mountaineers as just another football team.

Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
Sixteen former West Virginia University football players are currently on NFL rosters

THE WATER COOLER: THE STREAK IS OVER - TheSignalCaller.com
Forty-six days after WVU last won a game they once again left the field victorious.


News of Note:

Hoops

West Virginia to Play Host to VMI - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers and the Keydets to battle Wednesday night at the Coliseum.

Huggins, West Virginia set for home opener against VMI at Coliseum - Daily Athenaeum
VMI is No. 10 nationally in points per game, scoring more than 85 points per outing.

Preview: WVU vs VMI - BGN
West Virginia opens its home 2012-13 basketball schedule with a sneaky-tough game against VMI.

Huggins says issues can be fixed - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU, the only Big 12 team with a losing record, is missing many more shots than it makes and struggling to surpass the 70-point mark.

Huggins hopes to unlock lost offense - Times West Virginian
The 1-3 start certainly is discouraging, but it must be noted that it came against difficult opponents, and Coach Bob Huggins believes that must be factored in.

Huggins: 'We're going to be all right' - Charleston Gazette
In 104 seasons of basketball, West Virginia has never gotten off to a worse four-game beginning to a season than this year.

Mountaineers have a long way to go - Register-Herald
“It isn’t good, but it isn’t that bad, either. Things are never as good as you think they are and never as bad as you think they are. We’re going to be alright. We’ll get things straightened out.”

Kilicli Expects Bounce-back - WVMETRONEWS.COM
14 fouls, 14 turnovers and 14 field goals.

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs' presser, Turk and Browne

Video: Basketball Interviews 11/27 - BGN
Turk, Huggs presser & Browne

Football

West Virginia coach isn't letting guard down - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"There is a big difference in 7-5 and 6-6 in our minds,"

Big 12 is all about motivation - Charleston Gazette
Kansas is WVU's first foe without added incentive

WVU Must Remain Prepared - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday his West Virginia guys can ill afford to overlook a 1-10 Kansas team, as the Jayhawks are the conference's top running team.

Kansas has nothing to lose against WVU - Register-Herald
It lost just 20-14 at home against Oklahoma State, had Texas on the ropes before losing that game 21-17 and took Texas Tech to overtime before losing 41-34.

WVU needs a victory - Martinsburg Journal
Last week's 30-24 victory over Iowa State on the road couldn't have been more timely.

Tavon Austin draws praise from Geno Smith, Dana Holgorsen - SB Nation Pittsburgh
Tavon Austin will only play two more games for the West Virginia Mountaineers after a ridiculous senior season, in which he currently leads the nation in receptions.

Alston provides spark for Mountaineer offense - Daily Athenaeum
At the beginning of Friday’s win against Iowa State, it was easy to see that the West Virginia football team was working with a much healthier Shawne Alston than it had the last few weeks since he returned from his thigh injury.

WVU Faces Many Different Storylines as Bowl Decision Looms - WVillustrated
WVi's Matt Allevato breaks down the possibilities for WVU this bowl season.

Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night.

Video: Football Interviews 11/27 - BGN
Geno, Coaches Gillespie & Dawson, Alston

WVU Offensive Video Interviews: Kansas Week - WVillustrated
Geno, Nehlen, Alston, Jenkins, Woods, Coach Spavital, Madsen, Coach Dawson, Coach Gillespie & Braun

WVU Defensive Video Interviews: Kansas Week - WVillustrated
Garvin, Coach DeForest & Clarke

West Virginia's defense finally has its moment - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Entering Saturday’s regular-season finale against Kansas (1-10, 0-8), WVU’s defense finally has a performance to build on.

Weis, Kansas invest in running game - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's run defense is in for a treat Saturday.

WVU hopes to slow Kansas’ run game - Times West Virginian
Teams have had trouble running against WVU all year but have thrown at will against them.

Change-Up Charlie Worries WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
After studying film from 11 games in which KU coach Charlie Weis redesigned the rushing scheme almost weekly


Around the League (and Beyond):

Cliff’s Notes: Charlie Weis press conference, 11/27/12 - Lawrence Journal World

First Look: Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Our Daily Bears

POLL: Did 2012 Meet Your Expectations? - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Collin Klein Heisman Watch (Week 13) - Bring On The Cats

OU officials discuss possible trade from Fiesta Bowl to Sugar Bowl - Oklahoman (auto-play video)

Gundy Gives Cowboys A Break — A Comedy Break - Oklahoman

Fire Mack Brown? Boosters may be turning on him - Burnt Orange Nation

(Updated) RUMOR: Mack Might Be Out at Texas, And Gary Patterson Might Be The Primary Target For The Longhorns - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech notes: Red Raiders to enjoy lengthy break before bowl practices begin - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Power Rankings - Andy Staples - SI.com

Realignment

ACC votes to add Louisville Cardinals, source says - ESPN
Louisville will join the Atlantic Coast Conference, becoming the sixth former Big East school to leave for the ACC, sources told ESPN.

BMOC surveys BCS campaigning, firing season, realignment's next move -- college football - ESPN
9. ACC, it's your move -- Part II: And if West Virginia bolted, would the Big 12 look toward Tallahassee?

College football realignment: ACC vs. Maryland lawsuit looms large - Sporting News (auto-play video)
The dismantling of the ACC and strengthening of the Big Four is coming. The only things that can stop it are high-priced lawyers.

The List: Candidates to join the Big East - SBNation.com
The Big East Conference is grabbing up all the schools they can find. Here is their short list of the next candidates to join.


What's On Tap:

Virginia Military Keydets vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on ROOT and ESPN3


Videos of Interest:

Tony Caridi and Coach Huggins talk about last weekend's Old Spice Classic in Florida and this week's encounter with VMI.

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon press conference previewing Saturday's Kansas game

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a British model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Danica Thrall.


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