Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (10/22/13) Edition

Trickett is named the full-time starter, defense needs confidence, Big 12 hoops Media Day on tap today, varsity notes, WVU Pros recap, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday Oct. 22 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen talks about Dana Holgorsen naming Clint Trickett the starter for this weekend’s game against Kansas State plus the Mountaineer basketball team is in Kansas City today for the 2013 media day.

2013 Big 12 MBB Media Day - Big 12 Conference
Complete coverage of the 2013 Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day from Kansas City.

Luck should take Texas AD position if offered - Daily Athenaeum
Speculation has been swirling the last few weeks regarding West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck’s future in Morgantown.

Mazey Named Campaign Chair for United Way - WVU Athletics
Baseball coach Randy Mazey looking for help with United Way.

Williams Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sport Report

Women's Soccer Keeps Climbing in TDS Poll - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team jumped four spots to No. 14 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Top 25 Poll.

Maloney shines quietly for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Sophomore forward Kelsie Maloney has had an impressive 2013 season for the West Virginia University women’s soccer team.

Wearing the Jersey: Majed Osman - WVU Athletics
This week's varsity sports feature profiles men's soccer sophomore Majed Osman,

Tennis Concludes USTA/ITA Regionals - WVU Athletics
WVU tennis freshmen Kaja Mrgole and Oana Manole fell in the Atlantic Regional quarterfinal.

WVU finishes first at PSU Nationals - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia cross country team placed first out of 28 total teams on the Penn State University’s Blue/White Golf Course for the PSU Nationals

Drunk Food - Places for Eating Late at Night at the 25 best Party Schools - Thrillist
Not sure I agree with the selection, but it's nice they included us. Then again, I'm ancient by most standards.


News of Note:

Coach Holgorsen Talks about Kansas State Preparations - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers are looking to bounce back against a Kansas State team that's loss three straight games.

Trickett earns nod against Kansas State - Charleston Daily Mail
If no other good could come from Saturday's loss to Texas Tech, at least West Virginia's days of deliberating over the identity of its starting quarterback came to an end.

Stickin' with Trickett - Charleston Gazette
No mystery in WVU QB situation this week

Holgorsen makes early call for Trickett - WV MetroNews
There's no mystery this week: Junior transfer will get his fourth start as West Virginia visits Kansas State.

Holgorsen settles on Trickett - Register-Herald
Junior will start at quarterback remainder of season

Moving Forward, It's Trickett - EerSports
"The current situation, yes. I do think he played his best game, just not a winning performance, but I do think he played his football up to this point."

Confidence is defense's biggest nemesis - Charleston Daily Mail
Last year's Mountaineers never had it. This year's Mountaineers are letting it get away.

WVU Coaches, Players Question Confidence in Loss - WVillustrated
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson says Baylor setback set the table for Texas Tech loss.

Worst might be behind for WVU defense - Charleston Gazette
"Sometimes,'' Patterson said, "it's the closer losses that are harder to take.''

HERTZEL COLUMN: Brighter path ahead for WVU - Times West Virginian
WVU’s next two games are on the road, each against a team with a highly respected coach and each desperate for a victory.

Getting Closer - BGN
With so many teams in the Big 12 Conference close with one another from a talent standpoint, it's pretty likely that West Virginia will have plenty more close games on the horizon as it heads into the final portion of its 2013 schedule.

Furfari: WVU now 0-2 in winnable Big 12 games - Register-Herald
Last time I checked, we beat OSU, but I guess that wasn't winnable

Multimedia: Upon Further Review - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews team of photographers and videographers takes its weekly look inside West Virginia football following the Mountaineers’ 37-27 loss to Texas Tech.

Kansas State's Coach Snyder on Big 12 Teleconference - WVillustrated
Head Coach Bill Snyder spoke on the Big 12 coach's teleconference call about the upcoming match-up against the Mountaineers.


Pro News:

Geno leads another GW drive, Bailey receives first touch - Week 7 NFL Recap - ProsReport
Want to know what the rest of the WVU Pros did? Well, here you go.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Unleashes Fury on Iowa State during Homecoming ... in .GIFs! - Our Daily Bears

Offensive woes continue to be a big problem for Cyclones - Ames Tribune

Notebook: KU sees early ground success; Weis gives injury updates for Heeney, Pierson - Lawrence Journal World

Cats looking forward to second half - Manhattan Mercury

Sooners know they have to find a way to stop rushing attacks - Norman Transcript

Rennie Childs: The Spark Oklahoma State Is Looking For - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas QB David Ash declared out for TCU game - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU in need of a reboot to prevent first losing season in nine years - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Tough Road: The toughest part of Texas Tech's football schedule starts now - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


What's On Tap:

Men’s Soccer Closes Out Non-Conference Schedule - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will close its non-conference portion of the season when it travels to American on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for a 3 p.m. match

Kickoff time set for WVU game next week at TCU - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's game at TCU a week from Saturday will be a 3:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff, the Big 12 announced Monday. The game will be televised by ESPNU.


Video of Interest:

Come out and support the ladies tomorrow night

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Swedish model and former Miss Sweden. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Liza Berggren.


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