Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (10/8/13) Edition

Big 12 teleconference, regrouping during bye week, beat writers piling on, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Oct. 8 - WV MetroNews
we hear from Dana Holgorsen’s weekly teleconference plus Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury talk about his team’s health concerns following their most recent victory against Kansas.

Women's Soccer No. 22 in TDS Poll - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (9-2-2, 3-0 Big 12) remained steady despite earning a 2-1 win over Texas on Oct. 4 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

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


News of Note:

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference - WVSports.com
West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) enters a bye week on the heels of a 73-42 loss at the hands of Baylor Saturday, but head coach Dana Holgorsen still believes that his team is close to breaking through and being a consistently good football team.

WVU football: Offense still seeking an identity - Charleston Daily Mail
Nevertheless, the Mountaineers began the season certain they could run the ball with so much depth and talent at running back and a new offensive line coach who was going to cultivate a physical quality that would make the difference. It hasn't worked.

Still Close - BGN
On paper, West Virginia's 73-42 loss to Baylor might have looked like this is a WVU team that is much further away from being a good team as the coaching staff might have originally thought.

Mountaineers ‘need to regroup’ - Times West Virginian
“Do you keep grinding them to get them better or try to regroup?” Holgorsen asked rhetorically. “We’ll try to do both. We’ll give them some time off; we’ll practice mid-week, and we’ll come back and have a good game week for Texas Tech.”

WVU's Holgorsen Talks Before Mountaineers' Bye Week - WVillustrated
West Virginia enters the halfway point of the season with a 3-3 record, 1-2 in conference play. The Mountaineers look to get back on track when they face Texas Tech on Homecoming Weekend Oct. 19.

Millard with best grasp of West Virginia offense - Daily Anthenaeum
While Millard was in the game, Holgorsen was able to call screens, out routes and fades at the appropriate time, not just play-action bombs down the field like when Trickett was in the game.

Is WVU that bad? Is Baylor that good? - Charleston Gazette
If Baylor's almost surrealistic performance against West Virginia Saturday night did nothing else, it provoked a couple of legitimate debates.

WVU received taste of Baylor's offensive might - AP/Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Let everyone else be surprised by all the big numbers Baylor keeps putting up on offense.

Just grin and Bear it - Register-Herald
Holgorsen gives all credit to Baylor, still believes in his team

Multimedia: Upon Further Review - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews team of photographers and videographers takes its weekly look inside West Virginia football following the Mountaineers’ 73-42 lopsided loss at the hands of the Baylor Bears.

An Eye Opener for the WVU Defense - WVillustrated
The West Virginia defense looked to build off their success from last week but anything that was built up was quickly torn down when the team suffered a 73-42 loss to Baylor.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Briles causing headaches for Big 12 coaches - Times West Virginian
Asked on Monday’s Big 12 coaches conference call what the biggest challenge that offense presents, Snyder replied: “Keep them from scoring 100 points.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: Rough road ahead for WVU fans - Times West Virginian
But what has transpired under Luck and Holgorsen has been more disgrace than grace.

We owe Baylor a thank you - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
This football program is in shambles. It suffers from lack of talent. It seems doomed by a lack of leadership. Even its effort seems questionable.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 teams can play some defense, too - AP/Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Mini-Numerical: The 2013 Baylor Bears - Our Daily Bears

Big 12 reprimands Rhoads for his officiating comments - Ames Tribune

The Coaching Answer for Kansas Football? - Rock Chalk Talk

Turnover-prone Wildcats pin loss on selves - Topeka Capital Journal

OU Breaking Their Long Held Stance On 'Tradition' And Going With Alternate Jersey On Saturday - Crimson And Cream Machine

Shaun Lewis, The Spy, Sniffs Out 'Cats - Oklahoman

Texas unveils new uniforms for OU game - Barking Carnival

Patterson not convinced coaching change the cure for what ails TCU offense - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury Style Guide | Kansas Edition - Viva The Matadors


What's On Tap:

Men's Soccer Closes Homestand With Stony Brook - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team will conclude a five-game homestand when it hosts Stony Brook on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


Video of Interest:

Mountaineer Pat Eger has never been afraid to carve his own niche in life. The Senior offensive lineman is proving daily that with the right mix of work ethic and charisma, you can overcome anything.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Fake, but creative:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Miss Italy. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Raffaella Modugno.


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