Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/20/13) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, basketball notes, baseball recruiting class, varsity notes, feel-good gymnastics story, WVU Pros update on Kevin Jones, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Nov. 20 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen discusses his team’s player development during the bye week and recent conversations with WVU athletics director Oliver Luck.

Mazey signs top recruiting class in WVU baseball history - Times West Virginian
West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey’s 11-player recruiting class for the 2015 season comprises the highest ranked recruiting class in school history.

Epling isn’t pleased with WVU’s snow job - Register Herald
Anyone who spends or has spent any amount of time in Beckley in early March knows what kind of weather is likely to be encountered.

Junior guard Juwan Staten stepping into leadership role, taking control of offense - Daily Athenaeum
“He wants to be the leader,” said WVU head coach Bob Huggins. “He knows what we want and done a great job of leading by example. He’s doing the things you have to do now and improved tremendously.”

Furfari: WVU men reminds of 1950s on goaling, scoring - Register-Herald
Shades of the legendary Jerry West, Llod Shearer, Bobby Joe Smith, Joedy Gardner, Don Vincent, Ronnie Retton, Bucky Bolyard, et al.

Seniors Bussie, Caldwell leading West Virginia - Daily Athenaeum
Caldwell and Bussie will continue to lead the Mountaineers as their senior year continues. They prepare to take on Virginia in the WVU Coliseum Sunday.

Inside the 18 - WVU Athletics
An inside look at Mountaineer men's and women's soccer.

WVU Gymnastics Inks Krista Mae! - WVU Athletics
In addition to signing her official letter today, Krista Mae also was given a locker inside the team's Cary Gym locker room.

A Dark Day in Dallas, A Dark Day Everywhere - WVU Athletics
50th anniversary of JFK assassination this Friday.


News of Note:

Coach Holgorsen Press Conference - WVU Athletics
Transcript and video here, video also embedded below

Holgs: Upgraded Facilities Needed - EerSports
Instead of focusing on the previous game or even the next opponent, the Mountaineer head coach was asked about his comments regarding the need for upgrades at WVU.

With no bowl prep, football talk turns to facilities, recruiting - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen says WVU fundraisers working to provide better team meeting rooms and practice amenities..

Holgorsen feels secure in job, advocates for upgraded facilities - Times West Virginian
While great things weren’t expected this year, great effort was, and Holgorsen felt he had gotten that despite the lack of success until Kansas.

Holgorsen calls for football facility upgrades - Daily Athenaeum
The only problem for Holgorsen is finding donation money. Right now with a losing record and an 11-year bowl streak snapped, it could be tough to find big money donors.

Holgorsen believes Luck is on his side - Charleston Gazette
Speaking at his weekly press conference during a bye week Tuesday, Holgorsen said he had not sat down with Luck for any sort of state-of-the-program discussion.

Despite KU loss, Holgorsen says Luck ‘knows we’re on the right track’ - WV MetroNews
With WVU swooning to five losses in six games, Holgorsen says he and his AD are in sync on a winning blueprint.

Scout-teamers, young players get more reps - Charleston Daily Mail
Holgorsen is using this week to do what he would have done between the regular season finale and a bowl game.

West Virginia notebook: Holgorsen lays the blame at his feet - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Why? You guys can keep pointing the finger at me. That’s what my job is. We didn’t reach [the players], we didn’t get them back, and that’s on me — I don’t mind saying it."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Injury slowed Cook Saturday in Kansas loss - Times West Virginian
It was one of the saddest sights of a season filled with them.

The Takeaway: WVU staying home for Christmas - WV MetroNews
In their weekly installment of "The Takeaway," Allan Taylor and Justin Hoff break down the Kansas film and share their thoughts on WVU’s football season with only one game remaining.

GOING DEEP: WVU, TCU with Big 12 blues - Kansas City Star
Moving up can bring a program down.

WVU in danger of becoming Big 12 doormat - Daily Athenaeum
I still don’t have a clear answer, and I don’t think any fan, member of the media or common viewer does.

Talent needed at WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Bringing in better, and more, talent is the only way to avoid a repeat of this season.


Recruiting:

Three For Fifteen - BGN
West Virginia picked up its third commitment for the 2015 class on Tuesday, as Durham (N.C.) running back William Cameron pledged to the Mountaineers.

Outside the Crystal Ball - EerSports
In our never-ending effort to bring you the most complete coverage possible, I reached out to my fellow analysts/writers who made pro-West Virginia picks to find out their reasoning. Here are three recruits, who chose them and why....

15 commitments just a start for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Depending on postseason attrition, the final number of pledges could be anywhere from 20 to 25 on national signing day, set for Feb. 5. To get Mountaineer fans ready for the "home stretch," here's a breakdown of where recruiting stands at each position.


Pro News:

Kevin Jones is ready to tip-off his second season in Canton - ProsReport
As Kevin Jones gets ready to push for a D-League Championship with the Canton Charge, he still has his eyes set on the NBA.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor's Options in the Absence of Drango - Our Daily Bears

ISU football notes: Rhoads says he feels his job 'absolutely not' in danger - Des Moines Register

Kansas vs Iowa State: Can The Jayhawks Build on a Win? - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State's Snyder working his magic again - Tulsa World

Oklahoma football: Time to find out if Trevor Knight can play - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU-Baylor Hype Video: Do Or Die - Cowboys Ride For Free

Out of the doghouse, Texas RB Joe Bergeron ready for more carries - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: Frogs to address player development during bye week practices - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Kingsbury's Red Raiders Will Get Better: A Parable - Viva The Matadors

Photo: Take a look at Texas Tech's 'Lone Star' uniforms - Campus Union/SI.com


What's On Tap:

Charleston Tickets on Sale Now - WVU Athletics
Tickets for Marshall and William & Mary games on sale.


Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen talks about his plans for the off week this week before the regular season finale against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I don't know what's real anymore

Hump Day Video of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Ukrainian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Tetyana Veryovkina.


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