Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (11/25/13) Edition

Football & hoops notes, women's soccer eliminated, women's basketball beats Virginia, recruiting updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

No. 7 Women's Soccer Falls - WVU Athletics
The No. 7-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to No. 4-ranked and top-seeded Virginia Tech

WVU Captures Win Over Cavaliers - WVU Athletics
Three Mountaineers recorded scoring numbers in double figures, as the West Virginia women’s basketball team defeated Virginia.

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
WVU Coach Mike Carey and his players talk to the media following the Mountaineers' win over Virginia.

Wearing the Jersey: Fall Classic - WVU Athletics
Today's Wearing the Jersey, presented by WVU Healthcare, provides an inside look at the gymnastics team's fall classic, held each year prior to Thanksgiving break.


News of Note:

Off week came at right time for banged-up Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Some of the Mountaineers' best players are simply worn down at this point in the season, and doing nothing for a week might have been the best medicine of all.

Moutaineers' off week fixed on reps, recruits - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pardon Dana Holgorsen for his week's repose, but the focus of this West Virginia off week isn't Iowa State, it's the three R's: rest, reps and recruiting.

My Turn: For fans of WVU football, a new season starts - Charleston Daily Mail
Attention West Virginia Mountaineers fans: You might not think so with a losing season now guaranteed, but you're going to be itching to watch WVU football in just a few short months.

Offense has been a problem for Iowa State - Charleston Daily Mail
Iowa State is back at No. 97, as good a reason as any Rhoads is 2-9 overall and 1-7 in the Big 12 as he prepares for Saturday's game against West Virginia at Mountaineer Field.

Iowa State has had its own quarterback issues - Charleston Gazette
This is still a team that has won just twice, so there are obviously other deficiencies.

Basketball

Scoring key to West Virginia's hot start - Charleston Daily Mail
How long they can continue like this - No. 26 nationally and second in the Big 12 in scoring, No. 32 overall and No. 4 in the conference in field goal percentage - is unknown, though answers should come this week in the Cancun Classic.

A "Business Trip" to Mexico - EerSports
For West Virginia, who travels to Playa del Carmen for the remainder of the Cancun Challenge this week, this trip is all about basketball.

HERTZEL COLUMN- Dibo brings new element for Huggins - Times West Virginian
He stands 6 feet, 7 inches and has a 3-point shot as smooth as the best French wine, a forward who hit four of eight 3-point attempts in WVU’s 88-55 victory over Presbyterian


Recruiting:

WVU, Huggins need to strike - Charleston Gazette
The thought from here, though, is simple. WVU's coaches need to step up their recruiting games. In regard to Gill-Caesar, Huggins should do what he's always done to Calipari, at least on the court: beat him.

Following the future: Week 13 - WVSports.com
Weekly recap of the performances of West Virginia's football recruits in their most recent game.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Team-By-Team Notes From Week 13 In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference

Thoughts on Baylor's Loss to Oklahoma State and 9-1 - Our Daily Bears

ISU offense breaks out in win over Kansas - Ames Tribune

Back to the futile - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State notes: Career day for Tyler Lockett - Kansas City Star

OU Defense Fortunate To Be More Boom Than Bust Against Kansas State - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys' rout of Baylor started with luck, ended with dominance - Oklahoman (autoplay)

The Texas Longhorns Defense needs more heroes - Barking Carnival

TCU senior QB Pachall nearing end of Frogs’ career - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Tech tackles up to the challenge - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Final: Week 13 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


Video of Interest:

Comments from women's basketball head coach Mike Carey, following the Mountaineers 68-58 win over the Virginia Cavaliers

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Brazilian bombshell. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Lais Ribeiro.


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