Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/5/13) Edition

Recapping last night's hoops foul fest, Texas prep begins, Women's soccer preps for Big 12 Tournament, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU could have a strong postseason in 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
As they make the trip to Kansas City, Mo., for the Big 12 tournament, the back-to-back regular season conference champion West Virginia women’s soccer team needs to put on a showing for the nation.

Top seed West Virginia prepares for Big 12 tournament - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team (13-3-2, 7-1) clinched first place in the Big 12 Championship and will face No. 8 Kansas Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo., at Swoop Soccer Village.

Martinelli Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Ballpark Progress - 11/4/2013 - WVU Athletics
Photos from progress on the ballpark

Best WR tandems in Big 12 history - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Duh


News of Note:

Basketball Hangover

WVU Downs Fairmont State - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers capture preseason tune-up.

Fouls pile up as Mountaineers get exhibition win - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia pulls away late for victory against visiting Fairmont State

Yo Adrian, good game - Charleston Gazette
WVU freshman forward has solid debut in exhibition

WVU defeats Fairmont State 89-70 in exhibition - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men’s basketball team cruised to a win in its only preseason appearance against Division II Fairmont State 89-70 last night in an exhibition played at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU Gets Win Over Fairmont State - WVillustrated
The Mountaineer basketball team played their last exhibition game of the season on Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Harris pours in 31 as WVU tunes up against Fairmont State, 89-70 - WV MetroNews
Exhibition game features 63 fouls as officials crack down on defensive contact.

WVU takes advantage of 40 fouls to cruise past FSU - Times West Virginian
“I do think this will help beer sales tremendously. There’s going to be a lot of dead time and time to run to the fridge. It’s going to be this way for a while, guys, and I think everybody recognizes that."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Penalties aplenty in exhibition - Times West Virginian
“I feel bad for the officials ... and I can’t believe I said that,” said Huggins.

WVU steady in exhibition win over Fairmont State - Register-Herald
Shady Spring’s Connor scores 3 in 18 minutes of play

Adrian, Harris Shine - BGN
West Virginia freshman forward Nathan Adrian had an impressive debut on Monday.

Injuries Force WVU to Experiment With Depth - BGN
For a West Virginia team that is coming into the 2013-14 season without a ton of depth to begin with, injuries could provide a devastating blow for the Mountaineers once they start Big 12 Conference play.

Preview: WVU lacks depth for tough Big 12 schedule - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Having only six returning players doesn’t give Bob Huggins much of a nucleus to build on at West Virginia.

Mountaineers down Falcons in foul-filled exhibition - WVSports.com
Led by strong shooting performances from Eron Harris and Nathan Adrian, the Mountaineers opened up the year with a 89-70 exhibition victory over Fairmont State.

BGN Video: Fairmont State Postgame - BGN
Devin Williams, Nathan Adrian and Juwan Staten

WATCH: WVU Basketball Player Address Media After Win - WVillustrated
Stated, Harris & Adrian

Watch: Adrian finds his 3-point stroke in exhibition - WV MetroNews
See postgame reaction from the former Morgantown High standout after he scored 21 points.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Fairmont St - BGN
Photos from West Virginia's 89-70 exhibition win over Fairmont State

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU Men's Basketball Beats Fairmont State - WVillustrated
Browse photos from West Virginia's victory over Fairmont State at the WVU Coliseum.

Football

Hope and confidence after win over TCU - Charleston Gazette
All of a sudden, everything seems different for West Virginia's football team.

Bowl eligibility still not Holgorsen talking point - Charleston Gazette
For a couple of weeks now, Dana Holgorsen has been regularly quizzed on whether he had begun using the specter of bowl ineligibility as motivation for his West Virginia football team.

Suspended Carswell absent from WVU’s latest depth chart - WV MetroNews
Sophomore speedster, WVU's most dangerous downfield threat, did not dress for the TCU game.

Video: One Good Thing -- West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Brandon Chatmon discusses the One Good Thing during Week 10 play in the Big 12 -- West Virginia's improved shot at bowl eligibility.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference - WVSports.com
West Virginia (4-5, 2-4) head coach Dana Holgorsen didn't want to address the possibility of missing a bowl game for the first time in 12 years before the TCU game, but he didn't have to.

Sigh of Relief - BGN
Heading into last week's game against TCU, there was some talk starting in the West Virginia locker room.

Holgorsen sees progress in Mountaineer offense - Register-Herald
“I feel like we’ve constantly been improving, and I think we improved last week. I expect our guys to work hard and improve this week, as well.”

Holgorsen Sees Progress - EerSports
For head coach Dana Holgorsen, who previously mentioned staying up all night in an effort to get his offense moving, it still wasn't enough.

WVU Coach Holgorsen High on Charles Sims - WVillustrated
The losing streak is over, and now the Mountaineers move on to this weekend against the red hot Texas Longhorns.

Sims’ success equates to Mountaineers’ wins - Charleston Daily Mail
He ran for a season-high 154 yards in a 30-27 win against TCU, the most rushing yards ever by an opponent during the 13 seasons Gary Patterson has been the head coach.

Clay to be primary target on more routes - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers have used former George Washington High School football star Cody Clay extensively on the line of scrimmage, as well as in the backfield with another running back, and he's become a target on more passing plays than ever before.

Furfari: WVU more lucky than good? - Register-Herald
Four huge turnovers by the Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) certainly weighed heavily in the 30-27 overtime win against the Horned Frogs (3-6, 1-5 Big 12).

Winning is sports cure-all - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
With three games remaining in the regular season, West Virginia University's football team has a chance to accomplish a feat that two weeks ago seemed impossible -qualify for a 12th consecutive bowl.

Texas brings storied program to Morgantown for first time - Times West Virginian
We have entered a special week in West Virginia football history as Texas comes to Morgantown for the first time ever.

Texas Coach Mack Brown Excited to Play in West Virginia - WVillustrated
The Texas Longhorns make their first ever trip to the Mountain State this weekend to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Wearing the Jersey: Nick Kwaitkoski - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles sophomore linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. He ranks third on the team in total tackles, with 55, and 7th in the Big 12.


Pro News:

Eers in the NFL: Week Nine - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers and how they fared during Week Nine of the NFL season.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Football Stats, Projections Through Week 11 - Our Daily Bears

Paul Rhoads' rare terseness a telling sign in ISU's spiraling season - Des Moines Register

Kansas S Isaiah Johnson adept pickoff artist - Lawrence Journal World

K-State camouflages football helmets for Fort Riley Day - Kansas City Star

Bob Stoops knows the stresses of coaching - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mark's Musings: A Statement Victory - Cowboys Ride For Free

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

TCU football notes: Patterson won’t consider staffing changes until season’s end - Star-Telegram

Five Key Developments - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


Video of Interest:

Comments from men's basketball head coach Bob Huggins, following the Mountaineers exhibition win over Fairmont State

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Dutch model and one of the newer VS Angels. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bregje Heinen.

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