Mountaineer Morning Links: Loyola Game Day (12/2/13) Edition

Loyola previews, football season wrap-ups, recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Dec. 2 - WV MetroNews
Garret Cullen takes a look back at the weekend as we hear from Dana Holgorsen, Shannon Dawson and Clint Trickett following WVU’s eighth and final loss of the 2013 campaign.

Loyola, Gonzaga Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
A special $10 ticket is available online until 11:59 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2.

West Virginia Defeats Youngstown State - WVU Athletics
Bria Holmes paved the way to a West Virginia women’s basketball victory over Youngstown State, 85-58, Saturday at the Beeghly Center.

Volleyball Ends Season with Sweep of Bulls - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Buffalo, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-21), on Saturday afternoon in its season finale.

Marion County legend Sam Huff to be honored with academic scholarship - Times West Virginian
Huff allowed that he was honored to have the scholarship named for him, but was far more comfortable when the talk turned to life as a legend, perhaps because he never really ever let the big city overtake him.

Colin Dunlap: All The Rivalries Around Here Are Gone - CBS Pittsburgh
I mean, not much in the way of Hatfield-McCoy stuff can be drummed up when Pitt plays Miami, Penn State squares off with Wisconsin and West Virginia wrangles with Iowa State.


News of Note:

Basketball

WVU Looking to Get Henderson Back on Track - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers take on Loyola Monday night.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Henderson needs to be healthy for WVU’s success - Times West Virginian
He is, in his own way, the forgotten man in the mix for West Virginia this season.

Mountaineers back in action tonight - Charleston Gazette
WVU begins difficult stretch with test against Loyola (Md.)

Between Cancun and Mizzou comes date against Loyola - WV MetroNews
“I would never imagine as well as we shoot the ball that we couldn’t make free throws,” Huggins said Sunday before his team practiced at the Coliseum.

Preview: WVU vs Loyola - BGN
Loyola concludes a season-opening road swing with a trip to the WVU Coliseum on Monday.

West Virginia not overlooking Loyola ahead of tough schedule - Times West Virginian
West Virginia plays one of those trap games that come along every so often in a college basketball season when Loyola of Maryland comes to the WVU Coliseum at 7 p.m. today.

Harris makes believers out of West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail
So far, sophomore Eron Harris is doing just about everything he can to help West Virginia during games early this season.

BGN Video: Previewing Loyola - BGN
Huggs (also embedded below), Harris & Henderson

WVSports.com TV: Huggins & Henderson Talk Loyola - WVSports.com
Huggs & Henderson

Football

Holgorsen will have better team in 2014 ... if he's back - Charleston Daily Mail
Proper armament might be coming, though, and the Mountaineers should be much better in 2014, which might serve as the better now-or-never moment for Luck and Holgorsen.

Final loss a microcosm of tough season - Charleston Daily Mail
"Rough year," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "That game was pretty indicative of the whole year probably."

Holgorsen looking toward next season - Charleston Gazette
And why not? After one of the most anguishing seasons in West Virginia football history, the next one can't come soon enough.

Disappointing End to a Disappointing Season - WVillustrated
Those were the words of head coach Dana Holgorsen following a triple overtime loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

Mountaineers wrap up abysmal season - Times West Virginian
Mercifully, West Virginia’s football season has come to an end.

Mountaineers’ collapse not a surprise to fans - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

Final points on a bad year - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The year was 1986. Hall of Fame head football coach Don Nehlen was entering his seventh season at the helm of the Mountaineer program. Up until that season, Nehlen never had suffered a losing season.

Sims shines in senior season for Mountaineers - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sims had come to Morgantown to improve his draft stock after three seasons at Houston, and steady production in the competitive Big 12 did just that.

Monday morning stock report: 4th-quarter crash ends 2013 - WV MetroNews
WVU made a habit of second-half collapses this season, so the ending against Iowa State was appropriate. Allan Taylor's weekly report.

Multimedia: Upon Further Review - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews team of photographers and videographers takes its final look at the Mountaineers’ 2013 season following WVU’s triple-overtime loss to Iowa State.


Recruiting:

Following the future: Week 14 - WVSports.com
Weekly recap of the performances of West Virginia's football recruits in their most recent game.


Pro News:

WVUPros on the hardwood 11/29/13 - ProsReport
With basketball in full swing around the world, here is an update on your favorite Mountaineers playing on the hardwood.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Team-By-Team Notes From Week 14 In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference

Thoughts on Baylor over TCU, 10-1, and the BCS in general... - Our Daily Bears

The Miracle in Morgantown was quite a way to end ISU's season - Ames Tribune

Junior Reynolds rare KU bright spot in showdown - Lawrence Journal World

K-State likely headed to Holiday Bowl - Kansas City Star

The Debate As To Whether Or Not OSU Can Still Be Considered "Little Brother" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Bedlam football: Oklahoma State is on par with Oklahoma, Texas - Oklahoman

Texas LB Steve Edmond out for season - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU’s season finale has agonizingly familiar look - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Kingsbury not stressed by handling of his QBs - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Final: Week 14 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


What's On Tap:

Loyola (MD) Greyhounds vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on ROOT

Auburn Tigers vs. (17) Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Hilton on ESPNU/3


Video of Interest:

WVU head coach Bob Huggins meets with the media Sunday.
Courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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