Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (8/28/13) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, Buie redshirting, game previews, coach & player interviews, updates from WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, August 28 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgerson says that running back, Andrew Buie will redshirt this year, while the quarterbacks give their take on the season opener versus William & Mary.

New Puskar Weight Facility a Gem - WVU Athletics
Mike Joseph gives us a tour of the new Puskar Center weight facility.

Another Chance to Make a First Impression - WVU Athletics
Last year's great hospitality didn't go unnoticed.

WVU to Recognize State's 150th Anniversary - WVU Athletics
To honor the state of West Virginia’s 150 years of existence, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at West Virginia University has created a special logo to celebrate the history, traditions and pride of the state.

Additional Entrances Added at Stadium - WVU Athletics
Four new entrances at stadium East Gate.

Men’s Soccer Picked Second - WVU Athletics
Akron was chosen to win the league according to the MAC head coaches with six first-place votes, while WVU was second with one first-place vote.

Mountaineers Climb in Polls; Maloney Honored - WVU Athletics
WVU's women’s soccer team climbed to No. 10 in Soccer America’s Top 25

Rifle Earns Preseason No. 1 Ranking - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers, the defending National Champions, earned 12 of the poll’s 16 first-place votes.

It's personal: Why we love the silly, irrational, ridiculous, beautiful world of college football - SBNation.com
In this excerpt from his book, SB Nation's Bill Connelly, along with other college football experts, details what makes the sport, and everything that surrounds it, so special.

The biggest, baddest college football Uni Watch preview in history - ESPN
• West Virginia has switched from one Nike template to another. Three helmets now, too (all matte), each of which can be mixed and matched with the three jerseys and three sets of pants, leading to 27 possible combinations. Additional photos here. Also: The Mountaineers' nose bumper now has a raised logo. And in a late-breaking news item, WVU will be wearing a helmet decal to mark the state's sesquicentennial.


News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Tuesday News Conference - WVU Athletics
Transcript and video here, video also embedded below

A Rich Series History - WVU Athletics
West Virginia and William & Mary have battled many times through the years.

Holgorsen opens tap on WVU team info - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen opened up about his team perhaps like never before. For once, the news drip became an open spigot.

WVU football: Buie being redshirted for 2013 season - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU notebook: Leading returning rusher Buie redshirt - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Some guys will elevate their game and some guys will get wide-eyed and not do what we want them to do," Holgorsen said. "We have to identify that, and there's only one way you can identify that."

Buie goes from starter to redshirt - WV MetroNews
“He had some decisions—some of these are decisions he makes as well,” Holgorsen said. “Did we force him to (redshirt)? No. We just felt like it was in the best interest of him and the best interest in the future of our program to save his year.”

In WVU's case, having two QBs not a bad thing - Charleston Daily Mail
If both play, don't lean on this old football axiom: if a team has two quarterbacks, it has none. That may not apply here.

QB indecision passable — for one week - WV MetroNews
That’s the sort of indecision a team can stomach against the likes of William & Mary, but the coaches hope to tap their go-to guy—whether it be Paul Millard or Clint Trickett—before the pivotal Week 2 trip to Oklahoma.

Holgorsen still looking for answers - Charleston Gazette
"We've got to figure out what we do well,'' Holgorsen said. "We've got to figure out what our team's all about.''

What can Charles Sims do for you? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
We’re talking about a guy who’s going to get the ball a lot on offense and on special teams. We’re talking about the coolest chess piece on the board.

Every Thorn Has Its Rose - BGN
Kyle Rose is perhaps the prime example of what West Virginia was forced to build last season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: There’s never sure thing in college football - Times West Virginian
“Last year they almost beat Maryland; a couple of years ago they beat Virginia. James Madison from that conference has beaten Virginia Tech,” he said. “It goes on and on. Do we want to be next on that list? I don’t think so, so I think we’ll be able to take these guys really seriously.”

Mountaineers focused on William & Mary - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“They bring some different challenges. They play in a difference conference that is the best FCS conference out there,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Cook made Tribe world-beaters … on video game - WV MetroNews
WVU senior safety gets to face the FCS school he built into a powerhouse on

West Virginia football preview: Three keys to the season - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The lingering question is whether Patterson and the defense will have an answer for high-flying Big 12 offenses or if they'll be picked apart once again.

VIDEO: WVU Football Assistant Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with WVU Assistant Coaches Keith Patterson and Lonnie Galloway as they prepare for this Saturday's season opener against William and Mary.

Football Player Quotes: Week 1 - WVU Athletics
Members of the West Virginia University football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night. The Mountaineers play host to William and Mary for their first game of the season on Saturday, August 31. Kickoff is at noon.

BGN Video: The Quarterbacks - BGN
West Virginia quarterbacks Paul Millard and Clint Trickett, both listed as starters in the recently released depth chart, talk about the opener, their development and handling the competition while being roommates.

WVU Coach & Player Interviews - DA Sports Blog
Coach Dawson, Trickett & Rigg

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Quarterbacks - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Quarterbacks Clint Trickett and Paul Millard as they prepare for this Saturday's season opener against William and Mary.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Players - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with WVU Football players, K.J. Myers and Doug Rigg, as they prepare for this Saturday's season opener against William and Mary.


Pro News:

WVUPros NFL Preseason Wk 4 news and notes - ProsReport
For now, here is what we are hearing.

Pat White to play entire game against Tampa Bay on Thursday night - ProsReport
Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins are injured. Rex Grossman is getting older and needs some rest. Pat White is that sports car that's been sitting in storage for a couple years waiting to be unleashed.

Could Pat White Make Redskins Roster at Position Other Than QB? - CBS DC
As NFL teams approach final cuts, the battle for Redskins' 3rd-string QB is all but decided, with Pat White hanging onto his dreams by a thread. But in an interview with Lavar & Dukes, White may have inadvertently suggested QB isn't his only chance at making the final 53.


Around the League (and Beyond):

It's Baylor Football Week, in GIFs!! (and more) - Our Daily Bears

Cyclones' corps of receivers runs very deep - WCF Courier

Charlie Weis: Early bye nice - Lawrence Journal World

Stepping up: Jake Waters - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma Football Opponent Watch - ULM Warhawks - Crimson And Cream Machine

Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview - Cowboys Ride For Free

2013 Oklahoma State Football Preview: Cowboys State of the Union - Barking Carnival

Ashton Dorsey to Transfer - Barking Carnival

Game Week #1: TCU Opens Season Vs. LSU - Frogs O' War

2013 Texas Tech Football Preview: Red Raider State of the Union - Barking Carnival

What's hot (and not) in college football for 2013 - ESPN

Gene Wojciechowski: The 100 things I love most about college football - ESPN


What's On Tap:

Three is the magic number. Three more days.


Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon press conference at Milan Puskar Stadium, previewing Saturday's season opener against William & Mary.


Video of (Dis)Interest:



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Melissa Satta.



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