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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (10/18/12) Edition

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Big 12 Hoops media day (complete with Huggs-isms), KSt previews, WVUpros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

YOU SHALL NOT PASS - Wide Right & Natty Lite
Run you fools!!! (animated, .gif)

Stats For Mountaineers in the NFL After Week Six - WVU Pros
We collected the stats for Mountaineers in the NFL for the first third of the season.

Big 12 Hoops Media Day:

Big 12 Media Day Notebook - WVU Athletics
“I almost wanted to stay (at Kansas State) just so I could go to Lubbock the next year,” he joked.

Putting Coaches on Behavior Alert - WVMETRONEWS.COM
And certain acts, as Shawn described to the Big 12 audience, are going to draw automatic technical fouls.

Huggins ahead of the game - Charleston Gazette
"See, I'm prepared,'' Huggins said. "Let me tell you, I got a technical for throwing my jacket when it wasn't in the rule book.''

Plenty of changes as Big 12 hoops season nears - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
There is one thing that hasn’t change, though: Kansas is still picked to win the league.

Pressure's on Kansas to keep streak intact - Charleston Gazette
Big 12 basketball notebook

Big 12 is all about the Jayhawks - Charleston Daily Mail
Big 12 Notebook

Big 12 Basketball Tip-Off - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Notebook with video

Irony comes with its own whistle in Kansas City - Charleston Daily Mail
So imagine the irony at Wednesday's Big 12 media day at the Sprint Center here when Shaw, the coordinator of officials in the Big 12 Conference, addressed the state of officiating and said, "We have way too many fouls in college basketball."

Mountaineers Mic'd Up: Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Day - YouTube
MSN got a behind the scenes look at what Deniz Kilicli, Jabarie Hinds, and head coach Bob Huggins did during the Mountaineers' visit to the Big 12's media day

Video Interviews: WVU Basketball Players at Big 12 Media Day - WVillustrated
Deniz Kilicli and Jabarie Hinds

PHOTOS: Big 12 Basketball Media Day - WVillustrated

News of Note:

Week 8 – Kansas State at West Virginia - College Football News
Week 8 Fearless Prediction – Kansas State at West Virginia

West Virginia vs. Kansas State Game Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers look to get back on track in a big way as No. 4 Kansas State comes to Morgantown.

WVU offense ready to regroup - Charleston Gazette
"Those guys have a great defense. They're very experienced so we've got to make sure we're all on the same page and come out confident and ready to ball."

WVU QB remains confident - Martinsburg Journal
"That was just one of those days you have sometime. We got belted, and some of the guys dropped their heads a little bit."

HERTZEL COLUMN: Tech loss still stings for Smith - Times West Virginian
“I’ve won a lot of games and lost a lot of games, and the one thing I have noticed is the bitterness of defeat always outweighs the thrill of victory,” he said.

Freshman WR loses redshirt, moves to top of depth chart - Charleston Daily Mail
"I didn't know until Twitter but you can't go off Twitter," said the true freshman, who plays wide receiver for West Virginia.

Sweeping Changes? - BGN
West Virginia fans and pundits everywhere are discussing the shortcomings of the Mountaineer defense. Missing from the conversation, though, are realistic solutions to the problems.

West Virginia defense not making excuses - Inter-Mountain
"We still have to go out there as players and make plays. You can't just blame it on new coaches and new schemes. You just have to make plays."

No Time To Make Excuses for West Virginia - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''They are only snapping the ball 63 times a game, but they are scoring 40 points a game,'' Holgorsen said. ''They have big-play potential. They do it in a different way.''

K-State's Klein is no one-trick pony - Charleston Gazette
"You look at [Klein] throwing the ball and it doesn't look very good,'' Holgorsen said. "But it goes exactly where they want it to go.''

K-State's Klein reminds many of Tebow - Charleston Daily Mail
Collin Klein can shed tacklers, but a nickname is clinging to the Heisman Trophy candidate: Baby Tebow.

Kansas State QB Klein is on a rush - Pittsburgh Tribune
Kansas State senior Collin Klein doesn’t fit the description of a traditional Big 12 quarterback.

Snyder turns KSU into college power — twice - Times West Virginian
If you take time to study the man, the coach, the job he has done and the influence he has had on college football, it is difficult to deny his place among the coaching deities.

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big 12 Primer: Week 8 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Big 12 on the spot: Kansas State CBs - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas State looks for ways to slow West Virginia - Wichita Eagle

Baylor Football Stats: Through Week 7 - Our Daily Bears

Texas Happy To Welcome Baylor "Defense" To Town - Burnt Orange Nation

5 questions about the Cyclones - Des Moines Register

IOWA STATE vs OKLAHOMA STATE: Offensively speaking... - Cowboys Ride For Free

James Sims leading when Jayhawks need it most -

Sooners due a post-Texas letdown? - Berry Tramel's Blog

Midweek Musings: Butts Need to Be in the Seats - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech offensive lineman Gallington arrested after bar fight - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Alabama, Oregon headline 2012 midseason Crystal Ball predictions - NCAA Football -

Big 12 second-half preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

What's On Tap:

WVU-OU to Battle Thursday on FOX Soccer - WVU Athletics
The No. 19 West Virginia women’s soccer team plays host to Oklahoma on Thursday, Oct. 18, in its final home match of the regular season. The match, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, will be nationally televised by FOX Soccer as part of the NSCAA College Soccer Game of the Week.

Gold and Blue Debut Friday - Register-Herald
Huggins says Mountaineers’ attack won’t change much

Videos of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi sat down with WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen to discuss what the Mountaineers are doing to get back on track and how they will handle a tough test when Kansas State comes to Morgantown.

WVU men's basketball coach Bob Huggins spoke with the media in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of the Big 12 Media Days. He shares his thoughts on WVU's upcoming basketball season, their first in the Big 12. Presented by the Big 12 Digital Network.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

She's just so adorable

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is featured in the Thailand version of the SI Swimsuit issue. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Xenia Deli.