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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (10/30/12) Edition

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Grid notes, TCU Previews, hoops notes/interviews, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Mountaineers also have to deal with Hurricane Sandy moving through the area as they prepare for TCU. Sophomore basketball transfer Volodymyr Gerun will have to wait six games before he can see the floor for WVU. Another transfer big man, Aaric Murray, settles into his new role.

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 9 - ESPN

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Remember the Alamo

Smith Semifinalist for Maxwell Award - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Smith was among 16 semifinalists selected Monday for the Maxwell Award, which honors the college football player of the year.

Brault Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
VSR: 10.29.12

Women’s Soccer Lands Seven on All-Big 12 Teams - WVU Athletics
Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and senior Bry McCarthy each won Big 12 major awards.

Panthers Waive Brandon Hogan - WVU Pros
The team placed Hogan on injured reserve before the start of the season after he could not get his knee to remain healthy.

News of Note:

WVU redemption efforts in full swing - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dana Holgorsen said he felt a sense of urgency from his players during the last week as West Virginia went back to basics.

After Off Week, WVU Back To Work - BGN
With a weekend off now a thing of the past for West Virginia players and coaches, the Mountaineers returned to Morgantown on Sunday and started preparations for this week’s game against TCU.

WVU must improve defense - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Seven games into his second season at WVU, Holgorsen is still trying to figure out what makes his defense — ranked last against the pass at No. 120 in the FBS — tick.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s defense needs to dig down deep - Times West Virginian
In truth, it has created a tremendous embarrassment for a school that used to rely heavily upon its defensive work

Big 12 new kids to square off - Charleston Gazette
For the Horned Frogs, though, facing a new opponent is a bit different, even though it's their first season in the Big 12.

New kids on the block - Register-Herald
West Virginia hosts fellow Big 12 newcomer TCU on Saturday

TCU younger than expected - Charleston Gazette
It started when TCU's campus was the target of a wide-ranging drug bust in February that involved four of Patterson's football players. It continued through more normal football attrition factors like injuries.

Mountaineers, Horned Frogs going deep into roster - Charleston Daily Mail
The Horned Frogs and Texas have both played an FBS-high 16 true freshmen.

TCU battered heading into WVU contest - Times West Virginian
“We are a tired team,” Coach Gary Patterson admitted, speaking on the weekly Big 12 coaches conference call. “We didn’t practice yesterday.”

Status unknown for TCU quarterback - Charleston Daily Mail
Big 12 football notebook

Pivotal Week for TCU-West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM
No. 23 WVU's blistering 5-0 start is long forgotten as the Mountaineers reel from back-to-back losses in which they were outscored 104-28. The situation appears even more dire for TCU (5-3, 2-3), which began the season in the AP top 25 but may have a hard time becoming bowl-eligible.

Wearing the Jersey: Josh Jenkins - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles Mountaineer senior offensive lineman Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg.


Gerun to Miss First Six Games - WVU Athletics
Freshman to return against Virginia Tech on Dec. 8.

Kilicli Trying To Help Suspended Gerun - WVillustrated
Deniz Kilicli received a 20 game suspension as a freshman. Gerun is suspended for six games. Kilicli is trying to help Gerun get through this difficult time when he is not allowed to play.

Video: Basketball Interviews 10/29 - BGN
Murray, Huggs & Rutledge

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Turk, Murray and Rutledge

Around the League (and Beyond):

WR Reese questionable for Kansas game after collision - Waco Tribune

Jake Knott: The Definition Of "ALL IN" - Wide Right & Natty Lite

In defense of a much-improved defense - Lawrence Journal-World

No. 3 Kansas State hoping perfection is enough - Wichita Eagle

Notre Dame | Film Study | First Half - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys less than a week away from finding out how good it plays defense - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Mack Brown's Texas Tech Press Conference - Burnt Orange Nation

Patterson says TCU was tired but didn't quit against Oklahoma State - Dallas-Fort Star Telegram

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders | Preview, Television, Game Time & Big 12 Round Up - Viva The Matadors

On The Mark: Week 10 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Soccer Championship Field Set - WVU Athletics
With its Big 12 Conference regular season title secured, the No. 14 West Virginia women’s soccer team has earned the No. 1 seed at the 2012 Big 12 Soccer Championship on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 and 4.

Video of Interest:

Huggs presser from yesterday

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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