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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/14/12) Edition

More fallout from Gonzaga loss, HCDH presser, Sooner previews, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen, Toby Rowland and Deniz Kilicli in Wednesday's edition.

Problems plentiful in opener for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
In the worst loss of Bob Huggins' 31-year coaching career, the visitors from three time zones away could've used the synergy of that stellar student section.

'We have a lot to fix' - Charleston Gazette
Ice-cold shooting plagues WVU at Gonzaga

Rutledge doesn’t see action against Zags - Charleston Daily Mail
In a postgame session with the media, Huggins was asked if he had an explanation for why Rutledge didn't see any minutes despite the need for big bodies underneath.

WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Turk and Hinds

West Virginia's Mountaineer a welcome addition to the Big 12 - Oklahoman (autoplay video)
The mountain man with a big smile and charm to spare is the best thing about WVU joining the league this season.

Rifle Drops to No. 2 - WVU Athletics
Today’s rankings are based on each team’s most-recent score.

Brandon Hogan Could Sign With An NFL Team Soon - WVU Pros
Following his release from Carolina, Brandon Hogan is almost healthy and ready to sign with another team.

Pro Football Update - WVU Athletics
Fifteen former West Virginia University football players are currently on NFL rosters, while one is on a practice squad roster.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen News Conference - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen weekly news conference. (video embed below)

West Virginia's four-game skid is a first for Holgorsen - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Not at Oklahoma State, Houston, Texas Tech, even Valdosta State or Wingate.

Elementary Remedy for Junior-High MIstakes - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Though it sounds mind-numbingly basic, these types of mistakes basically cost West Virginia a chance to beat Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Holgorsen, WVU getting back to fundamentals - Daily Athenaeum
One of the biggest issues holding back the Mountaineers, according to Holgorsen’s remarks Tuesday, has been the lack of West Virginia’s ability to run the ball consistently, especially in order to pick up short first downs in key situations.

Let the digging begin - Register-Herald
WVU coach says hard work only way to recover from skid

West Virginia football seniors vow to step it up - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Now it falls on our shoulders.”

Special teams focus of practice for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"We worked on fielding punts. We worked on the Peter call, when Tavon does this (waves his arms) and everyone runs away from the ball, which is what the Peter call is," Coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Buie Not Flashing Breakaway Moves - WVMETRONEWS.COM
His drought of explosive runs factors hugely into WVU's recent downturn

Oklahoma plan is man-to-man - Charleston Gazette
The bad news is that, so far, Oklahoma has won those battles against everyone it has played.

WVU to face ‘amazing’ Oklahoma pass defense - Times West Virginian
Smith will be throwing against one of the best pass defenses in college football, a pass defense that ranks No. 8 in the nation, that gives up an average of 170.22 yards a game.

Sooners defense out to dominate - Charleston Daily Mail
"It all comes down to getting together as a team and focusing on an attitude before the game, because we don't want to play like we did last year."

Sooners excited about first trip to Mountaineer Field - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“It’s definitely exciting,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said

Time for the ‘What If?’ game - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Have you ever played the "What If" game?

Football Player Quotes - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night.

Video: Football Interviews 11/13 - BGN
Geno, Coach Dawson, Stedman, Garvin and Joseph

WVU Defensive Video Interviews: Oklahoma Week - WVillustrated
Rowell, Joseph & Garvin

WVU Offensive Video Interviews: Oklahoma Week - WVillustrated
Coach Dawson, Geno, Coach Gillespie, Buie, Arlia, Stedman & Spain

Around the League (and Beyond):

Top Ten Reasons Why OU Will Blow it Saturday - Crimson And Cream Machine

Kansas State is No. 1: Collin Klein and the most balanced squad in the nation - Football Study Hall

Klein wants more production at new home - Ames Tribune

Baylor takes aim at seismic upset of No. 1 Kansas State - Waco Tribune

Weis hopes packed house will honor KU football seniors Saturday night - Lawrence Journal World

Toughest question of the week for Mike Gundy: 'Who will start at quarterback?' - Oklahoman (autoplay video)

Texas becoming strong 4th-quarter team - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson would leave TCU for one job - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Stats That Matter | Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma St. Cowboys - Viva The Matadors

Oregon climbs, Texas A&M soars in college football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

BMOC surveys the Palouse, perfection and DeflateGate -- college football - ESPN

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference. November 13, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Concert promoters could've really used this when Van Halen came to town in the 80's:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown isan American model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jessica Burciaga.