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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/20/12) Edition

Head Coaches pressers, player interviews, ISU previews, Tavon, new football commit, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen, Geno Smith, Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten highlight Tuesday's edition.

Heisman ‘experts’ ignoring Austin - Register-Herald
Austin’s omission likely has a lot to do with WVU’s 5-5 record, but the Heisman is supposed to go to the best player in college football, not the best player on the best team.

Player of the Week: Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
These are usually reserved for players who helped win games on Saturday.

Biletnikoff Finalists Announced - WVU Athletics
Bailey one of three finalists for WR award.

Bowl Predictions - Stewart Mandel -
Holiday vs. Oregon St.

On The Mark: Week 13 - ESPN
Big Play WR's

News of Note:


Huggins not impressed - Charleston Daily Mail
"I thought we'd be better," Huggins said.

Huggins Took Practice Gear Away From His Team - WVillustrated
WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins is making his team earn back its practice gear provided by the school after its poor performance at Gonzaga last week.

Video: Basketball Interviews 11/19 - BGN
Huggs, Keaton & Staten

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Keaton & Staten


A short week is next challenge for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"That's why I like the short week. There's no time to sit and ponder," said Holgorsen

Short week could be a plus for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen likes idea of playing Iowa State on a Friday afternoon

Holgorsen looking for answers - Charleston Daily Mail
There is no chapter in the coaching manual to help Dana Holgorsen through this five-game losing streak he has overseen at West Virginia.

Have We Seen Maximum Tavon? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The coach suggests the 21 carries the receiver-turned-running back had against Oklahoma were maximum usage.

Cyclones Have Austin On the Brain - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"We got back and put the tape on and saw where he was lining and how he was gaining all those yards," Rhoads said. "Then soon after that, uh, we vomited."

ISU’s Rhoads hoping to tame Tavon - Times West Virginian
Coach knows problems WVU star presents

Should WVU have used the old ole' defense? - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

A Wide Receiver To Keep an Eye On - WVillustrated
Connor Arlia may be small, but his effort is unmatched as he tries to help the Mountaineers get back to winning.

‘When’s it going to end?’ - Register-Herald
Holgorsen says all Mountaineers can do is work hard, prep for Iowa State

Timing not good for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
What Mountaineer fans should be treated to this Friday is the 105th meeting between WVU and arch-rival Pittsburgh.

Quarterback uncertainty remains; starter won't be named until Friday - Des Moines Register
Despite the buzz surrounding Sam Richardson, there is no guarantee he’ll be Iowa State’s starting quarterback Friday

Wearing the Jersey: Pat Miller - WVU Athletics
This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles West Virginia University senior cornerback Pat Miller.

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

Video: Football Interviews 11/19 - BGN
Stedman, Geno, Coaches Spavital & DeForest, and Will Clarke

WVU Defensive Video Interviews: Iowa State Week - WVillustrated
Coach DeForest, Rumph & Bruce

WVU Offensive Video Interviews: Iowa State Week - WVillustrated
Stedman, Coach Dawson & Geno


Top JUCO RB Commits to WVU - EerSports
The nation's No. 2 ranked junior college running back has committed to West Virginia.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Thoughts on Baylor's Huge Upset Win - Our Daily Bears

Sam Richardson Sixth Consecutive QB To Lead ISU To Promised Land - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Tony Pierson represents hope for KU football - Lawrence Journal-World

Defeat is a heartbreaker for K-State’s Snyder - Kansas City Star

OU Football 2012 | Bedlam Hate Week | Day Two - Crimson And Cream Machine

Bedlam Hate Week Day One: Saying Goodbye To Some Old Friends - Cowboys Ride For Free

Jordan Hicks out for season with hip injury - Burnt Orange Nation

Game Week #11: TCU at Texas - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech-Texas game in 2013 to be played on Thanksgiving - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Boise State Broncos, SDSU Aztecs, BYU Cougars talk with MWC about return, sources say - ESPN
Big East LOL

What's On Tap:

Kansas Game to Air on FSN - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has announced that the Dec. 1 Big 12 Conference football contest between West Virginia and Kansas at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., will be televised on FSN at 2:30 p.m., EST.

Videos of Interest:

West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen previews Friday's game against Iowa State in Ames.

Head Coach Bob Huggins shares his thoughts after WVU's loss to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., and the team is working on before traveling to the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., later this week.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Paul is rolling over in his grave prematurely:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian model and a new VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Shanina Shaik.