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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (11/5/12) Edition

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More TCU fallout, new hoops commitments, WVUPros update on NBDL, bowl predictions, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Monday's Gold and Blue Now we hear from Dana Holgorsen, Geno Smith and Joe DeForest after Saturday's double overtime loss to TCU.

Bob Stitt's offense: A college football gold mine - USA Today
A big smile crept across Holgorsen's face. "My good friend Bob Stitt at Colorado School of Mines gave me that," Holgorsen said.

2012 bowl projections, Week 11: Alabama-Oregon title game, Cotton Bowl rights a wrong - SBNation.com
Holiday

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 11 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Pinstripe

Bowl predictions: It's still Alabama-Oregon for BCS title - Sporting News
Car Care

2012 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 11 - ESPN
Receiving votes

Men’s Soccer Clinches Tourney Berth - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team defeated Bowling Green. (autoplay video)

Truck Bryant and Alex Ruoff Selected in NBDL Draft - WVU Pros
The NBDL held their annual Draft on Friday night via teleconference. Two Mountaineers, who were to previously play in Europe this fall, were selected.


News of Note:

THE WATER COOLER: MAKE THE HURT STOP EDITION - TheSignalCaller.com
As far as stomach-punch losses go, this one was up there. Even amongst the tortured history of West Virginia football, that one’ll stick around for awhile.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU staff still learning the ropes - Times West Virginian
"When you’re on the field, there’s so much going on, so much noise. It’s a lot easier to call plays from the box. You see the big picture. You know the weaknesses. On the field you don’t see the far-side perimeter," he said.

Another step backward - Charleston Gazette
Lack of improvement has Mountaineers' season in jeopardy

WVU's effort not enough - Martinsburg Journal
Most of the 52,300 chilled spectators were hopeful when Tavon Austin's return of a punt 76 yards for a touchdown had settled the issue.

Miscues continue to hurt Mountaineers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

West Virginia: Defense improves in loss to TCU - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
DeForest retained play-calling duties.

Mountaineers find confidence on defense - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia's defense looked almost nothing Saturday like it had in Big 12 play this season.

TCU pulled off surprises - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
WVU football notebook

On The Brink - BGN
Isaiah Bruce said one play can be a game-changer. The question for West Virginia is if it will be a season-changer as well.

WVU now playing for survival - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers taking three-game losing streak to Oklahoma State this weekend

Mounting Losses Changing Bowl Bid - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Perhaps it was a level-headed Geno Smith who said it best Saturday night after West Virginia lost a third straight game for the first time in nearly a decade, plummeting to seventh place in the Big 12.

There’s something wrong in Holgorsen’s kitchen - Register-Herald
But whether it was his kicks or the protection in front of him, something went wrong on all three, including a very manageable 36-yarder in overtime that could have won the game if it hadn’t been blocked by an untouched edge rusher.

Facts, figures of WVU losing skid - Charleston Daily Mail
Guess I'll break the facts and figures of this one down in notes so they'll be easier to chew and digest.

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 39-38 double-overtime loss to TCU


Recruiting:

Huggins Adds 4-Star Center - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia's basketball team secured a commitment from coveted 6-foot-8 center Devin Williams on Saturday night, according to Rivals website wvsports.com.

Huggins lands 2 6-8 recruits - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia University's football team suffered an excruciating loss Saturday, but its men's basketball team made two significant gains.


Around the League (and Beyond):

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

TCU 39, West Virginia 38 (2OT) Postgame Analysis - Frogs O' War

Final: Baylor 41, Kansas 14 - Our Daily Bears

Kansas Big 12 Woes Continue on the Road in Loss to Baylor. - Rock Chalk Talk

Oklahoma @ Iowa State Recap: Inconsistency Returns - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Sooners Down Cyclones 35-20, Best Part Is We Don't Have To Listen To Ed Cunningham Anymore - Crimson And Cream Machine

K-State 44, Oklahoma State 30: Let the speculation commence - Bring On The Cats

FULL RECAP: Kansas State 44, Oklahoma State 30 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Sweet Victory on the Plains, Texas Longhorns Win Over Texas Tech Red Raiders 31-22 - Barking Carnival

Grades | Texas Longhorns 31, Texas Tech Red Raiders 22 - Viva The Matadors

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com

College GameDay Final: Week 10 - ESPN


What's On Tap:

Oklahoma State Game on ABC - WVU Athletics
Next Saturday's game will kick off at 3:30 p.m.


Video of Interest:

Amanda Mazey and Jed Drenning break down West Virginia's 39-38 double overtime loss to TCU Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Irish/Greek model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Georgia Salpa.