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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (11/8/12) Edition

OSU previews, tickets available for OU game, remembering Darrell Royal, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Captain Staten Leading Mountaineers - WVillustrated
WVU Guard Juwan Staten looked every part the leader West Virginia needs this season. Staten scored 16 points, dished out six assists and did not turn it over in the 95-53 exhibition win over Glenville St.

Gundy Recalls 1987 Sun Bowl - WVU Athletics
Oklahoma State coach faced WVU in '87 Sun Bowl.

WVU’s Dunlap recalls ’87 game vs. Okla. State - Times West Virginian
“I remember we were at the Sun Bowl, and it snowed on the morning of the game. I said, ‘You got to be kidding,’” Dunlap recalled on Tuesday evening.

News of Note:

The Most Fun Game of Week 11 Will Be ... - College Football News
West Virginia (5-3) at Oklahoma State (5-3) Nov. 10, 3:30, ABC/ESPN2

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State Game Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers travel to Stillwater looking to end their three-game losing streak and become bowl eligible.

Mountaineer offense ready to get back on track against Oklahoma State - Daily Athenaeum
This week, as the team travels to Stillwater, Okla., to take on Oklahoma State, there is once again an emphasis on the mental aspect of the Mountaineers’ game plan.

Frustrations mounting within WVU football team - Charleston Daily Mail
"You have to be in position and be in the proper mentality to pull the trigger," Holgorsen said.

Karma's not been kind to WVU's Alston - Charleston Gazette
That injury by itself wouldn't be all that unusual, even if the injury itself seems to be. After all, college football players get hurt. A lot.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Alston hopes to play at full strength - Times West Virginian
Even now, having returned to some action this week, he estimates he’s just 65 to 70 percent of what he was, that he was nothing like the running back who tortured Marshall with his power game inside.

Can DeForest Engineer a Turnaround? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest hopes his unit can continue improving when the Mountaineers visit Oklahoma State.

WVU walk-on’s Cinderella story isn’t over yet - Register-Herald
Cecil Level’s path to Morgantown was a little different than that of his teammates on the West Virginia University defense.

Cowboys mum on health of QB Lunt - Charleston Daily Mail
For the second straight week, West Virginia prepares for an opponent that's keeping a lid on that status of the quarterback position.

Randle stacks up with OSU running back greats - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Having played with Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders — the two most prolific running backs in school history — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy knew the question was coming

Big 12 Upset Alert: Week 11 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
My pick: West Virginia at Oklahoma State

Beleaguered WVU defense improved a little against TCU - Herald Dispatch
Something needed to be done last week before the West Virginia University football team played TCU.


2014 FL QB DJ Gillins commits to Texas Tech over West Virginia -
I guess it was communication. I haven’t talked to (West Virginia much lately), it was one of my favorite schools growing up.

Around the League (and Beyond):

RIP, Darrell Royal -
Texas Longhorns legend Darrell Royal coached black and white football, but spoke in glorious Texan technicolor.

WEST VIRGINIA OFFENSIVE PREVIEW: Geno & Co vs Gilbert...are you brimming with confidence yet? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Florence: "Last Year's Win Over Oklahoma Gives Us Confidence For Saturday" - Crimson And Cream Machine

First Look: Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners - Our Daily Bears

5 questions and answers about the Cyclones - Des Moines Register

Collin Klein Heisman Watch (Week 10) - Bring On The Cats

Gary Patterson Talks Kansas State - Frogs O' War

Big 12's top rushers present next challenge for Tech - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Kansas vs. Texas Tech: Charlie Weis Previews the Red Raiders - Rock Chalk Talk

The Longhorn Network's Tribute to Darrell K. Royal - Barking Carnival

What's On Tap:

Oklahoma Single Tickets Available - WVU Athletics
A limited number of Oklahoma tickets on sale.

Women's Basketball Promotional Schedule Announced - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball promotional schedule has been released.

Video of Interest:

This week's United Bank Playbook, with Dana Holgorsen and Tony Caridi, previews this Saturday's West Virginia-Oklahoma State game to be played at 3:30 p.m. in Stillwater.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The sequel to yesterday's Iron Baby:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a New York model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery and a bonus video of Kaki West (gallery below interview).