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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/14/13) Edition

Football & hoops notes, Texas Tech previews, baseball schedule, profit numbers, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday, Oct. 14 - WV MetroNews
No. 15 Texas Tech brings a perfect record to Morgantown, and Bob Huggins shares some impressions on Nathan Adrian during preseason basketball practice.

Oliver Luck on Decision Makers to Discuss WVU Athletic Finances - WVillustrated
On the latest episode of The State Journal's Decision Makers, West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck joins host Bray Cary to discuss recent financial numbers that released Friday, Oct.

No. 9 Women's Soccer Wins in OT - WVU Athletics
WVU earned a 3-2 overtime win against TCU.

Volleyball Drops Road Match at Iowa State - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team dropped a Big 12 Conference road match to Iowa State 3-0 (19-25, 18-25, 18-25) on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,371 fans inside the Hilton Coliseum.

No. 5 Rifle Earns First GARC Win - WVU Athletics
at No. 9 Nebraska, 4656-4650, today, at the Nebraska Rifle Range in Lincoln, Neb.

News of Note:


Offense Still Seeking Improvement - WVU Athletics
Dana Holgorsen is still seeking answers on offense.

Offense remains a work in progress - Charleston Gazette
In West Virginia's first game of the season, the Mountaineers gained 409 yards and scored 24 points against FCS William & Mary. They needed a touchdown with 31/2 minutes to play just to win.

Mountaineer defense shifts focus to Texas Tech - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers do different things with their defensive fronts and their coverages and they play a more aggressive style, but one change stands out among the others. Patterson is in charge.

Holgorsen hasn't lost faith in WVU defense - Charleston Gazette
The numbers were simply staggering.

Mountaineers back at it - Charleston Gazette
On Saturday, West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) faces its sixth unbeaten team of the season.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers to welcome Red Raiders - Times West Virginian
A young coach with a flashy offense and a sense of style all his own comes in and takes over a football program from something of an old-school coach, in this case the young coach being Kliff Kingsbury instead of Dana Holgorsen

Big 12 reality sets in for Mountaineers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

Holgorsen may be on hot seat - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Whether or not it is fair to say that a coach's job is on the line or not, isn't the question that should be asked, however.

Bland running game among WVU's many issues - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
WVU is averaging just 147.5 yards rushing per game, which ranks 80th in the nation.

HERTZEL COLUMN: One tough question for WVU - Times West Virginian
Who are the real Mountaineers?

Revisiting WVU’s preseason over/unders - WV MetroNews
Back on Aug. 1, Allan Taylor set the lines on West Virginia's football season. See how those guesses look at the midpoint.


Stronger Henderson Primed for Season - WVU Athletics
Bigger Henderson looking to go to the rim this year.

Huggins: New facility won’t impair shooting accuracy - Times West Virginian
Hoops Notebook

Around the League (and Beyond):

Team-By-Team Notes From Week Seven In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference

Grind-it-out win for unbeaten Baylor, 35-25 - Waco Tribune

Wimberly expects to face No. 15 Baylor despite back, shoulder injuries - Ames Tribune

Failed plan: KU's conservative offense not good enough in 27-17 loss to TCU - Lawrence Journal World

Baylor’s quick strikes override K-State’s bright spots - Wichita Eagle

OU Inexplicably Chooses To Employ One Of The Dumbest Offensive Game Plans Imaginable - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State WR Josh Stewart details week of uncertainty following concussion - Oklahoman

Shooting From the Hip: Texas 36, OU 20 - Barking Carnival

Frogs overcome generosity, Kansas: 27-17 - Frogs O' War

Post Game Thoughts | Iowa St. Cyclones 35, Texas Tech Red Raiders 42 - Viva The Matadors

College GameDay Final: Week 7 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck was in Princeton today to announce a one-game baseball series with Virginia Tech in 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Ennio Morricone Music + Breaking Bad = WIN

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