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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (10/16/13) Edition

Coach Holgorsen's press conference, Kingsbury's relationship with Holgorsen, Tech previews, player & coaches interviews, WVU Pros update, Rich Rod's interview, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Oct. 16 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen speaks at his weekly news conference and Brad Powers, a lead handicapper at Northcoast Sports talks about this weeks betting line for the WVU vs. Texas Tech game.

Mobile Listening Debuts for West Virginia University Football - WVillustrated
In a first for Mountaineer fans, IMG College, the multimedia rights partner of West Virginia University, and AudioNow, the world's leading call-to-listen platform, have announced a new way for listeners to connect to their favorite team.

INSIDE THE 18 - WVU Athletics
This week's inside look at West Virginia University men's and women's soccer

Men’s Soccer Plays to Draw Against High Point - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against High Point on Tuesday evening at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Women's Soccer Earns No. 6 Ranking - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team is ranked No. 6 in this week's Soccer America Top 25 Poll.

Rich Rodriguez discusses departure from WVU - Times West Virginian
Rodriguez claimed it wasn’t so much the Michigan offer or a chance to go to a school with the rich history and prestige Michigan has that convinced him to accept, but instead the way he was treated by the administration headed by WVU President Mike Garrison.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen News Conference - WVU Athletics
Video and transcription here, video also embedded below.

Communication improves for WVU as Texas Tech awaits - Daily Athenaeum
“(The communication) is doing better,” Dawson said. “We’ve done some things on our part to clear things up. It’s gotten better. We’ve switched some things up (and) that’s helped.”

Fixing an offense that’s been ‘subpar at everything’ - WV MetroNews
WVU's Holgorsen: Making routine plays can remedy low-scoring attack that ranks next to last in Big 12.

Bye week much needed for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
WVU has battled its way to a reasonable 3-3 record but has also certainly had its share of highs and lows along the way.

Did bye week heal passing game? - WV MetroNews
Trickett, daring to go downfield frequently despite a sore shoulder, is completing only 41 percent of his passes.

Muddling Development - BGN
The crux of any successful relationship is the blending of time and chemistry. West Virginia? It hasn’t had much of either catchword when trying to develop the quarterback-receiver connection. So, which comes first?

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU personnel forces Holgorsen to change mentality - Times West Virginian
"We have inexperienced guys all around, running routes, trying to get the timing down with inexperienced quarterbacks. You don’t know how difficult that is," he said.

Exposed defense hits ‘restart button’ after 73-point humiliation at Baylor - WV MetroNews
Embarrassed and emasculated, West Virginia seeking to regain defensive discipline as No. 16 Texas Tech visits.

Tech’s 2012 romp fuels revenge factor - WV MetroNews
The Red Raiders enjoyed a 49-14 homecoming rout in Lubbock that sent WVU on a five-game slide.

Medical redshirt will be sought for nose guard - Charleston Daily Mail
Mountaineers Coach Dana Holgorsen said at his weekly press conference Tuesday backup nose guard Christian Brown is out for the season and backup spur linebacker and former Bridgeport High School star Wes Tonkery is out six weeks with a broken thumb.

Furfari: WVU taking longest ever to settle on QB, lineup? - Register-Herald
Mickey educates us yet again on the closed practice thing again and how he's never experienced that before

Mentor meeting prized pupil - Charleston Gazette
"It was more my coaching days under him,'' Kingsbury said. "I wouldn't have gotten into coaching if it weren't for Dana.''

Texas Tech coach Kingsbury prepares to face mentor Holgorsen - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Watching him, the way he game planned, the way he installed the offense ... I learned a ton under him when I first got into coaching,” Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury believes WVU defense better than it showed at Baylor - Register-Herald

Coaches' friendship put aside until after game - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia notebook

Rich Rod reveals regrets - Charleston Gazette
Ye Olde notebook

Football Quotes: Texas Tech - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University football assistant coaches and players addressed members of the media this evening at the Milan Puskar Center.

Player Speak - Texas Tech Preview - EerSports
Karl Joseph, Paul Millard, K.J. Myers and Nick Kwiatkoski talk about the bye week and this Saturday's game against undefeated Texas Tech.

BGN Video: Players and Coaches Interviews - BGN
Coach Patterson, Trickett & Bruce

WATCH: WVU Assistants and Players Prepare for Texas Tech - WVillustrated
Eger, Trickett, Banks, Coach Crook & Coach Dawson

WR wanted to be part of Texas Tech offense - Charleston Daily Mail
Texas Tech hired Kliff Kingsbury as its head coach and Ward decided he didn't need to stay in the NFL draft. The Red Raiders receiver made up his mind to stay in school for his senior season and pursue both a master's degree and the school record for receptions by a receiver.

Pro News:

WVUPros on the hardwood report 10/15/13 - ProsReport
Overseas, several Mountaineers are going into their second and third weeks of regular season play. This past weekend, Deniz Kilicli made his regular season debut in Turkey, while Devin Ebanks had a nice game for the Mavericks on Monday night.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 2013 second half preview - ESPN

Baylor Bears are best team in Big 12 because they have best offense - Dallas Morning News

Notebook: Gannon out; Wimbelry & Watson in for Baylor - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas defense showing progress - Lawrence Journal World

K-State punt returns figure to be back to normal with return of Thompson, Lockett - Wichita Eagle

Former Five Star Wide Receiver, Trey Metoyer, Charged With Two Felonies, OU Career Likely Over - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: What I did with my bye week, Part 2 - Oklahoman

Texas tabs advisory committee for AD search - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: Frogs’ next challenge is rested opposition - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Pullquotes | HC Kliff Kingsbury, TE Jace Amaro and DE Branden Jackson Talk West Virginia - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Fox College Saturday Tour in Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Traveling pregame show comes to Touchdown City.

Volleyball Set for Match with Robert Morris - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team kicks off a three-match homestand with a nonconference tilt against Robert Morris on Wednesday, Oct 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen previews Saturday's Texas Tech game during his weekly Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

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