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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/21/13) Edition

More Tech fallout, hoops Gold/Blue Debut, weekend varsity action, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday Oct. 21 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen recaps this past weekend’s 37-27 Texas Tech win over WVU with Clint Trickett and Kliff Kingsbury sharing their thoughts on the contest.

No. 6 Mountaineers Knock Out Kansas - WVU Athletics
The No. 6 WVU women's soccer team earned a 2-0 win over Kansas

Bevin’s Goal Tops Georgia State - WVU Athletics
Andy Bevin scored his seventh goal of the season in the victory.

Volleyball Falls Short to No. 23 Kansas - WVU Athletics
3-1 (28-26, 24-26, 17-25, 22-25) on Saturday night

Tennis Moves on in Doubles at Regionals - WVU Athletics
WVU tennis won two doubles matches and a singles match on day two of the USTA/ITA Regionals.

Mrgole and Manole Tally Third Straight Win - WVU Athletics
WVU's freshmen duo of Mrgole and Manole moved on to the Regional quarterfinal in doubles play.

Former Coach Cignetti Recognized - WVU Athletics
Former coach becomes 13th with WVU ties in Hall of Fame.

Furfari: WVU RB standout in NFL -Martinsburg Journal
Tom Woodeshick, one of West Virginia University's finest halfbacks in the early 1960s, went on to become an outstanding player in the National Football League.

The Top Whatever, Week 9: Ranking only the college football teams that matter -
Why bother ranking 25 teams, especially after so many Top 25 teams lost anyway?

Full 2013 BCS standings, Week 9: Alabama, Florida State ahead of Oregon -

News of Note:


Offense vanishes on final drives in loss - Charleston Daily Mail
Punchless so often this season, the Mountaineers were landing blows with regularity in the second half.

Kingbury's confidence, Holgorsen's regrets and the road ahead - Charleston Daily Mail
Two men who are different in few ways are in two very different situations.

Holgorsen: 'Will to win wasn't there' - Charleston Gazette
Indeed, it was a game that perhaps the Mountaineers needed to win.

Lots of blame to go around after Mountaineers' collapse - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"We started feeling pretty good about ourselves mid-third quarter when the game wasn't over," Holgorsen said. "We refused to make a play on offense, defense or special teams in the last quarter and a half. We refused to coach well enough to be able to win the game."

Monday morning stock report: Mountaineers must ‘suck it up’ - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor provides his weekly unit-by-unit recap—this time after the Mountaineers failed to finish against Texas Tech.

WVU outplayed in key moments Saturday - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers held a 27-16 lead in the second half, but the Red Raiders scored 21 unanswered points and sealed the victory with a late touchdown pass.

Texas Tech proved to be better team in crucial moments - Daily Athenaeum
It’s difficult to grasp what really transpired Saturday afternoon when West Virginia fell to Texas Tech, 37-27. Head coach Dana Holgorsen said it wasn’t really a matter of effort, but the will to win.

West Virginia not playing with confidence - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

WVU fans need answers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
So, to whom do Mountaineer fans vent their frustrations? Well, as it should be, those should be directed at Holgorsen and his coaching staff.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Don’t be so quick to judge Holgorsen - Times West Virginian
So we offer a bit of advice right now, and that is to be careful before pulling the trigger. That said, do not consider this an endorsement of Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen still going through growing pains - Times West Virginian
The hardest lesson for a young coach to learn is that you must adjust ... from day to day, from year to year, sometimes from quarter to quarter.

Rushel Shell sees WVU's Mountaineers as his second chance - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Shell arrived in Morgantown Aug. 18 to begin what could very well be the most important year of his football career. When he stepped on campus after a summer off, he was overweight and out of shape. He'd have 12 months to get rid of the rust before the Mountaineers' opener in 2014 against Alabama.


Gold and Blue Debut hints at team's future - AP/Charleston Daily Mail
Coming off a losing record last season, Huggins told the crowd of about 5,000 he's confident his players will represent the state well this season.

Bob Huggins Addresses Crowd at Gold-Blue Debut - WVillustrated
West Virginia Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins talks to the crowd in attendance at the 2013 Gold-Blue Debut.

West Virginia completes Gold and Blue Debut - Daily Athenaeum
Fans of West Virginia basketball got their first official look at the 2013-14 edition of the men’s team Friday night at the Mountaineers’ annual Gold and Blue Debut at the WVU Coliseum.

Cold shooting surprises Huggins in preseason scrimmage - WV MetroNews
Includes photos & highlight video

Recap and Highlights from the Men's Basketball Gold-Blue Debut - WVillustrated
Watch highlights from the West Virginia Men's Basketball team's intra-squad scrimmage.

WATCH: WVU Slam Dunk Contest - WVillustrated
Watch video of the WVU Men's Basketball Slam Dunk Contest, at the Gold-Blue Debut, between players, Terry Henderson, Tyrone Hughes and Eron Harris.


Juco linebacker picks WVU over likes of Oregon, Tennessee - WV MetroNews
West Virginia received a 2014 commitment Friday night from outside linebacker Edward Muldrow of Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College.

Around the League (and Beyond):

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

Baylor Notebook: Bears’ defense steals the show - Waco Tribune

Rhoads opens door to ISU quarterback competition - Ames Tribune

Passing judgment: Weis says KU air attack 'not acceptable' following 34-19 loss to Oklahoma - Lawrence Journal World

K-State has eye on reaching bowl game - Topeka Capital Journal

Sooner Offense Returns To Identity Lost In Dallas - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU notebook: Mike Gundy won't publicly name starting quarterback - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Don't call him Gerg: How the Texas defense has improved - Burnt Orange Nation

Offensive changes begin to trickle in for TCU - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Fortune Favors the Bold: The Mindset of the Red Raiders & Kliff Kingsbury - Viva The Matadors

College GameDay Final: Week 8 - ESPN

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

Comments from WVU Men's Soccer Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc following the Mountaineers 1-0 over Georgia State

Video of (Dis)Interest:

We need this dose of cuteness after another tough loss

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