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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (10/24/13) Edition

Kansas State previews, varsity notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Oct. 23 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen looks back at the 2013 men’s basketball media day in Kansas City as we hear from Bob Huggins and Juwan Staten.

Despite 2-0 start, WVU rifle has room to improve - Daily Athenaeum
The start to the 2013 season hasn’t lived up to how the West Virginia University rifle team began their 2012 season. The silver lining is they currently hold a record of 2-0 and they are not even shooting up to their potential.

Volleyball Falls to Top-Ranked Texas - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Texas 3-0 (15-25, 20-25, 29-31) on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in front of the second-largest crowd ever to take in a WVU volleyball match.

WATCH: WVU Volleyball Interviews Following Loss to Texas - WVillustrated
West Virginia Head Volleyball Coach, Jill Kramer, and her players address the media following the Mountaineers' loss to Texas.

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

News of Note:

West Virginia Pre-Game -
Smitty was a guest on another K St podcast this week

WVU, K-State on cut line for bowl projections - WV MetroNews
Struggling teams face off in Manhattan this weekend.

No Surprises With Kansas State - EerSports
"You know where they’re going to line up. There’s no smoke and mirrors," said Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson. "They don’t have a lot of disguises."

Kansas State Is Down But Still Poses Problems - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Don't let Kansas State's record fool you. This game could easily dictate how the rest of the season goes for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Mountaineers Look for First Road Win Against Kansas State - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers go into Kansas State this weekend looking for their first road win of the season.

Third downs a big problem for WVU offense - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Through the midpoint of this season, West Virginia had been converting on third down at a 29-percent clip, better than only 14 Division I-A teams

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s desire to win not the problem - Times West Virginian
Shannon Dawson, who is Holgorsen’s right-hand man and offensive coordinator, didn’t agree with the thought that there was no will to win, even if his offense did go three-and-out three straight times.

Offensive Coordinator Dawson Noticed Progress Last Week - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
"It's not hard to find positives, but now we have to finish. We have to finish as a group."

Mountaineers look to find key to road success - Register-Herald

Clay's role being remolded - Charleston Daily Mail
Cody Clay tried to remain coy about his future role in West Virginia's offense.

Shorts hopes to go long against K-State - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's just opportunity," WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway said. "The biggest thing for him is opportunity."

Pro News:

Former WVU standout among Mavs’ roster cuts - WV MetroNews
Devin Ebanks, viewed as a long shot to make the opening-day roster in Dallas, is seeking to hook up with another NBA team.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor vs. Kansas Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears

No controversy; Richardson to start against Oklahoma State - Cyclone Fanatic

K-State football team feels refreshed following a weekend off - Kansas City Star

KU installs Cozart as backup, change-up QB - Lawrence Journal World

Where did the Sooners’ vertical passing game go? - Norman Transcript

Why J.W. Walsh got benched - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Was Nick Saban's Wife House Shopping In Austin? Reports Say: Yes. - Burnt Orange Nation

Anything can happen against Texas, TCU coach assures - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Raiders ramp up play-action passing game - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Men’s Basketball Online Student Ticketing to Debut - WVU Athletics
Students can print their own men's hoop tickets.

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi sits down with Dana Holgorsen to preview Saturday's Kansas State game in the United Bank Playbook.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American VS Angel. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Erin Heatherton.

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