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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (10/29/13) Edition

Football notes, baseball stadium bid process begins, more on Luck, soccer preps for post-season, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Oct. 29 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen recaps Monday’s news as we get the latest on Oliver Luck to Texas and hear from head coaches Dana Holgorsen and Gary Patterson ahead of this weekend’s matchup in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sources: Luck expected to be next AD at Texas -
Luck's interview with the committee could come as early as this week. If all goes as expected, a contract could be finalized Nov. 13 or 14, when Texas regents are already scheduled to meet.

Multiple sources confirm Oliver Luck leading candidate to replace Texas AD DeLoss Dodds - Dallas Morning News
“It is Oliver Luck’s job to lose,” said one industry source with knowledge of the Texas situation, indicating Luck could be hired by Dec. 1. “He’s No. 1 and No. 1A on their list. Then there’s everybody else.”

Ballpark Takes Next Step Forward - WVU Athletics
The Request for Proposal was sent out for bid today.

Women's Soccer No. 15 in TDS Poll - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (13-3-2, 7-1 Big 12) were ranked No. 14 in last week’s poll.

Adversity strengthening West Virginia - Daily Athenaeum
The amount of adversity the No. 6 West Virginia University women’s soccer team has faced this season would likely make other teams give up, but for the Mountaineers, it’s given them the spark they needed.

WVU Women's Soccer Interviews: Big 12 Champions - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Soccer Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and her players as they celebrate another Big 12 Conference title.

Mountaineers need strong finish to make postseason - Daily Athenaeum
The clock is ticking on head coach Marlon LeBlanc and the West Virginia men’s soccer team to make a move that will send them into postseason play.

Bohman Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sport Report

News of Note:

Team ‘not doing a very good job offensively’ - Charleston Daily Mail
At this point in West Virginia's season, any of a number of statistics could be used to explain the 3-5 record two-thirds of the way through the schedule.

Looking more and more like a lost season - Charleston Gazette
"No, we didn't think, 'Oh, here it goes again,' ' quarterback Clint Trickett said of the meltdown that resulted in West Virginia's latest loss, a 35-12 drubbing at Kansas State. "It wasn't anything like that, a déjà vu type thing. It was just a simple lack of execution and [Kansas State] played great.''

WVU running out of time to reach bowl game - Daily Athenaeum
With four games remaining games on its schedule, the West Virginia football team is quickly running out of time to reach bowl eligibility.

WVU facing familiarity with TCU - Times West Virginian
In no small way, West Virginia and its opponent this week, Texas Christian University, mirror each other ... and that is not necessarily a good thing.

FURFARI COLUMN: Is WVU in ‘carbon copy of faulty, folding finishes’ identity? - Times West Virginian
"It’s a huge concern. It’s a four-quarter game. We talk about it being a four-quarter game. We talk about how we have to finish. And we didn’t.

Prime-time date scheduled against Texas - Charleston Daily Mail

Offensive struggles ‘frustrating’ for WVU - Register-Herald

Finding a Winning Formula - BGN
During Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen was asked what needs to happen to get his program on the right track and back to winning games.

WVU's Holgorsen Takes Full Responsibility - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers are in the process of rebuilding and are searching for an identity as a team

WVU Reality Falls Short of Preseason Hopes - WVillustrated
Mountaineers talked a good game before the season, but with just three wins to show for it, confidence comes into question.

Unfamiliar Territory for Holgs, WVU - EerSports
Over the years, Dana Holgorsen has had to break in new quarterbacks. He's had to adjust to new teams, new coaches and even new conferences. At no point has his offense faltered... until this year.

Multimedia: Upon Further Review - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews team of photographers and videographers takes its weekly look inside West Virginia football.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12: Shaping up as a wild November - Charleston Gazette/AP

Easy schedule ends for 7-0 Baylor - Waco Tribune

Iowa State lost ... in halftime locker room - Des Moines Register

Veterans, rookies alike keep KU positive - Lawrence Journal World

Playmaking duo provides lift for K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

Trey Millard was the latest of OU's versatile, unselfish players - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU football: It's time for the Cowboys to buckle up - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas OT Josh Cochran declared out for Kansas game - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU coach Gary Patterson: ‘You have to think differently when you play Baylor’ - Dallas Morning News

Texas Tech unveils new 'Lone Survivor' uniforms -

What's On Tap:

Volleyball to Battle Marshall for Golden Ball - WVU Athletics
The WVU volleyball team hosts Marshall on Tuesday night.

Video of Interest:

In this edition of Wearing the Jersey, sophomore punter Nick O'Toole talks about the transition from southern California to Morgantown, and how he approaches his job as a specialist. O'Toole is on the Ray Guy award watch list, which is presented annually to college football's top punter by the Augusta Sports Council.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Floridian stunner. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Brittany McDonald.

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