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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (10/9/13) Edition

Holgorsen & Huggins pressers, off-week plan, Holton's eligibility, soccer wins, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Oct. 9 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Brad Howe discuss WVU’s health and bye week in this edition of Gold and Blue Now, with Dana Holgorsen also giving also giving an update on the health of his squad.

Caridi speaks to WVU faithful - Martinsburg Journal
A popular topic was the Mountaineers and their second year in the Big 12. From Caridi's perspective, the move had to be made.

Men’s Soccer Closes Homestand with Win - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team defeated Stony Brook on Tuesday.

Women’s Soccer Climbs to No. 9 - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University women’s soccer moved up one spot to No. 9 in Soccer America’s Top 25 Poll.

Inside the 18 - WVU Athletics
Adam Zundell gives us an inside look at Mountaineer men's and women's soccer in this week's edition of Inside the 18

Rifle Ranks No. 5 - WVU Athletics
Jacksonville State ranks No. 1. Kentucky and Alaska-Fairbanks rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while TCU ranks No. 4.

FURFARI COLUMN: Ernie Anderson standout WVU lineman in early 1980s - Times West Virginian
The Colliers, W.Va., native, helped coach Don Nehlen to the first four winning seasons of his outstanding 21-year career here.

News of Note:


Coach Holgorsen's Tuesday Media Conference - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below

Holgorsen not settled on QB - Charleston Gazette
Bye week gives Trickett, Childress time to heal injuries

Mountaineers want to make most of bye week - Charleston Daily Mail
"Heading into Baylor, we tried to convince them that we had enough in our tank to go play a good football team," West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. "Looking back on it, I don't know if we did."

Holgorsen's Take: Bye Week -
West Virginia (3-3, 1-2) enters this bye week at the appropriate time with a long list of players on the mend and the Mountaineers looking to become a more consistent football team in every aspect.

Much-needed timeout for WVU in wake of shellacking - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It will be a "rest and recovery" week for the banged-up Mountaineers, as well as a time to refocus on academics with midterms approaching next week.

Holgorsen thrilled with timing of WVU off week - Register-Herald
With six games under their belts — including three in the Big 12, where they’re off to a 1-2 start — Holgorsen said the physical nature of the game has taken a toll on his players.

A Baylor Buzzsaw - WVU Athletics
Later, between research breaks as Baylor continued to score touchdowns, I began to wonder where the team I was watching stacks up with some of the other great offensive juggernauts West Virginia has run into through the years.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Without Geno, Mountaineers can’t keep pace with Baylor - Times West Virginian
“They just have to keep playing. You look at Clint and Ford — they’ve only played two games in a Mountaineer uniform. They have to continue to get better. It’s unfortunate that they’re both dealing with injuries, but they have to continue to improve. I have all the confidence in the world that they will continue to improve.”

The Takeaway: Breaking down Baylor’s 73-point outburst - WV MetroNews
In their weekly installment, Allan Taylor and Justin Hoff break down the Baylor film and discuss WVU's next steps.


Holton could be forced to redshirt - WV MetroNews
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins on the eligibility status of juco transfer:

Holton's eligibility still up in the air - Charleston Gazette
"I don't know any more than I did last week,'' said Huggins

Huggins says recruit’s status still unclear - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

WATCH: WVU Basketball Player Interviews - WVillustrated
Henderson, Big Sweat & Staten

Pro News:

WVUPros in the NFL Week 5 Recap: Irvin returns and Geno's big game - ProsReport
Here are the stats for Mountaineers in NFL action from Week 5 with videos.

Geno Smith has bounce back game on Monday Night Football - ProsReport
In the past three games, Smith has played well, horribly and great in that order. Monday night was a great one.

Smith maturing into NFL quarterback - Daily Anthenaeum
Smith became just the second rookie quarterback in the 44-year history of Monday Night Football to win a game on the road.

Holgorsen Impressed by Geno Smith's Primetime Performance - WVillustrated
Mountaineers head coach says he wouldn't mind having his old No. 12 back on the sidelines this season.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Sidney Glover - ProsReport
In this week's edition of Where Are They Now Wednesday, we take a look at the Mountaineer safety who graduated in 2011, Sidney Glover.

Alex Ruoff hungry for a championship - ProsReport
Alex Ruoff has found himself on a new team overseas and his goal is simple: to win a championship.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears prepare for 1st road game vs. less-potent K-State - Waco Tribune

Who is Cyclones' MVP? QB Richardson, of course - Des Moines Register

Kansas vs TCU: The Right Matchup to End the Streak - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State to face biggest challenge yet in Baylor - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops can trump Barry Switzer, Bud Wilkinson with one more win over Texas - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State football: Running game has tumbled - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas WR Mike Davis not sorry about hit on ISU S Deon Broomfield - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: First down futility against Oklahoma helped put Frogs in third-and-impossible situations - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kingsbury says Mayfield suffered "no structural damage" to knee, injury not season-ending - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Volleyball Welcomes Baylor - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team faces Baylor in a Big 12 Conference match at the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Videos of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen reviews last weekend's loss at Baylor and his team's plans for the open week.

Coach Huggins' press conference, following the first week of practice for the Mountaineers.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Not sure how I'd react to this:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Only good thing about the Jags (any year):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Colombian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Karen Carreno.

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