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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/13/13) Edition

VT recaps, interviews, Huggs' presser, Holgorsen's presser, football notes, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Nov. 13 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen updates WVU fans on his team’s injury list and we hear from Bob Huggins following the Mountaineers’ 87-82 loss in Blacksburg to Virginia Tech.

Women's Soccer Makes Rankings Jump - WVU Athletics
Following its three wins at the tournament championship, the Big 12 champion West Virginia University women’s soccer team checks back in to the Top 10 in the national rankings.

Despite struggles, WVU achieves goal of reaching MAC tournament - Daily Athenaeum
It took an entire season to achieve with some triumph, lots of struggle and frustration. It ended with a win-or-go-home situation.

Inside the 18 - WVU Athletics
This week's Inside the 18, with Adam Zundell, takes a closer look at the Mountaineer men and women beginning postseason play this weekend

Living the American Dream - WVU Athletics
Senior volleyball player Elzbieta Klein didn’t know any English when she came to America

Big Mike's Morgantown Adventure - Horn Sports
I no longer have mixed feelings about you being in the Big 12. I’m thoroughly glad you’re here. You bring an excitement and passion that our conference needs.

Virginia Tech Hangover:

Hokies Rally to Defeat WVU - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers can't hold on to 17 point first-half lead.

Virginia Tech tops West Virginia 87-82 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

BGN Postgame Video: Huggins Press Conference - BGN
With a team of full of underclassmen and transfers who are still getting adjusted to this level of basketball, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins understands there can be some bumps in the road.

Huggins: ‘We’ve put ourselves in a big hole’ - WV MetroNews
West Virginia's coach says his team missed an opportunity Tuesday during an 87-82 loss at Virginia Tech.

Hokies rally past WVU 87-82 - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers let 17-point lead slip away

This was one WVU should have won - Charleston Gazette
After West Virginia University's basketball team fell to Virginia Tech Tuesday afternoon at the Cassell Coliseum, Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins was asked if losing the game could be a teaching point.

Hokies charge back to whack West Virginia, 87-82 - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers' dominant start evaporated during a road loss at Blacksburg, Va.

Mountaineers struggle at point-blank range - WV MetroNews
Getting to the rim was on thing, but finishing was another, as WVU's guards struggled up close against Virginia Tech.

Dibo: WVU can’t build lead and ‘think everything’s going to be easy’ - WV MetroNews
"We didn’t stick to our plan, and we let them come back," said the junior college transfer.

Hokies Come Back to Take Down WVU - BGN
For the majority of the first half of Tuesday's afternoon matinee against Virginia Tech, it appeared as if West Virginia was going to be able to cruise to a victory.

GAME RECAP: WVU Falls Short at Virginia Tech - WVillustrated
A 17-point first half lead disappeared Tuesday afternoon, and the Mountaineers lose a tough one to Virginia Tech on the road by a final score of 87-82.

WVU Shows Youth in VT Loss - BGN
It's a fairly obvious statement, but it's always a big adjustment for players when they move from the high school ranks into the college game.

Staten appearing more comfortable early - Daily Athenaeum
In Friday night’s 77-62 win over Mount St. Mary’s, one intriguing storyline came into play for the West Virginia men’s basketball team.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Staten & Harris

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs VT - BGN
Our first look at West Virginia's 87-82 loss to Virginia Tech

News of Note:

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

Mountaineers lose two more defenders to injury - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Injuries taking toll on WVU defense - Charleston Gazette
"We're not going to use it as an excuse,'' he said.

Injuries pile up late in year for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A rash of injuries has decimated the Mountaineers roster, particularly at the quarterback position and on defense, leaving West Virginia (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) with depth concerns.

Add defenders Barber, Dillon to the season-ending list - WV MetroNews
A torn ACL and severe dehydration put two key West Virginia contributors on the shelf.

Injuries Leave WVU Searching for Depth - WVillustrated
Barber, Dillon latest Mountaineers on the shelf. Inexperienced players must step up in their place.

Notebook: Two More Starters Down - EerSports
West Virginia's ever growing injury list added two more names today, as Dana Holgorsen confirmed that starting linebacker Jared Barber and starting SPUR K.J. Dillon are out for the remainder of the season.

Home for holidays odd for Holgorsen, too - Register-Herald
WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen also has a streak of his own.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Holgorsen: WVU is better than its record - Times West Virginian
"I think we’re close. I think we’ve been close all year. We’re playing quality teams. We’re getting better. We’re playing a lot of young guys. I don’t know. I think we’re close. I’m hoping it happens this year," he said.

Texas loss took big toll on WVU locker room - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"I've never been part of a locker room that disappointed, which means they care, and they're trying."

Texas game a blueprint for offensive success - Daily Athenaeum
Despite falling 47-40 to Texas in overtime Saturday, West Virginia played one of its most complete games of the year on the offensive side of the ball.

Players Know: Kansas No Pushover - EerSports
"They're definitely a team that no one should overlook," said senior defensive end Will Clarke.

BGN Video: Defense - BGN
Coach Patterson, Clarke & Kwiatkoski TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews Kansas -
Coaches Patterson, Dawson, & Crook, plus Millard and Clarke

Football Player Quotes: Kansas - WVU Athletics
Assistant coaches and players addressed members of the media Tuesday night.

Kansas' Heaps, Weis together after all - Charleston Daily Mail
"He really wanted to come to that school I was at, but he thought I might get fired, and he forgot to tell me that he was going to be right," said Weis

KU's Weis mum on starting QB vs. West Virginia - Topeka Capital Journal
Keeping QB secret is 'worthwhile,' coach says

Pro News:

Gyorko finishes 6th in NL ROTY voting - ProsReport
It was no surprise that San Diego Padres rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko didn't win the National League Rookie of the Year.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Battered Baylor calls on depth players as showdown against Texas Tech at Jerry World looms - Dallas Morning News

Entire offense, even coaching changes, to be addressed in off-season - Ames Tribune

Tony Pierson returns to team after head injury - University Daily Kansan

K-State improving step by step - Topeka Capital Journal

OU's 2013 Offensive Struggles | We Should Have Seen This Coming - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football notebook: Josh Stewart might return to practice on Wednesday - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Johnathan Gray, Chris Whaley out for rest of 2013 - How do the Texas Longhorns overcome their loss? - Barking Carnival

Patterson: James and Catalon likely out; Green to start - TCU 360

Pullquotes | Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury, TE Jace Amaro and DT Kerry Hyder Gear Up for Baylor - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Capital Classic Women’s Tickets to Go On Sale - WVU Athletics
Tickets for the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic women’s basketball game between West Virginia and Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center are set to go on sale Monday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen previews Saturday's Kansas game in Lawrence.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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