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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (11/14/13) Edition

Kansas previews, player features, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Nov. 14 - WV MetroNews
Garret Cullen and Brad Howe preview this weekend’s matchup against Kansas plus we hear from Kansas radio analyst David Lawrence

FURFARI COLUMN: Will Clements’ departure affect WVU athletics? - Times West Virginian
WOW, just....WOW. The headline is a legitimate question, but where he takes it....WOW

Volleyball Swept by Iowa State - WVU Athletics
3-0 (18-25, 15-25, 8-25) on Wednesday night

News of Note:

Dawson: Offense is Improving - WVU Athletics
WVU scored 40 in its most recent game against Texas.

Wednesday Walkthrough: Kansas - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
And though unlikely, it’s indeed reality that WVU is out more defenders. I’m not trying to be dramatic here: Do you recall something like this here before?

Mike Casazza: Linebacker Jewone Snow might realize his potential - Charleston Daily Mail
Yet what is so often overlooked is that Snow can play football. Like, really play.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Snow overcomes injuries to earn playing time - Times West Virginian
Snow has battled through a pair of herniated discs and a labrum tear in each shoulder to finally get to the point where he can become a big-time contributor.

WVU’s Barber, Dillon done for season - Times West Virginian
Depending upon how you count, there are 9 or 10 or 11 guys who were starters or could have been starters who were taken from the defense over the year.

In the hot pocket, Millard aiming to make quicker decisions - WV MetroNews
After four fumbles against Texas, quarterback aiming to better handle blitzes by Kansas.

Transfers have paid dividends for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia signed nine junior college transfers as part of the 2013 recruiting class. That wasn't even half of the haul at the University of Kansas.

Running back Dreamius Smith focused, determined in return to home state of Kansas - Daily Athenaeum
Originally from Wichita, Smith is the lone Kansas native on the Mountaineer roster, so this weekend he will be playing in front of his family and friends.

No more room for error - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers in must-win situation vs. Kansas

WVU Alive in Hunt for Bowl Game - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers will hope to remain alive in the hunt for a bowl game this Saturday at noon when they face the Jayhawks.

Woeful Kansas looking for answers - Charleston Gazette
The fact is, the Kansas team that Weis coaches and West Virginia plays on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan., has been just awful. And it's not short-term awful, either.

Weis' Wish: Four Solid Quarters - BGN
Charlie Weis has a very simple explanation of Kansas’ failures this season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Art Briles signs extension through 2023 - Our Daily Bears

Slow starts a concern for Cyclones - Ames Tribune

KU treating final football games as ‘playoffs’ - Lawrence Journal World

K-State offensive line throwing its weight around - Kansas City Star

Charles Tapper Suspened For First Half Of Iowa State Game After His Ejection Against Baylor - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Hoping For November To Remember - Cowboys Ride For Free

Players step up to take control of magical Texas run - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU receivers raising their game after players’ meeting - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Safety Net: Tre Porter knows the twists and turns a college football player's career can take - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Family Day Packages Available for Duquesne - WVU Athletics
Family Day packages are currently on sale at the Mountaineer Ticket Office for the WVU-Duquesne men’s basketball game this Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Coliseum. The game will tip at 4 p.m.

Video of Interest:

WVU's Tony Caridi sat down with Head Coach Dana Holgorsen to discuss the football team's upcoming game against Kansas.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Australian model and a VS rookie this year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Elyse Taylor.

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