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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Pre-Game (11/15/13) Edition

Kansas previews, Duquesne previews, weekend varsity sports action including Women's Soccer NCAA's, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & TV guide, tailgate prep & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Nov. 15 - WV MetroNews
Garret Cullen previews weekend matchups for the WVU football and men’s basketball team’s as Shannon Dawson and Juwan Staten give their thoughts on the upcoming contests.

Clements leaving large footprints at WVU - Charleston Gazette
When I saw the streamed press conference of West Virginia University President Jim Clements accepting the same position at Clemson, I felt a sense of loss for WVU and its supporters.

WVU Opens Rainbow Wahine Classic with Ole Miss - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team will open the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic at 9:30 p.m. ET, Friday, with Ole Miss.

WATCH: WVU Women's Soccer Interviews - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Women's Soccer Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and her players prior to their first game in the NCAA Tournament.

Men’s Soccer Begins MAC Tournament - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia men’s soccer team opens Mid-American Conference Tournament play with a semifinal match against No. 8 Akron on Friday, Nov. 15. Kickoff is slated 7 p.m., at First Energy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio.

Rifle Remains No. 3 - WVU Athletics
Today’s ranking is based on the Mountaineers’ last score shot. WVU (5-0, 3-0 GARC) shot 4690 in their victory over Akron (4605) on Nov. 3, at the WVU Rifle Range.

West Virginia finishes fall season against Navy - Daily Athenaeum
The No. 2 West Virginia University rifle team will finish its fall 2013 season on the road against Navy at Bancroft Hall Rifle Range in Annapolis, Md.

The WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
Amanda Mazey has features on rifle and rowing, and a behind-the-scenes look at baseball's first workout in its new ballpark in this week's edition of the WVUsportsBuzz

FURFARI COLUMN: WVU honors two former football standouts - Times West Virginian
Paul Bischoff of Beaver Falls, Pa., earned All-America status as an end in 1950-51-52, and Dave Van Halanger of Turtle Creek, Pa., starred as an offensive tackle in 1973-74-75.

News of Note:

Hobbled WVU travels to meet last-place Jayhawks - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
For the first time this season West Virginia will be favored against a team from a BCS conference when it plays Kansas on Saturday.

Injury-plagued WVU needs 2 wins to go to a bowl game - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia must rely on a patched lineup to make a final push over its two remaining games to get bowl eligible.

Several streaks on the line when WVU takes on KU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jayhawks looking to end 27-game Big 12 losing skid

Cover Your Eyes When You Look at Kansas’ Record in League Play - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Let's be honest. There's no excuse why West Virginia shouldn't beat Kansas.

WVU Doesn’t Want to Fool Around With Kansas - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The Jayhawks (2-7 overall, 0-6 Big 12) are on a six-game losing streak and have been outscored 251-85.

Mountaineers wary of Kansas' record - Charleston Gazette
"Yes, but they've played six really good teams in a row and have played competitive,'' Holgorsen said. "We've got our hands full.''

Holgorsen mum on QB decision - Charleston Gazette
On his Thursday night radio show, Holgorsen said all three of WVU's scholarship quarterbacks took practice reps this week.

Holgorsen noncommittal about Saturday’s starting QB - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

Mountaineers caught in constant QB shuffle - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s back to square one.

Mountaineer defense still an enigma - Charleston Daily Mail
"A lot of it's been hard to understand," defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said. "Some things have been hard to explain how it happened."

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Eger a ‘monster’ off the tees - Times West Virginian
Pat Eger plays golf, and, when he is able to get down into it, he’s a pretty good golfer.

Alford stepping up as offensive threat for WVU - Register-Herald
“That made me smile,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. “Maybe for the first time all year, we took a routine play and made a big play out of it. He’s getting comfortable out there.”

Musings, Match-ups and More: Kansas - BGN
Yes, West Virginia has the motivation of a bowl bid to play for. But with a likely return trip to the desolate Pinstripe Bowl as the prize, just how much of a spark will the Mountaineers have?

Wolf's Huddle: Mountaineers Unite - WVU Athletics
Now is the time to really support the Mountaineer football team.


West Virginia looks to rebound from Virginia Tech loss against Duquesne - Daily Athenaeum
Head coach Bob Huggins and fans of West Virginia basketball will get their first opportunity of the 2013-14 season to observe how the young group of Mountaineers respond after a loss.

WVU basketball has potential in 2013-14 - Daily Athenaeum
Despite blowing a 17-point lead to Virginia Tech Tuesday and a 1-1 start to the season, fans should have reason to believe in the West Virginia men’s basketball team.

BGN Video: Ready for the Dukes - BGN
Browne, Staten & Dibo

WATCH: WVU Basketball Video Interviews - WVillustrated
Huggs, Browne, Dibo & Staten

Expect to see more games like WVU-VT - Charleston Daily Mail
It certainly wasn't an eye-pleaser, but the Hokies' 87-82 win over the Mountaineers might be a more frequent sight as coaches, players and officials adjust to the freedom-of-movement movement.

Rule Changes Irk Huggins - EerSports
"Drastically," said West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins when he was asked that question earlier today. "It's changed the game. In the Seton Hall-Niagara game, I think, they shot over 100 free throw shots. That's changed the game, I'd say."

Pro News:

Goode and ready: Najee Goode may earn start vs. Redskins - ProsReport
When Najee Goode was cut from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster this season, some where surprised.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Week 12 Preview and Predictions -

Injury Report: Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk "probable at best" - Our Daily Bears

2013 Game X: Iowa State vs Oklahoma Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Weis mixes it up again in search for KU football fix - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State’s offensive line throwing its weight around - Wichita Eagle

Bob Stoops won't commit to Blake Bell as next year's starting quarterback; 'There's no way to answer that question now' - Oklahoman

OSU football: Kevin Peterson develops into defensive playmaker - Oklahoman

Scouting Oklahoma State - Longhorns vs. Cowboys - Barking Carnival

Gary Patterson proud of ranking for overworked TCU defense - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Tech still confident despite three-game slide - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 12 - ESPN

Week 12 Walkthrough - College Football - Andy Staples -

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Memorial Stadium on FSN affiliates. WVU is giving 7

Iowa State Cyclones vs. (18) Oklahoma Sooners - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on FS1. Land Thieves are giving 24.

(12) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (24) Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from DKR on FOX. Pokes are giving 3.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from the Bill on FSN affiliates. Cats are giving 10.5.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (5) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from Jerry World on FOX. Bears are giving 27.5.

College Football TV Schedule
All times listed in here are Central


Duquesne Dukes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Sunday from the Oliver Garden on ROOT

Videos of Interest:

Defensive lineman Shaq Rowell discusses this week's match-up against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reviews Tuesday's loss at Virginia Tech and previews Sunday's game against Duquesne at the WVU Coliseum.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

30 Minute Chili


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) mild lager beer
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. In a Dutch oven or large (5-quart) heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, chipotles, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until mixture has begun to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beef, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes with their juice, beer, and beans. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a rapid simmer. Cook over medium heat until chili has thickened slightly and beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

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