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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wisconsin Game Day (11/27/13) Edition

Hoops downs Old Dominion, Holgorsen's presser, Riot Bowl previews, recruiting update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Silva Snags Top Academic Honor - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University senior Frances Silva has been chosen as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award for NCAA Division I women’s soccer, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Bevin Makes History, Named Academic All-American - WVU Athletics
Junior Andy Bevin of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Furfari: More questions than answers in Hawaii issue - Register Herald
Whatever happened during a reported scuffling situation after the West Virginia women’s basketball victory against the University of Hawaii at Honolulu obviously was very unfortunate.

Old Dominion Hangover:

West Virginia rolls past Old Dominion 78-60 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

WVU Advances to Championship Game - WVU Athletics
West Virginia cruises to an 18-point win over Old Dominion.

Harris leads WVU to win in Mexico - Charleston Gazette
"We were loose with the ball, especially in the first half,'' Huggins said. "That won't work [in the championship game]. It won't work from here on.''

4th straight win sends Mountaineers into Cancun final - WV MetroNews
Eron Harris scored 19 points and West Virginia buried Old Dominion 78-60 on Tuesday night.

Mountaineers Top Old Dominion in Cancun - BGN
West Virginia kicked off tournament play in the Cancun Challenge Tuesday night with a 78-60 victory against Old Dominion.

GAME RECAP: WVU Beats Old Dominion in Cancun - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers advanced to the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge Championship Game after defeating the Old Dominion Monarchs, 78-60.

News of Note:

Coach Holgorsen’s Tuesday Media Conference - WVU Athletics
Transcript & video here, video also embedded below

Bell rung times 2 - Charleston Gazette
Trickett reveals he kept quiet about first concussion

Childress ruled out of season finale - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

West Virginia notebook: Holiday spirit not quite lost on Holgorsen - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When asked what he’s thankful for this holiday season, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen thought for a few moments before answering.

Notebook: One QB Out for Saturday - EerSports
"It won't be Ford," said Holgorsen. "He could go in and piece it together if we needed him to, but we're going to let him sit there and use him as we need to, and rep the other two right now."

Dawson: Offense had Jekyll & Hyde moments all season - WV MetroNews
A win over Oklahoma State and a loss to Kansas are hard to reconcile.

Holgorsen: Offense didn’t produce enough - Times West Virginian
“I’m the first to say that we haven’t had a winning offensive performance this season,” he said.

Sunshine State kind to Big 12 outliers - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia, Iowa State rosters packed with players from Florida

HERTZEL COLUMN: Iowa State comes to Morgantown hot off a victory - Times West Virginian
In fact, Holgorsen believes they are good enough to call them “the best 2-9 team in the country,” which may not be quite the compliment he meant it to be, but you get the message.

Holgorsen: ISU ‘best 2-9 team’ - Register Herald
College football coaches are famous for playing up the opponent. On several occasions during his Hall of Fame career, former West Virginia University head coach Don Nehlen made Miami (Ohio) sound like the 1987 Miami Hurricanes.

WVU ‘bowl game’ comes against Cyclones - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Iowa State, whose only other win was at Tulsa on Sept. 26, snapped a seven-game skid against the Jayhawks.

Senior moments on tap for WVU veterans - WV MetroNews
Season finale against Iowa State offers chance to say farewell to fans, remove bad taste from Kansas loss.

Wearing the Jersey: Nick Kindler - WVU Athletics
Offensive lineman Nick Kindler has endured injuries and coaching changes, but has stuck with it and will be one of 14 seniors making their final appearance at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday against Iowa State

Football Player Quotes: Iowa State - WVU Athletics
Assistant coaches and players addressed members of the media on Tuesday

WATCH: WVU Football Interviews - WVillustrated
Millard, Anderson, Smallwood & Sims


WVU recruiting: Juco quarterback mulling WVU offer - Charleston Gazette
With all of West Virginia's troubles at the quarterback position, many fans wondered if coach Dana Holgorsen would stray from his one-quarterback-per-class policy for 2014.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Four Big 12 Football Games Scheduled Over Thanksgiving Weekend - Big 12 Conference

Baylor players vow to reach remaining dreams with BCS title shot gone - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

How a bowled in JTS will affect recruiting & wind conditions - Cyclone Fanatic

Charlie Weis quiet on QB - Lawrence Journal World

K-State’s Ryan Mueller goes from bleeding blue to beating blue - Wichita Eagle

Former Sooners Not Reacting Kindly To The News Of Damien Williams' Removal From The OU Football Team - Crimson And Cream Machine

Big 12 football: OSU defense now atop efficiency ratings - Oklahoman

David Ash Ruled Out For Rest of Year; 2014 Longhorn QB Shallows Chart Exposed - Barking Carnival

Baylor Hate Week: Bye Bye Bears - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury downplays need for indoor facility, but AD says it's priority - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

(10) Wisconsin Badgers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight from Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico on CBS Sports Network.

Volleyball Wraps Up Home Slate with Oklahoma - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team concludes its 2013 home schedule with a conference match against Oklahoma on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

Iowa State Game Information - WVU Athletics
Game day information for the Nov. 30 WVU - Iowa State contest.

Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen previews Saturday's Iowa State game to be played at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

You may have seen JCVD's commercial. Tatum wasn't to be outdone:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely model from Argentina. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Zaira Nara.

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