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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/6/13) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, UT prep, Luck is staying, hoops notes, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, Nov. 6 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen gets you caught up with the latest on Oliver Luck and the Texas AD decision of selecting Steve Patterson plus we hear from Dana Holgorsen ahead of this weekend’s matchup against the Longhorns.

Blind-sided Luck: How did the UT job get away? - WV MetroNews
After finishing as the second choice at Texas, Oliver Luck's next move is proving he's still enthused about his task at West Virginia.

Bad day for Luck, good day for WVU - Charleston Gazette
There's a very good chance Tuesday wasn't a particularly happy day for West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck.

Texas Game Information - WVU Athletics
Tickets are still available for Saturday’s game against Texas.

WVU Women's Soccer Just Keeps Winning - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers’ second Big 12 regular season title makes it four years in a row the WVU women have won conference regular season championships.

Furfari: Ex-WVU runner now excelling as a professional - Register-Herald
“I really enjoyed running for WVU in competition very much,” Clara declared. “I had a great five years there (including the redshirt sit-out).”

News of Note:

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

Rigg's career has likely ended - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Building Momentum - BGN
There’s a newfound sense of optimism around the Puskar Center.

Mountaineers put smile on Holgorsen's face - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was a re-energized Dana Holgorsen who took the podium at Milan Puskar Center for his weekly news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Mountaineers welcome resurgent Longhorns - Charleston Daily Mail
"It's changed completely," he said. "The team now feels like they have a chance to win the Big 12 championship, which is what the goal has been since January."

WVU looking for night magic - Register-Herald
“This is a different atmosphere,” said senior defensive lineman Shaq Rowell. “I played a night game in Texas last year and Oklahoma this year. Those guys are going to have to come in hear and witness how Morgantown is at night. Its’s going to be something special.”

WVU play-callers put aside passing game, career egos - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen and Dawson built their career brands on the Air Raid, but this season they've had to adjust.

Putting it on the lines - Charleston Gazette
WVU's offensive, defensive fronts hitting their stride at a good time

Run Game, Trust Big for WVU - EerSports
Last season, West Virginia running back Andrew Buie rushed for over 200 yards, helping lift the Mountaineers to a marquee victory over Texas in Austin. This year, establishing the run game will be just as important against the Longhorns.

Sims a consistent threat for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
The one constant you will get with the Mountaineers this season will be running back Charles Sims’ production. The NFL prospect had a whopping 154 yards on the ground leading WVU to a 30-27 victory over the Horned Frogs.

Holgorsen: Improvement and Injuries - EerSports
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen has been vigorously reviewing tape of Texas over the last couple of days and, while much was made of the Longhorns' defensive struggles early in the season, Holgorsen says he is focused on their improvement in recent weeks.

WVU WR Carswell Suspended Indefinitely - WVillustrated
his status will be revisited at the end of the season.

2014 schedule lines up as favorable for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
The back-to-back road games at Maryland have been planned all along to balance both teams' home and road schedules. West Virginia is scheduled to host the Terps in both 2015 and 2016.

The Takeaway: WVU finishes with victory - WV MetroNews
In their weekly installment of “The Takeaway,” Allan Taylor and Justin Hoff break down the TCU film and discuss the impact of Charles Sims’ play this season.

Football Player Quotes: Texas - WVU Athletics
WVU football players and assistant coaches met with the media Tuesday.

Rowell: Longhorns ‘like a completely different team’ - WV MetroNews
With UT sporting one of the Big 12's best offensive lines, WVU nose tackle expects another tough night in the middle.

Lambert on game-winning kick: ‘You can’t hype it up’ - WV MetroNews
WVU freshman kicker converted in his first opportunity to boot a game-winner.

WATCH: WVU Football Player and Assistant Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Squirt, Coach Slaughter, Rose, Trickett, Coach Dawson, Rowell, Coach Patterson , Clarke, Smallwood, Sims, Barber, Coach DeForest & Coach Crook


HERTZEL COLUMN: Freshman class ready to step up for WVU - Times West Virginian
“We don’t have time to be freshmen,” Adrian said Monday night

Browne looks to take on new role in 2013-14 season - Daily Athenaeum
With no seniors on this season’s team, West Virginia will rely on its veteran players for leadership.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Thursday Matchup: Baylor vs. Oklahoma Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears

Is ISU's latest dizzying spin of the QB carousel a case of smoke and mirrors? - Des Moines Register

Tweaks to OL likely for KU - Lawrence Journal World

Texas Tech offense nothing Kansas State hasn’t already seen - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma Football Opponent Watch: Baylor Bears - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys played with a no-fear mentality - Oklahoman

More Details on the hiring of ASU's Steve Patterson as new Athletic Director at Texas - Barking Carnival

B.J. Catalon Out, Verrett Questionable for Iowa State - Frogs O' War

Injuries thin Tech defense during critical stretch of season - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

What's On Tap:

Women's Soccer Set for Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
The No. 15-ranked and top-seeded West Virginia University women’s soccer team will face No. 8 seed Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Soccer Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Swope Soccer Village, in Kansas City, Mo.

Volleyball Hits Road to Face No. 24 Kansas - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team travels to Lawrence, Kan., to face No. 24 Kansas on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.

Updated Game Information for Friday's Events - WVU Athletics
With an action-packed evening of events on tap for Friday, Nov. 8 at the WVU Coliseum and Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics wants fans to be aware of the following information regarding tickets and event parking

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen previews Saturday's Texas game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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