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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (11/7/13) Edition

UT previews, Hoops previews, Women's soccer advances, '93 team reunion this weekend, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, Nov. 7 - WV MetroNews
we hear from Bob Huggins as he discusses the role Chase Connor will play this year plus Devin Williams shares his high expectations for the season and finally Ishmael Banks talks about the type of atmosphere he expects to see Saturday night in Morgantown.

College Football Coaches Salary Chart - USA Today
Dana is #24, good for 6th in the Big 12

No. 15 Women's Soccer Moves Past Kansas - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers advance to the Big 12 Soccer Championship semifinals and will meet No. 5-seed Baylor, the defending tournament champions, on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Rifle Ranks No. 3 - WVU Athletics
This week’s rankings are based on a team’s last score shot. The Mountaineers’ (5-0, 3-0 GARC) shot 4690 in their victory over Akron (4605) on Nov. 3, at the WVU Rifle Range.

WVU women's basketball: Bussie says Mountaineers better than third in Big 12 - Charleston Daily Mail
Bussie will make her long-awaited return at 5:30 p.m. Friday, when WVU opens its season at home against Ohio State.

Volleyball Falls on Road to No. 24 Kansas - WVU Athletics
Kansas (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) recorded a .396 team hitting percentage for the match and improved to 6-0 all-time against the Mountaineers (17-9, 3-7 Big 12).

Football field will be renamed in late WVU coach’s honor - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The plan is to rename the football stadium from Alumni Field to ''Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium,''

The Texas Pregamer: West Virginia - Barking Carnival
Our Abpriddy gets his own section here...good times were had

News of Note:


Wednesday Walkthrough: Texas Week - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Same old, same old the rest of the week. Scoop & Score tomorrow morning, when we’ll be joined by Big 12 Senior Associate Commissioner Tim Allen.

Lambert's winning kick for WVU like a reward - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I turned around and just didn't want to get tackled," Lambert said.

Exciteable Rose making his way - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU defensive line expects tough test against Texas - Inter-Mountain
Kyle Rose may have saved West Virginia's season with his play against TCU last week.

Skill position players continuing to develop - Charleston Gazette
"I probably phrased that wrong,'' Holgorsen said later. "We haven't had guys develop yet.''

WVU Special Teams Turn Around - WVillustrated
After a miserable season a year ago on special teams, it has been a drastic turn around to date.

Players Expect Rowdy Atmosphere - EerSports
"I played at Texas last year and Oklahoma this year, but those guys are going to have to come in here and witness Morgantown at 7-o-clock at night. It's going to be something special."

Longhorns preparing for chilly reception - Charleston Gazette
Temperatures in Morgantown on Saturday are forecast to be in the mid-50s most of the day. Rain is possible, but not likely. By the time West Virginia and Texas kick off at 7 p.m., the temperature will likely be in the low 50s or upper 40s, and by game's end probably a few degrees below that.

WVU's Nigerian has a chance to be great - Charleston Daily Mail
Mountaineers' redshirt freshman Noble Nwachukwu needs to develop consistency

Houston native Sims ‘always wanted to play Texas’ - WV MetroNews
Sims has climbed to third in Big 12 rushing and tops running backs with 38 catches.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Tragedy and redemption for Charles Thompson - Times West Virginian
Jordan Thompson has an uncle who was a pretty good football player. He went to Oklahoma, started at quarterback as a freshman on a pretty good Oklahoma football team.


WVU head coach Bob Huggins stresses importance of playing within comfort zone - Daily Athenaeum
“I think the game still comes down to (taking) all the shots you think you can make. If you don’t think that you can make it, or it’s a shot that you’re not going to make, then don’t shoot it,” Huggins said.

Freshman Devin Williams ready to snag rebounds, spotlight - Times West Virginian
You are going to like Devin Williams.

Connor ‘very much’ in Huggins’ rotation - Register-Herald
Freshman played 18 minutes in exhibition

BGN Video: Huggins Press Conference - BGN
Bob Huggins will officially begin his 31st season as a head coach and his seventh at his alma mater on Friday night when the Mountaineers host Mount St. Mary's at the Coliseum.

BGN Video: Mount St. Mary's Pregame - BGN
Staten & Williams

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


Irvin's Story Inspires Keels - EerSports
For Keels, his interest in the Mountaineers is not so much about the play on the field or his relationship with the staff, but a former player that he feels a connection to.

Around the League (and Beyond):

"This is Baylor Football" -- Official Hype Video from Baylor Athletics - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State football: Injured Luke Knott embraces new role - Des Moines Register

Kansas football focuses on Final Four finish - Lawrence Journal World

Snyder, Kingsbury a contrast in age, style - Topeka Capital Journal

Why Eric Striker Could Be The Most Important OU Player On The Field Thursday Night - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Taking a shot on Tyler Patmon pays off - Oklahoman (autoplay)

There is a paper trail on Texas flirting with Nick Saban - Barking Carnival

Game Week #10: Iowa State Cyclones - Frogs O' War

Adjusting the target: Out of Mackey mix, Tech's Amaro could make case for Biletnikoff Award - Lubbock Avalanche Journal


College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

(10) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (6) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from the Floyd on FS1. Bears are giving 15.

A Season to Remember - WVU Athletics
The '93 team will have their 20-year reunion this weekend.

More videos from the 1993 season including BC and Syracuse highlights can be found HERE

Video of Interest:

WVU's Tony Caridi talks with Head Coach Dana Holgorsen about what the challenges the Mountaineers face when Texas comes into town Saturday night.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Gio Ott.

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