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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Pre-Game (11/8/13) Edition

Texas previews, hoops previews, weekend soccer action, big recruiting weekend, Big 12 roundup & TV guide, tailgate prep & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Nov. 8 - WV MetroNews
Juwan Staten shares his excitement to start the season plus Mack Brown talks about WVU’s running game and Charles Sims gives his thoughts on playing Texas.

No. 15 Mountaineers Ready for Baylor - WVU Athletics
The No. 15-ranked and top-seeded West Virginia University women’s soccer team will meet No. 5-seed Baylor in the Big 12 Soccer Championship semifinals on Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at Swope Soccer Village.

Men’s Soccer Set to Close Regular Season - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team hosts Bowling Green on Senior Night.

WVU Opens Season with Ohio State Friday - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will open the 2013-14 season at 5:30 p.m., this Friday, Nov. 8 as they take on Ohio State at the WVU Coliseum.

2013-14 WVU women's basketball preview - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three keys to the 2013-14 season ...

Bussie, WVU women open season today against OSU - Times West Virginian
Fans can attend the doubleheader for $10 by purchasing a ticket to the men’s game vs. Mount St. Mary’s. One ticket gains admission to both games of the doubleheader.

Design-Build Firms Meet About Ballpark - WVU Athletics
Bidding will take place through December and the winning bidder will likely mobilize as early as January.

DA Sports Articles (they have 13 articles of interest today)

News of Note:

Texas Pre-game

Offensive development starts to show - Charleston Daily Mail
"We're doing the same things with them, but we're just doing them better," offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said.

Defense, confidence key to Texas' revival - Charleston Gazette
The Texas team that arrives Saturday night for a game with West Virginia is a bit of an enigma.

Rose feeling natural at 3-technique - WV MetroNews
Breakthrough game at TCU shows sophomore making progress at defensive tackle.

Video: Texas Longhorns-West Virginia Mountaineers preview - ESPN
Chad McKee and Jon Berger preview Saturday's showdown in Morgantown, where Texas looks to keep its unbeaten Big 12 record intact.

Texas - West Virginia Preview - Barking Carnival
We'll search for Dana Holgorsen's long-lost offensive genius by the light of a moonshine-soaked couch.

Wolf's Huddle: Stay the Course - WVU Athletics
Staying the course is the key to success.

Get Physical and Be Aggressive - EerSports
"We got to be aggressive and try to create negative plays in the early downs," said Patterson.

Mountaineers Must Play More Physical Than Texas - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The West Virginia Mountaineers have managed to stay relevant for another week.

WVU expects physical game vs. Texas - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The task doesn't get any easier for the Mountaineers of West Virginia University.

Running game key to Longhorns success - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Texas pays first visit to Mountaineer Field on Saturday

WVU’s Sims ready to take on home-state Longhorns - Register-Herald
“Oh I’ve always wanted to play Texas, man,” Sims said. “Growing up as a kid, that’s all you heard about was Texas, so I always wanted to play them guys.”

Sims quietly one of WVU’s more versatile players - Times West Virginian
“No other backs in the country do as much as he does. We’re talking about running the ball, being a receiver out of the backfield and lining up as a receiver and making plays down the field.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s grounded Air Raid leads to new approach - Times West Virginian
It was not the wide-open gunslinger Air Raid attack which had brought fame and West Virginia fortune to Holgorsen, but instead a more physical, run-oriented attack emerged and may actually be the answer to save the season.

Scouting the ‘Horns: Matchups that could make the difference - WV MetroNews
Texas is on a roll as it rolls into Morgantown, and here are a few reasons why.

Hoops Pre-game

WVU Welcomes Mount St. Mary's - WVU Athletics
Season opener is Friday night at the Coliseum.

Game Day Central : WVU vs. Mount St. Mary's - WVU Athletics
Friday Nov. 8, 2013 | 8 PM (ET) | Morgantown, W.Va. | WVU Coliseum (14,000)

2013-14 WVU men's basketball preview - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three keys to the 2013-14 season ...

Adjusting Huggins' style to new rules key for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
This is a team that's must learn how to play with the new way officials will call fouls when a defender is guilty of even slight contact with a ball handler. And this is a team that plays for Bob Huggins.

Defensive crackdown big topic as season begins - WV MetroNews
Eron Harris likes the NCAA's new freedom-of-movement emphasis, while Kevin Noreen isn't a fan.

Mount St. Marys could provide test for WVU - Charleston Gazette
The Mountaineers, taking what are hoped to be the first steps toward erasing the memories of a 13-19 season, host Mount St. Marys tonight at the Coliseum.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU Men's Basketball Takes on Mount St. Mary's - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers will open their season tonight at the WVU Coliseum against Mount St. Mary's at 8 p.m.

WVU men look to begin bounce-back season - Times West Virginian
“It’s been a long time, and we definitely didn’t have a good taste in our mouth after last season,” said point guard Juwan Staten


Visits for '15s - BGN
West Virginia is set for a major recruiting weekend, with numerous uncommitted prospects on the Mountaineers radar scheduled to attend.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Sooner or Later: Baylor Overcomes Slow Start to Stuff Oklahoma, 41-12, now 8-0 - Our Daily Bears

2013 Game IX: Iowa State vs TCU Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Third quarters haunting KU football - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State hopes to make a statement with Texas Tech game - Wichita Eagle

Rapid Reaction: Baylor 'D' steps up, Oklahoma offense sputters in Bears' 41-12 win - Oklahoman

OSU football: Derek Branson goes from unknown walk-on to impact playmaker - Oklahoman (autoplay)

New Texas AD Steve Patterson impresses in introductory press conference - Burnt Orange Nation

Frogs to face Cyclones in battle for pride - TCU 360

Amaro hints at leaving early for NFL - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 11 - ESPN

Week 10 Walkthrough - Andy Staples -

What's On Tap:

Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on WBOY (Clarksburg), WOWK (Charleston/Huntington), WTRF-DT2 (Northern Panhandle), WVNS (Beckley) and WJAL (Eastern Panhandle) in WV

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from MPS on FOX. Horns are giving 6.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Jack on FS1. Frogs are giving 7.5.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. (25) Texas Tech Red Raiders - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Jones AT&T on ABC/ESPN3. Raiders are giving

Kansas Jayhawks vs. (14) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
4 pm Saturday on FS1. Pokes are giving 31.

College Football TV Schedule
All times listed in here are Central Time

Videos of Interest:

Offensive line coach Ron Crook knows the Mountaineers will face a tough challenge this week, when the Texas Longhorns and their strong defensive front come to Morgantown

Comments from defensive end Will Clarke, previewing Saturday's match up with the Texas Longhorns, in Morgantown

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Brisket with BBQ Sauce


4 pounds lean beef brisket
2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
1 tablespoon onion salt
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pour liquid smoke over brisket. Rub with onion salt and garlic salt. Roll brisket in foil and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Place brisket in a large roasting pan. Cover and bake for 5 to 6 hours. Remove from oven, cool, and then slice. Put slices back into pan.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, ketchup, butter, water, celery salt, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir, and cook until boiling.
  4. Pour sauce over meat slices in pan. Cover and bake for 1 more hour.

Recipe courtesy of

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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