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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (8/27/13) Edition

Quarterback race down to two, crowded backfield, soccer notes, 1st game preview of the week, power rankings, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, August 27 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgerson says that his quarterback competition is down to Millard and Trickett, while William & Mary head coach, Jimmye Laycock, isn’t concerned with who trots out there for the Mountaineers on Saturday.

WVU Statement Regarding Circuit Court Ruling - WVU Athletics
Court ruling issued earlier today.

Mountaineers to face difficult strength of schedule in 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
It has become commonplace for the men’s soccer team at West Virginia to put together and challenge themselves with one of the toughest schedules in the country.

WVU looks to improve defense following Penn State Invitational - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team ended their weekend at the Penn State Invitational with a 1-0-1 record after two quick offensive starts and several errors.

Talent for Football Broadcasts Revealed - WVU Athletics
Football crew ready to go for Saturday's opener against William & Mary.

Maloney Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Initial Varsity Sports Report of the 2013-2014 school year

Bowl projections: Alabama-Stanford BCS title tops preseason picks - Stewart Mandel -

Big 12 preseason power rankings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
7. West Virginia

Big 12 power rankings: Lots of points, will anyone contend for BCS title? - Sporting News
7. West Virginia

Furfari: WVU hall inductee Popovich played 11 years in majors - Register-Herald
Paul Popovich, who excelled as an athlete in both baseball and basketball for two years at West Virginia University from 1958-60, played 11 years in the Major Leagues.

News of Note:

More news! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Dana Holgorsen, who despises the idea of playing two quarterbacks, said today that if Saturday’s game were tomorrow, he’d probably be playing Clint Millard. "Thankfully," he said, "we have practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to see where we’re at."

Holgorsen hasn't picked a starting QB yet - Charleston Daily Mail
"I haven't picked one yet," said Holgorsen, who two weeks ago vowed to have one by the end of camp Aug. 17. "I'm not as antsy as I thought I'd be with it. They've both raised their games a little bit and they're battling."

Coin flip between Millard, Trickett? - Charleston Gazette
On Sunday night, West Virginia issued a depth chart that listed Millard "or'' Trickett as the starting quarterback.

Holgorsen changes tune about Mountaineers QB rotation - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When asked again Monday whether he would consider rotating two quarterbacks, he said, "If we were playing tomorrow, yes, that would be the case."

Holgorsen Still Looking for Starting QB - BGN
Toward the end of camp a few weeks ago, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said he wouldn’t be very comfortable if he went into the week leading up to the first game of the season without a starting quarterback in place.

Holgorsen on QB: Millard, Trickett ‘battling’ - WV MetroNews
Quarterback battle down to Paul Millard and Clint Trickett.

QB race shaping up -
West Virginia's quarterback battle is down to two.

Millard, Trickett Could Split Reps as Season Approaches - WVillustrated
Quarterback race too close to call, Holgorsen admits it could continue into the season.

Millard, Trickett ‘battling’ for QB job - Times West Virginian

4 Big 12 teams still have not named QB - Register-Herald
Mountaineers are not alone in keeping quiet

Recent team rushing leaders far down chart - Charleston Gazette
Andrew Buie isn't listed among the four. Dustin Garrison, who led the team in rushing in 2011, is fourth on the list. Houston transfer Charles Sims is listed first, followed by true freshman Wendell Smallwood and junior college transfer Dreamius Smith.

Buie May Fall Victim to Crowded WVU Backfield - WVillustrated
West Virginia's leading rusher from 2012 is absent from the depth chart as transfers and a freshman take over at running back.

Newcomers changed dynamic of depth chart - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Tribe Has Upside, Looking For Upset - BGN
William and Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock was succinct and concise when discussing the Tribe’s opener at West Virginia, calling it a "major challenge" and noting that his team cannot simulate the size, speed and talent of the Mountaineers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

HERTZEL COLUMN: Is Big 12’s foundation cracking? - Times West Virginian
What you really have is a pair of conferences with diametrically opposed philosophies, the SEC living off defense, the Big 12 off offense.

Big 12′s best: Nos. 1-5 - WV MetroNews

Meet the Press: Baylor Bears vs. Wofford Terriers - Our Daily Bears

Why the Cyclones' Sam Richardson prefers to be modest - Des Moines Register

A new beginning for KU quarterback Jake Heaps - Kansas City Star

Kansas State football season preview - Kansas City Star

Bob Stoops Weekly Press Conference - Crimson And Cream Machine

'He reminds me a lot of Dez': A look at Oklahoma State's potential impact true freshmen - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Football Depth Charts - Barking Carnival

Devonte Fields Will Suit Up Against LSU - Frogs O' War

Mano a mano: Raiders' tough customers surface when they go head to head - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Gamecon 4

William and Mary Game Release - WVU Athletics
Wet Virginia battles William & Mary on Saturday.

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's remarks during Monday's Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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