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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/10/13) Edition

Defensive success, offensive shakeup, DeForest/OSU troubles, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, September 10 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorson talks about the offensive issues his team deals with moving forward, while Barry Trammel gives his take on the SI reports involving Joe DeForest.

Bevin Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sport Report

Oklahoma State football: Les Miles, Joe DeForest will get the black eyes - Oklahoman
Former OSU assistant and current West Virginia special teams coach Joe DeForest is expected to be a big piece of a soon-to-be-released SI report on OSU football.

WVU: DeForest probe to be done ‘quickly’ - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's in-house investigation into the accusations against Joe DeForest will be done "quickly, but thoroughly'' and will concentrate only on the period since DeForest was hired by WVU, a source told the Gazette Monday.

Okla. State AD apologizes to Big 12 ahead of SI report on alleged improprieties - Sporting News/AP
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder apologized to his fellow athletic directors around the Big 12 Conference on Monday in advance of what's expected to be a scathing expose of the football program by Sports Illustrated.

News of Note:

Game against Maryland will be televised - Charleston Daily Mail
There's no telling which quarterback will start, or play the most, in Saturday's game against Georgia State

WVU-Md. TV choice narrowed - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia's Sept. 21 football game against Maryland will be televised by one of four networks - ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, all members of the ESPN Family of Networks.

Coordinator knew defense would be good - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU gave up yards, but made plays when it had to

WVU Defense Building on Success at OU - WVillustrated
Coach Patterson says the Mountaineers shocked the Sooners on defense, look to grow on performance.

Right back where we started - Charleston Gazette
QB competition revived after uneven start to season

Shaking Things Up - BGN
In West Virginia's loss to Oklahoma, the Mountaineers threw for just 218 yards - the third-lowest total during Dana Holgorsen's time at WVU.

WVU will ‘shake things up’ in pass game - WV MetroNews
"I don’t know when it’s going to happen to where I feel good about somebody and they take the bull by the horns and they lead the team to victory and they look good doing it," Holgorsen said Monday. "Until that happens, we’re going to have to continue to rep all three."

WVU’s Holgorsen has decisions to make - Times West Virginian
Most attention is focused on the quarterback position, which was out of camp by Paul Millard.

Changes Coming for WVU Offense - EerSports
Dana Holgorsen made it clear Monday afternoon that he was not pleased with the passing game and fans should expect changes next week.

Changes coming to West Virginia offense - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Changes appear to be on the way for the West Virginia offense

HERTZEL COLUMN: Problem with WVU offense? - Times West Virginian
“We settled on Paul because we felt like he gave us the best chance to win the opener and to travel and win at OU,” Holgorsen said during Monday’s Big 12 coaches conference call. “We told the other two guys at that point as well that they need to stay ready.”

W.Va. offense should consider run game more - Daily Athenaeum
In the age of Air Raid offenses and quarterbacks routinely throwing for 350 yards or more, the thought of an offense based mainly on the run could seem a distant memory, if not a completely foreign concept to some football fans.

Furfari: Whatever happened to WVU’s offense? - Register-Herald
Whatever happened to that highly productive football offense Dana Holgorsen brought to West Virginia University a couple of years ago?

Does anybody want the job? - Register-Herald
Mountaineers still searching for starting quarterback

Multimedia: Upon Further Review - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews team of photogaphers and videographers takes its weekly look inside West Virginia football after a defensive slugfest in Norman, Okla.

Wearing the Jersey: Quinton Spain - WVU Athletics
A profile of the junior offensive tackle.

Pro News:

Tyrann Mathieu still can't cover Tavon Austin - ProsReport
Two college foes took their rivalry to the NFL for the first time as rookies, and for a few plays, it seemed like old times.

'Eers in the NFL - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers and how they fared during Week One of the NFL season.

Around the League (and Beyond):

QB picture still evolving in Big 12 - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Staggering numbers in Baylor Bears' fast start - ESPN

One bad defeat hasn't robbed ISU of its magic - Des Moines Register

Rice key test for KU - Lawrence Journal World

K-State defense shows progress - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Football | Week 2 | Three Takeaways - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football: Newcomers making an impact for Cowboys - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Can Greg Robinson Succeed As Texas Longhorns Defensive Coordinator? - Barking Carnival
Your options are:

Devonte Fields Will Start Against Texas Tech - Frogs O' War

Red Raiders will get true measuring stick of their progress vs. Horned Frogs - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Hall Of Fame Set For Saturday - WVU Athletics
Induction ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. The public is invited to attend and the event is free of charge.

Georgia State Game Notes - WVU Athletics
West Virginia battles Georgia State this Saturday.

Video of Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

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