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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (9/11/13) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, player & coaches interviews, new hoops commitment, OSU report, WVU Pros, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Wednesday, September 11 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen talks about which quarterback he plans to start against Georgia State. While, Oklahoma State coach, Mike Gundy, reacts to the SI reports.

Women's Soccer Sits at No. 10 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team moved down one spot to No. 10 in today’s Soccer America Top 25 Poll.

INSIDE THE 18 - WVU Athletics
This week's Inside the 18 features plenty of action against top-ranked foes for both the men and the women, including the men's 5-4 upset of defending national champion Indiana last Sunday evening.

Giving back -
Antonio Brown's calling was always coaching; it just took him a little more time to realize it.

Lawall recalls WVU’s 1942 National title team - Register-Herald
Charles E. “Bud” Lawall Jr. was the noted student manager of West Virginia University’s 1942 men’s basketball team that shockingly won the National Invitational Basketball Tournament.

SI report delivers black eye to DeForest - Charleston Gazette
Sports Illustrated's special report on Oklahoma State's football program can be summed up in one word regarding current WVU assistant Joe DeForest.

WVU needs answers on DeForest - WV MetroNews
If allegations about assistant's OSU tenure are valid, then Holgorsen bears accountability too.

Former Oklahoma State players dispute comments in SI report - Sporting News
“There was absolutely none of this stuff going on,” Pogi told Sportstalk 1400 in Norman, Okla. “I never saw anything of this sort and I was the starting QB.”

News of Note:

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

Holgo: Surprising review of OU loss - WV MetroNews
Coach contends Mountaineers had better passing-game opportunities against Sooners this year than last.

Defense leading the way for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
In a complete turnaround from a season ago, the West Virginia defense proved Saturday night against Oklahoma that progress has been made.

Mountaineers nursing injuries after Oklahoma trip - Charleston Daily Mail
Despite a physical Saturday night and a game that sent no fewer than five defenders to the sideline with injuries, West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen didn't rule anyone out of Saturday's noon home game against Georgia State.

Dawson Ready to Rep QBs - EerSports
"We're going to find out who wants to play and who doesn't want to play."

Step right up, playmakers - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen says potential is there for Mountaineer offense

Holgorsen shakes up stagnant offense - Times West Virginian
He’s embarrassed by what he’s seen of his offense to date, one touchdown against Oklahoma.

Holgorsen: WVU has much to prove - Inter-Mountain
"There's potential on offense, and that word disturbs me," Holgorsen said Tuesday.

‘We will get better offensively’ - Register-Herald
Holgorsen making changes to find a spark on offense

WVU seeks a QB - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Just when fans believed the quarterback battle at West Virginia University was over, third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen announces it couldn't be farther from the truth.

Eger ‘deserves to start’ at center - WV MetroNews
Fifth-year senior will replace freshman Tyler Orlosky in the lineup against Georgia State.

Better blocking equals carries for Smith - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen on junior college running back:

Rigg: ‘Everything went black’ - WV MetroNews
Linebacker feeling fine but barely recalls snippets of his ambulance ride away from the stadium.

Doug Rigg Plans Return for Maryland Game After Concussion - WVillustrated
Mountaineer senior relives scary moment from Oklahoma game as he deals with concussion.

New starters at WR, potentially QB, too - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia notebook

More Effort – And A Payday - BGN
Can’t get enough peanuts? Get a Payday. Georgia State did.

WATCH: WVU Assistant Coaches Talk Before Next Home Game - WVillustrated
Dawson & Seider

BGN Video: All Three Phases - BGN
Pat Eger, Doug Rigg and punter Nick O'Toole.

WVU RB Room Speaks with Media - DA Sports Blog
Sims, Smith & Seider

WATCH: WVU Players Prepare for Georgia State at Home - WVillustrated
Rigg, Rowell, Eger & Kinsey

Football Player Quotes: Georgia State - WVU Athletics
Members of the WVU football team addressed members of the media Tuesday night.


WVU basketball: Huggins adds 2014 recruit - Charleston Daily Mail
Jevon Carter, a point guard in the 2014 recruiting class at Proviso East High, in Chicago, committed to West Virginia last Tuesday night.

Illinois point guard commits for 2014 - WV MetroNews
Three-star recruit Jevon Carter from Proviso East High chose WVU over a number of mid-major programs.

Pro News:

The opening week of the NFL Regular Season was special for several WVUPros - ProsReport
Who were they? Read on to find out.

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 9/10 - ProsReport
Let's check out how the young slugger did.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Former players painted unflattering picture of OSU football - Oklahoman
This is no time to trash whistle-blowers. This is time to analyze an organization that by its own admission exists to serve student-athletes and yet failed them on some level.

Unbelievable as it may be, Bears’ first two games are real - Waco Tribune

Could depth chart changes allow ISU to celebrate an Iowa win with a trophy, lollipops? - Ames Tribune

Ex-walk-on Embree earns keep as KU's standout returner - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State guards against an easy time with UMass - Wichita Eagle

Oklahoma coaches confident in Bell following Knight's injury - Tulsa World

Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys' safeties 'got work to do,' Glenn Spencer says - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns Defensive futility vs. BYU in four clips: Extracting the mental from fundamentals - Barking Carnival

Patterson impressed with Tech’s defense - San Antonio Express News

Richards making adjustment to D-line life on the inside - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Georgia State Game Information - WVU Athletics
Game-day information for the WVU - Georgia State Sept. 14 football contest.

University of Maryland Terrapins vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Football Deal of the Day - Groupon Baltimore
$38 for One Ticket to Maryland against West Virginia Football Game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 21 ($75.10 Value)

Videos of Interest:

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

After scoring his first touchdown as a Mountaineer last weekend against Oklahoma, Dreamius Smith is looking forward to the Georgia State game this weekend in Morgantown.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Thanks to ShadyMountaineer:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Polish beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Natalia Siwiec.

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