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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/24/13) Edition

Holgorsen's teleconference, first looks at OSU, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Tuesday, Sept. 24 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen blames himself for WVU’s poor play, and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy talks about his squad’s preparation coming off a bye week.

Attea leads sophomore group for Mountaineers - Daily Athenaeum
In just one year, West Virginia University volleyball head coach Jill Kramer has seen her team grow up in front of her eyes.

WVU midfield shaken up following injuries to key players - Daily Athenaeum
Completing a team makeover isn’t an ideal task any women’s college soccer team would like to go through in late September, but WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and her West Virginia team is going through just that as conference play looms.

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

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers football series history - Winsipedia
Winsipedia - Database and infographics of Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers football series history and all-time records, national championships, conference championships, bowl games, wins, bowl record, All-Americans, Heisman winners, and NFL Draft picks

News of Note:

Back to the Drawing Board For WVU - WVU Athletics
West Virginia seeking better offensive production this week.

Holgorsen says there are bigger issues than starting QB - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Holgorsen vows to do 'better job of coaching' - Charleston Gazette
He won’t spread blame over Maryland debacle

Taking the Blame - BGN
During his time on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen refused to point a finger at anyone else following the Mountaineers' 37-0 loss to Maryland.

Creating turnovers an issue for defense - Charleston Daily Mail
"I put our cornerbacks in a tough spot there. (Maryland) knew we were playing man and knew we were blitzing. I didn't care. I wasn't worried about yards. I was just trying to get the ball back for the offense."

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU has unanswered questions - Times West Virginian
Is there a simple answer to Dana Holgorsen’s complex problems?

Holgorsen Shoulders Blame - EerSports
"There's plenty of blame to go around," said the Mountaineer head coach. "The one that can be blamed more than anyone is me. That's for dang sure."

Holgorsen takes the blame - Times West Virginian
“I see bigger issues,” he said.

Holgorsen: ‘The issue is me’ - Register-Herald
Coach accepting blame after big loss at Maryland

Bright spots for WVU? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
If anything positive comes out of West Virginia's embarrassing loss to Maryland on Saturday, it is the apparent growth displayed by third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen during Monday's Big 12 Teleconference.

Furfari: Mountaineers’ start should be a concern to fans, powers-that-be - Register-Herald
Could this 2013 West Virginia University football team be the worst in 53 years?

Multimedia: Upon Further Review - WV MetroNews
The MetroNews team of photogaphers and videographers takes its weekly look inside West Virginia football following the Mountaineers 37-0 loss against rival Maryland.

WVU Fans: The Signal and the Noise - Couch Fire Sports
Good points in here (and some not-so-good) and there was a good discussion on yesterday's Approval Meter as well.

Wearing the Jersey: Will Clarke - WVU Athletics
Senior Will Clarke leads the Mountaineers with three sacks.

OSU's Coach Gundy on Today’s Big 12 Teleconference - WVillustrated
The Cowboys come into Morgantown fresh off of a open week in the schedule. Coach Mike Gundy hopes he can get his guys to focus early and get back to business as usual.


Future QB shows (brief) brilliance - Charleston Gazette
He's rated a four-star recruit according to Rivals and a three-star as judged by Scout. He's a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback who can run and throw.

Pro News:

Report: Bengals CB Adam Jones arrested for disorderly conduct - SI Wire

WVU Pros in NFL Action: Week 3 - ProsReport
Just about every WVU Pro on an NFL roster made their team's stat sheet in this past week's action. Here's a breakdown of how they fared.

The Gyorko Diamond Review: 9/23 - ProsReport
Let's see how he did.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Low Rate of Return - AP via BGN
Once the Big 12 gets through this last weekend in September, there will be no more non-conference games in the regular season. Then at least league teams will be beating up on each other.

Football News & Notes From Around The Big 12 - Big 12 Conference

In offense’s shadow, Baylor defense making strides - Waco Tribune

Cyclones still possess plenty of positives — really, they do - Des Moines Register

KU defensive lineman Marquel Combs to transfer - Lawrence Journal World

Yo-yo approach hurts Cats early at Texas - Topeka Capital Journal

Irish defense will test the Sooner run game - Oklahoman (autoplay)

IDENTITY CRISIS? Who are the OSU Cowboys? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Concussion Repercussions: Watching Texas Longhorns QB David Ash - Barking Carnival

TCU makes moves to spark offense - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Kingsbury anticipates Brewer return 'in very near future' - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's Monday morning Big 12 coaches' teleconference.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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