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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (9/5/13) Edition

Oklahoma previews, player features, remembering a mentor, WVU Pros update, Geno will start, Big 12 roundup & more

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Thursday, September 5 - WV MetroNews
WVU mourns the loss of Curtis Jones Jr, who was the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support. Also Shaq Rowell says WVU will only win the game if they play their assignments the way they have been coached and Isaiah Bruce says that last year’s one point loss to Oklahoma still remains, but they look forward to avenging it this Saturday.

WVU Mourns The Untimely Passing of Jones - WVU Athletics
Jones was beginning his second year working for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Jones was 'close friend, a role model' to players - Charleston Daily Mail
Jones was hired by Athletic Director Oliver Luck last year after a lengthy process to replace the retired Garrett Ford.

Extra Time with Carly Black - WVU Athletics
WVU women's soccer redshirt-freshman Carly Black shares a few facts with Mountaineer fans.

Blosser to face old rivals in Duke, UNC - Daily Athenaeum
Senior Kara Blosser, who transferred from NC State, will face old rivals Duke and UNC this weekend.

Volleyball Promotional Days Announced - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team opens its home schedule this Friday, Sept. 6, and WVU officials have announced several promotional days for Mountaineer fans throughout the 2013 season.

WVU great Newberry remembers Mountaineers’ last trip to Norman - Register-Herald
Peterstown native was part of one of program’s top wins

Furfari: Phillips was star on all-time great WVU line - Register-Herald
He was an All-America tackle on the 1988 team that was the school’s first ever to finish the regular season undefeated and finished with an 11-0 record and top 5 national ranking.

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News of Note:

Mountaineers Open Big 12 Play Against No. 16 Oklahoma - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''We had an open date and they had one,'' the Oklahoma coach said.

WVU preps for tough environment - Inter-Mountain
Crowd of 85,000 expected when Mountaineers travel to Oklahoma on Saturday

Mike Casazza: WVU's big plays, passes limited in opener - Charleston Daily Mail
And honestly, we shouldn't be having this discussion. The Mountaineers left an awful lot on the field, as many teams are prone to do in the opening game of the season, let alone one with a new starting quarterback, a backup promised snaps and so many new receivers.

How will WVU Handle a New Oklahoma Defense? - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers are preparing for a big match up against conference opponent Oklahoma.

A tale of two quarterbacks - Charleston Gazette
Few similarities for Sooners' Knight, WVU's Millard

As promised, fresh legs on WVU line - Charleston Gazette
Without having actually charted the line substitutions, it might be safe to say that at almost no point did the same offensive line take the field for consecutive series.

Shorts keeps eye on prize - Times West Virginian
It all started in Bear, Del., at Red Lion Christian Academy. That where Shorts and Smallwood played until their senior year.

The Power of the 'Stache' - WVU Athletics
Some are wondering if Nick O'Toole's mustache possesses magical powers.

HERTZEL COLUMN: DeForest has impact on WVU special teams - Times West Virginian
A year ago, Joe DeForest was defenseless, which is an often fatal malady when your job title is defensive coordinator.

WVU Notebook: Oklahoma Week - EerSports
Shaq Rowell, Daikiel Shorts, Tyler Orlosky and Dreamius Smith discuss last week's game as well as the upcoming Oklahoma matchup.

West Virginia Defense Has Revenge on Its Mind - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''Redemption,'' he said. ''Summer, spring, winter ... redemption has been at the front of my mind.''

Cook on who’s giving WVU a chance against Sooners: ‘My mama’ - WV MetroNews
Mountaineers embracing underdog role as they prepare to visit Oklahoma.

Stephen Nesbitt's WVU football chat transcript: 9.4.13 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PPG's WVU beat writer

Pro News:

Could we see Pat White and RGIII in the same backfield this season? - ProsReport
White, himself, perhaps tipped the Redskins' hand. During a radio interview on 106.7 The Fan's Lavar and Dukes this past Monday.

Geno starts for Jets on Sunday - WV MetroNews
While the rookie from WVU has the job for now, team management insists Mark Sanchez remains an option when healthy

Around the League (and Beyond):

Bears won’t tip over Bulls as easily as in Wofford rout - Waco Tribune

Why is Iowa State QB Richardson wearing an immoblizer on his ankle? - Des Moines Register

Charlie Weis Previews Opener Against South Dakota - Rock Chalk Talk

Gameweek: Snyder Press Conference Wrapup - Louisiana-Lafeyette - Bring On The Cats

Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson welcomes bigger role with scheme change - Tulsa World

Oklahoma State football: Joe Wickline rolls with the changes - Oklahoman

Texas injury report: Turner, Sanders to play - Burnt Orange Nation

Midweek Musings: How Good Is B.J. Catalon? - Frogs O' War

VIDEO | Texas Tech Football | This Is Real - Viva The Matadors

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

WVU vs. Eastern Kentucky Changes Time - WVU Athletics
No. 9 WVU will play Eastern Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Videos of Interest:

Tony Caridi sits down with Head Coach Dana Holgorsen to talk about what the Mountaineers are doing to get ready for their game against Oklahoma

Offensive lineman Pat Eger gives an update on the strategy for the team, heading into Norman, Okla., this weekend to take on the Sooners.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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