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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (10/1/14) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, coaches & player interviews, Huggs presser, hoops primer, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Oct. 1 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen gives his thoughts on what type of Kansas team is coming to Morgantown on Saturday. We also here the first words from head basketball coach Bob Huggins, on what type of team he thinks he is going to have this season as they start preseason practice on Friday.

Women's Soccer Stable at No. 17 - WVU Athletics
The ranking stability follows the Mountaineers’ (8-2-2, 1-0-1) 1-0-1 showing on the road in Big 12 play. The squad settled for a 0-0 draw at TCU on Sept. 26 and defeated Texas 2-0 on Sept. 28.

Inside the 18 - WVU Athletics
This week's inside look at West Virginia University men's and women's soccer

FURFARI COLUMN: Young gets Presidential Award after 41 years - Times West Virginian
Donald Young has enjoyed a variety of roles at West Virginia University athletically, dating back to the early 1960s.

What if WVU had beaten Pitt? - Exponent Telegram
Think about it for a moment. Phil Bowman has

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Media Conference - WVU Athletics
video and transcript here, video also embedded below

Player/Coaches Media Session: Kansas - WVU Athletics
Players and assistant coaches addressed the media Tuesday afternoon.

WATCH: WVU Football Assistants, Players Prepare for Kansas - WVillustrated
Galloway, Seider, Joseph, Rose, Banks, Dillon & Orlosky

WVSports.com TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews - WVSports.com
Gibby, Bradley, Trickett, Banks, Joseph & Tonkery

Defensive Assistants Dissect Kansas Offense - BGN
Tony Gibson and senior associate head coach Tom Bradley note, the situation provides a potential spark for Kansas, which could emotionally rally while also tweaking its play calling approach.

Dawson: "We Got Our Hands Full" With KU Defense - EerSports
West Virginia Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson talks about Kansas' defense and how the Mountaineers can continue to move the ball on offense.

West Virginia's Alford, White look to burn slumping Kansas defense - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Defensively, I think they've been playing pretty daggone well," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said Tuesday.

WVU receivers need to win 1-on-1 matchups against Jayhawks - Register Herald
It’s clear something went wrong last year in Lawrence, Kan., when West Virginia’s Mountaineers made the trip west to play the Kansas Jayhawks.

Banks unlikely hero for receiving corps - Charleston Daily Mail
Fifth-year senior cornerback Icky Banks was the scout team cornerback during practice for the first three games and routinely made things difficult for Trickett, White and receiver Mario Alford.

WVU CB Banks ready to make right - BGN
There have been a lot of lessons Icky Banks has learned quickly this season.

Banks made best of suspension with scout-team performance - WV MetroNews
Sidelined three games by an academic suspension, the cornerback said practicing against Kevin White and Mario Alford kept him game-ready.

Banks’ suspension wasn’t all bad - Charleston Gazette
From Banks’ perspective, being forced to sit down was agonizing.

Losing ground: Loss to Kansas began rough stretch for WVU’s run defense - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers have allowed 14 rushing touchdowns and 5.7 yards per carry in last five games vs. FBS teams.

Kansas’ Mundine a threat at tight end - Charleston Daily Mail
Whether defiance or determination, Jimmay Mundine had a feel for the future and he wouldn’t let go.

Bowen: Kansas To "Work on Attitude" For WVU - BGN
As Kansas readies for West Virginia, the Jayhawks are likely to be long on emotion and enthusiasm. The execution portion? That’s what defensive coordinator and interim head coach Clint Bowen is piecing together as the week progresses.

Bradley can off new Kansas coach some advice - Exponent Telegram
Bradley is West Virginia’s veteran defensive line coach and senior associate head coach but in another life he found himself in a similar, but far more high profile situation than Bowen.

WVU assistant Bradley can relate to Jayhawks interim coach - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Tom Bradley, who will be stationed on the opposite sideline, knows what challenges await.

Holgorsen Previews Kansas, Reviews Bye Week - BGN
Dana Holgorsen doesn't believe the Jayhawks will be schematically different from what they were under dismissed head coach Charlie Weis.

Holgorsen confident WVU will bounce back from 2013 Kansas loss - Daily Athenaeum
“I really saw a difference in it when they showed up on Sunday,” Holgorsen said. “They were probably as energetic and had as good of a practice as we’ve had all year on Sunday night.”

The Numerical, Week 5: We're still waiting for excellence, Florida State - SBNation.com
The Big 12, according to F/+:

Vingle: WVU recruiting and scheduling; Nehlen - Charleston Gazette
The news from here

College Football's 12 Most-Improved Teams in 2014 - AthlonSports.com
West Virginia - Record: 2-2

Hoops Primer:

Bob Huggins Preseason Media Conference - WVU Athletics
Head basketball coach Bob Huggins addressed members of the media Tuesday.

Mountaineers better suited to Huggins’ principles - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers begin practice Friday.

Huggins envisions tighter defense, rebounding for upcoming season - WV MetroNews
After top shooters transfer, West Virginia projects to be inside-oriented and tougher on the glass.

Huggins likes enthusiasm of team - Exponent Telegram
Here’s a little secret. Bob Huggins didn’t like his team last year.

Huggins gearing up for new season - WVSports.com
When Bob Huggins approached the microphone at Tuesday's preseason press conference, there seemed to be something different about the coaching legend. A more jovial difference, if you will.

Huggins: "Best I've Felt In A Long Time" - EerSports
Bob Huggins had some glowing remarks about this year's squad as he met with the media for the first time this season.

Identity change for WVU hoops in 2014-15 season - Daily Athenaeum
“We probably won’t shoot it as well from three, but we’ll pass it better, we’ll rebound it better, which I think more than makes up for that, but we’re way more athletic than we’ve been,” Huggins said.

Pro News:

Where Are They Now Wednesday: David Grant - WVU Pros
David Grant tells us about playing for WVU, in the NFL, his thoughts on WVU's move to the Big 12 and his current job in this latest edition of Where Are They Now?

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor vs. Texas Hype Video: "We Run This State" - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State must start passing on every play - Des Moines Register (autoplay)

What I want in a Kansas football coach - Rock Chalk Talk

Whitehair makes smooth transition on K-State offensive line - Topeka Capital Journal

Baker Mayfield's Waiver Denied - Crimson And Cream Machine

Kevin Peterson embraces being 'the man' - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Malcolm Brown Is Ridiculous - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU is primed for a Big 12 breakthrough - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

What's wrong with Davis Webb? - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Kansas Game Information - WVU Athletics
Game information for the WVU-Kansas Oct. 4 contest.

Men’s Soccer Travels to No. 13 New Mexico - WVU Athletics
The WVU men’s soccer team will travel to take on No. 13 New Mexico on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Lobo Soccer Complex in Albuquerque, N.M. The match will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

Volleyball Prepped for Marshall - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers head to Huntington to finish out their nonconference slate.

Video of Interest:


Video of (Dis)Interest:

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