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Mountaineer Morning Links: Kansas Pre-Game (10/3/14) Edition

KU previews, recruiting update, weekend varsity action, WVU Pros updates, tailgate prep, Big 12 roundup, weekend viewing guide & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Oct. 3 - WV MetroNews
WVU point guard Juwan Staten, as he talks about being named preseason Big 12 Player of the Year. We also hear from Kansas beat writer Jesse Newell as he speaks about quarterback Montell Cozart and how his role may change with Clint Bowen calling the shots.

For Bobby Bowden, greatest coaching high and low happened at West Virginia - FOX Sports
To Bowden, his crossroad was the Backyard Brawl. Competitive intensity displayed by campuses just 76 miles apart.

Bowden’s legacy still burning bright - Times West Virginian
How did this happen? How did Bobby Bowden, beginning really in his days in Morgantown when he coached the Mountaineers for a decade, from 1966 to 1975, the last six years as head coach, create this coaching dynasty?

WBB Game Times and More TV Announced - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University announced home game times for the upcoming 2014-15 women’s basketball season on Thursday.

Mountaineers return home, take on Duquesne Sunday - Daily Athenaeum
In their return home, the Mountaineers will face the Duquesne Dukes in their seventh home game of the season.

West Virginia attempts to rebound, takes on Iowa State - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University volleyball team is back in Big 12 action this weekend as they travel to face the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday.

Watching History from Morgantown - WVU Athletics
WVU rifle coach Jon Hammond discusses his ties to his native Scotland.

WVUsportsBuzz Presented by U.S. Cellular - WVU Athletics
This week's WVUsportsBuzz is on location at the WVU Natatorium.

News of Note:

Kansas not built to get into a shootout - Charleston Daily Mail
Charlie Weis will be far from Mountaineer Field Saturday when Kansas plays West Virginia, but the words of the Jayhawks coach fired Sunday ought to remain.

Gibson Still Looking For Improvement - EerSports
Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Tony Gibson spoke with the media this week about the progress West Virginia’s defense has made since the beginning of the season.

Game Preview: Kansas -
Following the bye week, West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) will look to get back on track when it plays host to a Kansas (2-2, 0-1) team that relived head coach Charlie Weis of his duties earlier this week.

Hickman: Bowen points Jayhawks in right direction - Charleston Gazette
Prediction: WVU 30-13 … Another school paying Charlie not to coach

Musings, Match-ups and More: Kansas vs WVU - BGN
How big of an impact will a new head coach have on Kansas' football schemes? A lot less than many are making out.

Mitch’s matchups, prediction - Charleston Gazette
Prediction: WVU, 31-21 ... Charlie? Has anyone seen Charlie?

WVU aide has advice for KU’s Bowen - Charleston Gazette
Bradley’s advice to Bowen? Don’t change a thing. That has nothing to do with schemes or the like, but merely personality.

Pass Game Success A Must for WVU Vs Kansas - BGN
the Kansas front might be able to create a stalemate against West Virginia’s run game, forcing the Mountaineers to make plays on the outside to win.

Jayhawks will encounter different Kevin White than they saw in 2013 - WV MetroNews
After a stellar opening month, receiver wants to make up for his 9-yard output at Kansas last season.

West Virginia Mountaineers need focus to beat Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
The Mountaineers had struggled throughout the 2013 season, but West Virginia appeared in great position to extend its bowl streak. Then came Kansas.

West Virginia running back Rushel Shell emerges in a hurry - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When West Virginia emerged as a likely landing spot for adrift Pitt transfer Rushel Shell 18 months ago, first-year running backs coach JaJuan Seider didn't watch a second of film on the bruising sophomore tailback.

During suspension, Banks helped offense - Exponent Telegram
Normally, when a player is suspended we think of them being sent off into some football purgatory, neither on the team nor off it.

West Virginia football team chasing after pass rush - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
High on coach Dana Holgorsen's to-do list during West Virginia's bye week was turning up the pass rush.

Changes needed against KU - Daily Athenaeum
As West Virginia prepares to face Kansas Saturday, there are several areas the Mountaineers must improve on from the Oklahoma game in order to notch their first Big 12 win of the season.

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
This week's Mountaineer Insider Podcast features Kansas coach Clint Bowen and the Big 12 Blitz, a quick look around the conference featuring some key games.

Big 12 Mailbag: Draft stock, KU hire, playoffs and more - FOX Sports
David Ubben's weekly Big 12 Mailbag, this week featuring draft stock, Kansas' hire, playoffs and more.


Preseason Practice Opens for WVU Men - WVU Athletics
Men's hoops begins practice today.

Big 12 preseason honor drives Staten to reach more goals - WV MetroNews
Senior point guard has come a long way since doubters questioned him before last season.

Staten Works To ‘Stay Even’ - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Juwan Staten faced a difficult choice at the end of last season.

Huggins state social media champ - Charleston Gazette
Huggins is the most active of the group on Twitter and is actually a pretty decent follow.


Decision Day For Top247 CB Jordan Whitehead - EerSports
Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley Top247 cornerback Jordan Whitehead will make his college decision around 2:30 p.m., Friday afternoon.

WVU Football Commitment Update: Oct 2 - BGN
Every one of West Virginia's football verbal commitments are scheduled to be in action this weekend, with a number of them getting an early start. Here's a recap of Thursday night's action.

Pro News:

Stats for Mountaineers in the NFL through four weeks - WVU Pros
With four weeks in the books, a quarter of the NFL season is over. In this article we take a look at the stats for each WVUPro who has made their way onto the field.

Charles Sims Learning on the Job During Rookie NFL Season - WVillustrated
Former WVU running back and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Charles Sims talked with West Virginia Illustrated in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Kickin' It with McAfee: Working with Jim Gaffigan - NFL Videos (autoplay)
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee is back for "Kickin' it with McAfee." He talks about his surprise onside kick against the Tennessee Titans, getting praised by Andrew Luck and winning AFC special teams player of the month.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Week 6 Advanced Stats: The Big 12 Conference - Our Daily Bears

Big 12 Week 6 Preview and Predictions -

Ground game churning: Baylor rushing attack finds footing after sluggish start - Waco Tribune

2014 Game V: Iowa State vs Oklahoma State Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

5 Questions, New Head Coach Edition: Kansas vs. West Virginia - Rock Chalk Talk

Stout against the run, Kansas State now focuses on pass defense - Kansas City Star

OU At TCU | What To Expect From The OU Offense - Crimson And Cream Machine

Freshman wide receiver Chris Lacy's academic talent transitions to the football field - Oklahoman

What WR Daje Johnson would bring to the Texas offense - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: Frogs haven’t had to be told how to handle OU week - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Experienced line, healthy Washington help Tech run game click - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 6 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from MPS on FSN affiliates (ROOT SP & MASN2, locally). WVU is giving 26.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. (21) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Boone on FS1. Pokes are giving 17.

(7) Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from DKR on ABC. Bears are giving 15.

(4) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (25) TCU Horned Frogs - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from Amon G. Carter on FOX. Land thieves are giving 5.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (23) Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Bill on ESPNU/3. Cats are giving 12.5.

Week 6 College Football TV Schedule - The Smoking Musket
Here's how to watch all of the college football in week 6.

Video of Interest:

WVU's Tony Caridi sat down with Head Coach Dana Holgorsen to discuss the team's upcoming game against Kansas.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Sweet Grilled Steak Bites


2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
1/2 teaspoon Greek seasoning, or to taste
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. Season the meat with Greek seasoning. In a large resealable bag or non reactive bowl, combine the soy sauce, corn syrup, garlic and seasoned salt. Massage the bag to blend, then add the beef. Press out most of the air and seal. Marinate for up to 24 hours, flipping over occasionally to evenly marinate.
  2. Preheat a grill for medium heat. When hot, lightly oil the grate. Thread the beef cubes onto skewers.
  3. Grill the meat on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until they have reached your desired degree of doneness. Be careful not to let the flames get too high. These will darken quickly because of the high sugar content. Don't worry- they aren't burning!


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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