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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (10/8/14) Edition

Holgorsen & Huggs pressers, Tech previews, hoops notes, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Oct. 8 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen gives us the scouting report on this years Texas Tech Red Raider squad. We also hear from Brian Hanni, of the Texas Tech Radio Network, as he gives us his insights on the mood of this Red Raider team heading into Saturday’s game.

Women's Soccer No. 17 in Coaches' Poll - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers’ (8-2-2, 1-0-1) position has not changed for three weeks.

Inside the 18: Episode 7 - WVU Athletics
The women began conference play last weekend and the men travel for their first match-up in the MAC this Saturday. This week's Inside the 18 features the start of conference play

Rifle Remains No. 1 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team remains No. 1 in this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.

FURFARI COLUMN: Bowden recalls bad as well as good in 10 years at WVU - Times West Virginian
Bobby Bowden, one of the most notable and successful coaches in collegiate football history, said while here last weekend that he certainly did enjoy his 10 years of coaching at West Virginia University.

News of Note:

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

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

Worley Cleared to Practice; Will He Play This Week? - EerSports
"He’s been cleared to practice," said Holgorsen. "That happened on Sunday. As far as competition, that’s still up in the air."

WVU’s Worley back at practice, game status up in the air - Charleston Gazette
Worley and his attorneys have made a push to tell his side of the story to both university officials and within the legal system. His reinstatement appears to be the first positive result.

Worley practicing again, but playing eligibility remains cloudy - WV MetroNews
His availability for game competition remains "up n the air," said coach Dana Holgorsen.

Worley cleared to practice with Mountaineers - Exponent Telegram
Hertzel's Notebook

WVU allows Worley to practice - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia notebook

West Virginia notebook: Punting problems flare up this year - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“We’ve got to stop the return stuff,” Holgorsen said Tuesday

Mountaineers returning to scene where 2012 meltdown began - WV MetroNews
West Virginia entered Lubbock riding hype and ranked No. 5 in the nation, but it has gone 9-16 since.

Back to the scene of the decline - Exponent Telegram
Two years ago, when West Virginia’s football team boarded its charter jet for Lubbock, Texas, it did so as a national power.

Holgorsen's offense not really an 'Air Raid' anymore - Register Herald: College Sports
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is often labeled as a Mike Leach protege, and for good reason.

First Look: WVU Offense Details Texas Tech - BGN
Here, offensive line coach Ron Crook, tackle Adam Pankey and running backs coach JuJuan Seider detail pass protection versus Texas Tech

Texas Tech’s 121st-ranked run defense hasn’t stopped anyone this season - WV MetroNews
West Virginia, meanwhile, has developed some nastiness within its inside running game.

WVU's Gibson, Bradley Dissect Texas Tech - BGN
Here, Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and senior associate head coach and former Penn State coordinator Tom Bradley delve into the varying aspects of controlling such styles.

WATCH: WVU Assistants, Players Look Ahead to Texas Tech - WVillustrated
Seider, Bradley, Shell, Dawson, Gibby, Spain & Trickett TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews -
Gibby, Seider, Trickett & Spain

Planning for success: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia has been a lethal passing team this season, but this Saturday they will try to carry over their surging ground attack, too.

Mountaineers Have Stronger Bond This Year - EerSports
"No doubt (the relationships are better than last year)," said Gibson. "We talk about it all the time as a staff. Our guys really like each other. They're spending time together on and off the field.

WVU’s Kevin White: Talking Trash and Backing It Up in 2014 - WVillustrated
Kevin White has taken over the top spot as the nation's leader in receiving yards through five games, providing a sense of confidence unrivaled by many other receivers across the country.

Two halfs, two stories for West Virginia - Daily Athenaeum
staying consistent and carrying the strong starts throughout the game have been a struggle, according to head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen, Kingsbury share special relationship - Daily Athenaeum
As many Big 12 head coaches would say, along with tenure at your school comes the evident building of relationships with the other coaches in the conference.

Vingle: Officiating, WVU and MU notes and the Panda - Charleston Gazette
While wondering why Trevor Knight hasn’t called Katy Perry ...

Total Quarterback Rating - College Football - ESPN
12 Clint Trickett (1st in Big 12)

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 7 - FOX Sports
6. West Virginia (3-2, 1-1). Last week: 5. This week: at Texas Tech.


Bob Huggins - Preseason Media Conference No. 2 - WVU Athletics
Head men's basketball coach Bob Huggins addressed the media Tuesday.

WVU’s Staten working to live up to Big 12 accolades - Charleston Gazette
As far as Juwan Staten is concerned, being named the preseason player of the year in the Big 12 isn’t so much an accomplishment as it is a challenge.

Unfinished business: Staten says defensive emphasis could lead to NCAAs - WV MetroNews
West Virginia has a 30-35 record in the point guard's two seasons, but Staten suggests luck could change this year.

Huggins uses offseason activities to bring team together, prepare players for long haul of Big 12 season - Daily Athenaeum
Each offseason, along with the summer workouts, practices and games, the team also takes part in other activities – activities that step away from the hardwood. TV: Basketball Player Interviews -
Staten, Williams, Browne & Adrian

Around the League (and Beyond):

The (Big 12) Pregame Huddle: Week 7 - FOX Sports

"Revivalry" - A Baylor vs. TCU Hype Video - Our Daily Bears

Rhoads hoping tough slate toughened team - 2:00 Timeout

Kansas Football Weekly Report Card: West Virginia - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State has work to do during bye week - Topeka Capital Journal

Trevor Knight's Sugar Bowl performance seems more and more like an aberration - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Five reasons to watch OSU face Kansas on Saturday - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas sticking with Tyrone Swoopes over Jerrod Heard at quarterback - Burnt Orange Nation

What to Expect From TCU's Offense Against Baylor - Frogs O' War

Pullquotes: Kingsbury, Webb & Jackson - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Volleyball to Dig Pink vs. Sooners - WVU Athletics
Returning home for the first time in two weeks, the West Virginia University volleyball team will host Oklahoma in the squad’s annual Dig Pink match on Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. tilt at the WVU Coliseum.

Basketball Season Tips With Gold-Blue Debut - WVU Athletics
Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6 p.m.

Game Day Central - WVU Athletics
Game 6: West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (2-3, 0-2 Big 12)

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the former Playmate of the Year from 2012. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jaclyn Swedberg.