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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (10/9/14) Edition

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Tech previews, hoops previews & interviews, recruiting ranking, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Oct. 9 - WV MetroNews
news comes about that Daryl Worley will be able to play against Texas Tech as he was reinstated on Wednesday. Juwan Staten also says that he can play 40 minutes a game if need be, but would rather play a few less minutes to stay fresh. We also hear from Texas Tech sidelines reporter Chris Level as he reports on the Red Raiders struggling defense.

Luck to Serve on USA Football Committee - WVU Athletics
Luck part of USA Football's Heads Up Running committee.

West Virginia Third in Big 12 Preseason Poll - WVU Athletics
"The poll shows that the coaches around the league have a great amount of respect for our program," said coach Mike Carey.

Rifle Season Preview - WVU Athletics
The No. 1 West Virginia University rifle team opens its defense to its back-to-back, nation-best 16th NCAA title this Sunday, Oct. 12, against No. 8 TCU, at the WVU Rifle Range.

Mountaineers’ confident entering conference play - Daily Athenaeum
As MAC play opens up this weekend for the West Virginia Mountaineers, they are still looking for answers to their road woes this season.

New Ballpark Construction Update - WVU Athletics
Work has continued on the new WVU baseball ballpark.

FURFARI: WVU consensus A-A Compton is happy coaching at Fairmont State - Times West Virginian
Mike Compton, who might well have been the greatest football center in West Virginia University history, is now in his second season as offensive line coach for Fairmont State University.

News of Note:

Texas Tech Preview - WVU Athletics
West Virginia returns to the place, Lubbock, Texas, where it got its first lesson in what life sometimes can be like on the road in the Big 12 Conference.

Wenesday Walkthrough: Texas Tech - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Casazza's video Notebook

Casazza: Holgorsen has evolved since days in Lubbock - Charleston Daily Mail
The way that Dana Holgorsen tells the story, he began exploring avenues out of Lubbock, Texas, when he ran out of ways to get Mike Leach to punt.

Holgorsen Reinstates Worley - WVSports.com
It is likely he will play on Saturday in Lubbock against Texas Tech.

Worley pleads no contest to assault; receives 6-month suspended sentence - WV MetroNews
West Virginia's top cornerback presumably will suit up against Texas Tech

Holgorsen: Tony Gibson Getting the Most Out of Revamped WVU Defe - WVillustrated
Tony Gibson has provided the missing link to a Mountaineer defense that went missing in action throughout the last three years.

Transfer making an impact on defense - Charleston Daily Mail
Edward Muldrow is just beginning to make his mark on West Virginia’s defense, but the junior college transfer who made his first start last week is already making the most of his relationships.

‘Not afraid of competition,’ Riddick aims to attack spread offenses - WV MetroNews
After making only four tackles in first five games at WVU, transfer defensive end will be pivotal against Texas Tech.

New-look front to be tested by Tech - Exponent Telegram
Installed during a bye week in September, the Mountaineers plan to feature two smaller, quicker players on the defensive line to combat the fast-paced spread offenses most Big 12 teams employ.

WVU focuses on pass rush - Martinsburg Journal
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson knew he needed to try to match Alabama and Oklahoma pound for pound along the defensive...

Musings, Matchups and More: WVU vs Texas Tech - BGN
There's been a good bit of focus on West Virginia's defensive changes heading into a string of games against passing foes, but some underlying, and very important, aspects have been overlooked -- until now.

Texas Tech Insider: WVU Offense - BGN
Here, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, quarterback Clint Trickett and running back Rushel Shell detail what the Mountaineers have to do to match those similar-to-themselves offenses and what WVU was actually doing in the second half versus Kansas.

Finally, some limelight for the line - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia’s offensive line has labored in obscurity for much of a season in which they faced challenges most lines don’t face.

Hickman: WVU special teams pretty good, but ... - Charleston Gazette
It’s almost become tiring to revisit, but with each of those mistakes it becomes pretty much necessary.

Texas Tech searching for consistency on offense - Charleston Gazette
Of all the problems that have plagued Texas Tech this season, it’s really difficult to know where to begin.

Like waffles? Texas Tech is giving 10,000 away Saturday against West Virginia | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports
In one of the stranger promotions we've seen this year, Texas Tech is giving students 10,000 waffles.

Hoops

Juwan Staten - Preseason Press Conference - WVU Athletics
Senior guard Juwan Staten addressed the media Tuesday.

Less is More For Staten? - EerSports
The idea of getting a few breaks this season is something Staten is reluctantly accepting.

Staten, Browne emerging as leaders for WVU - BGN
Throughout Bob Huggins' coaching career, there has been a pattern that has developed.

WVU's Premier Guard On Upcoming Season - BGN
Now, the point guard - and preseason Big 12 Player of the Year - plans to do everything in his power to go out on top before his final days in a West Virginia uniform.

Men's basketball team spent offseason getting to know one another - Exponent Telegram
They had a softball game. They shot skeet. They had paintball competition.

New look entering 2014-15 season - Daily Athenaeum
Coming off a season that had more bad than good for the West Virginia men’s basketball team, the 2014-15 season hopes to be just the opposite with many new faces on this WVU squad.

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Players Talk for the First Time in 2014-2015 - WVillustrated
Browne, Williams & Staten

Recruiting:

Football Class Rankings - ESPN
26 West Virginia

Pro News:

Bailey on the brink of breaking out - WVU Pros
After coming back off a suspension, Stedman Bailey has two catches for 20 yards in two games. But Bailey is on the brink of breaking out.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 predictions: Week 7 - FOX Sports (autoplay)

Baylor, TCU prepare for surprise showdown at McLane - Waco Tribune

McDonald's brings Iowa State uniform joke to life - SBNation.com

Kansas seeking ways to get Pierson more touches - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State's Danzel McDaniel: I'm a 'tone-setter' - Bring On The Cats

Running back Keith Ford officially ruled out for Texas game - Oklahoman

James Washington comes from small school, has big-time talent - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Offensive line shuffle inserting RT Darius James benefits Horns vs. Bears - Burnt Orange Nation

QB Curve: Can TCU’s Trevone Boykin Keep the Upsets Coming? - Grantland

Trading places: Shakeups have done little to remedy Tech's receiver issues - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: SEC West rankings are more than just Southern bias - FOX Sports (autoplay)

First-and-10: It's simple — blaming officiating for loss is not good look - Sporting News (autoplay)

What's On Tap:

WSoc Blog: A Letter from Coach Izzo-Brown - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers open their home Big 12 season this Friday night against No. 15 Texas Tech.

Video of Interest:

WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen sits down with Tony Caridi to discuss the Mountaineers' upcoming game against Texas Tech.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Does this mean the WVU fans and team will be showered with them?
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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Playmate from October 2011. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Amanda Cerny.