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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (11/10/14) Edition

More Texas fallout, coverage of hoops exhibition win, women's soccer Big 12 champs again, varsity notes, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Back-to-Back Championships! - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team won the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship.

Arslan’s Late Goal Leads Men’s Soccer to Victory - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team won its regular-season finale.

Cyclones Top Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers fell 3-0 to Iowa State in Big 12 play at the WVU Coliseum.

No. 1 Rifle Continues to Roll - WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team continued its win streak with a season-best score, defeating Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 9 Memphis, 4718-4637, today, at the WVU Rifle Range.

News of Note:

Texas Notebook - WVU Athletics
Game notes and quotes following Saturday's loss to Texas.

Mountaineers ‘wanted it to be easy’ - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers made the wrong moves at the wrong times - Charleston Daily Mail
It was that sort of game for WVU, which was undone by intensity, intuition and inches throughout the 33-16 loss

West Virginia's defense is stunned in slow start - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“You motivate and coach during the week,” Gibson said. “On game day, you go out and call the game. If we have to motivate [players] to come play in this venue, in another Big 12 game, that’s not a good thing.”

Monday Morning Stock Report: Trip to Texas becomes season’s low point - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor reviews what went wrong during West Virginia's 33-16 upset loss in Austin.

WVU failed to show up against Longhorns - Exponent Telegram
An empty bus pulled up to Darrell K. Royal Stadium in Austin, Texas, Saturday afternoon … and the West Virginia football team got off.

WVU offense missing - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
At about 6 p.m. Saturday, the search party had gathered. Grim looks of concern were on their faces as they set out to try and find the missing. What had happened, they wondered?

FUFARI: WVU's upset loss to Texas is most damaging of the season - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s shocking 33-16 upset loss to unranked Texas on Saturday might be the most damaging of this revitalized season.

Mountaineers teetering on edge of another disappointment - Register Herald
Remember November. It’s a motto that Bill Stewart recited over and over during his three years as the West Virginia University football coach, and one he seemed to embrace, going 7-3 during that critical stretch, including a 3-0 mark his final season in 2010 that clinched a share of the Big East title for his Mountaineers.

November is not WVU’s month - Daily Athenaeum
After remaining unbeaten throughout October, the state of Texas was not kind to No. 23 West Virginia during the past two weeks.

Big 12 College Football Power Rankings: Week 11 - ESPN
6 ↓ West Virginia Mountaineers

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 12 - FOX Sports
5. West Virginia


WVU Bags Exhibition Win - WVU Athletics
West Virginia routs Shepherd Sunday at the Coliseum.

Mountaineers show off new look in exhibition win - Charleston Daily Mail
And the eight fresh faces were only half that story.

After slow start, WVU routs Shepherd - Charleston Gazette
WVU received scoring from 13 players, led by newcomer Jaysean Paige’s 13 points and six steals, in a 109-60 romp before 4,879 at the Coliseum.

Full-court press on display as WVU crushes Shepherd in exhibition - WV MetroNews
West Virginia knocks off Shepherd 109-60 in an exhibition contest on Sunday. (includes photo gallery)

Mountaineer men cruise to 109-60 hoops victory - Exponent Telegram
As exhibition games go, West Virginia’s Sunday afternoon outing with Shepherd was quite an exhibition.

WVU downs Shepherd in exhibition by 49 points - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia took care of business in an exhibition game against Shepherd Sunday evening. The Mountaineers downed the Rams 109-60.

WVU Basketball Earns Easy Exhibition Win - BGN
The West Virginia men’s basketball used a gritty and aggressive defensive performance to defeat Shepherd 109-60 in an exhibition game at the Coliseum on Sunday.

WVU runs away from Shepherd, 109-60 -
With newcomer Jaysean Paige leading the way for the Mountaineers, putting up 13 points, and five other players in double figures, West Virginia pulled out to an early advantage and never looked back, downing the Division II Rams 109-60..

GAME RECAP: WVU Basketball Cruises Over Shepherd in Exhibition O - WVillustrated
The West Virginia men's basketball team earned a lopsided 109-60 victory over the Shepherd Rams in an exhibition game on Sunday evening.

Basketball Postgame Quotebook: Shepherd - EerSports
Juwan Staten, Gary Browne, Jonathan Holton, and Bob Huggins talk with the media after Sunday's 109-60 win over Shepherd.

Quick Review: Miles, Williams Dissect Win - BGN
Here, the frontcourt-backcourt duo of Devin Williams and Daxter Miles detail the 109-60 victory, and note what needs tuned prior to the season-opener against Monmouth on Friday. TV: Basketball Player Interviews -
Staten, Holton, Paige & Miles

WATCH: WVU Men's Basketball Players React to 109-60 Win in Exhibition Opener - WVillustrated
Holton, Williams, Browne, Paige, Miles & Staten


WVU Football Commitment Update: Nov 9 - BGN
The season is over for a handful of West Virginia's 2015 football verbal commitments, but there is still plenty of action to recap as many others wind up their regular seasons or embark on first round playoff action.

Sills Excited About WVU's Development - Scout
Eastern Christian quarterback and West Virginia quarterback commit David Sills is on the mend from an ankle injury, so his on-field focus is on enrolling in January and joining some former teammate in Morgantown, W.V.

Herr Eyeing January Enrollment At WVU - Scout
Jamie Herr originally committed to West Virginia in the summer or 2013, and has remained there even after re-classifying into the 2015 class.

Following the Future: Week 12 -
Throughout the fall, will take an extensive look at how the current West Virginia commits fare week to week throughout their senior football seasons. Here's how some did during the twelfth of the season.

Pro News:

WVU in the NFL: Week 10 -
Following each week of the NFL season, will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Eers in the NFL: Week Ten - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Ten.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Best and worst of the Big 12: Week 11 - FOX Sports

Highlights: Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners - Our Daily Bears

It’s not that the Cyclones lost, it’s how they lost - Ames Tribune

Bathing in Victory: Jayhawks grab first win under interim head coach Clint Bowen - Lawrence Journal World

Boykin, athletic Frogs burst K-State's CFP hopes - Topeka Capital Journal

Julian Wilson Rips Defensive Scheme In 48-14 Blowout Loss To The Baylor Bears - Crimson And Cream Machine

Daxx Garman's decision making key for a sixth Cowboy victory - Oklahoman

Texas Longhorns make big plays, then send Charlie Strong crowdsurfing - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU vs. Kansas State: 3 Up 3 Down - Frogs O' War

Hocutt is Disappointed, But Optimistic About Texas Tech's Football Future - Viva The Matadors

Gameday Final - ESPN

Punt, Pass & Pork: Could playoff selection committee have style bias? - Staples -

College football's best Vines, GIFs and quirks of Week 11 -

What's On Tap:

Seven Big 12 Games on Sale Monday - WVU Athletics
Individual tickets for seven Big 12 home games will go on sale Monday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. at the Mountaineer Ticket Office.

Video of Interest:

Huggins presser courtesy of BGN:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Moldovian. CLICK HERE for today's mega-gallery of Xenia Deli and HERE for a bonus gallery.