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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/12/14) Edition

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Holgorsen's weekly presser, varsity notes, recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Nov. 12 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen talks about the opportunity to coach up his young guys during the bye week.

Mountaineers plan to use bye week for rest, move on from loss - Daily Athenaeum
After close losses to then-No. 2 Alabama and then-No. 4 Oklahoma during the first four weeks of the season, West Virginia’s coaching staff applauded the players’ effort and performance in both games.

Izzo-Brown builds on legacy as WVU women’s soccer coach - Charleston Daily Mail
It is officially her 19th season compiling wins and losses, but 20th at WVU.

Andy Bevin - WVUSports.com
"I've gone by the soccer cliché of I'd rather be a great goal scorer than a scorer of great goals."

Inside the 18: Episode 12 - WVU Athletics
It was a successful weekend for WVU soccer as the women took home their second Big 12 tournament title in a row. In addition, the men clinched a second seed in the MAC tournament.

Rifle No. 1 for Seventh Straight Week - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team ranks No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll for the seventh straight week.

Women’s Hoops Promotional Schedule Released - WVU Athletics
WVU women's hoops released its 2014-15 promotional schedule.

Mountaineers Rally For Cause - WVU Athletics
Breast Cancer Awareness Month hits home for WVU family.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Media Conference: Bye Week - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below

Despite back-to-back losses, ‘improvement’ still a buzzword at WVU - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen meets with reporters entering the Mountaineers' bye week.

Holgorsen Talks Bye Week, O-Line, Dreamius and Next Year - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen met with the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference.

Smith expected to have larger backfield role - Charleston Daily Mail
The West Virginia running back who is third on the team in carries, but has the most yards per carry, the three longest runs of the season and a touchdown in four straight games could see more action next week against Kansas State.

Second week off is much needed - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia notebook

What's wrong with the Mountaineer offense? - Register Herald
What’s wrong with the offense?

Holgorsen says WVU headed in right direction - Charleston Gazette
10 games into the season in which Holgorsen’s team had to get better, the Mountaineers have.

Time for reflection for Holgorsen, Mountaineers - Exponent Telegram
So here we sit, 10 games into the season and there is no one who would argue that Holgorsen and Co. haven’t met Luck’s standards.

Not yet time to give up on WVU - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said Monday his team had officially gotten rid of Saturday’s 33-16 loss to Texas.

WVU Approaching Bye Week with ‘Plenty’ Left to Play For - WVillustrated
Following WVU's tough loss to Texas on Saturday, the Mountaineers realize there is still plenty left to play for, having the ability to improve its bowl status with victories in the final two regular season games.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen upbeat about putting two-straight losses behind him - Daily Athenaeum
As West Virginia enters its second bye week of the season, the vibe surrounding this Mountaineer squad has gone downhill after suffering its first back-to-back losses of the season to then-No. 7 TCU and Texas, respectively.

’Eers Look to Heal Up Mentally & Physically - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
West Virginia enjoying a much-needed bye week

Missed opportunities derailed WVU at Texas - Exponent Telegram
The first half was riddled with scoring possibilities that were never capitalized upon.

Crest throwing again under trainer's care - Exponent Telegram
WVU Football Notebook

Loss at Texas still stings Holgorsen - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
WVU notebook

WVU’s bowl situation and Liberty’s desire to host Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
In sum, Mountaineer fans should circle Dec. 29 on their calendars. Odds are, that’s the day their team will play.

College Football's Post-Week 11 Bowl Projections - AthlonSports.com
Liberty Dec. 29 SEC vs. Big 12 Tennessee vs. West Virginia

Recruiting:

Basketball Signing Day: Texas Leads The Way In The Big 12 - EerSports/247
Top Sleeper Recruit: Esa Ahmad (West Virginia)

WVU QB Commit Excelling - Scout
Scout was at Montgomery High to catch up with West Virginia quarterback commit Chris Chugunov.

Crunch time for Hines - Scout
Nyheim Hines is entering the homestretch of his recruitment. The 2015 Garner four-star running back gave Scout.com the latest.

WVU recruiting: Time running out down the homestretch - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia’s football season is nearing an end, and with it, the Mountaineers’ search for the 2015 Class has hit the homestretch.

Pro News:

'Game of Thrones' author hates Geno Smith, too - SBNation.com
A blog of white-hot fire.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor’s Troy Baker ready for life after ‘unbelievable ride’ with Bears - Waco Tribune

Dispatches From the Firing Squad - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU Football Coaching Candidate Countdown: Part 3 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State football has time to regroup before next game - Topeka Capital Journal

Sooners confident in backup quarterback Cody Thomas should he be called upon Saturday against Texas Tech - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Oklahoma State To Unveil Another New Helmet This Season? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Which 2014 Texas seniors will be back for extra year of eligibility? - Burnt Orange Nation

Game Week: TCU visits the Jayhawks - Frogs O' War

Pullquotes: Kingsbury, Washington & Robertson - Viva The Matadors

Big 12 wouldn't recommend either Baylor or TCU to Playoff committee - SBNation.com

What's really going on with the CFP and Big 12 tiebreaker? - FOX Sports

What's On Tap:

Volleyball to Take On No. 5 Texas - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team will look to avenge its preview 3-2 loss to No. 5 Texas on Wednesday when the Mountaineers travel to face the Longhorns at Gregory Gym in Austin.

Video of Interest:

Video courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Oh, Texas Tech...

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

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