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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (11/13/14) Edition

Signing day recaps for several WVU sports teams (including both hoops squads), football notes, hoops previews, varsity notes, recruiting updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Nov. 13 - WV MetroNews
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com talks abut the latest CFP Rankings.

West Virginia fueled entering NCAA Tournament - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women’s soccer team’s to-do list is dwindling.

Volleyball Falls to No. 5 Texas - WVU Athletics
The WVU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 match at No. 5 Texas on Wednesday.

West Virginia WBB Preview: Three Starters Return For Mountaineers - Big 12 Conference
Replacing five players from last season's 30-win team will be a huge challenge for West Virginia.

Women’s Hoops Signs Six for 2015 Class - WVU Athletics
WVU coach Mike Carey announced the addition of six signees on Wednesday.

Covich Adds Four to Men’s Golf Squad - WVU Athletics
Head coach Sean Covich will add three freshmen and a transfer to his squad.

News of Note:

United Bank Playbook - WVU Athletics
Tony Caridi sits down with Coach Dana Holgorsen to discuss his plans for the open weekend and K-State prep for next Thursday night.

Casazza: WVU headed in the right direction - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU is a better football team than it was a year ago. The offense is competent, the defense is organized, the roster and the coaching staff have evolved and the entire team is markedly more competitive. In short, the Mountaineers deserved six wins.

WVU defense remains confident after two-straight losses - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia entered 2014 with a couple of new coaching faces on the sidelines, as well as one major change within the coaching staff.

Hickman: Short weeks uncommon in Big 12 schedule - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

Big 12 stat check: Week 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
An easy difference to spot between West Virginia's wins and its losses? Third downs.

WVU Bowl Projections Changing Constantly - EerSports
With a disappointing loss to Texas, West Virginia has seen several of their bowl predictions change in recent days.

Hoops

Huggins Announces Two Signings - WVU Athletics
Both will join the Mountaineers in 2015-16.

Ahmad jewel of Huggins’ latest recruiting class - Charleston Gazette
Bob Huggins signed two high school players to letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s fall signing period.

Foward Ahmad, point guard Bolden join WVU as early signings - WV MetroNews
Ohio forward is listed among nation's elite players, while Bolden held offers from Purdue and Xavier.

Huggins ready for Puerto Rico - WVSports.com
West Virginia will open the season Friday against Monmouth in the opening rounds of the Puerto Rico Tipoff and head coach Bob Huggins wants to see different results than the last time the Mountaineers participated in the tournament.

Huggins Previews Team, Tip-Off - BGN
Bob Huggins likes to tell people the last time West Virginia returned its best player and added athleticism and talent it went to the Final Four.

Bob Huggins Talks Puerto Rico Tip Off, 2014-15 Team - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins spoke with the media this morning as part of the Puerto Rico Tip Off that the Mountaineers will participate in later this month.

Devin Williams, West Virginia confident in changes made in off season for 2014-15 - Daily Athenaeum
The taste of success has not been too evident around the West Virginia men’s basketball team the past couple of seasons, but things are looking up entering the 2014-15 season.

From Baltimore to Morgantown: Daxter Miles’ Tattoos Tell His Tal - WVillustrated
WVU's freshman guard molded his game and his mentality on the streets of Baltimore City. Now, that experience left him with a chip on his shoulder as he enters his first season with the Mountaineers.

Jaysean Paige Makes a Lasting First Impression - EerSports
Last Sunday, the West Virginia Men’s Basketball team cruised by the Shepherd Rams with a 109-60 victory in their exhibition matchup.

A heart-to-heart with Bob Huggins changed Juwan Staten’s outlook, career - CollegeBasketballTalk
A sit-down with the longtime head coach helped turn Juwan Staten into an all-conference player. But can Staten, now a senior, turn West Virginia into an NCAA tournament team?

Recruiting:

Pegues Flips Commitment To WVU - BGN
West Virginia received good news late Wednesday night when junior college defensive end Xavier Pegues committed to the Mountaineers.

Pegues Commits to WVU - EerSports
"I've just been thinking about the two schools," said the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder. "And West Virginia is number one.... My mind is already made."

East Recruiting Notebook - FOX Sports
A look at the top developments across the East Region during the last week...

Interest Coming From East - West For Glackin - Scout
Friday went from a normal day to a big day for Lebanon (Ohio) junior linebacker Jango Glackin as he connected with a Power Five Conference program from the east coast and one from the west coast.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Three reasons why Baylor deserves to be in the College Football Playoff over TCU - Dallas Morning News

Jack Trice Stadium Changes For Final Two Home Games - CYCLONES.com

Kansas coach defends fans' celebration after Iowa State game - Des Moines Register

Q&A: Kansas QB Michael Cummings - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield won't be playing Saturday, but his presence looms large over the matchup - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Sharp decline in passing game characterized by lack of deep-ball success - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas HC Charlie Strong proving he's a "consummate players' coach" - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU's Path to the College Football Playoff: An Updated Look - Frogs O' War

Red Raider football notebook: Tech MLB says he's good to go - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: Florida State Seminoles have no case to be ranked higher than No. 3 - FOX Sports

Could a 13-0 Florida State miss the playoff? More #DearAndy - SI.com

What's On Tap:

Men's Hoops TV/Ticket Info For This Weekend - WVU Athletics
Check out the updated television clearances and ticket info for this weekend

Wrestling to Open Home Slate vs. Arizona State - WVU Athletics
Sammie Henson and the Mountaineers will host Arizona State on Thursday.

Video of Interest:

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