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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monmouth Game Day (11/14/14) Edition

Basketball tips tonight, football notes, soccer tournaments, recruiting updates, WVUPros update, Big 12 viewing guide & roundup, plus more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Nov. 14 - WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins previews his teams first game against Monmouth. We also catch up with point guard Gary Brown as he gives us his take at where his team stands heading into his final season.

Coach Izzo-Brown speaks on upcoming NCAA Tournament - Daily Athenaeum
We worked hard for those accomplishments, but now it’s time to turn our attention on the prized award – an NCAA National Championship.

WSoc Blog: Steadman Sure of Defense - WVU Athletics
Junior goalkeeper Hannah Steadman is confident in the Mountaineer defense.

Men’s Soccer Begins MAC Championship - WVU Athletics
The men's soccer team is set to begin MAC Championship play.

WVU Sweeps MAC Postseason Awards - WVU Athletics
Six players earned All-MAC honors.

No. 7 Cross Country Set for NCAA Regional - WVU Athletics
The No. 7 West Virginia University cross country team travels to University Park, Pennsylvania, for the 2014 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday, Nov. 14, at noon.

Mountaineers face Texas Tech over weekend - Daily Athenaeum
The end of the regular season is nearing for the West Virginia University Mountaineer volleyball team, as they face the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday with just four matches left.

No. 17 West Virginia Prepped for 2014-15 Season - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball opens the season on Saturday.

WVU Women's Basketball Game Day Central - WVU Athletics
Game 1: West Virginia vs. Eastern Kentucky

WVUsportsBuzz Presented by U.S. Cellular - WVU Athletics
Join host Amanda Mazey and senior runner Kaitlyn Gillespie as the No. 7 cross country team heads to NCAA Regionals this weekend.

Furfari: Nehlen praises Holliday, favors resumption of WVU-MU series - Times West Virginian
Marshall University’s football team is 9-0 overall, 6-0 in the Conference USA, and ranked No. 20 in the national polls. Only No. 1-ranked Mississippi State and No. 2 Florida State also remain undefeated.

News of Note:

Perfect timing for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
Right after West Virginia was handed its second-straight loss of the season, bringing its record to an average 6-4, 4-3 Big 12, I believed a bye week for the Mountaineers was exactly what they needed.

Missouri contract has $250,000 guarantee - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia will pay Missouri $250,000 as a game guarantee for playing host to the Tigers in 2016 and then make the same amount for traveling to the Show Me State in 2019

How different teams use the diamond formation - Football Study Hall
Ever since Dana Holgorsen and Oklahoma St put the diamond formation on the map in 2010, it's been a big part of college football with teams at every level of football putting it to use for a variety of different tasks.

Hoops

Bob Huggins Media Conference: Monmouth - WVU Athletics
Head coach Bob Huggins spoke Thursday.

Big 12 Preview - WVUSports.com
EVEN LLOYD CHRISTMAS AND HARRY DUNNE would be smart enough to realize that they play some pretty good hoops in the Big 12.

BGN Podcast: WVU basketball season preview - BGN
With the start of the 2014-15 regular season tipping off this weekend with games against Monmouth and Lafayette, we spend this week's BGN Podcast breaking down what the Mountaineers will look like this season.

Game Preview: WVU Takes on Monmouth in Season Opener - WVillustrated
The blue clad seats of the Coliseum will finally get to wipe their basketball dust off this Friday as a new chapter in West Virginia basketball will begin to unfold.

Mountaineers open season tonight vs. Monmouth - Charleston Gazette
If there is a phase of West Virginia’s game that concerns Bob Huggins right now, it is his team’s half-court game on both ends of the floor.

Preview: WVU vs Monmouth - BGN
West Virginia opens a new season with a first-ever opponent, but most eyes will be on how all the new parts of the Mountaineer basketball program perform as a result of head coach Bob Huggins' renovation effort.

Huggins previews season opener vs. Monmouth - WV MetroNews
Hear Huggins' pregame assessment and get to know Friday's visitors from the MAAC.

Mountaineers look to ramp up pressure this season - Exponent Telegram
"It’s advantageous for us to do because of our numbers," coach Bob Huggins said.

West Virginia opens season, prepares for year without big-time players from 2013 - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia will tip off its season against Monmouth University at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.

WATCH: WVU's Huggins and Browne talk Season Opener - WVillustrated
Watch full video interviews with West Virginia Men's Basketball Coach Bob Huggins and his players prior to their first regular season game.

Staten's work ethic sets tone for WVU - Exponent Telegram
Juwan Staten stands at the top of the key, bouncing the basketball.

Newcomer Holton ready for debut with Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
"He’s a guy that you don’t have to run things for for him to score," Huggins said.

Gary Browne Reflects on Puerto Rico Roots - EerSports
Now a recognizable and loved face by Mountaineer Nation, senior Gary Browne remembers when he used to be a face known and loved by his home country of Puerto Rico.

Holton, Long Talk Team Development - BGN
West Virginia's Jonathan Holton and James Long might be viewing the game from opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to playing time.

WVSports.com TV: Basketball Interviews - WVSports.com
Huggs & Holton

Huggins Excited About Signees - EerSports
Head Coach Bob Huggins went into a little more detail about each of his new signees, starting with Ahmad, a Top100 player according to the 247Sports Composite.

Limited Coliseum Parking Friday - WVU Athletics
Parking will be limited at the WVU Coliseum on weekday games.

WVU men's basketball ticket/TV information for this weekend - Times West Virginian: Sports
Tickets for the men’s basketball season opener vs. Monmouth are priced at $10, courtesy of United Bank. The game will tip Friday at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum, and fans are encouraged to pick up a free schedule magnet courtesy of United Bank at the game.

Recruiting:

JUCO defensive lineman Pegues latest to commit to Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"I told [Iowa State assistant] Coach [Derek] Day that I wasn’t coming," said Pegues. "I’ve just been thinking about the two and WVU is my number one ... my mind is already made."

Photos: Esa Ahmad Signing - EerSports
EerSports was in attendance for Esa Ahmad's signing with West Virginia this evening.

Pro News:

WVUPros on the Hardwood Report 11/13/14 - WVUPros
With basketball season now in full swing throughout the globe, we thought it was time to get you caught up on your favorite Mountaineers playing basketball throughout the globe

Around the League (and Beyond):

Athletic freak Andrew Billings playing big role for Baylor Bears - ESPN

Richardson expects to be fully healthy for Texas Tech - Cyclone Fanatic

Kansas Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jimmay Mundine - Big 12 Conference

Angry Kansas State begins preparations for West Virginia - Wichita Eagle

Trevor Knight Ruled Out for Texas Tech Game - Crimson And Cream Machine

Offensive line coach Bob Connelly continues pursuit to earn respect - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Preview - Barking Carnival

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

AJ Media Pregame Show: Texas Tech vs Oklahoma (VIDEO) - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Updated Big 12 conference projections after 11 weeks - Football Study Hall

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 12 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Monmouth Hawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Oliver Garden on WV Media Holdings channels (INFO) and streaming on WVUSports.com.

(4) TCU Horned Frogs vs. Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
3 pm Saturday from Memorial Stadium on FS1. Frogs are giving 28.5.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from Jones AT&T on ESPN/ESPN3. No line.

Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from T. Boone on FOX. Horns are giving 2.5.

Week 12 College Football TV Schedule - The Smoking Musket
Here's your guide for watching all of the college football in week 12.

Video of Interest:

Video courtesy of EerSports

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Trisha Yearwood's Charleston Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 8 butter crackers, crushed, such as Ritz
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Corn chips, crackers or bagel chips, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with corn chips, crackers or bagel chips.

Reprinted from FoodNetwork.com

Video of (Dis)Interest:

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