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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/18/14) Edition

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Holgorsen's presser, player & coaches interviews, Women's basketball wins, recruiting notes, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Nov. 18 - WV MetroNews
Tony Gibson discusses Jake Waters and how he operates the Wildcats’ offense.

No. 17 WVU Outlasts Seton Hall in 89-87 Thriller - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (2-0) trailed by four with nine minutes remaining.

Schwindel's career ends on sour note, but almost never came to Morgantown - Exponent Telegram
It wasn’t supposed to end the way it did for Kate Schwindel, who had been so much a part of what had made West Virginia’s women’s program team a Top 10 team.

Forsey Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

WVU forwards showing team strength in the paint - Daily Athenaeum
For much of the 2013-14 season, West Virginia was manhandled in the paint.

News of Note:

Holgorsen News Conference: K-State - WVU Athletics
Video & transcript here, video also embedded below

Holgorsen: Upplerclassmen key to strong finish - WV MetroNews
After back-to-back fades the past two season, West Virginia is aiming to cross the finish line in style.

Holgorsen trying to protect Trickett - Charleston Daily Mail
more runs and quicker passes to keep defenders away from Clint Trickett — because of the opposition and because of the situation behind his starter.

Defense, Special Teams Face Solid Challenges - BGN
Tony Gibson, special teams and safeties coach Joe DeForest and nose guard Kyle Rose detail the steady, almost mechanical approached faced Thursday.

Restless Gibson helps lead defensive development - Exponent Telegram
“You don’t want to put those kids in a bad situation,” he said.

Players Respond, Ready for Kansas State - EerSports
After taking some time to rest and develop the younger guys, he says they came back even stronger, ready to bounce back versus Kansas State.

Kansas State walk-ons make an impression - Charleston Daily Mail
Fifty-eight players on the current roster were or are walk-ons, including sixteen players on the 50-player two deep.

Quite a schedule for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind

Holgorsen: Motivation will not be a problem - Register Herald
The last time the West Virginia football team took the field, players and coaches admit, it wasn’t ready to play.

West Virginia's seniors are a key piece of school's move to Big 12 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Thirteen of the 19 senior night honorees are transfers who competed for one or two seasons.

Waters creates run-pass quandary for Mountaineers defense - WV MetroNews
K-State quarterback found his rhythm during 2013 victory over West Virginia.

K-State QB dangerous, like Klein - Charleston Gazette
No one will ever confuse Jake Waters with Kansas State’s last high-profile quarterback.

Following back-to-back losses, WVU prepares for No. 12 K-State, Jake Waters - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia has had a 2014 season that many did not expect.

No. 12 Wildcats boast solid fundamentals - Daily Athenaeum
When No. 12 Kansas State comes to town Thursday night, the Wildcats will be the fifth top-15 team West Virginia has faced this season.

FURFARI: WVU still lacks consistency despite definite improvement - Times West Virginian
It should be obvious to everyone that West Virginia University’s football team has shown some improvement since last year’s unacceptable 4-8 record.

Wearing the Jersey: Ishmael Banks - WVU Athletics
Redshirt senior cornerback Ismael Banks loves everything about the game of football.

Player/Coaches Media Session: K-State - WVU Athletics
Select members of the WVU football team met with the media.

WATCH: WVU Football Coaches, Players Preview Senior Night Against Kansas State - WVillustrated
Rose, Glowinski, White, Tonkery, Spain, Molinari, Smith & Trickett

WVSports.com TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews - WVSports.com
Gibby, Dawson, DeForest, Trickett & Rose

White Named Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award - WVU Athletics
Fans may now help determine which three receivers will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at the Biletnikoff Award Fan Vote website.

Week 13 Bowl Projections: Buckeyes move into four-team playoff - Sporting News
Dec. 29: AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Recruiting:

Big 12 football recruiting scorecard - ESPN
Here is what's happening on the recruiting trail around the Big 12 this week

Pro News:

WVU in the NFL: Week 11 - WVSports.com
Following each week of the NFL season, WVSports.com will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor quotable: Briles can ‘politic it by winning football games,’ Petty wants to ‘show Oklahoma State what Baylor football really is’ - Dallas Morning News

The Recap: Iowa State 81 - Georgia State 58 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Zenger: Bowen a 'strong candidate' for head coach - Lawrence Journal World

Kansas State holds off a spunky UMKC team: 83-73 - Bring On The Cats

Trevor Knight not cleared, Cody Thomas will start against KU - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Gundy Responds To Being Listed As Favorite For Florida Job - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas injury updates: OL Darius James needs surgery, WR Jaxon Shipley should be okay - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU defeats Washington State 81-54 - Frogs O' War

Tech assistant Smith lashes out at former defensive coordinator Wallerstedt - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Forde-Yard Dash: College football's five biggest dumpster fires - Yahoo Sports (autoplay)

What's On Tap:

Kansas State Game Information - WVU Athletics
Game information for Thursday's WVU-Kansas State football contest.

Basketball Game Times Set for Nov. 29 - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineer women’s basketball team will play Fairfield at 2 p.m. The men’s game with the College of Charleston is slated for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

WVU-Marshall Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
Tickets for the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic men’s basketball game are on sale at the Mountaineer Ticket Office. The game will be played Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

Video of Interest:

Head football coach Dana Holgorsen addressed members of the media Monday. The team will face Kansas State at home on Thursday night.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Aussie. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Sarah Stevens.