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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/19/14) Edition

Kansas State previews, player profiles, hoops readies for Puerto Rico, recruiting notes, baseball schedule announced, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Nov. 19 - WV MetroNews
Kansas State play-by-play lice, Wyatt Thompson, gives us the keys to beating the Wildcats.

Rifle On Top Again - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University rifle team ranks No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll for the eighth straight week.

Luck Announces 2015 Baseball Schedule - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has announced the 54-game 2015 Mountaineer baseball schedule, featuring 24 games against 2014 NCAA Tournament teams as well as 22 homes games in the team’s new ballpark.

Priority Baseball Season Tickets on Sale - WVU Athletics
Priority season tickets for the 2015 West Virginia baseball season will go on sale on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Mountaineer Ticket Office.

News of Note:

Kansas State Preview - WVU Athletics
WVU to face fifth top-15-ranked foe on Thursday.

Home finale for ‘odd class’ of WVU seniors - Charleston Gazette
"Senior night is obviously special,’’ Holgorsen said. "But it’s an odd class.’’

Season’s finish will reveal how much ground WVU made up - WV MetroNews
Thursday's game against No.12 K-State gives West Virginia chance to forget the hard fades of the past two seasons.

Patience, OL Play Key KSU Contest - BGN
The emerging tagline on how to slow West Virginia’s offense? A cover two look with six in the box. West Virginia will see much off that against Kansas State, which is as bend-but-don’t-break as any in the nation.

Musings, Matchups and More: WVU vs K-State - BGN
Kansas State's reputation as a sound football team is so well-known that it might better be named the "Fundamentals" rather than the "Wildcats".

Mountaineers prepared for No. 12 Wildcats - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
The West Virginia Mountaineers are ready to get back to work.

WVU hopes bye week beneficial to offensive line - Exponent Telegram
Perhaps the most perplexing question of how what was shaping up to be an amazing recovery season for West Virginia’s offense is where the home run has gone.

WVU passing game is falling short - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers have failed to throw for season average in three straight games

Planning for success: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen can’t help but admire what Bill Snyder has done at Kansas State.

West Virginia coaches teach more than football - Daily Athenaeum
Seider said a major hope of his for the seniors in the WVU football program is gaining the life lessons needed for later on in life – not just in the football world.

Similarities Plentiful Between WVU, K-State Football Programs - WVillustrated
West Virginia and Kansas State are two programs with a winning tradition, along with a similar stance on how to build a team.

Trickett aims to make an indelible memory in home finale - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
To Clint Trickett, a hometown kid, this is a bittersweet week.

Trickett looking for 'happily ever after' end to fairytale - Register Herald
Clint Trickett can’t count the number of touchdown passes he threw into the Mountaineer Field end zone in "backyard" games with his friends as an elementary and middle schooler, but he hopes he saved a few for his final game on the familiar ground on Thursday.

Trickett adjusts to different diet - Exponent Telegram
His meal, however, is health dictated for he suffers from Celiac Disease.

Dreamius Smith picking up the slack for West Virginia rushing attack - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia running backs Rushel Shell and Dreamius Smith have been headed in opposite directions the past month.

Former Heights running back Dreamius Smith running hard for West Virginia - Wichita Eagle
Running back Dreamius Smith arrived at West Virginia by way of Heights High in Wichita and Butler Community College.

Squirt Eyes Big Finish To Strong Season for Self, Team - EerSports
Thompson has been one of the surprises for head coach Dana Holgorsen’s offense which has regressed over the last two games.

Kansas State vs. West Virginia betting odds guide and prediction -
Kansas State looks for another road win visiting the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Kansas State QB finds mentor in Collin Klein - Charleston Daily Mail
"Well," Collin Klein said, "I’m a coach now."

Mountaineers Up To Task Against Waters - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Another week and another tough matchup with a smart, mobile quarterback for the West Virginia defense.

Wildcats don’t commit many penalties - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Very Latest WVU Bowl Projections - EerSports
With every major outlet putting out their predictions for this week, EerSports has gathered up the latest on the possible destinations for West Virginia.

The Pregame Huddle: Week 13 - FOX Sports
Offensive Player of the Year and a shoutout to Colasessano's


Huggins: "We’ll Ham and Egg it; Go With the Hot Hand" - EerSports
Despite the Mountaineers' comfortable victory over Lafayette on Sunday, West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins was still dissatisfied with the teams shooting performance.

WVU looks to improve one day at a time - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia has begun its 2014-15 campaign on the right foot – starting 2-0.

WVU "bigs" need to step up - Daily Athenaeum
After watching West Virginia’s season opener against Monmouth, many others and myself probably thought, "This might be a long year."

Mountaineers need to be less impulsive in taking shots - Daily Athenaeum
For the West Virginia men’s basketball team, it’s off to Puerto Rico for the first taste of tournament play this season.

Paige, Carter show signs of big-time potential - Daily Athenaeum
All season, West Virginia will rely on new players to make an impact. The question will be which player will provide that spark and how often?


WVU and the troubled Miramar pipeline - Charleston Gazette
Most WVU football fans know of the recruiting pipeline between Morgantown and Miramar High in Florida. What they might not know is there’s a possible clog.

WVU recruiting: Jennings mulling multiple offers - Charleston Gazette
Much has been made about West Virginia’s pursuit of junior college wide receivers — particularly in this space — but the Mountaineers are not quite done looking for a high school wideout, either. Arguably the top man remaining is Gary Jennings of Colonial Forge in Virginia.

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 11 recap: WVU rookies emerging - WVUPros
In Week 11 we saw more of the same production-wise from several veteran WVU alumni but we also saw a few rookies begin to contribute.

WVUPros on the Hardwood Update: Joe Alexander tips off the D-League Regular Season - WVUPros
We review action from some of your favorite Mountaineers in basketball action around the globe

Around the League (and Beyond):

Chery scores 20 as Baylor knocks off South Carolina - Waco Tribune

Rhoads admits this season is frustrating - Ames Tribune

Abysmal in Indy: Top-ranked Kentucky throttles Kansas - Lawrence Journal World

K-State hopes to get rushing attack up and running - Topeka Capital Journal

Trevor Knight Out for Kansas Game - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State basketball: Jeffrey Carroll makes case for starting spot in win - Oklahoman

The Texas Coaching Staff Wants To Play Texas A&M In A Bowl - Barking Carnival

‘Very, very relieved’ Frogs get a break after eight weeks - Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Game Recap: Texas Tech 64, LSU 69 - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

Football Senior Night vs. K-State - WVU Athletics
WVU faces No. 13 Kansas State this Thursday on Senior Night.

Parking Guidelines for the Kansas State Game - WVU Athletics
All lots will open for vehicles at 5 p.m. Thursday, with the exception of the Silver and Teal lots, which will open at 7 a.m. RV passes may be used for a car for this game.

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi visits with West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen to get his thoughts on Thursday night's game against Kansas State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is your Playboy Playmate of the Month for November. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Gia Marie (gallery below interview).