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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/25/14) Edition

Holgorsen on Big 12 conference call, hoops notes, varsity notes, recruiting update, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Nov. 25 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen explains that there is no quarterback controversy this week, if Clint Trickett is healthy he will start.

Mountaineers Tied for No. 22 in AP Poll - WVU Athletics
WVU women's basketball is tied for No. 22 in the latest AP poll.

Bria Holmes Named to Wooden Top 30 List - WVU Athletics
Junior Bria Holmes was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 on Monday.

Wearing the Jersey: Jill Kramer Mic'd Up - WVU Athletics
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to coach the WVU volleyball team on this week's Wearing the Jersey

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

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference by WVUSports - SoundCloud (autoplay audio)

With QB job, Holgorsen will look at ‘body of work’ - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers coach said afterward he’d “absolutely” consider revisiting Howard’s role after watching the film and seeing the quarterbacks in practice. Holgorsen sounded different on Monday’s Big 12 conference call.

Holgorsen still not sure about his QB - Charleston Gazette
Dana Holgorsen apparently has not ruled out the possibility of handing over the job as West Virginia’s starting quarterback to Skyler Howard, regardless of the health of Clint Trickett.

WVU's starting QB up in the air - Exponent Telegram
Holgorsen, speaking on the Big 12 coaches weekly conference call, admitted he had no idea about Trickett’s health at the moment.

Major Question At Prime Position For WVU, ISU - BGN
Among the bigger questions for both West Virginia and Iowa State: Who will start at quarterback for the Mountaineers

Holgorsen, WVU prepping for season finale - BGN
Coming off of its fourth streak of three consecutive losses in the three seasons since entering the Big 12 Conference, the West Virginia football is heading into its final regular season game of the year this weekend when it travels to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference -
West Virginia (6-5, 4-4) will travel to Iowa State (2-8, 0-7) this weekend looking to close the regular season on a high note, but the question of who will start under center is still up in the air.

Holgorsen: WVU 'not going to quit' - Register Herald: College Sports
West Virginia’s football team has every reason to go through the motions Saturday in the regular season finale on the road at Iowa State.

Holgorsen Addresses QB Decision, Late-Season Slide - EerSports
Heading into the final week of the regular season, West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen is facing a decision he did not imagine he would face early in the year

Concussion No. 3 means Trickett should sit this week out - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen should take a cautious approach for the regular-season finale, where none of the stakes matter as much as his quarterback's health.

Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Prepares for Season Finale - WVillustrated
WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on the weekly Big 12 Teleconference on Monday, explaining the team's confidence heading into the season finale at Iowa State.

Wearing the Jersey: Michael Molinari - WVU Athletics
For West Virginia native redshirt senior Michael Molinari, finding his role on the field was both difficult and rewarding. Watch his evolution as a special teams player on this week's Wearing the Jersey

Big 12 college football FPI rankings: Week 13 - ESPN
31. West Virginia +1

Week 14 Bowl Projections - Sporting News
Dec. 29: AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. West Virginia


WVU press working, but can improve - Charleston Gazette
"Honestly, I don’t know if we know what we’re doing,’’ Huggins said late Sunday night after his team made then-No. 17 UConn look as if it had never worked on breaking a press. "I can promise you I don’t know what we’re doing.’’

WVU still has room to grow - BGN
Moments after one of the biggest early-season wins his program has gotten in the last few seasons, Bob Huggins' mind immediately shifted to the future.

Pressed to impress: Mountaineers ride ‘random’ defense into Top 25 - WV MetroNews
West Virginia has the depth to go full-force and another contributor could return to action next week.

FURFARI: WVU's upset of UConn triggers highly promising year - Times West Virginian
It has been some time since a West Virginia University men’s basketball team looked sharper overall than the Mountaineers did in Sunday night’s 78-68 upset of defending national champion Connecticut.

WVU hoops helps struggling football squad - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s basketball team couldn’t have done anything better to help the struggling Mountaineer football team than to defeat Connecticut Sunday night and bring back the first-place trophy for the Puerto Rico bowl.

Big win for WVU hoops - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Can you imagine West Virginia University's football team rolling to an easy victory over national champion Florida State?

Staten on Player of Year List - WVU Athletics
WVU guard makes USBWA player of the year watch list.

Holton Shares Rookie of the Week Honors - WVU Athletics
Holton honored by Big 12


Recruiting: New Jersey QB ready to get going - Charleston Gazette
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Chugunov will have a big advantage over other recruits — he plans to enroll early and will be in Morgantown in January.

Big 12 college football recruiting scorecard - ESPN
Here’s what's been cooking on the recruiting trail in the last week around the Big 12

Pro News:

WVUPros NFL Week 12 Recap: Mountaineers Shine On Both Sides of the Ball - WVUPros
In week 12 of the NFL season, several past Mountaineers showed us glimpses of what they are capable of in the NFL, while another had a breakout game reminiscent of his days at Mountaineer Field.

Geno Smith replaces Michael Vick on Monday night - WVUPros
Smith, for his part, played well, and could get the reins handed back over to him next week.

Around the League (and Beyond):

College football conference power rankings: Big 12 No. 2 behind SEC - ESPN

Unsung hero O’Neale leads Bears past SFA, 67-51 - Waco Tribune

The Recap: ISU 84 - Alabama 74 - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Knocks off Rider 87-60 - Rock Chalk Talk

Kansas State topples Purdue, 88-79, in first round at Maui - Topeka Capital Journal

OU notebook: Bob Stoops says Trevor Knight will not practice this week - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Final: Oklahoma State 66, Oregon State 53 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Watson: Texas QB Jerrod Heard "starting to get it" - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU destroys Mississippi Valley State 106-53 - Frogs O' War

RBs provide spark during much-needed victory - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Holiday Ticket Office Hours - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineer Ticket Office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, and will reopen on Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets for all home men’s and women’s basketball games will be available online at throughout the Thanksgiving holiday week.

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