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Mountaineer Morning Links: VMI Game Day (11/26/14) Edition

Previewing VMI, Holgorsen's presser, player & coaches interviews, quarterback updates, "new" football commitment, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Holmes Selected to Wade Watch List - WVU Athletics
"To be named to the Wade Watch List is a tremendous honor," said coach Mike Carey. "Bria has worked hard in the classroom and on the court to earn this prestigious recognition. I am very proud of her."

WATCH: WVU Women's Basketball Players Speak With Media - WVillustrated
Select members of the WVU women's basketball team took time out on Tuesday morning to speak with the local media prior to their game against Evansville on Wednesday night.

Volleyball to Face Kansas on Final Road Swing - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will head to Kansas to close out the season this week.

No. 7 Women's Soccer Recognized for Academics - WVU Athletics
WVU was recognized for its team GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2013-14 academic year. The Mountaineers posted a team GPA of 3.24 last year.

Bevin Earns Top Academic Award, Elliott Third Team - WVU Athletics
Andy Bevin and Jack Elliott earned CoSIDA honors.

Rifle Ends Fall Semester No. 1 - WVU Athletics
Today's rankings are based on the last score shot by each team.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Quotes: Iowa State - WVU Athletics
Transcript here, video embedded below

Morrissey, Cyclones endure long season - Charleston Daily Mail
Morrissey is nevertheless playing with a purpose, and the homegrown senior who went through a year of junior college so he could return to Ames and play three years for the Cyclones, wears it with him every time he’s on the field.

West Virginia knows the danger of facing 2-win Cyclones - WV MetroNews
Facing the Big 12’s last-place team sounds like the perfect setup for West Virginia to snap a three-game losing streak.

Trickett will start if he’s cleared to play - Charleston Gazette
“We’ve got all those guys repping right now. We’re going to continue to evaluate the situation … even into Friday to see who’s going to be getting the reps.’’

QB or not QB, that is the question for WVU's Trickett - Register Herald
If West Virginia fans were hoping Tuesday’s press conference would provide any clarity regarding the status of starting quarterback Clint Trickett heading into Saturday’s game at Iowa State (2-8, 0-7 Big 12), they found no such luck from the comments of head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Holgorsen Monitoring WVU QBs, No Starter Named Yet - WVillustrated
Head coach says Trickett should return to practice Wednesday, Howard approaching week the same regardless.

WVU’s Trickett Sits Out With Concussion - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Holgorsen unsure of quarterback’s status for Saturday

West Virginia notebook: No reason for change at quarterback - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“I hope he can finish the year,” Holgorsen said. “He’s earned that. He’s deserved that.”

Mountaineers look to avert .500 regular season at ISU - Exponent Telegram
Win it and they are 7-5, lose it 6-6 with a bowl game somewhere left.

Rivalries beat bowl games - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This is supposed to be rivalry week — I heard it on ESPN so it must be true! It’s Alabama and Auburn, it’s Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and, of course, it’s West Virginia at Iowa State.

Big 12 stat check: Week 14 - ESPN
WVU has a minus-15 turnover margin

Big 12 roundtable: Samaje Perine's yards vs. Baylor's big comeback - ESPN
Do you still consider this season to be a successful one for West Virginia, in light of the three-game losing streak?

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

WATCH: WVU Football Players, Assistants Discuss Regular Season Finale at Iowa State - WVillustrated
Scrap, Gibby, Galloway, Dawson, Shell, Glowinski & Rose

WVSports.com TV: Coaches and Players - WVSports.com
Holgorsen, Gibby, Shell, DeForest & Rose

Near Consensus for WVU Bowl Game, Opponent - 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.

Hoops

Mountaineers to Battle VMI in Charleston - WVU Athletics
Lots of points are on the menu for Wednesday night in Charleston.

WVU hosts VMI in a first for Staten - Charleston Daily Mail
The preseason Big 12 Player of the Year has never played for a nationally ranked team.

Points may be plentiful as West Virginia hosts VMI in Charleston - WV MetroNews
The Mountaineers are off to a 5-0 start and seeking to maintain momentum against the fast-playing Keydets.

Rejuvenated Mountaineers host VMI at Civic Center - Charleston Gazette
Today the Mountaineers host VMI (2-2) at 7:30 p.m., and while the sights around Charleston might not rival those of San Juan, it is another new experience for most of WVU’s players.

Huggins, WVU going retro - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook

Preview: WVU vs VMI - BGN
West Virginia makes a stopover in Charleston, W. Va., on its way home from Puerto Rico to face VMI in the Capital City.

No. 21 Mountaineer cagers take on VMI in Charleston tonight - Register Herald
For the first time since taking the floor against Clemson in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, West Virginia will step onto the hardwood today as a ranked team.

Carter, Miles in Early Comfort Zone At WVU - BGN
West Virginia freshmen guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles have made big plays early in their careers at WVU, and both credit the welcoming atmosphere and mentoring from upperclassmen as big reasons for their success.

Huggins pleased with early effort - Times West Virginian
There have been a lot of explanations about the resurgence of West Virginia University basketball this season, the team residing back within the Top 25 at No. 21/24 this week as it readies itself to lay its 5-0 record on the line against VMI.

WATCH: Huggins, WVU Basketball Players Talk in Charleston - WVillustrated
Huggins, Staten and Williams.

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
21 West Virginia

Power Rankings: Kentucky's pressure, the debut of Tank Shots, more - SI.com
15 West Virginia Mountaineers

Recruiting:

Jefferson Back in WVU Fold - BGN
Junior college defensive end Larry Jefferson verbally committed to West Virginia on Tuesday following his official visit to campus. It marks the second time that the junior college defensive end has committed to the Mountaineer program.

JUCO DE Commits to WVU - EerSports
When EerSports said to watch his official visit "VERRYYYYY" closely, we meant it.

Jefferson re-commits to WVU - WVSports.com
The second time was a charm for Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba C.C. defensive end Larry Jefferson and West Virginia after the junior college pass rusher committed to the Mountaineers following an official visit Tuesday afternoon.

Junior college defender Jefferson re-commits to West Virginia - WV MetroNews
Three-star pass rusher from Itawamba (Miss.) Community College had flipped to Iowa State for a month.

Bennett Signs with the Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
The WVU baseball team has announced the signing of Connor Bennett.

Pro News:

VIDEO: Watch Joe Alexander score 24 points vs. the Austin Spurs - WVUPros
On Sunday, Joe Alexander put together a nice game for the Santa Cruz Warriors against the Austin Spurs (formerly Toros) in the D-League. He finished with 24

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 predictions: Week 14 - FOX Sports

Big 12 Week 14 Preview and Predictions - AthlonSports.com

Big screen still draws: Eager Bears ready for AT&T Stadium trip - Waco Tribune

Maryland loss an out of body experience for Cyclones [72-63] - Ames Tribune

Bowen, Snyder have crossed paths plenty of times before - Lawrence Journal World

No. 3 Arizona defeats Kansas State 72-68 - Wichita Eagle

Samaje Perine's intelligence plays a key role in his success - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Mike Gundy No Longer Considered For Florida Job - Cowboys Ride For Free

Shooting from the Corner: Texas Longhorns easily dispatch St. Francis - Barking Carnival

Gary Patterson is here to stay. Forever. - Frogs O' War

Five Thoughts on Texas Tech 75, Northwestern State 64 - Viva The Matadors

Forde-Yard Dash: Gauging hate, intrigue and more for this year's Rivalry Weekend - Yahoo Sports (autoplay)

What's On Tap:

No. 22/21 WVU Hosts Evansville on Wednesday - WVU Athletics
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. inside the WVU Coliseum.

VMI Keydets vs. (21) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from the CCC on WV Media stations

Video of Interest:

Video courtesy of Tier 4

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model from Pennsylvania (who happens to also have an awesome Instagram, BTW). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Abigail Ratchford. RELATED: Have I ever told you guys how much dark hair with green eyes gets to me?