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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (11/4/14) Edition

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Holgorsen on Big 12 teleconference, last looks at TCU, UT previews begin, women's soccer RPI 6th, WVU Pros update, recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Nov. 4 - WV MetroNews
Garrett and Brad discuss two key stats that ultimately led to WVU’s demise against TCU – Turnovers and 3rd down conversions.

All-Big 12 Soccer Awards Announced - Big 12 Conference
WVU’s Michaela Abam is the Newcomer of the Year, while Mountaineer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown is the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Women's Soccer Maintains No. 6 RPI - WVU Athletics
Riding a 15-match unbeaten streak into the 2014 Big 12 Soccer Championship, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team continues to sit at No. 6 in this week’s NCAA RPI.

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

WVU Ranked No. 17 in USA TODAY Coaches Poll - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers open the 2014-15 campaign against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the first round of the Preseason WNIT at the WVU Coliseum.

FURFARI: Rick Trickett feels fine, attended TCU game; Nehlen lauds his coaching - Times West Virginian
Rick Trickett was in town last Saturday to watch his son, Clint, lead West Virginia’s offense with a chance at upsetting No. 7 TCU.

News of Note:

Bury It And Move On - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media during the Big12 Teleconference this morning and touched on a variety of topics.

Big 12 Teleconference: WVU, Holgorsen Moving Forward After TCU Loss - WVillustrated
WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke during the weekly Big 12 Teleconference on Monday morning, explaining the tough loss to TCU while look ahead to Texas.

Holgorsen after film study on TCU loss: ‘Coaches and players both were upset’ - WV MetroNews
Coach says WVU has been resilient all season and expects sharp focus for this week's game at Texas.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Coaches Teleconference - WVSports.com
Despite the disagreement Saturday, Trickett overall is doing a good job making calls at the line of scrimmage according to Holgorsen.

Holgorsen, WVU ready to move on from TCU loss - BGN
For the third year in a row, West Virginia and TCU played in a back-and-forth contest that went down to the wire before a winner was decided. In those three contests, the games have been decided by a total of five points.

Standup Performance - BGN
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson looked like someone had stolen his bike. Or kicked his puppy. Or both.

Mountaineer fans have reason to be upset - Times West Virginian
West Virginia, in committing five turnovers, was not playing like a team battling for a conference championship.

WVU tempted fate 1 too many times - Exponent Telegram
The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win, coaches say.

Which Texas will Mountaineers get? - Charleston Daily Mail
"That’s why I say, ‘What team am I going to get today?’" Texas first-year coach Charlie Strong said.

Texas provides challenging test for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
If West Virginia’s football team has proven nothing else through the first two months of the season it has shown it has a short memory.

Holgorsen: Every game a challenge - Register Herald
West Virginia has already faced four top 10 teams this season, and Kansas State, currently No. 9, is on the schedule in a couple of weeks. It’s shaping up to be the most difficult slate a WVU team has ever faced and one of the most challenging in the country. It’s also likely the reason the Mountaineers were the only three-loss team in the Associated Press Top 25 this week.

Strong-Willed Texas Looks To Upset WVU - BGN
There were multiple points this season where Texas seemed prime for the picking under first-year head coach Charlie Strong. But each time, the Longhorns managed to chase a pair of loses with wins, and have now developed into a legitimate threat to pull an upset over their final three games.

White in semifinal round for Maxwell Award - Exponent Telegram
WVU Football Notebook

Week 2 of CFP ratings even more fascinating - Charleston Gazette
There is also a West Virginia element involved here, both with WVU and Marshall.

Big 12 FPI rankings: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
29. West Virginia -2

Week 11 Bowl Projections: TCU slides into four-team playoff for now - Sporting News
Dec. 29: AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Florida vs. West Virginia

Wearing the Jersey: Seider and Cogdell - WVU Athletics
Assistant coaches Damon Cogdell and JaJuan Seider played the majority of their collegiate careers for Don Nehlen. Despite this, they forged different paths back to Morgantown.

Mad Chatter: How West Virginia football stole all of Nebraska's fun - Omaha.com: Big Red Today
A boring Big Ten schedules illustrates what the Huskers have lost.

Recruiting:

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

Pro News:

CFL Week 19 Recap: White records two touchdowns in blowout victory; Slaton impressive in close loss - WVUPros
A full synopsis of this, plus injury and roster updates included in this week’s WVUPros.com CFL recap.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles confident Bears can get 1st win in Oklahoma - Waco Tribune

Cyclones' loss embarrassing, inexcusable - Des Moines Register

Injury update on KU football players Derrick Neal and Keon Stowers - Lawrence Journal World

K-State quarterback Jake Waters picked as Maxwell Award semifinalist - Kansas City Star

Sterling Shepard Is Questionable For Baylor - Crimson And Cream Machine

The State of Oklahoma State - Cowboys Ride For Free

Line out for Texas-West Virginia game - Burnt Orange Nation

Turnover margin sparks TCU's rise - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Texas Tech can't profit from UT's down year - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Forde-Yard Dash: Perfect plan for a pivotal college football Saturday - Yahoo Sports (autoplay)
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What's On Tap:

Game Day Central - WVU Athletics
Game 10: No. 24/25 West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) vs. Texas (4-5, 3-3 Big 12)

Men's Hoops Student Ticketing Begins - WVU Athletics
The student ticketing process began on Monday for the 2014-15 men's basketball season. WVU students can request tickets for the first block of games by logging on to WVUGAME.com.

Video of Interest:

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Miss Throwdown:

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