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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (11/5/14) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, staff & player interviews, recruiting notes, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Nov. 5 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen takes full responsibility of the 31-30 loss against No. 7 TCU.

WVU Ranked 23rd, Luck Discusses College Football Playoff Committ - WVillustrated
Director of athletics Oliver Luck is one of 12 committee members who determine each week's rankings. He discussed the committee's meetings and why the current rankings will inevitably change

Staten Named To Bob Cousy List - WVU Athletics
The honor recognizes the top point guards in college hoops

Inside the 18: Episode 11 - WVU Athletics
It is conference tournament time for both the men's and women's soccer teams on this edition of Inside the 18

WVU looks ahead to matchup against Western Michigan - Daily Athenaeum
The road to the MAC Championship could run through Morgantown in 2014.

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

Mountaineer women are ‘starting all over’ - Charleston Daily Mail
Mike Carey likes to coach the same way his teams typically play: fast.

WVU Sports Thriving So Far in '14 - WVU Athletics
Several WVU teams are enjoying banner years so far.

Brad Paisley Visits Morgantown for College GameDay - WVillustrated
Country music star, and Glen Dale, W.Va. native, Brad Paisley joined WVI prior to the TCU game to talk about his experience back in his home state.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Media Conference: Texas - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below

Planning for success: West Virginia - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia is 3-0 in true road games this season heading into its game at Texas.

Big East to Big 12: Holgorsen, Strong Prepare to Meet Again - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen and Charlie Strong share a unique bond dating back to the Big East Conference, which has now culminated as members of the Big 12 Conference.

"Focus is 100-Percent On Texas" - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the local media on Tuesday afternoon, and he started things off by making it clear that his team was ready to focus on next week's opponent instead of playing the "what if" game on TCU.

Holgorsen: Running game was WVU’s best chance vs. TCU - WV MetroNews
Watch the coach's weekly news conference as he expounds on the 31-30 loss to TCU and vows to get his team focused on Texas.

Turnovers the difference for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
TCU couldn’t score after the first three turnovers and scored touchdowns on the final two.

The Pregame Huddle: Week 11 - FOX Sports

Dawson: Turnovers, Not Play Calling, Cost WVU - EerSports
For Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson, the second-guessing is nothing new.

WVU Coordinators Talk TCU, Texas - BGN
It was ugly, it was disappointing, and it's now in the past. That's the take from WVU coordinators Shannon Dawson and Tony Gibson, who dissect the pros, cons and takeaways from TCU in preparation for a key game at Texas this weekend.

West Virginia coaches ban 
 philosophy - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"I would ask, and the players are going to abide by this, that they are not interested in talking about TCU. They have completely moved on."

Defenses ganging up on White - Charleston Gazette
Defensive strategy has helped limit the impact of wide receiver Kevin White in recent weeks.

WVU must ‘get creative’ to get White involved - Daily Athenaeum
Through the first six games of West Virginia’s season, wide receiver Kevin White was setting the world on fire.

Out of line: guys up front not up to par against TCU - Exponent Telegram
"Our plan was to run the ball," coach Dana Holgorsen said.

WVU defense carries the load - Daily Athenaeum
After West Virginia’s heartbreaking 31-30 loss to then-No. 7 TCU, the defense appears to be trending up, while the offense is trending down.

Assistant: Shell’s early exit vs. Frogs due to sprained ankle ‘freezing up’ - WV MetroNews
Rushel Shell’s second-half absence against TCU was attributable to his sprained ankle "freezing up" and not tied to losing a fumble, running backs coach JaJuan Seider said Tuesday.

Player/Coaches Media Session: Texas - WVU Athletics
Players and assistant coaches addressed the media Tuesday afternoon.

WATCH: WVU Football Players, Coaches Prepare for Texas - WVillustrated
Trickett, White, Joseph, Chestnut, Kwiatkoski, Rose, Thompson, Gibby, Dawson & Crook TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews -
Dawson, Gibby, Seider, Trickett, White, Smith, Rose & Chestnut

Trickett’s evaluation of TCU loss: ‘I did a pretty terrible job’ of managing game - WV MetroNews
The quarterback played a role in three turnovers and got antsy in the pocket during West Virginia's 31-30 defeat.

WVU notebook: Trickett enjoys reunion with father, but not his effort vs. TCU - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“I was embarrassed with the way I played. He said, ‘Hey, don't you worry about that. I'm happy to see you,' and stuff like that. It kind of put things in perspective. But I wish I could have had a better outcome for him.”

Sun yet to set on WVU - Exponent Telegram
“I was worried about it coming in here on Sunday, but it was still positive and upbeat. Everyone was working, and not really complaining. That’s the type of team we have,” the quarterback said.

Trickett a Semifinalist for Davey O'Brien Award - WVU Athletics
After tabulating the ballots of more than 75 Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee members as well as the over 57,000 votes courtesy of the Fan Vote, the 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award have been determined.

Five under-the-radar games in November - ESPN
Kansas State at West Virginia, Nov. 20

Strong a ‘disciplined, no-nonsense guy’ at Texas - Charleston Daily Mail
"We’re pretty familiar with how he runs his program," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Texas Defense Beginning To Mesh Under Strong - BGN
West Virginia won’t match up against the best defense it has played this season – or will play the remainder of the year. But it might be facing the Big 12’s most improved overall unit in a Texas team beginning to jell under first-year head coach Charlie Strong.

Examining possible bowl payouts for WVU, MU - Charleston Gazette
Media outlets across the country are speculating on which teams will go to what bowls.

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: West Virginia


WVU leaves big impression on recruits - Charleston Gazette
This past Saturday was a big recruiting weekend for the Mountaineers, and while the team may have come up just short on the field, West Virginia made a big impression on some big-time prospects.

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 9 Recap: Thomas and Irvin highlight the week that was - WVUPros
In NFL Week 9, former Mountaineers on the defensive side of the ball made some highlight-reel plays while things were relatively quiet on the offensive side.

Around the League (and Beyond):

"Ready for OU" - Baylor vs. Oklahoma Hype Video - Our Daily Bears

ISU vs. KU: Embrace the Suck - Wide Right & Natty Lite

KU Football Coaching Candidate Countdown: Part 1 - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State poised for brutal stretch run - Salina Journal

WR Coach Jay Norvell | "There's no question that [Shepard] will play this weekend" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Chalk Talk: What's Wrong with this Offense Pt. 2 - Passing Game - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns secondary showing DBU-like tendencies once again - Burnt Orange Nation

Game Week: TCU Hosts Kansas State - Frogs O' War

Texas Tech's Astounding Use of Replacement Level Players - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

No. 8 WSoc Opens Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
Nov. 5, at 12:30 p.m. ET, at Swope Soccer Village.

Video of Interest:

Video courtesy of BGN

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the Model of the Month for November. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jenell Hendrix.