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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (11/6/14) Edition

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Texas previews, defensive features, hoops previews, recruiting, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Nov. 6 - WV MetroNews
Max Olson from ESPN, breaks down the offense for the Texas Longhorns.

No. 8 WSoc Moves Past TCU - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers will face the winner of No. 4-seed Texas Tech – No. 5-seed Texas on Friday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Freshman Brown sees increased role as season continues - Daily Athenaeum
Brown, a native of Warrenton, Va., is a defensive specialist for the Mountaineers. She has seen some court time this year in matches against Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Marshall.

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News of Note:

Former Penn State coach Tom Bradley returns to the sideline at West Virginia - ESPN
Three years after leaving a football lifetime behind at Penn State, Tom Bradley has brought his knowledge and memories to West Virginia.

West Virginia Mountaineers, Penn State Nittany Lions and Florida Gators are in the 3-point stance - ESPN
West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said the 3-3-5 scheme that he installed last spring is the equivalent of the power running game that Stanford used for consecutive Pac-12 championships

Wednesday Walkthrough: Texas - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Casazza's Video Notebook

Mountaineer QB finds perspective with father - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's notebook

Casazza: Safeties get plenty of work vs. WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Every opponent’s safety. He makes a ton of tackles. He doesn’t miss many, if any. He keeps the lid on the running game. After nine games, he’s driven the Mountaineers crazy.

WVU needs White involved more often - Exponent Telegram
He has a bigger entourage than Kim Kardashian when he goes downfield for a pass, at least in football terms.

Q&A: West Virginia LB Nick Kwiatkoski - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is one of the most productive defenders in the conference with 155 tackles in his last 20 games.

Chestnut Stronger After Injuries - EerSports
"It was challenging being able to finally get back to myself after having that concussion," Chestnut said.

WVU defense marches on following loss to TCU - Daily Athenaeum
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to pick yourself back up and rise to new heights.

Rise of WVU defense key to success - Register Herald
Clint Trickett deserves some credit. West Virginia didn’t have a consistent quarterback last year, and, aside from the second half last week against TCU, Trickett has given it that in 2014.

WVU faces gut check after loss - Martinsburg Journal
There’s a certain toughness you have to have to play football.

Turnover disparity catches up to WVU - Charleston Gazette
It is, without question, a recipe for disaster.

WVU moving past TCU, looking to Longhorns - Exponent Telegram
“After the loss it took a little wind out of our sails but — 24-hour rule — gotta forget about it, got to move on Texas now,” defensive lineman Kyle Rose said.

WVU's Rose And Crook Prep For Texas - BGN
Texas is having a lackluster year by its lofty standards. But West Virginia, looking to improve its bowl standing and perhaps somehow get back in the Big 12 race, cannot overlook the sheer Longhorn talent.

Texas can get tricky on defense - Charleston Gazette
This Texas defense is a little bit different than the ones the Mountaineers have faced this season. Holgorsen went so far as to refer to it as “tricky.’’

Longhorns offense hasn’t Swooped into high gear yet - WV MetroNews
Sophomore quarterback has endured hit-and-miss season after being forced into action ahead of schedule.

Big 12 stat check: Week 11 - ESPN
West Virginia: One of the reasons these Mountaineers are so tough to beat: their physical, diverse run game.

Big 12 predictions: Week 11 - FOX Sports
West Virginia 31, Texas 17

Big 12 Week 11 Preview and Predictions - AthlonSports.com

Hoops

Mountaineers will lean heavily on Staten - Charleston Daily Mail
A year ago, West Virginia learned to succeed with Juwan Staten. This season, the Mountaineers men’s basketball team has to deal with Staten’s success.

EerSports Basketball Preview 2014-2015 - EerSports
It's that time of year again - the football season is nearing its end, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and Bob Huggins is prepping the basketball team for a new season.

Recruiting:

Football Class Rankings - ESPN
25 West Virginia

WVU Recruiting Podcast - BGN
Junior college recruiting expectations and results, visit updates and a look at WVU's verbal commitments as they near the end of their high school careers are topics in play in this edition of the BlueGoldNews.com recruiting podcast.

Pro News:

Rob Summers prepares for his first season as a head coach at Urbana University - WVUPros
Summers played for West Virginia University after transferring from Penn State, playing two years with then-coach John Beilein at WVU.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Bears AD Ian McCaw defends scheduling - ESPN

Miller to miss rest of season - Ames Tribune

KU football coaching search takes steps forward - Lawrence Journal World

The Lockett tradition running strong at K-State - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Without the 'baby blue jersey,' Blake Bell is a more aggressive blocker these days - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU notebook: Jerel Morrow makes first career start at Kansas State - Oklahoman

Texas DC Vance Bedford calls alternative uniforms "clown suits" - Burnt Orange Nation

Five thoughts about CFP Rankings and TCU's No. 6 Spot - Frogs O' War

Best of a bad situation: For a losing team, Tech could have several postseason honorees - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: SEC's nightmare scenario that'd leave it out of College Football Playoff - FOX Sports

#DearAndy: Answering your playoff hypotheticals, sandwich questions - SI.com

What's On Tap:

WVU, Texas to Meet on Saturday - WVU Athletics
A preview of Saturday's WVU-Texas game.

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi visits with West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen to preview Saturday's game at Texas.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous South African. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of NIcole Meyer.