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Mountaineer Morning Links: Labor Day (9/1/14) Edition

More reviews from the Alabama game, weekend varsity action, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Sept. 1 - WV MetroNews
head football coach Dana Holgorsen addresses the media after a 23-33 season-opening lose to Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game in Atlanta, Ga. Also, senior wide receiver Kevin White had a career game during Saturday’s lose, but speaks about moving forward collectively as a team.

Thank You Mountaineer Nation! - WVU Athletics
A message from Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.

No. 11 Women's Soccer Scores Victory - WVU Athletics
defeating Elon, 2-0

Volleyball Downs IUPUI in Tournament Finale - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers moved to 2-1 on the season and in the tournament

The SEC Is Still in Schematic Denial, Praying That The Hurry-Up, No-Huddle Spread Will Go Away - Barking Carnival
The SEC is the best conference in college football. But the best coached? That's amusing.

News of Note:

Mountaineers a mixed bag against Alabama - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers did plenty of things well enough on offense, defense and even special teams, but also made enough mistakes to contribute mightily to their demise. Afterward, Holgorsen knew Sunday would be as tough as he anticipated.

McGill: Opener shows how far WVU has come - Charleston Daily Mail
It wasn’t all peachy during West Virginia’s visit to Georgia.

Holgorsen focused on avoiding letdown - Charleston Gazette
"I told them this is a very similar situation to last year at Oklahoma,’’ Holgorsen said of his talk to his team following Saturday’s loss in Atlanta. "And from there we didn’t improve very much. We’ve got to motivate this team to be able to get back to work to improve from what we put out there [against Alabama].’’

WVU notebook: Mountaineers weren’t lacking confidence vs. Tide - Charleston Gazette
If nothing else, there was confidence in the air when West Virginia took the field against Alabama Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

WVU notebook: Trickett finds groove against Alabama - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
In his fifth year as a college quarterback, at his second program, has Clint Trickett finally arrived?

Monday morning stock report: Is West Virginia trending upward? - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's unit-by-unit evaluation of the Mountaineers after a 33-23 loss to No. 2 Alabama.

Upon Further Review: Mountaineers battle Bama - WV MetroNews
Soundbites, footage and photos tell the story from West Virginia's 33-23 loss to Alabama.

Rising to the challenge - Exponent Telegram
WVU needs to put loss behind it and get ready for Towson contest

Mountaineers looking to refocus after loss to Bama - Register Herald
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said throughout the summer, when asked about getting his team ready to play Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, that the more difficult challenge would be getting his team focused on the second week, regardless of the outcome in the Georgia Dome.

A lot of positives to go with one big negative - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia rushed the ball 24 times and netted 28 rushing yards.

Shell impressive early in season opener for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rushel Shell hit the ground running in his West Virginia debut, but it was only a matter of time before he hit the brick wall that is Alabama's defensive front line.

'Eer to Ear: WVI Looks Back at Alabama Loss - WVillustrated
Watch as West Virginia Illustrated's Geoff Coyle and Matt Hauswirth recap all the details of the Mountaineers loss to Alabama in Atlanta.

WVU forced Tide to change - Parkersburg News and Sentinel/AP
Mountaineers’ defense sent Alabama into no-huddle

WVU gave an inspired performance - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Fans of Alabama and the college football world in general were anticipating the season opener to be a showcase for the Crimson Tide quarterback competition to be played out in live action.

MUSIC VIDEO: No. 2 Alabama and West Virginia Meet in Atlanta - WVillustrated
A music video showcasing the highlights between No. 2 Alabama and West Virginia during Saturday's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

College football's Week 1 winners and losers - USAToday
Winner: West Virginia

Big 12 thoughts: Week 1 - FOX Sports
West Virginia needs to be taken seriously.


Following the Future: Week 2 -
Throughout the fall, will take an extensive look at how the current West Virginia commits fare week to week throughout their senior football seasons. Here's how some did during their second week of the season.

Jennings down to five - Scout
Gary Jennings is getting closer to making his college decision. The 2015 Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge wide receiver gave the latest.

Pro News:

What does Geno have to do to keep his job? - WVUPros
Geno Smith was in the most heated QB battle next to Johnny Manziel-Brian Hoyer this offseason and it wasn't even a true battle.

Mountaineers on NFL rosters headed into the regular season - WVUPros
The dust is beginning to settle from the end of the NFL Preseason when there were nearly 400 roster moves on Saturday alone.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Week 1 Rewind In Big 12 Football - Big 12 Conference
A look back at the significant numbers and notes from the first week of action in the Big 12.

Baylor Bears Blank SMU Ponies 45-0 - Our Daily Bears

5 Questions That Have To Be Answered - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas football needs blowout - Lawrence Journal World

New Guys Step Up in Season Opener - Kansas State Athletics

Running Backs Take Center Stage In Home Opener - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State vs. Florida State Offensive Hindsight: What Can Be Changed? - Cowboys Ride For Free

Dominic Espinosa Lost for the Season - Barking Carnival

Postgame Analysis- TCU 48, Samford 14 - Frogs O' War

Ten Thoughts on Texas Tech 42, Central Arkansas 35 - Viva The Matadors

Staples: Week 1 displays college football's unpredictability; Punt, Pass & Pork -

What's On Tap:

Single Game Parking Passes Available - WVU Athletics
Parking passes in the Burgundy, Green, Gold, Purple and White Lots can be purchased in advance at or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.

Updated Game Day Parking Information - WVU Athletics
With the home opener of the 2014 WVU football season scheduled for Sept. 6, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is providing a guide to help fans, especially Blue Lot parking pass holders, with game day parking and tailgating information.

Single game tickets for the 2014 WVU football season are on sale now! Go to WVUGAME.COM or call 1-800-WVU GAME

Video of Interest:

It rained cows. IT. RAINED. COWS!

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an English actress and model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Helen Flanagan.