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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (9/10/14) Edition

Holgorsen's presser, player & coaches interviews, Maryland previews, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Sept. 10 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen labels the contest with Maryland, ‘the last regional rivalry game.' Also, defensive coordinator Tony Gibson speaks on scheming the Terp’s stud wide receivers.

Women's Soccer Pulls Two More Rankings - WVU Athletics
The WVU women's soccer team is ranked in two polls released today.

Inside the 18: Episode 3 - WVU Athletics
This week's inside look at Mountaineer men's and women's soccer, with Adam Zundell.

Big 12 Releases FOX WBB TV Schedule - WVU Athletics
WVU to play four times on FOX Sports

Media-rights judge denies motion to exclude Ballards from lawsuit - WV MetroNews
Judge will evaluate whether Ralph or Richard Ballard improperly influenced IMG contract and WVU scoreboard purchases.

News of Note:

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

West Virginia notebook: Dana Holgorsen laments team's lack of big plays - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Holgorsen took a moment at his news conference to explain the difference between an "explosive play" and a "big play." An explosive play, he said, is defined as a 12-yard rush, a 14-yard screen pass or a 16-yard pass, for example. Big plays end in the end zone.

WVU notebook: Holgorsen hopes big plays yield TDs - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“I would like some of those explosive plays to turn into touchdowns,” he said. “And right now they're not.”

Holgorsen: Team ‘in a much better place’ than last meeting vs. Terps - WV MetroNews
"Based on what happened, I can assure you it means a lot to the coaches and the players," Holgorsen said Tuesday at this weekly media briefing.

WVU can expect a tough test at Maryland - Register Herald
West Virginia University’s football team isn’t likely to find Maryland easy pickin’s on Saturday at College Park, Md.

Mountaineers seek big plays vs. Terrapins - Charleston Daily Mail
"Do we know in the back of our minds we got our (posterior) beat last year?" offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said. "Yes, we do."

Holgorsen comfortable calling plays with veteran offense - Register Herald
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen has been calling plays in college football games for nearly a decade.

This time Trickett’s ready for Maryland - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen again said that freshman William Crest is firmly entrenched as Trickett’s backup. Whether that means he plays or not, however, remains to be seen.

Tonkery injury might not hurt Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Day-to-day Tonkery working toward return for Maryland - WV MetroNews
If leg injury keeps linebacker out, West Virginia's contingency plan includes Isaiah Bruce and Shaq Petteway.

Orlosky hopes to atone for miserable performance vs. Maryland last year - Exponent Telegram
Look up the word ugly in the dictionary and you get the film from this game.

McGill: WVU can avenge losses in next five games - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU Notebook

Gibson Talks Defense, Top Performers - EerSports
West Virginia Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson talks about his defense's matchup with Maryland and certain Mountaineers who have impressed recently.

Tony Gibson's defense stepping up - Daily Athenaeum
When you look at West Virginia’s 54-0 rout of Towson Saturday night, it’s hard to give an edge to which unit performed better: offense or defense.

West Virignia’s defense contiunes to see improvements as season progresses - Daily Athenaeum
After earning his first victory as a Mountaineer in Week 2 of the 2014 season, senior associate head coach and defensive line coach Tom Bradley said he continues to see improvements all around as the season progresses.

Border Battle - BGN
West Virginia's challenges are obvious in turning the tribulations of last year into jubilations this season during Saturday's contest at Maryland.

All In! - WVU Athletics
The Signalcaller gives us his slant on Mountaineer football. TV: Assistant Coach & Player Interviews -
Coaches Scrap, Dawson, Galloway & Seider, Trickett, White, Harper & Rose

WATCH: Video Interviews with WVU Assistants and Players - WVillustrated
Gibby, Trickett, Bruce, Seider, DeForest, Dawson, Joseph & Worley

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

'O say can you see' uniforms are out of control - Exponent Telegram
“I know uniforms affects recruiting,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. “It’s all about recruiting. The more uniforms you have, the more fired up the recruits get. What they wear is not going to affect us one bit.”


WVU recruiting: Mountaineers get 2016 commitment from WPIAL star - Charleston Gazette
In the Class of 2015, much has been made about the torrid pace of recruiting in south Florida for the Mountaineers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 has prime chance to impress - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Big 12 has proven it can hang with the best. Now, the league has a chance to show it can beat the rest.

Baylor QB Bryce Petty WILL play Friday vs. Buffalo - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: Offense prepares for Cy-Hawk week - Cyclone Fanatic

Weis: Duke good chance for road win - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Snyder pleased with Waters' emotion, leadership - Topeka Capital Journal

The Mysterious Vanishing Act Of Quincy Russell & Frank Shannon - Crimson And Cream Machine

The evolution of Mike Gundy's backup quarterback practice philosophy - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas WR Jaxon Shipley questionable for UCLA with head injury - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU Hosts Minnesota on Saturday -

Kliff Kingsbury and Great Expectations - Viva The Matadors

Forde-Yard Dash: Penn State's boon offers floundering Big Ten an upside - Yahoo Sports

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