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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/16/14) Edition

Final Maryland reviews, OU previews begin, Hall of Fame induction this weekend, Big 12 recruiting notes & roundup, plus more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Sept. 16 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen mentions the potential atmosphere for their home match-up on Saturday against the Sooners. Also, a couple Oklahoma players call out the WVU fan base.

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

WVU’s Anderson earns early season awards - Daily Athenaeum
Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Anderson of the West Virginia University volleyball team was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week this week.

WVU must take advantage of opportunities - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia women’s soccer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown is always using the phrase, “soccer is cruel.”

News of Note:

Oklahoma Game Release - WVU Athletics
Notes for Saturday's Oklahoma game.

Pressure defense pays off for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
Mountaineers stuck to the plan with success against Maryland.

Holgorsen on Shell: ‘He’ll be ready to go’ - WV MetroNews
While WVU's top rusher should play this wee, Oklahoma's Keith Ford was ruled out with a broken foot.

Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Confident Heading into Showdown - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen joined the media on Monday's Big 12 Teleconference, highlighting last week's win over Maryland and addressing the team's upcoming matchup with No. 4 Oklahoma.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference -
West Virginia will enter this weekend's matchup with No. 4 Oklahoma even healthier than they were last week, according to head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Hickman: The good and bad of WVU special teams - Charleston Gazette
Are Dana Holgorsen and Joe DeForest being just a bit too generous in their assessment of West Virginia’s special-teams play so far this season?

Holgorsen Expects Rowdy Crowd - EerSports
"It will be as good as any atmosphere in college football. Our guys will be fired up for it, our fan base will be excited. They’ll be getting it on all day," said Holgorsen.

Oklahoma Football: Sooners Ready For West Virginia Fans -
"The fans are disrespectful," Ndulue said. "Those are great fans. They're backing up their team and they'll do whatever they can to get in your head."

Sooners preparing for ‘disrespectful’ fans - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Sooners get ready for 'disrespectful' West Virginia minus Ford - FOX Sports
Five things we learned Monday from Bob Stoops and the Sooners prior to their upcoming game against West Virginia.

Did Stoops light a fire under WVU fans? - Exponent Telegram
“Ummm, I don’t find it much different than anywhere else,” Stoops said. “We go on the road half the year. It’s like it always is.”

Early tests prepare WVU for Oklahoma - BGN
There's a confidence level about the West Virginia football team that hasn't been seen in quite some time as the Mountaineers prepare for this weekend's Big 12 Conference opener against No. 4 Oklahoma.

West Virginia could be up to Oklahoma's test - Daily Athenaeum
I say this for two key reasons.

2014 Oklahoma Sooners Football Opponent First Look: West Virginia Mountaineers - Crimson And Cream Machine
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett is leading the Big XII in passing yards

Oklahoma defense has come a long way in 2 years - Charleston Gazette
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has made big changes to his defense since his last visit to Morgantown.

OU forged new defense from WVU debacle - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Sooners' maiden trip to Morgantown two years ago resulted in the lowest point in the history of the Oklahoma defense.

Sooners' defense far different; Trickett honored by Big 12 - Exponent Telegram
Hertzel's Notebook

Anatomy Of A Play: WVU-Maryland - BGN
West Virginia led Maryland 30-27 with four minutes left in the third quarter when the Mountaineers might have executed their finest play of what eventually became a 40-37 win on a field goal as time expired.

Trickett's turnaround has Holgorsen believing - Register Herald
Clint Trickett may have to get an extra room in his Morgantown apartment just to hold all the hardware he earned from Saturday’s performance against Maryland.

MUSIC VIDEO: WVU Escapes College Park with 'W' - WVillustrated
A music video highlighting the sights and sounds from WVU's thrilling 40-37 win at rival Maryland on Saturday afternoon.

The Takeaway: Replaying the Mountaineers’ frantic finish in Maryland - WV MetroNews
They can't show you all 108 of WVU's plays against the Terps, but Allan Taylor and Garrett Cullen cover most of them in our weekly replay show.

Lambert shows he is deserving of game ball - Register Herald
West Virginia University’s football team ought to give the game ball to placekicker Josh Lambert for last Saturday’s 40-37 victory at Maryland.

Trickett Named Big 12 Offensive Player of Week - WVU Athletics
Clint Trickett threw for a career-high 511 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 40-37 win over Maryland.

Trickett could be in Heisman talks soon - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University quarterbacks don’t make a habit of compiling 500-yard games.

TCU, WVU, Iowa State show Big 12’s depth - Charleston Gazette/AP
TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State weren’t expected to do much in the Big 12 this season.


Big 12 recruiting scorecard - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's the latest on who's taking visits and who's impressing so far in their senior season

Around the League (and Beyond):

Injury Update -- Goodley, Coleman, Chafin, possibly Fuller returning for Iowa State - Our Daily Bears

Rhoads teaching his Cyclones to believe and they’re learning - 2:00 Timeout

How will KU football players respond to the Duke loss? - Topeka Capital Journal

K-State knows SEC’s Auburn will provide a tough test - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma Sooners Running Back Keith Ford Out 2-3 Weeks With Leg Injury - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU football: Desmond Roland becoming Mr. TD - Oklahoman

Video: How Texas botched the coin toss against UCLA - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Quarterback: Goodbye Gophers - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury has a lot of work to do to earn big contract - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Punt, Pass & Pork - Andy Staples -

Sorting out the Big 12 - Martinsburg Journal

What's On Tap:

Stripe the Stadium for OU Game - WVU Athletics
The WVU-Oklahoma game on Sept. 20 is Stripe the Stadium.

Blue Lot Parking Adjustment Made - WVU Athletics
Blue Lot vehicle permit holders will now be able to enjoy open parking from 7 a.m. until four hours before game time.

Football Coaches to Wear Coach To Cure MD Patch - WVU Athletics
West Virginia and Oklahoma staffs will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines

Hall Of Fame Set For Saturday - WVU Athletics
Induction ceremonies will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. The public is invited to attend and the event is free of charge.

Video of Interest:

Despite fighting and uphill battle, senior receiver Kevin White has made catching passes look easy lately.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Stick around at least for the growls:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playmate of the Month from the Ukraine. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Iryna Ivanova.