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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (9/18/14) Edition

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Oklahoma previews, Worley updates, recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Sept. 18 - WV MetroNews
the play-by-play personality for the Sooners breaks down his team for Saturday’s contest against WVU. Also a brief summary from head coach Bob Huggins of where the WVU basketball team is right now.

Gee has high expectations for West Virginia athletics in Big 12 play - Daily Athenaeum
Gee has been the president at schools in an array of conferences ranging from the Ivy League, the Big East, the SEC, the Big 10 and now the Big 12, as the President of West Virginia University.

West Virginia focused on keeping opponents out of goal - Daily Athenaeum
For members of the West Virginia women’s soccer team, on-field chatter has played a huge role in making their club’s defense one of the Big 12’s toughest to find a shot against.

Pitt's Loss was WVU's Gain with Logan - WVU Athletics
Mike Logan is one of eight greats being inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.

Are Red Raider fans really the worst in the Big 12? - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
West Virginia fans can be ejected from the stadium for anything from excessive drinking and foul language to smoking or throwing things on the field.

News of Note:

Oklahoma Preview - WVU Athletics
Mountaineers to hook up with No. 4 Sooners on Saturday.

West Virginia Mountaineers' Kevin White playing like a man on fire - ESPN
"When I think about Oklahoma, all I think about is that fumble," White said. "We could have won that game.

Lambert Staying Focused - EerSports
That mental aspect from a kicker is something Lambert said is hard to explain.

Seeking the perfect pass, Trickett harder on himself than he is on defenses - WV MetroNews
Despite throwing for 511 yards and four TDs at Maryland, Trickett said

WVU offense spreading the wealth - Register Herald
Clint Trickett is the one on SportsCenter. West Virginia University’s senior quarterback was the one raking in rewards faster than Wal-Mart rakes in money this week after his 511-yard, four touchdown performance in the win over Maryland.

First-and-10: Too many plays not good excuse for Edsall - Sporting News
6. Almost Heaven

WVU's Trickett gets shot at Sooners - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett finally has his chance to face Oklahoma.

FURFARI COLUMN: Oklahoma offers opportunity for WVU to establish identity - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University’s football team faces a wonderful opportunity to establish an identity by upsetting No. 4-ranked Oklahoma (3-0) at home on Saturday night.

Chance at Breakthroughs for Fla., WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Some victories can be a sign that a program that has hit hard times could be heading for better days.

WVU-OU could be big rivalry - Martinsburg Journal
West Virginia is starved for a Big 12 rival. Geographically, there’s no team close enough to be the easy choice.

A little perseverance goes a long way - Exponent Telegram
In his post-game remarks, coach Dana Holgorsen admitted it was the type of game the Mountaineers would have lost last year.

Log jam outside top tier of Big 12 - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia has done the most of any Big 12 team to enhance its status as a contender in the conference since the season started.

WVU Building Momentum in Year No. 4 Under Holgorsen - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers seemed to have regained their footing in 2014, leading to a more cohesive program and an even greater determination to make 2014 unlike the disheartening 2013 season

WVU offense comfortable playing fast - BGN
The West Virginia offense has always liked to move up and down the field at the type of up-tempo pace that a Dana Holgorsen offense has been known for during his coaching career.

WVU's play count could be problematic - Exponent Telegram
West Virginia isn’t likely to run 108 offensive plays in a football game again this year

Offensive line playing iron man football - Charleston Daily Mail
From now until the first time West Virginia runs more than 108 plays in a game, which the Mountaineers did in Saturday’s win against Maryland, there will be an asterisk by that school record. The same five offensive linemen played every snap.

Hickman: No rest for offensive line - Charleston Gazette
"Clearly I haven’t done my job well,’’ Crook said.

The status quo of numbers - Exponent Telegram
“It was something pretty special. I’ll say that,” Crook said, going on to explain what it took to accomplish it.

Worley faces misdemeaner battery charge - Charleston Daily Mail
A warrant for Worley’s arrest was issued earlier Wednesday and Worley was arraigned in Morgantown Magistrate Court in the afternoon and released on a $10,000 bond.

Worley arraigned on charge he grabbed woman by the neck in bar dispute - WV MetroNews
WVU spokesman John Bolt issued a statement Wednesday afternoon:

Casazza: OU’s Knight a ‘completely different guy’ - Charleston Daily Mail
Those who witnessed the Trevor Knight who played last season against West Virginia will not recognize the Trevor Knight who quarterbacks No. 4 Oklahoma against the Mountaineers on Saturday night.

Oklahoma Sooners At West Virginia Mountaineers Football Preview | What To Expect From The OU Offense - Crimson And Cream Machine
Perine and Oklahoma's offense must chew up clock and yardage in Morgantown Saturday night

WVU, Oklahoma drawing from deep pools of running backs - Charleston Gazette
Bob Stoops began the summer feeling pretty good about the cast of running backs he would have available to him when the season began.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: WVU Football Assistant Coaches and Players - WVillustrated
Trickett, Dillon, Crook, Clay, Mitchell, Dawson, Bradley, DeForest, Joseph & Seider

Recruiting:

Newly Offered Recruits Eyeing Visit - EerSports
EerSports reported that West Virginia offered Asheboro (NC) teammates Nick Coe and Emmanuel Jones

Pro News:

St Louis Rams: Stedman Bailey reinstated after NFL policy change - WVU Pros
St Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, who was serving a four-game suspension, has been reinstated, and will be eligible to play against the Dallas Cowboys

Around the League (and Beyond):

"Start Fast" - Baylor Bears Football 2014 Conference Play Hype Video - Our Daily Bears

CFTV: Paul Rhoads bye week media session - Cyclone Fanatic

A Review of the 5 Keys Against Duke - Rock Chalk Talk

How Kansas State can upset Auburn Thursday night - SBNation.com

Oklahoma Sooners Football To Debut Alternate Uniforms Saturday Night In Morgantown - Crimson And Cream Machine

Video and statistical analysis of quarterback Daxx Garman's first start against UTSA - Oklahoman (autoplay)

David Ash Retires; Tank Jackson out for the Season - Barking Carnival

Dawson Has a Nose for the Football - GoFrogs.com

Red Raiders taking a different approach to special teams this season - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: SEC West dominance, Big Ten's talent gap, Pac-12, more - FOX Sports

What's On Tap:

(6) Auburn Tigers vs. (20) Kansas State Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from the Bill on ESPN/ESPN3. Tigers are giving 9.

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.

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:

Tony Caridi sits down with Coach Dana Holgorsen to preview Saturday's Oklahoma game in this week's edition of the United Bank Playbook.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

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