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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/2/14) Edition

Holgorsen's teleconference, Towson previews begin, Monday soccer & volleyball results, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Sept. 2nd - WV MetroNews
Towson head football coach Rob Ambrose discusses the vital matchup against WVU this coming Saturday in Morgantown. Also, WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen participated in the Big 12 coaches teleconference yesterday afternoon talking about the mental stability his team has moving forward.

Arslan Nets Two in Win Over Oakland - WVU Athletics
Jad Arslan scored two goals to lead WVU to victory on Monday.

Women's Soccer Ranks No. 13 - WVU Athletics
On the heels of a 1-1 showing in its home opening weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team checks in at No. 13 in today’s Division I Women’s Top 25 Poll.

News of Note:

Trickett is ‘No. 1 difference’ for Mountaineers’ offense - Charleston Daily Mail
The implication seemed obvious: It’s time to start looking differently at this quarterback and, by extension, this offense.

Trickett quiets critics - Exponent Telegram
Quarterbacks are always lightning rods for criticism, and despite his West Virginia roots, Clint Trickett is no exception.

Hickman: Jury still out on WVU run game - Charleston Gazette
So just what happened to the running game that was supposed to be the one thing above all else that West Virginia’s offense could depend upon this season?

Attitude, energy good as Mountaineers eye Towson - Charleston Gazette
"I was happy with Sunday. I thought the attitude and the energy was good on Sunday,’’ Holgorsen said. "I would anticipate that [today, when practice resumes] will be the same way.’’

Bama loss a learning experience for WVU - BGN
With the season opener in the past, the West Virginia football team is using its 33-23 loss at the hands of No. 2 Alabama as a learning experience moving forward.

WVU Healthy, Maybe Better After Loss - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on Monday morning, one day after what he had previously believed to be his "toughest day as a coach." However, due to the maturity of his players, Holgorsen said his team was in good spirits.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Teleconference -
"If that's the standard we need to play with and if we can play with that type of mentality the whole year, we'll have a good team," he said.

Ambrose impressed with healthy, hungry WVU - Exponent Telegram
Mountaineers avoid series injuries against Alabama

Dana Holgorsen positive about Mountaineers' attitude ahead of Towson game - WVUPros
"I was pleased with how things went yesterday," said Holgorsen. "Our guys were disappointed, but very eager and attentive when it came to wanting to watch the film to make corrections and went outside and had a good practice.

Big 12 Teleconference: Holgorsen Wraps Up ‘Bama, Looks Ahead - WVillustrated
WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen participated in the Big 12 Teleconference on Monday morning, explaining his team's loss to Alabama in greater detail.

Positives following loss - Daily Athenaeum
I’ll admit it, West Virginia pleasantly surprised me Saturday.

FURFARI COLUMN: If you didn't enjoy WVU-Alabama battle, why not just give up football? - Times West Virginian
Anyone who didn’t enjoy last Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Classic battle between No. 2 Alabama and 26-point underdog West Virginia, perhaps should consider giving up college football.

Big 12 coaches saw it coming - Register Herald: College Sports
Upsets were at a premium during the opening week of college football season. No unranked team was able to step up and knock off one of the preseason Top 25.

Big 12 Takeaways: Ok State, West Virginia impress in defeat, Strong debuts at Texas -
It was a rather eventful first weekend of action for the Big 12.

WVU, OK St. Turning Heads - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Not a lot of heads turned whenever the Big 12 coaches picked West Virginia to finish eighth in their preseason poll.

Openers taught us a lot - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
What to make of season openers? Here’s what I took away from our first looks at local teams of interest: * WVU: Gave a better effort than I saw at...

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 2 - FOX Sports
6. West Virginia (0-1). Last week: 8

Big 12 Weekend Rewind: Week 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Taking stock of Week 1 in the Big 12

Impressive Big 12 performances in Week 1 - ESPN
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Top 10 Plays -
#5 & #3

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Pro News:

Bruce Irvin returns to the field for first time since Super Bowl - WVUPros
Bruce Irvin practiced with the Seattle Seahawks for the first time this season on Sunday. He did not practice during training camp or play in any of the team’s preseason games following offseason hip surgery.

New York Jets Release Ellis Lankster - WVUPros
In a surprise move this evening, the Jets released Ellis Lankster after signing linebacker E.J. Edds. He signed a new two-year deal during the offseason, and

Around the League (and Beyond):

Injury Update -- Baylor QB Bryce Petty has "two cracked transverse processes" in his back - Our Daily Bears

Quenton Bundrage (ACL) of Iowa State Cyclones done for season - ESPN

Kansas Football Uniforms: 2014 Preview - Rock Chalk Talk

Depth among receivers could boost K-State - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners 48 - Louisiana Tech 16 | Video Highlights - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football: Be dejected about the night, euphoric about the future - Oklahoman (autoplay)

David Ash is out for BYU game with more concussion symptoms - Barking Carnival

Monday Morning Quarterback: September 1, 2014 - Frogs O' War

Kingsbury says close call against Central Arkansas was 'embarrassing' - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Which Week 1 overreactions should you believe? - FOX Sports (autoplay)
Writer David Ubben breaks down what to believe and what to ignore.

Near Misses - BGN/AP
There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams. Then there were those games against the nation's top two teams — and most recent national champions — that weren't as lopsided as predicted.

Big 12 shows it belongs at the top - Exponent Telegram
Just 16 points separated a pair of Big 12 teams from upsetting the two top teams in America, while the so-called best teams in the conference — Oklahoma and Baylor — sailed to easy victories over a pair of sacrificial lambs.

What's On Tap:

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

Towson Game Notes - WVU Athletics
Game notes for Saturday's Towson game.

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.

Video of Interest:

This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles senior quarterback Clint Trickett

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Bryana Holly.