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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (9/22/14) Edition

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Reviewing OU loss, off-week coming at good time, weekend varsity results, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Sept. 22 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen reacts to WVU’s 45-33 loss to Oklahoma. Also, Sooners coach Bob Stoops couldn’t be more pleased with how his team’s performance in Morgantown.

Attorneys present second version of events in Worley case - Charleston Daily Mail
Attorneys representing suspended West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley presented Friday a second version of the events that led to the sophomore facing a misdemeanor battery charge.

No. 13 Women's Soccer Nets Four Goals in Shutout - WVU Athletics
The victory closed out the Mountaineers’ (7-2-1) eight-match homestand and pushed the team’s unbeaten streak to seven matches.

Men’s Soccer Beats High Point on the Road - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team broke a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at High Point on Saturday evening.

Volleyball Falls to No. 13 UNC - WVU Athletics
Despite a tough battle against the 13th-ranked team in the country, the West Virginia University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 tilt to North Carolina

Donation will help Carey with display case - Exponent Telegram
Thursday evening at the Wonder Bar Restaurant, Carey was honored by local residents for his dedication to the state.

News of Note:

Mountaineers still have work to do on defense - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU fell to 2-2 after the 45-33 loss to the Sooners and has now lost to a pair of top-four teams. That’s an important note to pin to a critical confession.

Holgorsen: ‘It’s a good time to regroup’ - Charleston Gazette
After a 2-2 split of the first four games of the season, West Virginia now gets a week off to rest and recharge for the bulk of the Big 12 schedule.

McGill: Missed opportunities will haunt WVU during off week - Charleston Daily Mail
It wasn’t that the odds were against the Mountaineers against No. 4 Oklahoma here Saturday night. It was that they made long odds longer.

West Virginia players, coaches thankful for bye - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
They escaped the first month of the season 2-2, scoring victories against Towson and Maryland and near-upsets against No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma.

Upon Further Review: Sooners lay the boom - WV MetroNews
The sights, sounds and scenes of West Virginia’s disappointing 45-33 home loss to Oklahoma.

Sooners' defense different in second half - Exponent Telegram
They upped the pressure on Trickett, forcing WVU to max protect, sometimes sending as few as just three men into pass patterns.

Eer to Ear: WVU vs. Oklahoma Edition - WVillustrated
West Virginia Illustrated's Geoff Coyle and Matt Hausewirth recap the Mountaineers' loss to No. 4 Oklahoma in Morgantown.

Special teams issues are a serious matter - Exponent Telegram
This is nothing new, these special team problems.

Mountaineers confident in future despite setbacks - Register Herald
If it seems as if West Virginia has been in this spot before, there’s a good reason.

WVU has proven its worth - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Oklahoma came to Morgantown Saturday night as the No. 4 ranked team in the country and with an inside track to one of the spots in the four-team college playoff.

Monday Morning Stock Report: Mountaineers foiled by trick & by Tank - WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor's weekly evaluation follows West Virginia's 45-33 loss to Oklahoma.

Tackling the issue: Defense & coverage unit too soft on Sooners - WV MetroNews
For a spell, this teetered on stunning.

Why West Virginia’s Clint Trickett could be the toughest QB in the land - Yahoo Sports
The senior gutted through injuries last year that would make most players crumble.

Big 12 challenges overpowering WVU - Daily Athenaeum
"We can say the schedule is tough because we played two top four teams, but we signed up for the Big 12, we’re in the Big 12 and that’s where we need to get win if we want to be successful.

2014 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 5 - ESPN
receiving votes

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl: West Virginia

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
4 <-> West Virginia Mountaineers

Andy Staples: Punt, Pass & Pork - SI.com
Given what we’ve seen against Alabama, Maryland and Oklahoma, we may come to the conclusion by season’s end that West Virginia is pretty good.

Recruiting:

South Charleston’s Knapper commits to WVU for basketball - Charleston Gazette
South Charleston’s Brandon Knapper averaged 19.6 points and 5.2 assists as a sophomore.

South Charleston point guard commits to WVU; plans to enroll in 2017 - WV MetroNews
Brandon Knapper was a runner-up for the Bill Evans state player of the year award as a sophomore.

Knapper Commits To WVU - BGN
With an important recruiting weekend ongoing in Morgantown, the West Virginia men's hoops team snared a commitment for the class of 2017.

Knapper commits to WVU - WVSports.com
West Virginia snagged its second commitment from inside its own state borders Saturday when Charleston (W.Va.) South Charleston point guard Brandon Knapper selected the Mountaineers Saturday afternoon.

Best of the visits: Big 12 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Sooners topped the Mountaineers, but there were several recruits who left Morgantown with a positive outlook on the West Virginia program.

Pro News:

WVU in the NFL: Week 3 - WVSports.com
Following each week of the NFL season, WVSports.com will provide updates about how former Mountaineers are fairing in the NFL.

Eers in the NFL: Week Three - EerSports
A look at former Mountaineers playing in the National Football League during Week Three.

CFL Week 13 Recap: Slaton Shines in One-Sided Victory - WVU Pros
Following an Ugly Incident a Week Prior, Steve Slaton Shows Off in his Latest Start for the Toronto Argonauts.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor remains #6 in the Week 5 Amway Coaches Poll - Our Daily Bears

What Sam Richardson did to beat Iowa spurs optimism - Des Moines Register (autoplay)

Notebook: Postgame love for KU linebacker - Lawrence Journal World

K-State's Dakorey Johnson produces at high level in first start - Topeka Capital Journal

Despite win, a few Sooners unhappy with individual performances - Oklahoman (autoplay)

OSU football: Ra'Shaad Samples OK giving title of 'team's fastest' to Tyreek Hill - Oklahoman

How Does Texas Improve During Bye Week? Part I: Offense - Barking Carnival

Gary Patterson on state of TCU’s new offense: ‘I have no idea’ after FCS, Big Ten opponents - Dallas Morning News

What Went Wrong with Texas Tech's Defense; Let's Fix The Defense - Viva The Matadors

Gameday Final Week 4 - ESPN

Video of Interest:

This week's Wearing the Jersey profiles West Virginia University junior volleyball player Nikki Attea

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Warning: Strong Language

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a musician/songwriter from Chicago. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Niykee Heaton.