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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (9/25/14) Edition

Open week work continues, recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics (autoplay audio)
This week's podcast Jed Drenning and Dale Wolfley review the first four games of the Mountaineer football season.

Volleyball Drops Five-Set Match to No. 2 Texas - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers fell in a 3-2 heartbreaker after taking two sets.

Men’s Golf Welcomes D.J. Gregory to Campus - WVU Athletics
Coach Sean Covich and his squad heard from the founder of Walking for Kids

Bevin looking to put finishing touch on WVU career - Daily Athenaeum
It has been a back and forth struggle for the Mountaineers in the early part of the 2014 season. However, senior forward Andy Bevin is looking to close out his brilliant four-year career in Morgantown in style.

WVU-OU 360 Degree Fan Photo - WVU Athletics
The Interactive Photo - powered by Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas and Fancam - allows fans to find and tag themselves, share with friends, enter to win amazing prizes.

News of Note:

Casazza: WVU special teams can’t withstand more mistakes - Charleston Daily Mail
"One play doesn’t make the difference in a game." Holgorsen said. "It did, however, suck the momentum out of everybody at that point in time, which is unfortunate."

Hickman: WVU offense not without its faults - Charleston Gazette
There seems little doubt that the biggest difference between West Virginia’s football team from last season to this is the play of the offense.

Cleaning Up: WVU Tidying Aspects Of Play - BGN
So what, exactly, are the Mountaineers tidying, and where is the focus most honed?

Furfari: Holgorsen still supporting special teams coordinator DeForest - Times West Virginian
Joe DeForest has been under fire for very poor performances most costly to West Virginia University’s football team this season by the special teams under his direction.

Passing out a report card to the WVU football team - Register Herald
West Virginia’s bye week seems to be coming at the perfect time.

WVU Wants All-Around Improvement During Bye - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
West Virginia fell flat late twice on a national stage over the first month of the season, and coach Dana Holgorsen wants to use a bye week to better position the Mountaineers for a solid run in the Big 12.

Maturation process in effect for West Virginia football - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia University head coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday the biggest difference between last year’s team and this year’s team is the maturity level.

Weis, Jayhawks Look To Texas Before WVU - BGN
Now, coming off a win over Central Michigan heading into this week’s game at Texas, Kansas will find out much about itself – as WVU learns more about the Jayhawks as well.

Power ranking every college football conference heading into Week 5 - SBNation.com
5. West Virginia

Recruiting:

Settle enjoys WVU visit - Scout
Last weekend, four-star defensive tackle Tim Settle took an unofficial visit to West Virginia for their game against Oklahoma.

JUCO CB Has Visits Set - Scout
Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau Community College cornerback Rasul Douglas has three official visits and one unofficial visit on his schedule, and he spoke about it with Scout.

Pro News:

J.T. Thomas moves into the starting lineup for the Jaguars - WVU Pros
Thomas' hard work has paid off as he moves to the top of the depth chart.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Briles says wins more important than style points in playoff bid - Waco Tribune

Q&A: Iowa State Cyclones DE Cory Morrissey - ESPN

The Charlie Bowl: Weis hopes Kansas is facing Strong, Texas at the right time - Kansas City Star

Jake Waters, Kansas State want more results from red-zone drives - Kansas City Star

Oklahoma football: Jordan Evans says Frank Shannon is 'still a brother' - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Kevin Peterson patrols OSUs' 'No Fly Zone' - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes preparing like a starter as Horns search for big plays - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: Catalon says everyone will get a chance to shine in backfield - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

AJ Media Pregame Show: Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State (VIDEO) - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (24) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from T. Boone on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen reviews West Virginia's first four games and discusses his team's plans for the open week.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


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