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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (9/29/14) Edition

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Open week is over, KU prep has begun, Worley update, recruiting notes, WVU pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Monday, Sept. 29 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Brad Howe analyze WVU’s upcoming home game against Kansas this Saturday. Also, Huntington Prep’s Ryan Arrowood speaks out on why Levi Cook decommitted from the Mountaineers’ basketball program.

Bowden Returning to Morgantown - WVU Athletics
Bowden to serve as homecoming parade marshal.

Brumage Introducing Mindfulness to WVU - WVU Athletics
Col. Michael Brumage is one of the military leaders in the field and has used mindfulness to help the Mountaineers.

No. 13 Mountaineers Topple Texas - WVU Athletics
2-0 at Texas.

Men’s Soccer Dominant In Victory - WVU Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team beat Niagara on Friday.

Volleyball Halts Texas Tech’s Win Streak - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers claimed their first Big 12 win of the season.

Stewart has story told in unique fashion - Martinsburg Journal
Susan Jones thought Bill Stewart’s story needed to be told, so she allowed the late former West Virginia football coach to do so.

News of Note:

Worley’s return could be soon - Charleston Daily Mail
Cornerback Daryl Worley’s legal entanglement could be undone this week, and perhaps as soon as Monday, university officials told the Charleston Daily Mail.

Worley has at least a chance of returning soon - Charleston Gazette
The wheels have been put in motion for Worley’s possible return to WVU’s football team, the Gazette has learned, and it could be as soon as this week.

Battle-tested Mountaineers reach soft spot in schedule - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia’s coach will be asked again and again about preparing to play a Kansas team that fired its head coach six days before their game at Mountaineer Field.

Jayhawks fire Weis after shutout loss to Texas; owe remaining $7 million - WV MetroNews
Kansas was 6-22 overall and 1-18 in Big 12 games under the third-year head coach.

Advantage, Kansas? - Exponent Telegram
Weis dismissal may have WVU guessing

West Virginia must gain momentum against Kansas - Daily Athenaeum
After playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules through four games, West Virginia was able to catch its breath last week and regroup during its bye week.

No tears for Weis - Exponent Telegram
The man has made a living out of being fired.

Hickman: Closer look at Trickett’s numbers - Charleston Gazette
By Dana Holgorsen’s best estimate, Clint Trickett’s most recent performance was a relatively poor one.

WVU coaches comfortable with Trickett changing plays - Exponent Telegram
"Sometimes, he’s got multiple options," said the offense’s architect, head coach Dana Holgorsen. "Sometimes he has no options. Sometimes he calls a different play all together."

Trickett thriving in West Virginia's fast-pace offense - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It’s safe to say Trickett has caught up to speed.

WVU running game in need of improvement - Exponent Telegram
"We’ve called more run plays than anybody in the conference right now,"

2014 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 6 - ESPN
receiving votes

Big 12 College Football Power Rankings: Week 5 - ESPN
4 <-> West Virginia Mountaineers

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl: West Virginia

Recruiting:

Long Makes No. 19, Commits To WVU - BGN
West Virginia received a commitment on Sunday, when Cincinnati (Oh.) linebacker David Long committed to the Mountaineers.

WVU Football Commitment Update: Sept. 26 - BGN
Rounding up the action from Friday night as West Virginia's 2015 football verbal commitments head into the heart of the season.

WVU Commit Dominant In Win - Scout
He talked abut the win and his commitment to West Virginia after the game.

Following the Future: Week 6 - WVSports.com
WVSports.com will take an extensive look at how the current West Virginia commits fare week to week throughout their senior football seasons.

Durante Dazzles in Front of Future Coaches - EerSports
Wide receiver commit Jovon Durante put on quite a show for West Virginia coaches JaJuan Seider and Damon Cogdell

Pro News:

Gyorko learns lessons from rough sophomore season - Charleston Gazette
Jedd Gyorko emerged from the film room in the San Diego Padres clubhouse looking just like what he was — a Major League Baseball sophomore.

Pat White lets loose on podcast - Exponent Telegram
This may surprise you, but Pat White says if there was one game he could play over it just might not be West Virginia’s upset loss to Pitt that cost the Mountaineers a chance to play for the 2007 national championship.

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

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor blows away Iowa State 49-28 in Big 12 opener - Our Daily Bears

Baylor 49 - Iowa State 28: Game Recap and Notes - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Charlie Weis fired as head football coach of Kansas - SBNation.com

Kansas State 58, UTEP 28 - Depth May Be an Issue - Bring On The Cats

Two Sooners Making An Impact In An Unexpected Way - Crimson And Cream Machine

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL: Rece Davis on the State of the Program - Cowboys Ride For Free

Texas Longhorns get through Kansas Jayhawks for 23-0 win - Burnt Orange Nation

Postgame Analysis: TCU 56, SMU 0 - Frogs O' War

Ten Thoughts on Texas Tech 35, Oklahoma State 45 - Viva The Matadors

Game Day Final - ESPN

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