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Mountaineer Morning Links: Tuesday (9/30/14) Edition

Prepping for KU's interim coach, analyzing the hoops schedule, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Tuesday, Sept. 30 - WV MetroNews
Kansas interim coach Clint Bowen addresss the media on his recent promotion after the university deciding to fire Charlie Weis this weekend. Also, Kansas University radio color analyst, David Lawrence gives note to how Charlie Weis impacted Kansas’ football program.

Analysis: WVU Basketball 2014-15 Schedule - BGN
With all the dates set, how does this year’s slate lay out for a Mountaineer team fighting to regain conference and national respect?

Attea Named Athlete of the Week - WVU Athletics
Varsity Sports Report

Soccer Teams to Give Workshop - WVU Athletics
Students can learn the basics of the game and the culture of soccer in countries throughout the world from experts in the game, and scrimmage against players on nationally ranked soccer teams.

Mike Leach's 4 tips for dating success -
And how to save the human species.

News of Note:

Football Notebook: New Coach for KU - WVU Athletics
A new coach for KU this weekend in Morgantown.

Holgorsen's Take: Big 12 Coaches Teleconference -
West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) will host Kansas (2-2, 0-1) this weekend and even though the Jayhawks fired head coach Charlie Weis, Dana Holgorsen isn't expecting to see anything different.

Business as usual as WVU preps for KU - BGN
As it comes back from a bye week and goes into another game week, the West Virginia football team finds itself in an interesting scenario as the Mountaineers prepare to host Kansas this weekend.

Holgorsen: Kansas unlikely to retool scheme after Weis’ firing - WV MetroNews
Under interim head coach, the Jayhawks are 25-point underdogs as they prepare to visit West Virginia on Saturday.

Holgorsen Talks Bye Week Standouts, Kansas - EerSports
West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen spoke with the media on the Big12 Teleconference Monday morning.

Big 12 Teleconference: Weis Firing ‘Doesn’t Change Much’ in Prep - WVillustrated
WVU Head Football Coach Dana Holgorsen previewed the matchup against Kansas during the weekly Big 12 Teleconference on Monday morning.

Bowen gets chance to lead Kansas against Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
With Weis out four games into his third season, Bowen, a Lawrence, Kan., native and a former Jayhawks linebacker, was named the interim coach in his 24th year in the program as a player, graduate assistant and assistant coach.

Hickman: Kansas coaching swap won’t alter WVU approach - Charleston Gazette
In one fell swoop Sunday morning, the narrative for West Virginia’s game against Kansas this weekend changed dramatically.

Kansas lifer takes over Jayhawks for fired Weis - Charleston Gazette
Clint Bowen sounds a lot like a guy who just got the job he always wanted but hasn’t quite had time to figure out precisely what he’s going to do with it.

Kansas, new coach face West Virginia on Saturday - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Anyone that would consider this a steppingstone job is an idiot," Bowen said. "This is a destination job."

Mountaineers shot expect best effort from Jayhawks - Exponent Telegram
To them, this is like the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma was with the Mountaineers — a chance to open a new era and to gain redemption under a new coach.

Kansas coaching change could prove a challenge for WVU - Register Herald
West Virginia spent its bye week working with its young players, resting some guys to heal some bumps and bruises and getting an early jump on preparing for Charlie Weis and his Kansas Wildcats.

Coaches well aware of importance of QB play - Exponent Telegram
Not that this is anything new.

Trickett emerging as one of Big 12’s best - Daily Athenaeum
Coming into the 2014 season, there was plenty of hype surrounding the quarterbacks of the Big 12.

Freshman safety Dravon Henry learning on the fly in West Virginia’s secondary - Daily Athenaeum
Playing Division 1 football as a true freshman is no easy feat.

FURFARI COLUMN: WVU does not do background checks on students or recruits - Times West Virginian
West Virginia University has finally admitted that it does not conduct a background check on students accepted for enrollment.


Whitehead Visits Over, 4-Star DB Set To Announce - EerSports
Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley cornerback Jordan Whitehead is set to announce his college choice.

3-star defender becomes WVU’s 19th commitment for 2015 - WV MetroNews
Cincinnati linebacker David Long projects to move to Spur position in college.

Big 12 recruiting scoreboard - ESPN
Below is our weekly update on the Big 12 recruiting trail

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 2 recap: Geno loses the game then his cool - WVU Pros
Here is a the roundup of how your favorite Mountaineers performed in NFL action during Week 3.

Keith Tandy Talks Career Progression, Love for WVU Football - WVillustrated
Although Keith Tandy currently plays for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he still looks back on his days as a West Virginia Mountaineer with great satisfaction.

CFL Week 14 Recap: White’s Arm Closes Deal on Win - WVU Pros
Pat White had the chance to show off his passing abilities. With it, he helped Edmonton secure a late-season victory over the defending Grey Cup champs.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Meet the Press: Baylor vs. Texas - Our Daily Bears

enCYCLONEpedia: Baylor blabberings - Cyclone Fanatic

More Potential Candidates For The Kansas Football Job - Rock Chalk Talk

Danzel McDaniel Obliterates Aaron Jones - Bring On The Cats

It's a 'new day' at Oklahoma - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Next two weeks a chance to grow for Cowboys - Oklahoman (autoplay)

Did Texas WR John Harris provide Baylor more bulletin board material? - Burnt Orange Nation

Monday Morning Quarterback: Frogs Dominate Ponies - Frogs O' War

Webb is Game Time Decision; Wallerstedt to Receive 6 Months Pay - Viva The Matadors

Andy Staples: Punt, Pass & Pork -

Forde-Yard Dash: Which undefeated teams will survive October? - Yahoo Sports (autoplay)

Inside Read: High-stakes game of stealing signals, ex-TCU DE Devonte Fields resurfaces -

What's On Tap:

Texas Tech Football Game on Fox Sports 1 at Noon - WVU Athletics
The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Sat., Oct. 11, Big 12 Conference football game at Texas Tech will be televised on Fox Sports 1 at noon ET.

Video of Interest:

WVU Punter Nick O'Toole shows you how to put wax in your mustache, what socks he enjoys, and chats with a few of his buddies on Hang Time with Nick O'Toole.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Danish beauty who first hit it big with SI's Swimsuit issue (she made this year's cover, with Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge). CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Nina Agdal.