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Tough call on Holgorsen's future | The Exponent Telegram
With West Virginia in the midst of a three-game losing streak, the job security of coach Dana Holgorsen has become the biggest talking point in town. Should Holgorsen stay after this season or does he have six guaranteed games left at WVU? It’s an interesting question, and one well worth discussing.
Middle-of-pack offense about what Holgorsen expected in ’15 | WV MetroNews
Distinguishing between Baylor’s offense and West Virginia’s (a distinction drawn rather noticeably by Saturday’s 62-38 final), coach Dana Holgorsen said the Bears have developed receivers while WVU’s are developing.
WVU fans continue to stand out across Big 12 | The Exponent Telegram
Anybody who has friends from out of state who have never wandered into our wonderland that is West Virginia for a football weekend ought to try this experiment. Ask them to describe a West Virginia football fan. You will be surprised how far the public perception is away from the reality.
Confidence crucial for WVU corner Worley | The Exponent Telegram
Of the 22 positions on a football team, which is the most cerebral, stressful and mentally taxing? If you said quarterback, you’re thinking like most football fans out there.
First-half awards spotlight hits, MVPs & punter pants | WV MetroNews
During the first half of the 2015 regular season, we’ve seen Karl Joseph blowout a knee and Nick O’Toole expose his. We’ve wondered when Rushel Shell will get rolling and when Wendell Smallwood’s statue will be dedicated.
How will new rule affect WVU’s pressure? | Charleston Gazette-Mail
You could read through and watch all the material that’s been sent his way to make Bob Huggins believe in the rule changes coming to college basketball this season. You could have sat in the meetings he’s attended and used all of his opportunities to ask questions and digest answers. You could even procure an invitation to the upcoming scrimmage against Temple and witness the certain carnage officials will levy that day.
West Virginia Athletics:
Mountaineers in Preseason Rankings | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University wrestling team will start the season ranked in the top 25 of the InterMat Division I wrestling rankings, coming in at No. 22 of the tournament rankings released on Oct. 20, 2015.
Leedom has become essential to WVU attack | The Daily Athenaeum
Senior midfielder Zak Leedom has quietly developed into a key component of the West Virginia men’s soccer team this season.
Around The Big 12:
10 Big 12 things to expect in the second half of 2015 | ESPN
The Big 12 is positioned well for the playoff even if it doesn't have an undefeated team; Oklahoma gets Baylor and TCU in Norman in consecutive weeks.
Turning Red River triumph into turning point is Texas' next test | ESPN
The Red River rejoicing lasted a good weekend. That was 10 days ago. Even with a bye week, the euphoria had to have an expiration date. A well-timed week off gave Texas a chance to rest up and remember: The Longhorns are now a two-win team facing an uphill climb to six.
Things come full circle for Oklahoma LBs Frank Shannon, Jordan Evans | ESPN
Frank Shannon is expected to start at linebacker for Oklahoma against Texas Tech because of an injury to Jordan Evans. The roles were reversed in 2013.
Constant improvement fuels Emmanuel Ogbah's dominance for Oklahoma St. | ESPN
Every Saturday we see the fruits of Emmanuel Ogbah’s labor. The Oklahoma State defensive end dominates games in ways few can. He has set up shop in opponents’ backfields this season, recording 7.5 sacks, nine hurries and 11 tackles for loss in six games.
Around The NCAA:
This Week In Schadenfreude, where a Michigan fan demands an FBI investigation | SBNation
Our weekly tour of the angriest people on the college football Internet will get to the Wolverines, but let's not hurry a fine meal.
Brady Hoke disagrees with Jim Harbaugh's final play against Michigan State | SBNation
Which Michigan coach do you agree with?
Clemson vs. Duke is the most likely ACC Championship, but Week 8 could change a lot | SBNation
The winner of Clemson-Florida State on Nov. 7 will almost certainly be the conference favorite, while the Coastal is its usual big mess.
A Better Game? Sprint Football at Princeton | SBNation
Princeton's Sprint Football team aren't winners, but they might just be the future of the sport
WVU Pros in the NFL Week 6 recap: Bruce Irvin loves facing Carolina | Blue Gold Sports
Three of the more prominent WVU Pros in the NFL enjoyed the week off this past weekend. Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Charles Sims along with Keith Tandy all enjoyed some extra time to spend resting their bodies and spending time with families (Tandy had a new addition to his family this past week). That doesn’t mean there weren’t more than a few noteworthy story lines to follow.
Geno Smith is poised for an NFL comeback | Blue Gold Sports
Geno Smith was drafted by the Jets in the spring of 2013, with the hope that he would bring his quarterback prowess known by Mountaineer fans to the Jets organization. Since being drafted, Smith has not necessarily lived up to the expectations that many have had for him.
St. Louis Rams' Tavon Austin misses Wednesday's practice | ESPN
If the bye week is supposed to help a team heal, the St. Louis Rams didn't quite get the memo. They added three notable names to their injury report, including that of wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Meet Rehydrate's Pat White in 5 West Virginia Wal-Marts starting this Friday! | Blue Gold Sports
It’s clear more people are looking for healthy drink alternatives than ever. One brand, born in West Virginia and celebrating this interest is Rehydrate, who offers an acclaimed sugar free, calorie free and caffeine free, line of drinks that is exploding in popularity. Rehydrate recently announced they are now carried by Walmart, a true milestone for a brand that has only existed for just over a year.
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