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WVU’s Lyons on coaching rumor, issues | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Rumors about West Virginia's coaching situation have started to swirl, mostly thanks to social media. West Virginia fans around the country believe a change is inevitable, but Director of Athletics, Shane Lyons is here to put the rumors to rest.
Holgorsen can silence his doubters with a win Thursday | The Daily Athenaeum
After three straight losses to start the Big 12 slate, it’s hard not to hear the rumors swirling around West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen’s head.
Stopping Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin is WVU’s crucial challenge | The Daily Athenaeum
After its dominating win over Maryland, West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen said the team had reached its goal of a 3-0 record in non-conference games, but an 0-3 start in the Big 12 isn’t exactly what the Mountaineers had in mind.
TCU vs. WVU ‘Always a war’ | The Dominion Post
Three games. Just as many overtimes. All of it decided by an aggregate total of five points. Gary Patterson’s rhetoric might rub some as extreme, but only until the offended parties glance at the box scores.
WVU, TCU going in different directions | Beckley Register-Herald
Although more than 1,200 miles stand between the West Virginia University campus in Morgantown and the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Texas, there are a lot of similarities between the two football programs over the last two decades
Rise of TCU, Baylor has made Texas recruiting tougher | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Skyler Howard attended a high school less than 20 minutes away from TCU's campus, but the West Virginia junior quarterback spent far more of his adolescence cheering for Longhorns than Horned Frogs.
No title at stake, but WVU defense can still tap into motivation | WV MetroNews
Having been sliced and diced by Baylor’s top-ranked offense that came in averaging 725 yards, West Virginia encounters the follow-up task of facing TCU, America’s No. 2-rated attack at a mere 616 per game. Talk about an October schedule created for PTSD.
WVU secondary takes a couple more hits | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia’s thinning secondary figures to be even slimmer for Thursday night’s Fox Sports 1 game at No. 5 TCU.
Smallwood playing through pain | The Exponent Telegram
If they gave out Purple Hearts in football, West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood would have earned one over the past two weeks.
Sills brings something unique at WR for WVU | The Exponent Telegram
Dana Holgorsen emphasized that it wasn’t the model he followed when he decided to take one of his prized young quarterbacks, David Sills, and turn him into a wide receiver last week — although now that he thinks about it, the handling of Trevone Boykin at TCU certainly carries a lesson of how to get the most out of a young quarterback while developing him.
Sills’ father, QB coach not surprised by emergence at WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The unexpected has already happened for David Sills, so all that remains for West Virginia’s latest once-and-future quarterback is the unknown.
West Virginia Athletics:
Last-minute goals proving crucial to WVU’s season | The Daily Athenaeum
For the West Virginia University men’s soccer team, the phrase, "better late than never" could be applied to summarize a good portion of its matches thus far. However, sometimes giving up that late goal can be a crucial blow.
Defending champs off to quick start to season | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University rifle team (2-0, 1-0) holds the No. 1 ranking in this week’s CRCA Poll. The reigning national champions opened their season with wins over Air Force and Nebraska at the Falcon Rifle Range.
Around The Big 12:
Baylor's title run is now led by a true freshman QB, but Jarrett Stidham's no ordinary freshman | SBNation
The season-ending injury to Seth Russell doesn't necessarily knock the Bears out of contention.
Five things to know about new Baylor starting QB Jarrett Stidham | ESPN
Baylor's national title hopes are in the hands of a true freshman. Jarrett Stidham has been named Baylor's starting quarterback after Seth Russell was ruled out for the season on Monday.
TCU defense showing signs of growing up under fire | ESPN
TCU coach Gary Patterson is known for his innovative 4-2-5 defense. He’s had to develop something a bit different in order to survive this season.
Offensive Coordinator Mark Mangino Out At Iowa State | Land Grant Gauntlet
In a move very few saw coming, Paul Rhoads announced that offensive coordinator Mark Mangino is no longer at Iowa State.
Iowa State QB Joel Lanning gets his shot after shakeup | ESPN
A story that didn't get too much attention Monday amid the other big news at Iowa State and around the Big 12: ISU quarterback Joel Lanning is finally getting his shot.
Texas Longhorns embracing smashmouth identity to save season | ESPN
For Kent Perkins, sitting in a dorm room on Oct. 3 and watching Texas football was truly torture.
Around The NCAA:
Let's rank all 7 open college football head coach jobs. Is South Carolina better than Miami? | SBNation
The season's barely halfway over, and seven programs are already in the market for their next head coaches. We'll update this ranking as more join in.
Clemson and Ohio State are college football's only complete teams | SBNation
Clemson and Ohio State are the only two teams that rank in the top 20 of both Offensive and Defensive S&P+ through eight weeks. College football is littered with teams that are good in only one of the two units.
Rutgers fans have amazing tailgate signs and coaching hire suggestions | SBNation
A day in the wild with the Scarlet Knight faithful.
WVU Pros in the NFL Week 7 Recap | Blue Gold Sports
Here is a look at the week that was for West Virginia Mountaineers in the NFL during the seventh week of the season.
Bruce Irvin rated one of the best linebackers in the NFL per PFF | Blue Gold Sports
As Mountaineer fans, when we think about Bruce Irvin, we think mostly one thing: sacks. Irvin’s ability to get to the quarterback is one of the things that led the Seahawks to pick him with the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. In his fourth season, Irvin still likes to feast on QBs, but his numbers don’t tell the full story.
Small chance of Kevin White playing this season | Blue Gold Sports
White was eligible to begin practicing with the team this week, but the Bears may take the cautionary approach and elect to not activate him this season.
WVU Pros on the Hardwood Report: WVU basketball players leading the way around the world | Blue Gold Sports
In this week’s Hardwood Report, we tell you how two former WVU basketball big men are having a good start to their seasons, and two backcourt players who helped lead their team’s to victory this past week.
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