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Rejuvenated West Virginia Hopes To Win Out At 8-4

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After a 40-10 loss to TCU in late October sent the West Virginia University football team to 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference, head coach Dana Holgorsen and his seniors got together to talk about the future.

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News Of Note

Football:

Rejuvenated Mountaineers hope to win out at 8-4 | The Daily Athenaeum
After a 40-10 loss to TCU in late October sent the West Virginia University football team to 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference, head coach Dana Holgorsen and his seniors got together to talk about the future.

Mountaineers close in on bowl berth | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Dana Holgorsen would have preferred to have this conversation with his team five weeks ago.

West Virginia Mountaineers rebound from rough October | ESPN
It’s almost as if West Virginia has played two different seasons.

Basketball:

WVU pressure dogs Dukes | Beckley Register-Herald
West Virginia’s promotional crew has played up the “Press Virginia” moniker throughout the preseason, and during a rare stop in the Capital City Monday, Mountaineer fans got to see it first-hand.

WVU uses defense, rebounding to put away JMU at the Civic Center | Charleston Gazette-Mail
In Monday’s first half, the West Virginia men’s basketball team was led in scoring by a guard and the Mountaineers made more 3-pointers than James Madison. In the second half, WVU decided to be superior on the interior. Both strategies worked.

Williams rewrites some personal history inside Civic Center | WV MetroNews
Cognizant of past poor performances inside the Charleston Civic Center, Devin Williams wrestled for a ball in the lane went up for a new, emphatic memory.

Holmes leads with 23 points, WVU rolls past Coppin State 96-64 | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 last night, defeating non-conference foe Coppin State 96-46 at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU Announces Baseball Signing Class | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey has announced that 12 student-athletes have signed to join the Mountaineers for the 2017 season.

Portillo’s crucial goals spurring Mountaineer run | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team defeated Duquesne 4-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday night in Morgantown. The teams’ second matchup of the year began in similar fashion to the first. In the Aug. 30 matchup, a Mountaineer goal in the first three minutes led to a dominant 5-0 win.

Serbian native Hadzisehovic contributing at WVU | The Daily Athenaeum
At 6-foot-4, West Virginia University volleyball player Dzeni Hadzisehovic is anything but your average college athlete.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

The OU #Baker4Heisman campaign has begun in a big way | ESPN
Oklahoma Sooners start Baker Mayfield's Heisman campaign with some dancing.

No time for Baylor Bears to dwell on loss with Oklahoma State up next | ESPN
A loss like this had to leave a strange, uncomfortable feeling in the gut of Baylor players. These Bears aren’t accustomed to losing at home. In fact, they hadn’t lost in Waco since 2012.

Baylor trick play features the only practical use for a football drop kick since the 1930s | SBNation
The drop kick is football's most vestigial play, virtually unused for almost a century. But Baylor found a loophole to use it Saturday night.

Iowa State's Paul Rhoads wants explanation on controversial spot | ESPN
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Monday he reached out to the Big 12 office regarding what he considered a bad spot that derailed a key offensive drive late in the Cyclones' 35-31 loss to Oklahoma State this past Saturday.

Around The NCAA:

Predicting the College Football Playoff committee's excuses for LSU, Stanford and Baylor | SBNation
You know the Playoff committee chairman is going to say something weird when new rankings are unveiled. Let's guess what it is!

'Football players are normal people': At Mizzou's post-boycott game with a former Tiger | SBNation
When the Tigers beat BYU after involving themselves in campus unrest and after head coach Gary Pinkel's cancer announcement, a former teammate was in the stands.

Gary Pinkel's imperfections are obvious, but his strengths changed Missouri | SBNation
In the 15 years since Mizzou last hired a football coach, the current one won his way to the SEC Championship and became the kind of coach who'd stand by his players against anything.

SHUTDOWN FULLCAST: DON'T STOP BELIEVING REVIEW EDITION | Every Day Should Be Saturday
THE BEST WEEKEND OF THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON JUST HAPPENED, SO WE SHOULD PROBABLY TALK ABOUT THAT A BIT

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