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West Virginia has a chance to turn its season around | The Daily Athenaeum
October was a month the West Virginia University football team would like to forget. After a 3-0 start, the Mountaineers opened Big 12 play with four losses in games against four ranked programs in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU. All but Oklahoma remain undefeated.
Remainder of Mountaineers' schedule easier, but not easy | Beckley Register-Herald
When Dana Holgorsen flipped the page on his calendar Sunday morning, moving from October to November, the West Virginia University football coach probably popped a bottle of champagne and let out a cheer when doing so.
WVU not underestimating weaker Big 12 opponents | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen remains mindful of the unrelenting October competition that's now in the Mountaineers' wake.
New challenges await Mountaineers in final five games | Charleston Gazette-Mail
If the hard part is indeed over for West Virginia, which just finished what’s basically an unprecedented string of October games with an 0-4 record, then it might also be true that the hard part is actually what’s next.
WVU’s Gee comments on Holgorsen, Big 12 and Huggins | Charleston Gazette-Mail
On Monday, WVU president E. Gordon Gee flew to The Greenbrier to give a speech. His schedule remains busy — even when his school’s football program isn’t flying so high.
West Virginia Athletics:
WVU Hopes to Build on Big 12 Success | WVU Athletics
There has certainly been a learning curve during the four years West Virginia University has been in the Big 12 Conference, from the extensive travel to learning new players and new venues to adapting to the different styles of play within the league.
No. 2 WVU prepares for Big 12 Tournament | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team will play Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri this week.
Three Earn Top Big 12 Honors | WVU Athletics
For the third straight season, the No. 2-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned at least three of the four Big 12 Conference soccer awards, as Kadeisha Buchanan was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Bianca St. Georges was named the co-Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Nikki Izzo-Brown was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Around The Big 12:
Baylor QB Seth Russell expected to make full recovery from neck surgery | Sporting News
The bad news is Baylor quarterback Seth Russell will miss the rest of the season after fracturing a bone in his neck, but the good news is he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Random Thoughts: Hey Charlie, Anything On Your Mind? | Land Grant Gauntlet
October ended in spectacular fashion, and we have a few random thoughts about the games.
In Big 12 race, Oklahoma State Cowboys OK with being overlooked | ESPN
Why can’t Oklahoma State win the Big 12? J.W. Walsh couldn’t help but bristle a little at the question, and rightfully so.
Planning for success: Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant seeks records, respect | ESPN
Jakeem Grant likes Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman. He respects their playmaking talents. He enjoys watching them chase All-America seasons. And he’ll proudly tell you Jakeem Grant is just as good as them.
Around The NCAA:
The 2015 college football coaching rumors tracker, with news for 10 open jobs and more | SBNation
Wait, we're already doing this in October? Absolutely. College football teams are already firing their coaches, so it's time to get caught up.
Michigan State and Memphis will rank better than you expect in the first Playoff top 25 | SBNation
The committee has a lot to balance, but one factor is strength of schedule. Here's the kind of case someone in the room has surely presented for these two teams.
5 reasons Iowa's 2015 resume is better than you think | SBNation
The Hawkeyes actually have played somebody, and played them pretty well.
SHUTDOWN FULLCAST 3.28: THE FRANK BEAMER APPRECIATION EPISODE | Every Day Should Be Saturday
A REVIEW OF THE WEEK'S CHAOS AND ALSO A SALUTE TO THE PUNTINGEST COACH EVER
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