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Two weeks into the 2015 football season, West Virginia ranks second in the Big 12 scoring defense, giving up just 8.5 points per game. The Mountaineers are fifth in total defense, giving up a little less than 300 yards per contest. But for second-year defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, they’re not quite good enough.

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Football:

WVU defense not yet meeting own lofty expectations for 2015 | Beckley Register-Herald
Two weeks into the 2015 football season, West Virginia ranks second in the Big 12 scoring defense, giving up just 8.5 points per game. The Mountaineers are fifth in total defense, giving up a little less than 300 yards per contest. In 2012 and 2013, when WVU was ranked among the worst defenses in all of college football, those numbers would have seemed dreamlike. But for second-year defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, they’re not quite good enough.

WVU coach Holgorsen, QB Howard on same wavelength | Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Skyler Howard became West Virginia's starting quarterback once he earned coach Dana Holgorsen's trust. Holgorsen discovered early in the decision-making process that he and Howard think alike. Howard is Holgorsen's kind of quarterback.

Teammates glow about WVU QB’s dedication | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Through two starts in 2014, an offseason that bridges the winter, spring and summer months and now two starts this season, Skyler Howard has become the caretaker of West Virginia’s offense.

Mountaineers continue work with zone read | The Exponent Telegram
There has been a certain fascination in watching Dana Holgorsen’s offense evolve since he came to West Virginia. Expectations were that Holgorsen would fill the air with footballs while the running game, once the staple of the Mountaineer program, was to be phased out like the traditional blue and gold uniforms.

WVU Focused on Internal Improvement, Maryland During Bye | WV Illustrated
A bye week after two games is not the ideal scheduling for any football team, West Virginia included. Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers get an early break, but any college coach will tell you a perfect-world bye comes after the fourth game of the season.

Time for Shell to step up | The Exponent Telegram
The time for talking is over. Rushel Shell has to take that leap forward that everyone has been waiting for and become the running back West Virginia thought it was getting when he made UCLA only a brief intermediate stopover on his way here from Pitt.

Basketball:

Former WVU men’s basketball player donates $6.1K to WVU Cancer Center | WVU Health News
Former WVU Men’s Basketball player John Flowers is helping the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center provide optimal cancer care.

West Virginia Athletics:

Black to Miss Remainder of 2015 Season | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University junior Carly Black is expected to miss the remainder of the 2015 women’s soccer season after suffering a torn ACL during the Mountaineers’ 2-0 win at No. 15 Ohio State on Friday, Sept. 11.

Larmond carves out a role in freshman season after club experience | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team may have found a future cornerstone player when Rushawn Larmond signed his letter of intent this May.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

New interim Longhorns AD Mike Perrin comes with deep Texas roots | Sporting News
University of Texas president Gregory L. Fenves on Wednesday introduced Mike Perrin as a man who "has sat in every seat at this university," adding interim athletic director to a list that includes athlete, student, booster and volunteer.

Texas will LOVE its next AD—Patterson made sure of that | WV MetroNews
Given the damning stories pouring out at Texas, can we assume Steve Patterson will have a cameo in Horrible Bosses 3?

Plenty of positives in Jay Norvell's debut Texas' play-caller | ESPN
Texas' win against Rice provided a revealing glimpse at the Longhorns' offense under Jay Norvell.

Austin, Texas restaurant pokes fun at Steve Patterson | ESPN
The Austin-based Mexican restaurant El Arroyo had a little fun after this week's firing of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson, who angered many Longhorn fans for raising ticket prices.

New DC David Gibbs trying to solve Texas Tech's panic problem | ESPN
David Gibbs doesn’t have to be a psychologist to diagnose the tendencies that get Texas Tech’s defenders in trouble.

Oklahoma State Cowboys focus on creating turnovers | ESPN
Oklahoma State is putting greater focus on practicing turnovers. The Cowboys have set aside more time to focus on trying to create turnovers, even though they have forced just one thus far in 2015.

Around The NCAA:

T.W.I.S., where one Terps fan thinks Maryland could've landed Jim Harbaugh | SBNation
Hello! This Week In Schadenfreude is our weekly trawl for the most upset people on the college football Internet! It's amazing there's not a Rutgers section, but check back next time, probably!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMBLING: Alabama, Georgia Tech and Week 3's 24 other best bets | SBNation
It's time to pick only the best wagers from the weekend schedule, including several of the season's biggest games so far.

Rutgers suspends Kyle Flood for three games | Sporting News
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has been suspended three games and fined $50,000 following a university investigation.

THE NINE DUMBEST THINGS IN THE RUTGERS REPORT ON KYLE FLOOD | Every Day Should Be Saturday
GREAT JOB, EVERYONE

It's Time for Steve Spurrier to Retire | Team Speed Kills
The Head Ball Coach is fun to watch and has led South Carolina to unprecedented heights. But he's not what the program needs anymore

West Virginia Pros

Geno Smith still 'extremely' angry about punch | NFL.com
It's been more than a month since the early portion of Geno Smith's season was derailed by a locker room sucker punch, and it appears he's still trying to come to terms with what happened.

Tavon Austin takes NFC special teams player of the week | ProFootballTalk
The Rams weren’t lacking for standout performers in last Sunday’s 34-31 overtime victory over the Seahawks and two of them were honored by the league for their efforts.

Adam Jones of Cincinnati Bengals fined $35,000 for incident involving Amari Cooper of Oakland Raiders | ESPN
Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said Wednesday he was fined $35,000 by the NFL for slamming Raiders receiver Amari Cooper's head into his helmet during the teams' Week 1 matchup Sunday in Oakland, California.

On Sundays he's 'Pacman'; every other day he's simply Adam Jones | ESPN
Sports, like other forms of entertainment, love a good alter ego story. Good vs. evil. Right vs. wrong. Superhero vs. villain. When those sides play out within the psyche of a single individual, they can be even more intriguing. That helps explain the longtime fascination with Adam "Pacman" Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback who has often drawn headlines because of some controversial on- or off-field incident in which he played a role.

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