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Holgorsen wants improvement during bye week | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has an interesting coaching situation going into this week, a bye week for his Mountaineers. The question is how does he keep his team from being too full of itself during an off-week and keep the same edge they had for the K-State game considering they must play their first true road game at noon Eastern time at Texas Tech. He thinks he has the answer.
Linebacker David Long bursts into WVU starting lineup | Charleston Gazette-Mail
That David Long started Saturday’s game against Kansas State shouldn’t be surprising. Throughout spring football and then preseason practice this year, coaches and teammates alike lauded Long, and it only felt like a matter of time until he was a starter.
Huggins looks for Ahmad, Macon to step up | The Exponent Telegram
The question, perhaps, was coming a bit early toward Bob Huggins as the West Virginia basketball coach had not yet begun official practice even though he was sitting there to host this year’s initial press conference. The question was, with Devin Williams having packed up and taken his game to Australia rather than playing out his senior season, who would Huggins be turning to for the last shot in a close game?
West Virginia Athletics:
Thrasher Named Student-Athlete of the Week | WVU Athletics
In her first collegiate match since winning Gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, sophomore Ginny Thrasher set a school record and shot a personal best in smallbore in the No. 1-ranked WVU rifle team’s season-opening win over No. 5 Ohio State on Oct. 2. For her efforts, she has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Mountaineers Move Up to No. 2 | WVU Athletics
Following an impressive defensive showing in two conference shut-out victories, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team moves up one spot to No. 2 in today’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Top 25 Poll.
South Charleston’s Pitts decommits from Penn State | WV MetroNews
Rivals four-star defensive back Derrek Pitts tweeted Monday he was re-opening his recruitment, two months after committing to Penn State.
Around The Big XII:
Charlie Strong: Texas expected to move on from head coach | Campus Rush
A high-ranking Texas official says Charlie Strong is "very close" to losing his job at the end of the season, which would set the stage for one of the more robust coaching carousels in recent memory.
Charlie Strong: Red River game key for Texas coach's future | Campus Rush
A punchless defense has Charlie Strong's future at Texas in the balance. That's lent a familiar feeling to Red River Rivalry week—once again, the Longhorns may need to beat Oklahoma to save Strong's job.
Around The NCAA:
Texas A&M might not collapse this year! | SBNation
It's early October, and the Aggies are ranked in the top 10. What else is new? Well, maybe a lot.
Ohio State has been the best team in the country. Let’s try to spot Buckeye weaknesses. | SBNation
Also, let’s look at Washington’s total dominance, UGA’s continued curse, and an off-the-radar team that might be really good.
All those Washington Huskies jokes are suddenly not so funny | SBNation
The Top Whatever is Spencer Hall’s weekly ranking of only the college football teams that must be ranked.
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