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It's A Good Time For The West Virginia Mountaineers To Be Relevant Again

Over the last few years, the Big 12 Conference was criticized for not taking Louisville instead of West Virginia, but that criticism has been quelled thanks to the Mountaineers being 7-1 and knocking on the door of the Top 10 again.

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News Of Note

Football:

It’s a good time for WVU to be relevant again | Charleston Gazette-Mail
hroughout the conference expansion process, conference decision-makers were knocked and part of the criticism was not taking Louisville, now No. 5 in football, when the Cardinals were available, before they joined the ACC. An extension of that was criticism by some that Louisville, not WVU, should have been taken back in 2011. Now, though, much of the latter criticism has been quelled. The Mountaineer football team is 7-1, No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 10 in the Amway Coaches poll.

WVU RB Rushel Shell a ‘game-time decision’ for Texas clash | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When No. 11 West Virginia plays at Texas on Saturday and attempts to use its running game to counter the NCAA’s leading rusher, it might be without its leader in carries.

Basketball:

Brandon Knapper officially the first recruit for WVU’s 2017-18 men’s hoops class | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University’s men’s basketball team made official what was put in the works last year. Former South Charleston High and current Hargrave Military Academy star guard Brandon Knapper was announced Tuesday as the first recruit for the 2017-18 class.

West Virginia Athletics:

The Way to San Jose | WVU Athletics
How does a coach who has experienced as much success as Nikki Izzo-Brown has at West Virginia University learn something new about her soccer team?   Getting down 2-0 at halftime of the Big 12 championship game to a team it had defeated 3-0 just two weeks prior is one way.

Izzo-Brown's team has special bond | The Exponent Telegram
As it has shown all season while winning a school record 19 games and racing for the first time to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, West Virginia’s women’s soccer team is special.

Mountaineers Stay at No. 1 | WVU Athletics
For the third week in a row, the West Virginia University rifle team ranks No. 1 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Why the Baylor scandal isn't the NCAA's jurisdiction | SBNation
This is a situation best left to governing bodies that are equipped to deal with actual crime.

Big 12 playoff tracker: League still a playoff long shot | ESPN
The Big 12 doesn't have a team in the top 10 of the College Football Playoff rankings, with Oklahoma topping the conference at No. 11.

After challenge from Baylor, Oklahoma still top dog of the Big 12 | ESPN
Oklahoma exacted some revenge on Baylor last season and rode that momentum to the College Football Playoff. Now they look for two in a row.

Big 12 Week 10 bowl projections: TCU, Texas in better shape | ESPN
Oklahoma remains the Big 12's top team, but it's still not in the playoff. Texas and TCU are now slotted for bowl games.

Big 12 mailbag: West Virginia's CFP position, D'Onta Foreman's Heisman hopes | ESPN
In Tuesday's mailbag, we discuss West Virginia's playoff position, D'Onta Foreman's Heisman chances, Baylor's coaching search and more.

Around The NCAA:

Yep, this college football season has fewer contenders than usual. Look on the bright side! | SBNation
But this could mean one hell of a Playoff.

Meet the South Carolina field-storming legend who snuck back in a week later | SBNation
Will Mackey rushed the turf all by himself, got in trouble for it, and donned a disguise while attending the next game.

How Alabama’s able to use NFL alumni on its practice scout team | SBNation
Blake Sims, Trent Richardson, and John Parker Wilson have helped the Tide prepare in practice.

25 picks for an ugly Week 11 of college football | SBNation
Expect a ton of blowouts this weekend, but let’s try to find the best games to pick.

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