The two non-conference trips that stood out were the one to Gonzaga to open the season and then a game at Purdue in the middle of the conference slate. The Purdue trip was one of seven road games the Mountaineers had in a span of 11 games.
That doesn't mean Huggins will back off of scheduling good teams, however. It's just where the games are played will be looked at.
Next season, in many ways, takes care of itself. There are return games with Gonzaga and Purdue, but both are at home. There's a visit to Virginia Tech, but that's certainly not a long trip. In fact, it might be the Mountaineers' shortest non-tournament trip except for the annual game with Marshall in Charleston.
There is a long trip scheduled, but it's during the school's Thanksgiving break in Cancun, Mexico. That includes two games in Morgantown and then two more in Mexico at the Cancun Challenge. Huggins said Monday that the other teams in WVU's bracket of the tournament are Wisconsin, Old Dominion and Saint Louis.
"In terms of are we backing off the schedule, we've got Gonzaga here next year, we've got Purdue here next year and we're scheduled to play Virginia Tech at Virginia Tech, as well as having Duquesne here and playing either Wisconsin, Old Dominion or Saint Louis in the Cancun tournament," Huggins said. "So we're not backing off, but I think we have to do a better job of managing the travel thing. None of us had any idea. I mean, let's be honest. We had no idea what it was going to be like. I think from that standpoint we've got to do a better job."
Next year's schedule, then, would include nine Big 12 road games, plus the two in Cancun, one at Virginia Tech and perhaps two in Charleston - Marshall and one other. Assuming a 31-game schedule, that means WVU could play as many as 17 or 18 games at the Coliseum, up from just 14 this season, when the Mountaineers played one of the lightest home schedules of any BCS-level Division I team.
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