"Certainly this upcoming season it's pretty obvious there will be no Backyard Brawl. Going forward, we'll just have to keep a line of communication open. ... Whether we can get each other on our schedules remains to be seen.''
Huggins, meanwhile, has another issue to deal with in the change of conferences. One of his favorite recruiting spots over the years has always been the metropolitan New York area, and since arriving at West Virginia five years ago he has had a presence there with games at schools like St. John's, Rutgers and Seton Hall, as well as yearly trips to the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Now those trips will dry up unless he can schedule a non-conference trip there.
"Yeah, we're going to try,'' Huggins said. "We'd like to do that.''
"We're under no obligation to add a sport'' for the 2012-13 school year, he said. But it will have to be done eventually.
"I think we're leaving one great league and going to another one,'' Huggins said. "I was in that league for a year. It was a little different format then because you played everyone in the North [division] twice and everybody in the South once.
"I'm kind of old-school and I think it's kind of neat that you play everybody on a home-and-home basis. You actually get a true champion.''
Men's soccer, for now, is homeless. Luck said the school is looking at several possibilities, beginning with Conference USA, which already has Kentucky and South Carolina because the SEC does not offer that.
"Of course, Conference USA is undergoing its own changes with its recently announced merger with the Mountain West, so we're monitoring that,'' Luck said. "We're also having some discussions with the Mid-American Conference.''
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