As a result, aside from the nine Big 12 home games, West Virginia has openings for just five more games at the Coliseum. That already means playing only 14 of 30 games at home, so moving one to Charleston doesn't make much sense.
As for the 2012-13 schedule itself, technically only 26 of the 30 games are either signed for or otherwise assured. Remaining to be contracted are four home games in November and December with mid-major opponents. The only non-conference home game assured is the revival of the series with Virginia Tech.
Fear not, though, because the home schedule figures to be OK regardless of the to-be-named teams thanks to a Big 12 schedule that includes home-and-home matchups with each of the league's other nine teams. That means at the very least the home schedule will include games with upper-tier teams like Kansas, Texas, Baylor and Kansas State, along with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU and Iowa State.
There are road games with each of those nine teams, too, along with the visit to Purdue and a short trip to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne at Consol Energy Arena. Those are likely to be the only true road games, 11 in all.
Five neutral-court games provide some definite intrigue, beginning with the Dec. 15 game against Michigan and former WVU coach John Beilein at the new Barclays Center as part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival.
In addition to the game with Marshall in Charleston, the other neutral-site games are the three over the Thanksgiving weekend at the Old Spice Classic at Disney World in Orlando. The pairings haven't been announced, but the other seven teams include 2012 NCAA tournament teams Gonzaga, Vanderbilt and Clemson, along with Oklahoma, UTEP, Davidson and Marist.
Figure on WVU and Oklahoma being placed in opposite brackets so that the only way they could play a third game next season is if both reach the finals.
As for the return game with Kansas State (the teams played in Wichita last season), that was supposed to be the second Charleston game next season, that, of course, won't be played now that the two are league mates. Parsons said there might be some financial settlement worked out there because the contract had to be terminated.
And, of course, there's the not-so-small matter of the game on the schedule that has been there every year since 1917 but isn't on it in 2012-13. West Virginia and Pitt will certainly renew acquaintances soon, but that 95-year streak will be broken.
"Right now they aren't in our thought processes,'' Parsons said.
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