WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen and men's basketball coach Bob Huggins were both in attendance Thursday night as a dinner in conjunction with the WVU Classic was held at Berry Hills Country Club.
The event also consisted of a drawing for foursomes as several West Virginia coaches will play a round at the course starting at 10 a.m. today with donors and other attendees.
Neither Holgorsen or Huggins will play, but several of football assistant coaches will.
Holgorsen said his skill set on the course and a few other items on his plate prevented him from playing today.
"[My game]'s awful," Holgorsen said. "I wish I was good because I hear it's a pretty good course but there's a lot of other things that I need to worry about than playing golf. I like to play golf too, but I'm so bad I'm not worried about it. I can tell the people of West Virginia that if the Mountaineer head coach is good at golf, he's probably not going to win very many games, so I put the clubs up a few years ago."
While the two didn't have much to say about the happenings on the course at Berry Hills, both praised the city of Charleston and the WVU fans in the capital city.
"I love Charleston," Huggins said. "[It's] a great Mountaineer city, the people here are great, and this is a great event."
" I always enjoy coming to the southern part of West Virginia," Holgorsen said. "I've been quoted as saying it's one of the best-kept secrets in the entire United States. I've been to Charleston four or five times, been on the outskirts, been to Beckley, been to the Greenbrier, and it's one of the prettier places in the United States. This means a lot to West Virginia athletics and it's always a good time to come down here and hang out with good people."
Both admitted to having full schedules. In addition to various Mountaineer Athletic Club and alumni events, there are also the teams to worry about and how they are progressing through the summer.
Huggins' squad is enjoying the new basketball practice facility, and Huggins said his players have been working hard, forcing him to "face the music," so to speak.
"Our guys are in Morgantown and they've been working," Huggins said. "The practice facility has been great and I can always tell when they're in there because I can hear the music from my office.
"[I've heard] a lot of music - a lot of music I really don't want to hear. For some reason those guys don't play country, I don't understand it."
As expected, WVU's move to the Big 12 was also a topic of conversation on Thursday.
Huggins said he has been asked questions about adjusting to play in the conference but said his team will offer new challenges for the rest of the league as well.
"Everybody asks me that question and I keep saying, what are they going to do with us?" Huggins said. "Basketball is basketball. I think in the Big 12 the difference is everywhere you go it's an unbelievable crowd. It's a great home-court advantage, which sometimes in the Big East you don't get. But I think we've played enough in those environments that we'll be fine."
On the football side, the squad will have to get through a home date with Marshall, a game at FedEx Field with James Madison and a home game against Maryland before life in the Big 12 officially begins with a contest against Baylor in Morgantown on Sept. 29.