Nice to hear.
WVU athletic director Oliver Luck was beaming this past weekend during the celebration. Now, though, it's almost time for his Mountaineer programs to begin competing. It's back to work.
"Our big tasks now include the [proposed new] baseball stadium and the work that needs to get done with that," Luck said. "We're getting ready for the football season. We're probably going to sell every last ticket, be it a season ticket or a mini plan. I want to make sure that goes well.
"Then there's the RFP for media rights. The next deadline [was Monday]. So there's a good bit of stuff. And, really, I want to make sure all of our coaches really understand the Big 12.
"We want to try and minimize any coaching worries about logistics. We're talking about travel, etc. Because everything is new. Dana [Holgorsen] has been through this before. Huggs [basketball coach Bob Huggins] has been through this before. But a lot of coaches haven't. So we're trying to minimize the shock.
"We want the kids to go to Ames, Iowa, with the same level of confidence they would at, say, Rutgers or Syracuse, places they've been before."
The RFP, by the way, or request for proposal on bids to WVU's third-tier media rights apparently is going swimmingly for the school.
"There's not much I can say," Luck said. "The one [teleconference] call we had - not a mandatory call - was joined by representatives of nine different companies. So I think we're going to be in pretty good shape.
"We have a long way to go. We're just at the beginning of the process. But the interest is there."
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