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Breaking down the new Big 12 member: How West Virginia's sports stack up

A look at each of West Virginia's 16 sports programs and how they stand going into the Big 12:
by Berry Tramel Published: July 11, 2012

A look at each of West Virginia's 16 sports programs and how they stand going into the Big 12:

FOOTBALL

Coach: Dana Holgorsen (Iowa Wesleyan 1993), one season.

2011-12: 10-3, won Orange Bowl.

Big 12 readiness: Excellent. Mountaineers are among the favorites for the title.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Coach: Bob Huggins (WVU 1977), five seasons.

2011-12: 19-14, first round of NCAA Tournament.

Big 12 readiness: Excellent. The Mountaineers fall behind only Kansas in the Big 12 pecking order, having made the Final Four in 2010.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Coach: Mike Carey (Salem, W.Va., 1980), 11 seasons.

2011-12: 24-10, second round of NCAA Tournament.

Big 12 readiness: Solid. The Big 12 is a tough conference, but so is the Big East, and WVU has made the NCAAs five of the last six years.

BASEBALL

Coach: Randy Mazey (Clemson 1988), just hired.

2011-12: 23-32, 11th (9-18) in 12-team Big East.

Big 12 readiness: Completely not ready. Mountaineers will come in as the league's worst program. But Mazey has spent the last six years on Jim Schlossnagle's TCU staff, and WVU is getting a new stadium.

WRESTLING

Coach: Craig Turnbull (Clarion 1974), 33 seasons

2011-12: 9-4 dual record, six NCAA qualifiers.

Big 12 readiness: Has competed in the Eastern Wrestling League, with six titles. But not up to the OSU, OU, Iowa State level.

WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

Coach: Jason Butts (Georgia 2006), one season.

2011-12: Won WVU's seventh East Atlantic Gymnastics League title and placed fifth in NCAA regional.

Big 12 readiness: Only OU qualified for the NCAA Championships, so Mountaineers should be more than competitive.

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