Committed to competing with the big boys, the Frogs and Mountaineers have signed their coaches to long-term deals.
West Virginia extended Dana Holgorsen's deal six years. Holgorsen, who was hired last year after one season as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator, has a contract that pays him $2.3 million this year. The deal runs through 2017.
TCU's Gary Patterson is entering his 12th season and reportedly makes $3.1 million. A year ago, he signed a contract extension that takes him through 2018. The Frogs' extensive makeover of Amon G. Carter Stadium will be on display Sept. 8.
“This will show the nation and the critics whether we are good enough to play in this league or maybe they were right,” said TCU junior quarterback Casey Pachall. “I completely believe we'll be perfectly fine.”
Coaches are going to defend their league, but WVU and TCU, football-wise, look like an upgrade over Missouri and Texas A&M.
“I think it's fair to say when you add West Virginia and TCU, two teams coming off bowl wins, two ranked teams, you put them with the rest of what we've been doing here in the Big 12, that our league is every bit as strong as it's ever been, if not stronger,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “They're both teams used to winning championships. So it's going to be tough.”