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Big 12 football: West Virginia, TCU pose, face challenges in new Big 12

THE NEW BIG 12 — West Virginia and TCU may not have played Big 12-caliber opponents over the past few years, but they've had huge amounts of success in their former leagues. Now we'll get to see how they do facing equal competition week in and week out.
by Michael Baldwin Published: August 26, 2012
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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.”

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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