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
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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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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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