Dana Holgorsen believes West Virginia will fit right in with Big 12, doesn't think travel will be big deal

West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen played in the Verplank Foundation Invitational on Monday. He talked about his excitement for the season and joining the Big 12, and how it will affect recruiting.
BY RJ YOUNG, Staff Writer, ryoung@opubco.com Published: June 30, 2012
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photo - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen looks on during the fourth quarter of a NCAA football game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner) ORG XMIT: WVJG117
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen looks on during the fourth quarter of a NCAA football game against LSU, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner) ORG XMIT: WVJG117

— Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen is excited about West Virginia officially joining the Big 12 Sunday. He believes Oklahoma and its fans will be partial to Morgantown's environment when it travels there Nov. 17 but not overwhelmed by it.

Holgorsen was one of a handful of Big 12 and former Big 12 coaches playing in the inaugural Verplank Foundation Invitational Monday morning.

How do you feel about joining the Big 12?

We're excited about it. The one thing about West Virginia is we're going to be able to come to the Big 12 and be the same as everybody else in the Big 12.

Attendance is a big thing. Atmosphere is a big thing. Culture is a big thing. We understand that. Everybody else in the Big 12 understands it too, so we'll fit right in.

Do you think the travel is going to affect your guys?

No. No, I think that's something everybody likes to talk about, but I don't think it's a big deal. You get on a plane. You either fly an hour, or you fly two hours. So really, it's not a big deal.

It's probably going to affect the basketball guys more than the football guys. Because the basketball guys, you know you gotta do it two or three times a week where with football it's just once a week. It's not that big of a deal.

Do you think being in the Big 12 will make it easier for you to recruit from Texas and Oklahoma?