“We weren't oblivious to it, but I don't think it received much discussion. Our bowl game is on the 30th. Theirs is on the second. I don't know if people will stay that long. In our case, I think we should be focused on our business. For us, I don't really think there was much discussion, really. I don't recall that. We were focused on what it was going to take to get our team there the right way and be in a position to win the game. Now, we do have a lot of fans who are in divided houses that share interests in both teams. Maybe there will be people who go out a few days early and stay for the Fiesta Bowl. For them, maybe that's coincidental planning. … That didn't enter into our thinking, in terms of our program. Again, we're in a position to be invited to a bowl. You step back and try to separate some of the emotions of the disappointment at the end of the season. You recognize, ‘OK, now we're playing in a bowl game. You're playing a team from a great conference. They're going to focus on winning.' We all get re-centered and focused on ending the season on a positive note. That's what we're doing. There are a lot of teams that aren't in bowl games who would love to be in our place. We always want to be grateful for having that opportunity.”
Anything new on 2012 football scheduling?
“There's so many … I think we've made some progress in the last week. Having said that, I don't consider anything done until I have a contract. There's still a number of games out there. Typical of this time of year, everybody's looking for home games. Schools hang on until the last minute to see if they can get a home game. Something will happen, loosen up, and people will realize they may have to take a game they may not want, to play away from home. We've got some options we're working on. We'll announce it as soon as we can. We're like anyone else. We want to finalize the schedule and announce it and begin the planning. We're having some preliminary talks about what our conference is going to do.”
Has the Big 12, or the Big East, signaled at all whether West Virginia will play in the Big 12 in 2012?
“The indications are West Virginia will play in the Big 12 next year. But that's not totally finalized yet. Until that's finalized, I don't think you'll see. It was talked about (this past week in New York) at length. We'll see. We'll have to defer to their process and dealing with the exit, matters related to their exit from the Big East.”