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West Virginia’s complaining about their Big 12 travel issues. Seriously.

Feb 25, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

Bob Huggins

West Virginia knew what they were getting into when they decided to leave the Big East for the Big 12 prior to this year.

The Big 12 is in the Midwest. Their teams are from Texas and Oklahoma and Kansas. That’s a long way for a team from West Virginia to go to play a mid-week road game.

But it’s not like this was a surprise. It’s not like the Mountaineers were blindsided by the fact that they are going to have to travel a long way in their new league. It’s not like the Big 12 lied to them and told them that half of their membership was in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

So, in my opinion, the Mountaineers waived any rights they had to travel complaints when they signed on the dotted line. According to a report from the Exponent Telegram, West Virginia AD Oliver Luck has been doing just that:

Twice this past season WVU was scheduled to go out on the road, play a Saturday game, fly home on Sunday, practice Monday and fly out again on Tuesday for a Wednesday game.

League rules do not allow them to stay on the road during that time, so they use up most of two days traveling.

Rather than doing that, they would prefer to play a Saturday-Big Monday on the road with a Sunday stay over, which would cut back on taking the long trip to and from Morgantown.

The third request was to cut back on the number of late tips during mid-week games, not playing 9 p.m. EST games to help with the arrival time back home. Especially in winter, travel is precarious enough without building in 3 a.m. arrivals at the airport.

Remember all that talk about how conference realignment was going to be a nightmare for teams trying to travel? Because I do.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you, Oliver.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. mu1942 - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Oliver Luck and WVU are quite possibly the dumbest group of people in college athletics. But it is nice to see them doing so bad in the Big 12. They are getting what they asked for.

    • kbabdb - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      I agree… they got feelings of grandeur and greed…Take a look at the home game attendance in football and basketball… I know several from my small town that bought season tickets for years and years and finally got pushed out of the market a couple years ago when they raised ticket, donation, and parking fees. Now he is displacing long timer season ticket holders in basketball and selling the seats to the highest bidder. He even started charging twenty bucks to park in the coliseum which had been free since I was up there in 1972.

  2. howintensive - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Psssh. Suck it up. College hockey players at Miami have to go to Alaska to play.

  3. effjohntaylornorelation - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Rob,

    You had better hope Florio doesn’t see you picking on his Mountainpeople here!

  4. cranespy - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Agreed…the Eeers knew what they were getting into. Don’t whine just make a presentation to the Big 12 brass with possible solutions…such as the Sat-Mon road trip.

    Of greater concern to WVU fans SHOULD be the fact that favorite son Bob Huggins took the Mounties to the Final Four and has NOTHING to show for it.

    I just knew when Huggs went out on the floor and cradled Dashawn Butlers head in his arms went his career came to an abrupt end that there were Blue chip Mommas all over the country swooning….”Baby that’s the MAN I want you playing for!

    It hasn’t happened…..historically teams get a bump in recruiting just by playing that first Saturday in April….look at Butler….they are getting Big Time recruits.

    What gives…..is it Bobs rep or his old school style….the guy can coach players up (ok…maybe not this year..this bunch is TURRIBUL!)

    Any thoughts Mike???

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