It's more about the relationships built among coaches and there will be new ones developing with the new guard - Notre Dame College, Urbana and Virginia-Wise.
I look forward to moving forward, getting to know new people and embracing what amounts to a new adventure.
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FAIRMONT STATE Coach Jerrod Calhoun made an instant winner out of a team that hadn't played in a West Virginia Conference championship game since 1985.
The former WVU assistant and Bob Huggins protege added three players to take Fairmont State - 7-15 last season - to a 22-8 record and a chance to unseat West Liberty from the top of the conference heap.
He'll immediately go back to work in search of replacements for two of his stars.
Former St. John's player Malik Stith has played his final minutes for the Falcons, as did Isaiah Hill, a former NAIA All-American from Mountain State University.
He'll welcome the return of former Lakeland Community College star Brendan Cooper - a former St. Bonaventure recruit - next year.
It was a little brash for Calhoun to announce his intentions to win the conference and a national championship, but he's not nearly as far away as expected when he took over.
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THE GREAT mystery has been solved.
West Liberty - as predicted - won its third consecutive conference tournament title, but not everybody thought the Hilltoppers should be favored coming into the season.
The Hilltoppers reached the Division II Elite Eight last year and returned their eight top scorers, but still fell short of being a unanimous vote for preseason No. 1.
The only first-place vote not going to West Liberty went to Fairmont State, and instantly the rumors swirled that Calhoun, with confidence in hand, predicted his team would come out on top.
Surprise, but it wasn't him.
It was West Liberty Coach Jim Crutchfield.
"I would never vote my team No. 1," he said after his team defeated Fairmont State on Saturday.
Crutchfield voted Fairmont State to win the conference, and while he never has voted West Liberty at the top, this has to be the closest he's come in the three consecutive years the Hilltoppers won regular season and conference championship.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.