All good ones. And all of them are wrong. Years ago, those were mid-majors, but the classifications have changed.
"We wouldn't consider them mid-majors," Calhoun said. "No way."
Scheduling those games is never easy and it's going to get more difficult as teams rise up while Butler and VCU and whoever is next make their statements.
Years back Calhoun tried to strike up a series with Siena and Mitch Buonaguro, the head coach now who was an assistant back then, and who Calhoun knew as a player when Buonaguro was an assistant at Cleveland State.
"They were really good and they had been really good for a couple years," Calhoun said. "They wanted a home game."
WVU still wants to play those teams because they look great on a schedule and great on the NCAA Tournament resume, but there are conditions for those teams and for others. The Mountaineers want home games and would rather not enter into a home-and-home series. On the other side of that negotiation are teams that don't want to give in on their requests.
"What you're finding now is with the real good so-called mid-majors, you have to do a home-and-home," Calhoun said. "You look at Wichita State, Butler, Xavier, I think how those teams compare to the others is they're actually buying games now. Those really good mid-majors are calling other teams and paying teams to come to their place."
This is a "guarantee" game where a visiting team is guaranteed a payday for a one-time event. The Mountaineers did very well with that last season in scheduling Oakland (Mich.), American and Robert Morris.
"If I call a Butler or a Xavier, I know those are major programs and they're going to want a home-and home," Calhoun said. "Say I call American or someone like that. They'll take the guarantee to go on the road and play a game."
There are exceptions, but they're hard to secure. WVU played a three-game series against Cleveland State out of a desire to be in Ohio and out of respect for the program under former Kent State and Rutgers Coach Gary Waters. Two games were in Morgantown and one was in Cleveland - and WVU was lucky to win that one on Da'Sean Butler's buzzer-beater in 2009.
The Mountaineers must be careful.
"It's a juggling act," Calhoun said. "We could play Wichita State (on the road) or someone like that, but I don't know if we'd get anything out of it. Say you can play Wichita State in the 30s in the RPI or you can play Cleveland State in the 50s in the RPI at home. Which would you do?"
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