"The rest are mid-majors," Calhoun said, "They'll be good again. I don't know if they'll be as good as Oral Roberts, Kent State or Akron were this year. I don't know how our schedule can top that schedule. Oral Roberts had a hell of a year. Kent State had a hell of a year. Akron had a hell of a year."
All but two of the mid-major games will be at home. WVU plays Marshall at the Civic Center in the Capital Classic and Duquesne in the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The remaining opponents aren't known, but they ought to be at least familiar.
Calhoun said he looks at teams no more than a four-hour bus ride away, or teams that are willing to bus in rather than fly. He then has to figure out which teams are willing to travel to Morgantown for what is most likely a loss, but also a gain.
"On their end, it's all about location and all about money," Calhoun said. "Some schools have to play a certain amount of money games because that's what's best for their program and their athletic department - and some schools don't. Some mid-majors shy away from competition and some take some convincing."
Other schools are ambitious. They're willing to take paydays and beatings. They're willing to travel. They're willing to take a chance to make a splash. A few are eager and obvious.
"I think you look at mid-majors that have good coaches," Calhoun said. "They play good teams. The (assistant) coach I dealt with at Oral Roberts last year, he said, 'Coach, we're not going to beat you, but I guarantee you we're going to be a top-100 RPI win.' A guy who says that, you've got to play them."
By whatever means, Calhoun has for four years now helped put together schedules that have consistently challenged and later benefited the Mountaineers.
Their strength of schedule and RPI have been consistently impressive and helped out quite a bit this past season. WVU was a 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament despite the fewest wins, most losses and lowest RPI among the at-large teams.
"Huggs never shies away from competition," Calhoun said, "but he did tell me, 'You're screwing up my record. You're scheduling too hard.' "
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