Huggins was 3-2 against the Hokies while at Cincinnati, in the schools' Metro Conference days.
Calhoun's recent remarks stated the WVU's scheduling philosophy has been to play three "high-major" games.
This coming season, those would be the Hokies at home, at Purdue on national TV - perhaps in the midst of the Big 12 Conference season - and against Coach John Beilein and Michigan in mid-December at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
WVU goes to Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center to meet Duquesne, and faces Marshall in the Charleston Civic Center in a game likely to be moved from its recent mid-January, State Legislature-in-town time to early to mid-December.
The Mountaineers also have ample RPI-boosting opportunity over Thanksgiving weekend in the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where the eight-team field also includes recent WVU NCAA-conqueror Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Clemson, Davidson, UTEP and Marist.
West Virginia has 18 Big 12 games, nine foes home and road. The schedule will be completed with four WVU Coliseum "guarantee" no-return games against mid-majors or low majors that can boost an RPI.
The fervor with which the WVU-Virginia Tech series was once played reached an apex of sorts in January 1980, when the Hokies won 68-64 at the WVU Coliseum. When the teams left the floor, Tech players were pelted with cups, concessions wrappers and hot dogs heading into a Coliseum tunnel.
The reason? Clarksburg native Jeff Schneider and his dad, assistant coach Bob Schneider, were with the Hokies. The Schneiders were considered Mountain State traitors.
Some of those hot dogs that rained down were slathered in mustard - and scribes waiting in the runway for quotes after Tech to get off the floor ended up with yellow-stained sport coats, too. I never did send Parsons - then the WVU sports information director - my cleaning bill.
Anyway, the furor was somewhat muted the next two seasons, as Schneider finished his Hokie playing career against WVU with neutral-site games at the Charleston Civic Center and Roanoke Civic Center.
It's good to know that in this day of conference-jumping, some worthwhile - and once-rabid - rivalries can be rekindled.
Contact Sports Editor Jack Bogaczyk at ja...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.