"Coach Mulkey called me and passed on Oliver's number," Baker said.
That was a surreal moment for Baker, who grew up cheering on the Mountaineers from his Fort Springs home.
"Personally, this has been a big deal for me," Baker said. "No teenager growing up as a WVU fan in 1981 will ever forget Oliver Luck leading the Mountaineers to victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl."
Baker said Adkins was on board with the idea from the beginning. Baker pitched the plan to WVU officials during a meeting at this year's Greenbrier Classic golf tournament.
There was just one complication: Adkins had already booked a 9:30 p.m. show in Kentucky this Saturday. Everyone had to wait until Fox Sports officials set the game time to green light plan.
"If it was an afternoon or night kick, it wouldn't have been possible," Wells said.
"As soon as Oliver texted me and said that it was a noon start, Trace agreed to do it," Baker said.
Adkins will fly into Morgantown Saturday morning and fly to Kentucky after the game.
Baker said Adkins is a huge fan of college football and is looking forward to being in Morgantown and catching some Big 12 action.
"Quite often on a fall Saturday, if we are on the road, you will find Trace on his bus watching TV and switching between multiple football games," Baker said. "Because he follows college football so closely he is well aware of the rich traditions of WVU football and because of his roots in Northwest Louisiana, he is pretty well versed on the teams of the Big 12."
Adkins' performance isn't the only ceremony going on this weekend to mark the entrance into the Big 12. Mountaineer athletic officials are promoting a "Stripe the Stadium" theme for Saturday's game.
"Anyone sitting in even sections, upper level WVU students, as well as those in the Touchdown Terrace area, you're encouraged to wear gold on Saturday," Wells said. "If you're in an odd-numbered section, or a WVU student in the lower level, you're encouraged to wear blue."The Big 12 will also take a prominent role in this weekend's Homecoming festivities at WVU. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been named honorary parade marshal for the university's 2012 Homecoming Parade, which will take place Friday evening in Morgantown.