"It's a lot easier to schedule top 25 teams when all you're playing is top 25 teams," he said. "It takes some adjusting."
LeBlanc is now settled in as a member of a league that boasts Akron, the 2010 national champion and one of the country's better programs the past several years, but not many other successful programs. He's scheduling like he did in the Big East, but with a twist. Back then, he was guaranteed five or six matches with top-25 teams in conference play alone and he'd add one or two in non-conference games.
LeBlanc is now trying to reach that number with the help of non-conference matches, though he has ample opportunities. There are only seven MAC teams and six conference matches. WVU is playing exhibition matches against Ohio State and Villanova, which gives LeBlanc a dozen non-conference opportunities.
He wanted to be aggressive, which led to the unique arrangement WVU has early in the season. The team will bus to Washington, D.C., Sept. 5 to play the Hoyas a day later. That's a 4 p.m. match, which lets WVU fly to Indianapolis that night, bus to Bloomington, Ind., rest the following day and play the eight-time national champion Hoosiers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
"Look at it this way," LeBlanc said. "That's an NCAA Tournament run. That's how we'll approach it with our guys. It's survive and advance. Unless you get a first-round bye, you have to play five matches to win a national championship. That stretch is a pretty good simulation for survive and advance."
WVU also plays at St. John's (No. 24 in final 2012 RPI) and at home against Penn State (No. 49) and Michigan (No. 21) in succession a week after the Georgetown-Indiana sequence. That precedes the MAC opener against Akron.
Conference realignment gave LeBlanc another problem when Florida Atlantic left for Conference USA and left the Mountaineers without a MAC match for two weeks. He filled that gap with three matches, including one at home against High Point and one at American, Nos. 76 and 85 in the final 2012 RPI, respectively.
"We're always going to try to bring good teams in here and that has to do with our players and our recruiting and what our goals are," LeBlanc said. "We have a very, very - and I'm probably going to alienate some people when I say this - fickle fan base. That's across the board in all sports.
"They want us to compete against the best and they want to see us beat them and they'll be ticked off when we lose to them. But scheduling is a science. You can't schedule just the people you can beat just to appease your fan base."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.