Thursday, April 26, 2012

Big 12 Orientation: West Virginia's other sports

If there is one sport that the Big 12's newcomers will dominate, it's rifle.  I don't have the motivation to go researching whether or not any of the legacy schools offer it as a sport, but the new kids on the Big 12 block have 16 combined national titles.  The first fourteen of those were won by West Virginia starting in 1983 and most recently in 2009, and TCU has captured the hardware in 2010 and again in 2012.  The big difference in this rivalry is that TCU is winning championships with an all-female team. 

The WVU women's basketball team jumps from one highly-competitive conference, and should be able to keep its head above water once in the Big 12.  They've been to the NCAA Tounrament 8 times in their history, including 5 of the past 6 years- this year they were eliminated in the second round by eventual champ Baylor.  Current coach Mike Carey will be in his 12th year at the helm next season, and has only registered one non-winning season in his time in Morgantown.

The Mountaineers have had a smattering of success in a few other lower-profile sports, but the only other oddity is that they will be the only school in the Big 12 that offers men's soccer.  Because of this, their soccer team will be a part of the MAC starting next year.

9 comments:

FrogHorn07 said...

West Virginia, the Big-12/MAC school.

Boyce of Summer said...

This is some riveting stuff.

Lyle Lanley said...

Thanks, dick

Boyce of Summer said...

Just playing Lyle. Hell of a lot better than what SWW, SnK, Spit, and the Finch wrote today.

SnK said...

Does this comment count as writing blog content today?

schimmy said...

Rifle is that a sport? How are we gonna do at chess? This comes from a deer and dove hunter.

Chet Steadman said...

How's their quidditch team?

FrogGal said...
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FrogGal said...

Let me know when Chess is an Olympic sport, Schimmy. Not to mention, is it really wise to insult a sport where the equipment involves rifles and ammunition?