By Cam Huffman
The days of waiting until spring to finalize fall travel plans are apparently long gone for Mountaineer football fans.
Before the 2012 season was even complete, West Virginia University released its 2013 football schedule Monday, giving fans everywhere time to plan their trips to visit Grandma or set a date for their fall wedding.
“I am pleased that our 2013 football schedule is ready, so that our fans can have plenty of time to make plans,” WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck said in a release. “It will be our second year in the Big 12, and, once again, new faces will be coming to Milan Puskar Stadium, while we make our first visit to some new road locations, as well. As with any Big 12 schedule, challenging and exciting are two words that come to mind.”
The season will start on Aug. 31 when FCS power William & Mary visits Mountaineer Field, but WVU will then quickly jump into the heat of the Big 12 fire.
On Sept. 7, WVU will open its Big 12 campaign on the road against seven-time league champion Oklahoma. It will be WVU’s third trip to Norman, Okla., and its first since 1982.
The rest of the month of September will include a pair of home games against Georgia State (Sept. 14) and Oklahoma State (Sept. 28) and a neutral site game against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 21.
WVU will be at home just once in October, when Texas Tech visits for homecoming on Oct. 19. It will be at Baylor on Oct. 5 and at Kansas State Oct. 26.
November will open with a road trip to TCU on Nov. 2, and a week later Texas will visit Morgantown for the first time to help celebrate Mountaineer Day.
WVU will be at Kansas on Nov. 16, and, after an off week, the Mountaineers will conclude the regular season at home against Iowa State on either Nov. 29 or Nov. 30.
“I think the schedule provides a good mix of home and away games in each month, which will be beneficial to our team and fans,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. “We all know how difficult the competition is in the Big 12. This schedule will once again be very challenging for our program.”
The dates are still subject to change, and times and television schedules will be announced at a later date.
WVU fans still hoping to catch the Mountaineers this season are in luck. Returned tickets for the Dec. 1 Senior Day matchup with Kansas are now available for purchase online at www.wvugame.com.
The ticket office is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, making online orders the only option.
Head coach Mike Carey’s WVU women’s basketball team is up to No. 12 in this week’s Associated Press Poll and No. 14 in the USA Today Sports Top 25 Poll.
The Mountaineers (3-0) will play in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami, Fla., beginning Friday. WVU will face LSU in the first round at 8 p.m. on Friday and will face either Florida International or Iowa on Sunday.
Carey has already added to next year’s roster, signing Teana Muldrow out of East Orange High School in New Jersey and Lubirdia Gordon out of New York’s Mount Vernon High School to join his program.
The two players are both four-star prospects and should add to the Mountaineers’ depth.
“We are really excited to have this pair become a part of the Mountaineer family next year,” said Carey. “They are both great student-athletes, who come from great families and will contribute to the success of West Virginia women’s basketball over the next four years.”
WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins also added another member to its 2013-14 recruiting class.
Elijah Macon, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from Columbus Ohio, recently signed his national letter of intent.
Macon played for Rob Fulford at Huntington Prep last season but is currently attending Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Last year, he averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game. He is a Rivals.com four-star recruit.
“Obviously, Elijah brings a great deal of athleticism and talent,” said Huggins, who received letters of intent from Morgantown High School’s Nathan Adrian and Grady (Ga.) High School’s Brandon Watkins last week. “He not only has tremendous rebounding abilities, but also the ability to change and alter shots inside. His year at prep school will certainly better prepare him to make an immediate impact. Without a doubt, Elijah has been one of the premier power forwards in the country.”