The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 28, 2011

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - WVU to join Big 12 Conference

Mountaineers membership effective July 2012


IRVING, Texas — Ø     Have had 28 Capital One Academic All-America honorees since 1952.



Ø     West Virginia teams have a combined academic progress rate score of 974 (NCAA average = 970).  Six squads (cross country, rifle, men’s & women’s soccer, rowing, tennis) had perfect APR scores.

Ø     Has finished in the top 50 of the Directors’ Cup rankings each of the past four years.

Ø     The men’s basketball team has made six NCAA appearances in the last seven years (including all four under Bob Huggins) and also advanced to the 2010 Final Four.

Ø     WVU men’s basketball has won 20 or more games for each of the last seven years.

Ø     The women’s basketball squad has earned five NCAA bids in the past eight campaigns.

Ø     WVU began last season with a 16-0 record in women’s basketball and posted the highest national-ranking (No. 6) in school history.

Ø     Head baseball coach Greg Van Zant captured his 500th career victory a year ago.

Ø     The rifle team has placed in the top three of the NCAA Rifle Championships each of the past three campaigns, with an individual NCAA Air Rifle Champion (Nicco Campriani) a year ago.

Ø     The women’s soccer squad has made 11 consecutive NCAA appearances.

Ø     WVU’s outdoor track & field program tied the school record by qualifying 12 student-athletes for NCAA Regionals in 2011.

Ø     Five Mountaineer wrestlers earned berths to the NCAA Championships in 2011.

Ø     Cross country has garnered three Top 10 NCAA finishes in the last four years.

Ø     The Mountaineer gymnastics squad has amassed 28 NCAA regional berths.

Ø     The rifle program has captured 14 national championships.



Ø     2,343 full-time and 667 part-time faculty members

Ø     WVU ranks nationally for prestigious scholarships, including 24 Rhodes, 22 Truman and 33 Goldwater Scholars

Ø     A total of 16 faculty members have been named Carnegie Foundation Professors of the Year

Ø     13 college and schools offer 191 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs

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