Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

July 20, 2012

Only Sooners picked ahead of WVU

IRVING, Texas — IRVING, Texas – Oklahoma has been picked to win its eighth Big 12 championship in the 2012 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, voted on by media representatives who cover the Conference.

 The Sooners received 32 of 41 first-place votes and totaled 396 points. West Virginia was chosen second with 339 points and garnered seven first-place tallies. Texas was picked third, followed by defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State in fourth. TCU and Kansas State each received a first-place vote and finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Kansas rounded out the poll.

West Virginia and TCU will begin their inaugural season of Big 12 competition after joining the league on July 1.  Both won their previous conference titles last year.

 The Cowboys claimed their first Big 12 title in 2011 in the Conference’s initial season of round-robin play. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with its seven Conference championships (2000, ‘02, ‘04, ‘06, ‘07, ’08, ‘10).

 Head coaches and selected student-athletes will converge in Dallas from July 23-24 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews with a variety of guests, will be featured both days on the Big 12 Digital Network, including

  2012 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll

    1.    Oklahoma (32)                 396

    2.    West Virginia (7)              339

    3.    Texas                                 291

    4.    Oklahoma State               267

    5.    TCU (1)                             260

    6.    Kansas State (1)              257

    7.    Baylor                                162

    8.    Iowa State                         121

    9.    Texas Tech                       116

10.    Kansas                                46

WVU releases non-conference hoops slate

Home games with Virginia Tech and Radford University are part of West Virginia’s men’s non-conference basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Mountaineers will host Virginia Tech on Dec. 8. WVU will  play in Blacksburg next season.  Also part of the 13 game non-Big 12 slate are road games at Purdue and Duquesne, and the Mountaineers will play Gonzaga in a preliminary game in the Old Spice Classic, which will also feature Vanderbilt, Clemson, Davidson and Oklahoma. WVU will also play Marshall in Charleston and against Michigan in Brooklyn, N.Y.



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