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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen drops by the first day of Saints training camp practice. Said it doesn't hurt as a coach to watch a NFL team train up close -- and his son, who is a high school quarterback, wanted the chance to see Drew Brees operate.

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Could Tulane be the Big 12 expansion wild card?

Don't underestimate the academic profile of New Orleans-based Tulane as an expansion school in the minds of the Big 12's presidents and chancellors.

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Sources: FSU, WVU near deal for game in 2020

Sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that Florida State and West Virginia are close to finalizing an agreement to open the 2020 season in Atlanta.

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Will WVU's rushing game slow down?

Wendell Smallwood helped West Virginia have one of its best rushing seasons in recent history last year. It'll be up to Rushel Shell to keep those numbers up this season.

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Dream and nightmare scenarios: West Virginia

The Mountaineers' fortunes will be largely determined by quarterback Skyler Howard and his readiness to make good decisions in the passing game.

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Big 12 coaches sound off on expansion plans

From improving the conference's playoff chances to strengthening its fan appeal, Big 12 football coaches weighed in on the possibility of expansion.

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Roundtable: Big 12 media days, expansion

In today's roundtable, we discuss takeaways from Big 12 media days and thoughts on the conference's decision to move toward expansion.

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Dana Holgersen breaks down his run/pass ratio

West Virginia coach Dana Holgersen chats with Ivan Maisel about their run/pass ratio and how they're working on passing the ball a little bit more, the work they've put in to improve pass protection and how Tyler Orlosky has helped to anchor that offensive line.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Count Dana Holgorsen among the fans of the impending Big 12 championship game. The West Virginia coach is "sick" of playing regular-season games on championship Saturday. "It pisses me off," Holgorsen said. "We miss a week of recruiting, and it's not a championship game. It has not made sense to me." Last year, seven-win West Virginia lost at five-win Kansas State on Dec. 5. "Who [cares] about that? The only way it matters is if it's a true championship game, the way every other conference is doing it." The Big 12 will join the party in 2017

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Holgorson brings Stedman Bailey on as student assistant coach (0:55)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

West Virginia returns only four defensive starters but Dana Holgorsen sees more "NFL guys" on this year's unit than last year's. He lists safeties Dravon Askew-Henry, Jeremy Tyler and Jarrod Harper, linebackers Al-Rasheed Benton and Xavier Preston, and defensive ends Noble Nwachukwu and Christian Brown in that category. "The body types look as good or better than the previous guys," Holgorsen said. Now it's their turn to get out there and turn it loose."

Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's reaction to the Big 12 moving toward expansion was like a lot of people's. "It's about time," Holgorsen said. "We've been talking about it forever. I'm tired of playing regular-season games on Dec. 3, games that don't mean as much as what everybody else is doing. Let's have a championship game and play it off on the field."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said new teams could be added to league by 2017. Welcome to the next wave of conference realignment

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

The Big 12 (really 10) announced it's going to explore adding as many as four teams through expansion. The league's board of directors has authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to solicit interest from potential candidates. Among the schools that might be considered potential candidates: Boise State, BYU, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, UCF and USF. Bowlsby said the Big 12 board "saw the path forward clearly and has taken steps. We need to look at it logistically and put a plan together."

ESPN Stats & Info

Are Mountaineers trending up?

West Virginia returns eight offensive starters from a unit that averaged 228.2 rushing yards per game last season. Dana Holgorsen, however, must replace seven starters on defense. Big 12 media days: Full schedule

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.160th
Rushing Yards235.316th
Points For33.343rd
Points Against23.239th

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