(Possible Big 12 membership) is probably going to give them a little extra motivation to be able to play this game, all of which says we better get ourselves ready to play. —West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen
WASHINGTON — One of the subplots of Saturday’s BYU-West Virginia game — the Cougars are hoping to be invited to the Big 12, like the Mountaineers were in 2011.
To observers, that might add some intrigue in this matchup, but not to Sitake. He’s too busy trying to get the most out of his team after two consecutive losses.
“It doesn’t add anything. I’m not worried about anything other than West Virginia,” Sitake said. “They’re a well-coached team and they’ve got some momentum and they’re coming off a bye. We’re focused on the opponent. We’re not worried about all of the politics and everything behind it. It hasn’t even entered our minds. We’re focused on ourselves and making sure we play assignment-sound football.”
“I certainly think it does (add intrigue to the game) for BYU. They’re pretty adamant about wanting into the league,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “(Possible Big 12 membership) is probably going to give them a little extra motivation to be able to play this game, all of which says we better get ourselves ready to play.”
Holgorsen frequently referred to BYU as a “national program” this week.
Holgorsen was also asked this week his thoughts on BYU possibly joining the Big 12 and the nearly 2,000 miles that would have to be traveled when the two schools play. He said that if expansion happens, so would the creation of two divisions, meaning that BYU and West Virginia would not play every year but “once every four years.”