The annual West Virginia University Coaches Caravan kicked off Wednesday night at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling as the athletic department makes its rounds across the state to greet the fans.
Men's soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc kicked off the event with a quip aimed at men's basketball coach Bob Huggins and football coach Dana Holgorsen when he said, "After your two seasons, this may be the first time this crowd is more interested in soccer."
Holgorsen followed with a few jabs of his own before speaking at length about the standards he and his staff are holding the Mountaineers to through the offseason in preparation for the second year in the Big 12. He told the gathered fans that the team had been learning more about the history and tradition of both the program and the state, including the words to "Hail West Virginia," which the team sings in the locker room following a victory.
"We expect to win a hell of a lot of games, so they need to be able to sing that," he said.
Holgorsen added that fans should "expect something different after we win games," noting that the team has also reviewed the words to John Denver's "Country Roads," likely referring to how the players ran toward the fans following the Gold-Blue Game to sing along with their supporters.
Finally, Huggins faced the crowd and reflected on his own season before his phone rang and he claimed it was women's basketball coach Mike Carey on the line.
"Hey Dana, if we'd win some games, we wouldn't have to come, either," he joked.
It was a fun evening for the fans to catch up with the leaders of the programs they invest time and money into throughout their respective seasons and an opportunity for the coaches to share their outlook for the future.
In the above video, athletic director Oliver Luck discusses the state of his department, including the successes he has seen from the baseball program as it heads into this weekend's series against TCU in Charleston.