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The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Five years ago this month, West Vir­ginia Univer­sity joined the Big 12 Con­fer­ence. A school more than 800 miles from the near­est Big 12 lo­cale and with min­i­mal his­tory with any Big 12 schools, joined a con­fer­ence that in­cluded six of the other nine in­sti­tu­tions in the states of Ok­la­homa and Texas. Last month, Ok­la­homan colum­nist Berry Tramel spent two days in the Moun­tain State, gaug­ing how the peo­ple of West Vir­ginia — fans, coaches, univer­sity per­son­nel — feel about their new home. To­day, The Ok­la­homan con­tin­ues a three-part se­ries on the WVU/Big 12 mar­riage:

Fri­day: The new nor­mal

Satur­day: The search for ri­vals

Sun­day: Ath­letic suc­cess

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