Luck claims most of the progress WVU has made toward developing a premiere baseball program should be credited to the school’s migration into the Big 12.
“The Big East didn’t really care about baseball because it just wasn’t one of their premiere sports. Going to the Big 12 was monumental for the baseball program,” Luck said. “But to really take advantage of the very good competition in the conference, we needed a new ballpark.”
Luck stressed how improved facilities will change a team’s success by simply bringing attention to a baseball atmosphere in Morgantown that has been nonexistent in the past.
“People don’t realize that good coaches have opportunities all over the country. A good coach isn’t going to agree to come to a school where the ballpark is subpar,” Luck said. “That was all part of the plan to attract a good coach, and we got a great one in Randy Mazey. Ultimately, when the stadium’s done in the spring and there are 3,000 people up there watching games, people are going to talk about how much our program has turned itself around, and more attention means more attendance, more recruiting and more success.”
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