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SI: You're familiar with the Big 12. What about joining the conference has you most excited?
DH: Exposure, more than anything. All these games we play in the Southwest against Southwest opponents—with the TV coverage, we'll be seen in more households.
SI: Will joining the Big 12 affect your recruiting strategy?
DH: I don't think so. The challenging thing about West Virginia is that there's no in-state talent, so we have to go into the surrounding states and Florida. We did start branching out into Texas with the past two classes. [Now] we'll be recruiting the same areas but getting a better kid.
SI: Is it nice to have picked everyone on your current staff?
DH: It is. Staff cohesion is incredibly important. Last year we had the offense on one side and the defense on one side, and they didn't interact.
SI: WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU'VE MADE WITH THIS TEAM?
DH: ACCOUNTABILITY. [THE PLAYERS] KNOW THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES IF THEY'RE NOT DOING WHAT THEY'RE REQUIRED TO DO.
SI: What was the most important thing your team learned last season?
DH: When you get down, being able to respond. We had a tough loss to LSU early in the year and came back and won the next game. We had a disappointing Friday-night loss against Syracuse and came back to beat a really good Rutgers team. Tough loss to Louisville, we won the next game.