A pair of familiar faces to West Virginia fans will return to the WVU Coliseum during 2024-25 season

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Opposing teams at the Division 1 level are often made up of strange faces and names, but their will be at least two folks that WVU basketball fans know well making an appearance in the WVU Coliseum during the 2024-25 season.

The Big 12 released it's men's basketball conference schedule matrix this week, and both Utah and Oklahoma State are slated to travel to Morgantown this season. Both teams have added pieces of the 2023-2024 WVU basketball program -- one a former coach, and one a former player.

Utah has brought Josh Eilert onto their coaching staff in an assistant role, who served as interim head coach last season following Bob Huggins' departure from the program. Eilert was a member of Huggins' staff for over a decade and brings an intimate familiarity of the Big 12 to a program entering it's first season in the league.

Oklahoma State, meanwhile, recently received a commitment from former WVU forward Pat Suemnick, who spent multiple seasons with the program and played a major role in WVU's upset of then-ranked No. 3 Kansas last year. Suemnick brings the ability to fill a significant role on the Oklahoma State roster with a player that is well-acquainted with the style of play and level of skill required in the Big 12.

Both Eilert and Suemnick can also help prepare guide their new teams into what is always a tough environment to play in at WVU, as they are quite familiar with the energy of the WVU Coliseum.