There is no signed contract yet but West Virginia will very likely open the 2014 season with a game against Alabama.
The West Virginia sports information department confirmed both sides are working on a deal, but had no other details.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban reportedly let the cat out of the bat at a fundraising dinner this week.
It sounds like an official announcement could come as early as today but that several details need to be finalized still before that can happen.
West Virginia season ticket sales are off to a hot start.
According to Matt Wells, assistant AD for marketing and sales, WVU has renewed more than 25,000 for the fall season – several thousand ahead of last year’s pace.
In total the Mountaineers sold 34,735 season tickets last year. Wells said that is likely to spike with the start of Big 12 play this coming fall.
“We’re ahead of pace. And I do anticipate our season ticket sales numbers being up this year. What time will tell here is just how much it’s up,” said Wells. “Considering this early, strong response, the fact we’re running ahead of pace, I anticipate selling more this year.”
The deadline to renew priority season tickets – for those who contribute to the Mountaineer Athletic Club - was May 15.
Wells said his office will likely still be processing those orders well into next week, as fans were able to get them in as long as they were postmarked on the 15th.
Season ticket sales will be opened to the public sometime later this summer he said. An announcement is likely to come in June.