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Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 3:17 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday's Brett McMurphy reported that the Big 12 had invited West Virginia to join the conference in the event that Missouri left for the SEC, and that West Virginia had accepted the invitation. A report that was confirmed by multiple outlets throughout the day.

Well, this is the world of conference realigment, and in the world of conference realignment things happen and then don't happen before happening again or not. Then you wake up in an alley somewhere with no recollection of how you got there or why you're suddenly missing a kidney.

So of course there was a report on Wednesday from the West Virginia Metro News saying that the done deal may not be a done deal after all, and that Louisvillecould be replacing Missouri in the Big 12.
As of late yesterday afternoon, WVU had received a verbal invitation to the Big 12 and had accepted. Plans were in the works for a news conference Wednesday to make the announcement.

But sources say the process hit a “bump in the road” last night.  WVU was apparently notified by the Big 12 that it needed “more information” from WVU and that there would be a vote by the Big 12 Board, perhaps on Monday.

There is speculation that the “bump” was a push by Louisville.
So what's the problem? Well, it's not so much that Louisville made some kind of last minute presentation to the Big 12 or anything as much as it's the fact that the schools aren't all in agreement that West Virginia is the better choice, as Brett McMurphy documented on Wednesday.

You may remember that on Monday, while one Big 12 administrator was talking about how much better West Virginia would be for the Big 12 than Missouri, another conference administrator was of the belief that Louisville was the better choice.

I know, the fact that the members of the Big 12 don't all agree on something shocks me too.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:42 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Thank you once again, Tom Osborne.  

Don't know how you saw this coming but you kept Nebraska out of this Big XII-sized mess.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:27 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Lets all remember what this re-alignement is about. Football TV money, nothing more, nothing less. ACC talks academics but it NE TV they want. Basketball is an after thought and other sports mean nothing excepy travel expense. Big 12 needs some east coast coverage. Yes I am a Mountaineer Homer! I also would have preferred to have Syracuse and Pitt stay regardless of their fan's ignorance and writing skills.

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:20 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Boyee2.... That UofL ranking was from 1999! Maybe compare current WV stats to those from Uofl in this decade. Just a thought.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:17 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Just one more note for people posting their opinions.

I think it's pretty clear that this shuffling of the Big 12 and the teams leaving (or wanting to leave), has only Beebe to blame. he was the commissioner, he let this happen. I could care less about college politics, so that's why I say "IF" Texas was the main benefactor of Beebe in charge, and that was what started all of this, then you'd like to think whomever had the decision to do so, should have stood up from Texas and made an effort to have better conference equality. They didn't seem to do that, and that is disappointing. But, everyone does know, that UT passed Notre Dame as the most financial profitable university in the country, right?? Does anyone really believe that the other 11 members don't profit from this, just a bit?? When Texas & OU are annually top ranked and playing on national television, in primetime spots, you think those other members benefit from that?? You don't think those other universities would like to have that same recognition and opportunity?? It's easy to point the finger when your contibution has little to know impact, good or bad.

I'm not as familiar with Nebraska and their reasons for going to the Big 10. Honestly, it actually makes more sense for them anyway. But everyone in Texas, except for those drinking the Kool-aid in College Station, know part of the cult aka Texas ATM is brainwashed to hate UT. I know quite of few Aggies myself, and even many of them admit to it, but it's almost like their afraid to admit it in fear of something mysterious happening to them. ATM moving to the SEC will prove to be the MOST retarded move ever witnessed in college athletic politics, especially for the "REAL" reasons they did it - ego and the Kool-aid. Quite a shame the decision of just a few will impact so many. Just the Thanksgiving day game itself was more valuable to fans, etc. than anything ATM will get out of the SEC. This isn't a knock on the SEC, because they clearly win here. They just pulled off the greatest BJ in the history of time - without even being asked for a reach-around, let alone having to give one. Surprised

But, I ask everyone to consider this. Just because I am a fan of UT athletics, or to even a supporter of the Aggies or any other university, that we are not and did not make these decisions, or had any input for that matter. The students, players, coaches, teachers, etc. also had no input. So please don't insult other fans on what we or they have no control over, or even necessarily support what's being done. Stick to on the field and rivalry insults, please. The fans of WVU, BYU, Louisville or whomever, don't make the decisions whether to join the Big 12, and fans across Texas know that's not how we treat people down here. And for those fans not in Texas, just a little food for thought.

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:14 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

type o there at the end at the comment below  sorry. more breaking news Florida State to the Pac-12, UCLA to the Big Ten!

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:11 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Guess what friends?

The buzzword is no longer "Obama-Care" - it's "O'Connell-Care"!

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:11 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

West Virginia is actually ranked 164 in academics, so they are not in the top 100 schools in the country. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandr


Louisville is also ranked 164 in academics, so they also are not in the top 100 schools in the nation.


Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:09 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

EVERYONE read this please. realignment is stupid! west virginia is in the eastern part of the USA not the midwest. its just greedy schools who want more money. all the rivalres will be gone. hey why does every team move. HOW BOUT PENN STATE TO THE PAC-12, SOUTHERN CAL TO THE ACC, BOSTON COLLEGE TO THE MOUNTAIN WEST, WYOMING TO THE SUN BELT, WASHINGTON STATE TO THE SEC! what is happening in college sports?   i would appricate this to be on CBS pregame show-college football today at 3pm on saturday before georgia vs florida. hey maybe georgia and florida will go to the ivy league.    &nbs
p;      thank you

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:07 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

  Even though I just brought WVU homers down to earth, I'd still like to see WVU, Cincy, and UL in the Big 12. It would create a nice regional rivalry and shorten the travel time for those 3 teams when they play each other.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:00 pm

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

 I think being a WVU homer is clouding your brain. Not to mention Louisville is much closer to Big 12 country than Morgantown, UL has a pratically brand new 50,000 seat football stadium and a just opened 22,000 seat $250 million arena located in downtown Louisville. In the 2011 Capital One Cup standings, UL landed at #29 and WVU didn't even make the list!!! UL sports teams (except football sadly) are all perinail top 25 contenders in their sports. Also, UL has a significantly larger athletic budget than WVU. Need I go on? Becuase I could!!!Cool

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