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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 CBSSports.com'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.
Comments

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

I hate to agree with a jayhawker, but in this case I do,




Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

Gee, where are you from....let me guess pittsburgh traitors. you must be one to know one.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

I expect that in the near future we will see conferences with something like leases for the schools.  A contract if you will like the BCS has with the conferences.  You will remain a member of this conference until this date, with a grace period.  And then there will still be the exit fees and they (schools) will not be permitted to seek or apply for alternate conference membership until their current contract is expired.  

Thoughts? 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

What sports would you be refering to?  Basketball= NO Football=maybe Women's Basketball= NO Soccer= NO Track and Field=NO There is no sport for being backwards but W Virginia would win that one.  Capital One Cup Standings 2011-2012 Mens= Louisville #29 W. Virgina= Not even in the top 75.  Not sure where you are getting your info about W. virginia being better than Louisville in all sports, looks like you need a fact checker.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

The only "BUMP" in the road is Missouri.  The conference is not entirely sure what the heck MU is doing.

The timing of the Missouri decision legally could create a few million dollars disparity in payouts.

The Big 12 cannot invite a team and collect full exit fees until Mizzou declares its intentions.  Otherwise, MU could argue that the punitive portion is too high since the damage is not as great to the league.

The Big 12 is smartly waiting for MU to declare publically.  That way, Missouri is responsible for the full exit fee penalties.

Louisville is simply taking advantage of the legal morass to make a last minute pitch.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:34 pm
 

What in the hell...


was he thinking?

You may remember that on Monday, while one , another conference administrator was of the belief that Louisville was the better choice.


This guy must have been talking thru his kazoo.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

To show you how smart you are,WV is the Top 100 colleges in the Country.You guys need to get a NEWStory on WVU.ESPN People told THE BIG 12 West Virginia was far away above Louisville in TV Ratings.If you want somebody to keep pace with everybody else.Its WVU,and its not even close.Look at all there sports,Louisville is not even close to WVU in All Sports,let alone Football,and Basketball combined.Now i know why all your other Teams left The Big 12.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

HAHA! No one wants the Mountainqueers.



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

 

Not so fast on West Virginia to the Big 12

The only thing crazier than "conference realignment" is when porfessional politicians get involved in college sports.

'The New York Times reported Wednesday that U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, had lobbied Big 12 officials including David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma and a former senator, to include Louisville in expansion plans. The Times quoted a person with direct knowledge of the plans as saying: "I think it's 50-50 right now between West Virginia and Louisville." '
Not really that surprising. That's how Baylor got in, thanks to Ann Richards. Nothing against Baylor, it's just how it was. They know it, TCU knows it, the rest of Texas knows it. Louisville makes more sense geographically anyway, which should be a big chunk of the decision process. If fans won't travel, stadiums and arenas don't fill. If arenas don't fill, money's not being made (or not as much of it). Since money is the root of this, it seems logical that should be a strong basis for who is invited. IMO!!



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Even though I hate em...

...losing missery is going to be a whammy to the conf. Colo, Neb, & missery are original members of the old BG8. That's when the student athlete meant more than all the tv fortunes to the colleges. Kansas & missery have been playing football since 1891 & basketball since appx. 1907. Lots of tradition going by the wayside if you ask me. And I really don't blame missery either (choke, hate to admit it), but UT & Beebe. We'll see how it all shakes out, but it ain't ever gonna be like it used to be. Damn shame too.


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