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Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 6:43 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

As first reported by's Brett McMurphy on Friday morning, the Big 12 has invited West Virginia to join the conference and West Virginia accepted the invitation, informing the Big East of the decision on Friday.

The move is now official as the Big 12 has released a statement about West Virginia.

"The Big 12 Presidents and Chancellors are excited to welcome another outstanding institution to the Conference," said Burns Hargis, Chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors in the release. "The addition of West Virginia, while expanding the reach of the Big 12, brings an impressive institution with esteemed academics and a proud athletic tradition into the Conference. This is another step in building a strong foundation for the future of the Big 12." 

"The Big 12 is a perfect fit for West Virginia University," said WVU President Dr. James P. Clements. "It is a strong conference that, like WVU, values quality academic and athletic programs, and has a great tradition of success. This is a very exciting time for WVU and Mountaineer nation. I am confident that the future of WVU athletics has never been more promising."

West Virginia to the Big 12
What is not so clear at this point is when West Virginia will be joining the Big 12, According to the Big 12's release on Friday, the school would become a member of the conference beginning on July 1, 2012. However, the Big East said on Friday that it plans on holding West Virginia to the same 27-month notice that it is holding Pitt and Syracuse to. If that is the case, then West Virginia can't join the Big 12 until 2014.

During a conference call on Friday afternoon announcing the deal, West Virginia said that it plans on being in the Big 12 by July 2012, but it's not official as of yet. From Chip Patterson's post:
Both [athletic director Oliver] Luck and [President James] Clements repeatedly used the target date "July 1, 2012" as the school's expected arrival in the Big 12. When multiple questions were posed to West Virginia's leadership on how they planned to leave before the completion 27-month period - the response was predictably vague.

"Our team and their team were in discussion today, tying to make that happen," Luck said of the negotiations with the Big East office. 
How West Virginia would go about that, the odds are that the answer is money. The Big East may be willing to let the Mountaineers leave early if the school pays far more than the $5 million exit fee. What exactly the amount would be for that, well, as Luck said above, those discussions are currently being held.

Of course, this does not answer every question about this announced move. Generally over the last few weeks when West Virginia was a rumored target of the Big 12, it was always with the caveat that the conference wouldn't bring in another school unless Missouri left the conference first. Well, as of the news that West Virginia had accepted an invitation on Friday, Missouri had yet to announce that it was leaving for the SEC.

Though it's possible that Missouri's announcement could be coming in the next couple of days.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:12 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

This is so stupid and self serving.  FOotball is no longer to do with rivals or with local interest.  It is so much about money only it is ridiculous.  Closest team in conference to W. Va is 870 miles away.  What happens to Terps, Pittsburgh, Va, (notice all in ACC now) when they play a remote schedule?  Who pays for travel costs?  Who cares?  It is happening over and over again.  There was a Southeast region, coastal region, SW region, great lakes and NW region and a pacific region of interest.  I cannot believe conferences cannot be formed with some geographic limits included.  Time zones might be a good way to establish it.  Money, money, money.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:50 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

what are you smokin'?  You should try watching both teams before saying something like that.

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 9:24 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Missouri would crush WV.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 6:48 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Okay, really, real news about conference realignment - with no politicians involved?  This is definitely a positive step for WVU's football program, getting out of a basic basketball league into a truly major football conference.   

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 5:25 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

LOL at Loserville fans, who's grandiose perception of themselves is far greater than the stark reality that exists!  Nobody cares about Olympic sports, and your football team is awful.  Add to that, the fact you've got whipped 3 straight yrs in the NCAA tourney, and lost to Morehead the 4th.  Yeah, real attractive program...if you play in the Little East!

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 3:26 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

The saying "All good things come to those who wait"....I wouldn't ask the Big East about this but for Louisville fans it will work out soon enough. I don't know what the Big 12's full intentions are but i think you guys will be included in what ever it is and rather soon.
I personally believe the Big 12 is not stopping with just one east coast team and if they are to add two more members i believe it will be from there regardless of who it is but i would bet Louisville is a def. one!....Cincy...idk about this one unless their just trying to reach that specific area but if not why not go just a little further east and grab a true bball power and youthful football program in Uconn.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:59 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

who your main rivals have been through the years?
Gotta be the Back Yard Brawl - it's old school
And although Louisville is still considered a relative new-comer - we've done all we could to make a contribution in the BE - Hoops the greatest impact - Football (not counting the Kragethorp years) was fun for a while & getting better - and all other sports.  I belive we'd compliment the Big 12 very well.

Congrats to WVU - hope we can still paly - wherever we land.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:54 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

In additional to West Virginia, the Big 12 should extend the invitation to Louisville and Boise State. Missouri is going to leave the Big 12 so if they want to known as the Big 12, they should add new members to the conference. Otherwise, change the name to Big 10, then the Big 10 can change their name to Big 12.
Once they extend their invitation to Boise State and Louisville, they can again, have two divisions and have a conference championship game. Boise State, West Virginia and TCU are always on top of their respective conference so this will improve the standing of the Big 12. Colorado has been on a downward slide so their departure was not a big loss.  Missouri is an average team and Texas A&M has not won a conference champ since the inception of Big 12.
This will also expand the foot print of the Big 12 and increase audience.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:04 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

LOL...NIce and well said!...although i have a cousin thats ....shit nevermind!

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:51 am

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

I'm sorry you feel that way about West Virginia, its teams and its fans. Despite the "handicap" of being born in West Virginia, I am a corporate attorney who graduated from a tier one law school and married a college professor to whom I have no blood relation. The tier one law school I attended was West Virginia University, and my husband teaches at one of its satellite campuses. I can assure you both he and I are familiar with the word miscreant. In fact, that's a word I use to label those who stereotype an entire region and its inhabitants based on one bad experience and Hollywood's lazy characterizations (which are almost invariably filmed in Vancouver). I've not done the same to Jacksonville, Columbus, Louisville or other cities that have treated me less than gracefully. For example, I went to the University of Louisville before law school and once had peanuts thrown at me on the sidewalk by drunken ADULTS because I was wearing a WVU sweatshirt.

The university has made great strides to improve the actions and image of its fan base, contrary to your suggestion, and what I've seen in the stands has been applause for the security personnel who put miscreants on the curb. We do have a rough element, sure, but most of us are simply die-hard loyals who love to follow the team and will gladly travel far and wide to do so. Thanks to BCS games and deep NCAA basketball tourney runs, we've had plenty of opportunity to do so. I'm already looking forward to our first game in Austin.

I appreciate your faith in our ability to be immediately competitive, and personally I'm very excited to join the Big XII. When you factor in half of the games being played at home, nonconference opponents likely being geographically close, and the potential for the Big XII to later invite Louisville, Cincy or Rutgers, it makes perfect sense, even geographically. We may be a small television market, but on game days Milan Puskar Stadium becomes the largest city in West Virginia. There may be few of us, but we're all tuned in.

Finally, I would point out that marriages between first cousins are permitted in Maine, while prohibited in the State of West Virginia.  If your goal is to marry a close relative, West Virginia isn't the state to live in. In fact, cousin marriage is legal in a majority of the SEC, and illegal in the majority of the Big XII. Another reason we've found a good fit in the latter.




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