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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 CBSSports.com'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.
Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Welcome to the Big XII, West Virginia fans!



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Where are the last schools going?? Maybe CUSA bails on the MWC and takes them in??



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Dust601:

So let me get this straight.  A UL fan dogging WV about academics?

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

I personally believe TCU now has a competitor for fourth/fifth place in the Big 12. Oklahoma, Okie St., Texas, and occasionally Baylor will be ruffling them yearly. Though Baylor just might go back to thier "standard" location after Griffen graduates.




Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

"brings an impressive institution with esteemed academics " 

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

This is sad to see. This kills football in the Big East, with Pitt and Syracuse leaving as well there is no way Bosie will join the Big East and therefore they will lose the BCS bid and its sad to say probably become a basketball cofrence. Sad to see this once great confrece fall.



Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Well

When your mascot is a toothless hillbilly you tend to open up the can on being made fun of. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Oh, and the fact I see multiple whining posts about WV's home fan behavior makes me like y'all even more.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Nice. Welcome to the Big XII. 



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

WVU homefan behavior not any different than Mich.State football and Maryland Basketball..Maryland football fans (no one there).I have been to one WVU game and I thought most of the idioitc behavior came from townees and rural rubes who spend their last dime on a WVU ticket and Mad Dog refreshment.Yell


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