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West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Posted on: October 28, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 6:44 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia president James Clements made it very clear the way he felt when issuing his opening statements on the Big 12 Update teleconference.

"It's a great day to be a Mountaineer, and a great day to be a member of the Big 12 conference," Clements boasted to the media on the line. After a week filed with back and fort reports regarding their conference affiliation, West Virginia finally had a home.

When, exactly, the Mountaineers join the Big 12 is still unknown. Big East bylaws require a 27 month withdrawal period after the official notification from the departing school. Athletic director Oliver Luck confirmed he officially informed Big East commissioner John Marinatto of West Virginia's intentions on Friday morning.

Both Luck and 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.

As required in the bylaws, West Virginia has already paid $2.5 million - half of the $5 million exit fee - to the league offices along with their official notification of withdrawal. Luck and Clements were both confident in their ability to join the Big 12 in time for the 2012-2013 season, though there was no elaboration on the negotiations with the Big East.

West Virginia to the Big 12
Another important development from Friday's teleconference was the Big 12's announcement that the reported grant-in-rights was close to being approved by the member schools. The agreement, which was confirmed as a 6-year deal, is currently "being circulated" among the member schools with the expectation it will be approved in a Tuesday meeting.

The Big 12 announced that this would likely be a stopping point, for now, for expansion. Ten teams allows for a round-robin conference schedule, and "a true champion" to be crowned in the regular season. Missouri has not officially left the Big 12 as of Friday's call, but it was clear they did not expect the Tigers to be a conference member for much longer.

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Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:35 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Hopefully WVU, along with Syracuse and Pitt, end-up spending 10 times the money on legal fees, exit costs, and extra travel costs than they gain by changing Conferences.  Colleges are supposed to be places to learn; the only thing this is teaching every student and potential student is that these schools are greedy and they don't care if your family and friendss now need to travel 5 times further to see you play.  Greed is not something our Colleges should be teaching.  There's more than enough of it already. 

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:40 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Congratulations West Virginia fans... Nobody wants to be in the shoes of the remaining Big East teams. As a Pitt fan I'm hoping that WVU leads the way in getting out of the Big East for next season. The conference is a mess and the last thing I want to see is Pitt, WVU, and the Cuse stuck in it for the next 27 months.

At this point it doesn't matter what anybody thinks about which schools are a good fit for what conferences. WVU is in the Big 12 and Pitt, Syracuse are in the ACC. Both situations are better than the Big East. I hope Pitt and WVU continue the Backyard Brawl because it is a good rivalry.

 As for the Pittsburgh bashing I'm fine with it. Pitt is going to start cleaning up on recruiting in the WPIAL again now that they are in a real conference. Coach Graham has already said that recruits are considering Pitt more since the move to the ACC. This years class is ranked highly on every site you go to. Pittsburgh's future is bright in Football and Basketball!!!

GO WVU!!! Get in the Big12 next year!!! 

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:39 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Thanks rshoots,
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sp;   But your still a GOOFBALL.  I notice you didn't say anything about your Notre Dame topic.But its hard to embrass a idot.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:34 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Quit living in the past FanPgh.Your fans attendence is down about 25,000 fans a game.When Dana called out the fans for 47,000 fans,you guys would of had a party for that many people at one of your games.Jealous of what,you hired old EX WVU Coaches,after you hIRED and fired THE WIFE BEATER COACH. Glad Your in The Atlantic Choke Conference,very fitting for you and your Program.Keep talking about those NC.see if you can buy anything at Kroger's with that story.

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:33 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

West Virginia,welcome to the Big 12! Go "soon to be out of Big 12" Tigers!

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:22 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

ok i will just have to blame the stupid comment you just made about wvu being on the decline on the fact that your a alabama fan. the first thing is that we are only going to get better we are still trying to get over the whole bill stewart thing and coach holgerson is well on his way to getting us way beyond that failed experiment. second the recruiting class we already have lined up for next year is only going to make us better. i just dont know where you are getting your info that makes you think that we are on a decline. sure last week we looked bad but you have to realize that our defense lost 8 starters off of last years top 5 defense so there will be growing pains so if you want to defend the sec taking missouri thats fine and congrats to them but the only valid point you made was that the market for missouri is better everything else you said was way off.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:19 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

West Virginia will be a great addition to the Big 12. Good football program, and getting Huggy in hoops is icing on the cake. Now, if we would just snatch up Louisville, possibly Cincy as well( maybe Cincy could play Big 12 games at Paul Brown stadium) instead of that crackerbox they've been using.

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:18 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

It makes alot more sense to choose Missouri than to choose West Virginia.  There are alot of reasons.  First, it's market, Second, it's position in the Association of American Universities and Third, it's proximity to both the SEC and the Big 10.  This gives the SEC a "Midwest" recruiting presence and a larger television market.  This is a VERY GOOD decision by the SEC.  As for WVU, not so good.  That program is on the decline and quite frankly I'm surprised that the Big 12 would choose WVU over Louisville.  That is such a small market, recruiting advantage, nil.  The SEC is better without that move.

With that said, there is still, in the works, a deal to add 2 schools in the East.  The "chatter" in this "neck of the woods" is that FSU and possibly Virginia Tech or Clemson will come to the SEC in the East.  There has been "communication" from some schools in this area to the SEC about interest.  As is the policy of the SEC, they do NOT wish to appear they are "poaching" ACC teams, or any other teams.  Living in Charlotte, NC, firmly in ACC country, the local columnists are all "convinced" that NO ACC team would leave the ACC because of the "academic" stature of the conference.  Anyone who has been watching the ACC knows that scandal after scandal has rocked the ACC, with no less than 4 schools mired in NCAA investigations surrounding "academics".  If academics is a "preventative", there are some issues in the ACC.

When other Universities are contacting the SEC and asking to be looked at as an addition, the SEC must be doing something right.  As it is, Texas A&M and Missouri are GREAT additions to the SEC family and we will welcome them with open arms.  As for the Big 12, well, things are on the "slide" and it won't be long before the TEXAS Manipulation will begin the process of breaking down the conference again.  It's inevitable.  The Big 12 is "doomed" and Texas A&M and Missour, Colorado and Nebraska were smart to forge their own identity and destiny apart from the Big Bully.

Missouri and Texas A&M will make the SEC even better, stronger, even MORE relevant.  The SEC continues to push itself to become better, greater, than it is already.  The additions are NOT additions that will only "plug the leak in the dyke".  These choices will move to make the SEC the most relevant, strongest conference in college athletics for years to come.     

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:08 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Why did the SEC pass on WV and pin its hopes on Mizzu is beyond me.  WV makes more sense in regards to location and it easily would have fit into the SEC East? 

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:45 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

LMAO....i think WVU and Texas A&M are both a little diff than both Col & Utah....All the haters out there whether its due to jealousy or just plain ignorance you are officially excused from all of your high and almighty horses and to the rest of the WVU are better than this and who cares what anybody(Especialy from Pitt) thinks of our program...we know what it is and soon the Big 12 will know!....This includes Basketball.

Congratz to A&M,Pitt,Syarcuse, and all of the soon-to-be's(MIzzou,Louisville,etc.). I am proud and looking forward to competing for the front seat of the bus in this league with likes of the major powers the Big 12 has to offer in both sports....Thanks to the Big 12 our supposed irrelevance just became relevant and both the league and WVU will profit from it in more ways than just money.

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