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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: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:34 am
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:12 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Why would anyone be jealous of Pitt?????  Pitt has been useless since the early 80's.  Pitt goes from a poor Big Least team to a cellar dwelling ACC team.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:02 am

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

oooo.....punishment for West Virginia.....Boisie State ass whippings for 2 years....I never thought of that.....he he....this is going to be fun watching WV limp on its way out.

Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:57 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Hate to admit this but WVU is probably a better football team than Mizzou and their fan base definately supports the team better.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:41 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

I give it three to four years when the likes of Colorado, Utah (Pac 12 currenly), WVU (moving to Big 12) and Texas A&M (moving to the SEC) -- will be crying for either A) their former conferences or B) some other conference to take them, because like Colorado and Utah, they are getting their collective behinds handed to them.

The Big East might not survive at all, without Syracuse and Pitt, now WVU, but is that really a big loss at all? Two maybe three schools worth mentioning in football, maybe four in basketball? The ACC, possibly Big 10, maybe even the SEC might pick up a total of three of the remaining Big East school, with the rest maybe migrating to the MAC or some other mid-major because, frankly, what big conference that is left over, would want any of the left overs?

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:37 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

LOL, there is no comparison FanPgh. Our coach called us out for only having 47,000 out of 60,000 on an early game when it was cold and raining and we were playing a non AQ team.
You had what looked to be maybe 15,000 on a wednesday night against a conference opponent. Thats pretty pathetic.

You guys do actually fill up your stadium a couple times a year, one of those times is when you are playing WVU. The other times are when the steelers are playing.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:30 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

WV is not going until the 2014 season. Big East will see to that. New plan?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:15 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

93 - Don't be a hater. WVU was turned away by the SEC and ACC, that is factual. What most fail to realize is that they were only turned down this year. The remaining non allianced teams will have the leverage very shortly (within 3 years). Conference affiliations will probably change again, so WVU should be patient and continue to develop their body of work. I wish them well, but don't think it is a good fit. For what it's worth, I don't think Missouri is a good SEC fit. They had a choice. Be mediocre in the Big 12 or be mediocre in the SEC. The SEC pays more, and they get away from the burnt orange.

These discussions will continue into the future, but will really heat up when the NCAA as we know it, goes the way of the dinosaur. 

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:12 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Cutty240 and WVU has how many national championships?????? Pitt competes with two major league sports teams (I didn't count the Pirates as I don't consider them major league) for attendance and West Virginia has uh let's count 'em ZERO major league teams. It's the only game in town and your own head coach called your fans out on the poor attendance. It always amazes me how so many WVU fans have to bash Pitt jealous much?????

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:55 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Glad to see WVU find a home although it is probably not the best fit for their program. Be that as it may, I am real interested in how the BE will handle the 27 month defection notice for all the schools. I am thinking 7.5 million and poof, you are out!

Why does WVU think Pitt is their rival? Pitt's rival will always be State Penn University. The backyard brawl was a great game and needed to be hyped for television and BE purposes, but that will fade quickly. Couch sales will skyrocket in WVU once they join the Big 11/12/13. More losses will do wonders for the struggling economy in WV. Ollie doesn't get much mail....or send any!

New report says UCF, Houston and SMU will go to the Big East. Say it isn't so Marinatto. Give up already. He who hesitates, loses all members, jackwagon. Stick to basketball now and figure out how to make Providence relevant. Was Providence ever relevant?

Problems now begin for ND in non-football sports. ACC does begin to make economic and institutional sense, so that won't happen. Big 10/11 would not help the footprint of either the conference or ND, so that probably works. Big 12/13 may make sense for non-football, but the ND travel bus would keep the students away from campus for too long. Therefore, Independent status remains. AS the rest of the teams get into conferences and there are fewer OOC games, ND will get squeezed out from a quality schedule and it may be too late to join. Look at their lack of quality opponents on the tilt for the last eight years. It is weak!!Not a hater, just stating the truth and I am just sayin...    &nb

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