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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: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:43 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Remember if you will back to the moment that the Big 10 and Pac 10 came into the Big 12 and took 4 teams and came close to getting more. Instead of going to the 16 team super conference model Oklahoma and Texas decided to stay and rebuild the conference. They replaced the 4 teams that defected with TCU and now they're trading Missouri for WVU.  WVU is now seeing the benefits of not getting scared like Pitt and Syracuse and going to a second rate BCS conference, but sitting back and waiting for a strong group to recognize that something great that could make your conference stronger is available.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:38 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Cutty: You are clearly delusional. Although your grammar, punctuation, and intellect are clearly impeccable.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:20 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

To rshoots,
;     &nbs
p;   At this very moment.Notre Dame is trying to get into THE Big 12 Goof Ball.It might happen within next week.There a Midwest School.Why do they want to go to Nascar Redneck Conference.The Big Ten has a Man Crush on Notre Dame,thats why they keep holding a spot for them.You have No Clue on Notre Dame at all.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:07 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Oliver and Clements have been working on this for about 6 months.I could care less about what the ACC does.I call them The Atlantic Choke Conference.Ever since they tryed to kill the Big East back in 1995,with the help of ESPN I might add,there football has Got WORSE.25% of there Teams now are on some kind of probation.The added 2 more NC STATE'S with The Cuse,even though The Cuse played the game of there life last week,and wore us out.Like Oliver said they haven't done anything in football in over 20 years.Pitt can't sell out any game unless its WVU or Notre Dame.Let me give you a Stat,since 1999 and BCS Bowl Games The ACC is 2 wins and 9 loss's The Big East is 7 and 6.Back in 1995 The BCS didn't even pick a ACC team at all,and The Big East won The Mens and Womens Basketball Tourament.Thats when the tryed to Kill the Big East in all sports.We landed in Much Better and more Professional Conference, The Big 12.Alot better than The Atlantic Choke Conference,

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:52 pm

It hasn't happened (yet): Notre Dame to the ACC

In a forecast of things to come, rshoots has seen the future and ND is the 15th member of the ACC. Oh, and in the academically significant and athletically insignificant department, Rutgers will join as the 16th member. When asked "Why the ACC?", ND replied: "Notre Dame is a school of history and national heritage. When ND looked at that history they decided that the past prejudice and ignorance of the Big 10 members (when ND wanted bady to join but the other schools snubbed their noses at the Catholics) made the Big 10 a NO-GO. (Although it is otherwise the logical choice.) The SEC is not a fit. ND is an academic and research university first - and the real money is in academics and research. Compared to $20 M a year for football, research grants, gifts and endowments can easily be 5x or 10x that amount. Yes, annually. The Big 12? What Big 12? The Big East? What Big East? I think we all agree that the PAC X is not for us. We welcome many, many years in the multi-dominant ACC. (Sure, the football is not much better than above average most years, but our basketball, baseball, golf, research, lacrosse, and academics are the envy of the nation. And with our academic standards, our football program is doomed to mediocrity anyway. Of course, screw you if you only think football is important.)" You heard it here first.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:51 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

I ama glad to see West virginia go to the Big 12, even though tyheir football prograqm will take a major hit, now that they do not get to play all of those patsies in the Big East.  I think the Big 12 must expand to 12 teams.  If not, the ACC, and SEC (14 teams) and Big 10 and Pac 12 (12 teams) will dominate the BCS because they have Conference Championship games and the Big 12 will not.  If the Big 12 was smart, they would take Louisville and Cincinati also.  As far as the big East is concerned, they will be nothing more than an AQ Conference now that West Virginia, Pitt, and Syracuse are gone, and TCu never showed up.  Just look at the teams that they are trying to get.  UCF?  SMU?  Houston?  Give me a break.

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:42 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Absolutely not true, at least not from this West Virginia fan.  Go back and check out my posts, I stated many times that I did not blame either Pitt or Syracuse for leaving this sinking ship.
As did I, sPitt and SU did what was best for them, the ACC was  more stable than the BigEast and I don't blame them. There ya go sPitt fans, thats as close to a nice word that you will EVER see from me not because of anything else other than pure hatred of you, now go die somewhere while I shower. I hope Clemson,VT,GT,and FSU crush you like the tomato can that you are.

And folks please spare the WVU(and hopefully Louisville soon) fans about the threat of Texas as a spoiled conference member, we have been in a conference where Notre Dame has called some of the shots for football expansion... YET DOESNT SEE FIT TO PLAY IN THE CONFERENCE THEMSELVES FOR FOOTBALL! We'll take Texas all day long over that crap.  



Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:10 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

You guys just opened up that Texas recruiting pipeline. Same as we did towards the east coast. It will bring in all kinds of new talent.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:07 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Mongo, there is a reason you have a 36 rating.  It matches your IQ.... What a retard.  Must be from Penn.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:04 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Thanks scapegoats... I know that I am very excited for West Virginia to begin their journey in the Big XII.  It will be so much different just knowing that the schedule strength will be so much higher... and my expectations naturally will be lower than they have been for that very reason.  But in time I am sure we will be very competitive within the conference.

Looking forward to building some great relationships with Big XII fans. 

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