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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: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:00 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

IM4WVU I would say that the Big 12 is doing pretty good if you look at the BCS. You guys will be a great addition. Basketball is going to be a lot of fun also. All of these negative comments are just jelous that the Big 12 is so strong.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:57 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Teres, I couldn't agree with you more. WVU fans made sooooo many negative comments about Pitt after they agreed to move to the ACC. Words like disloyal and traitor come to mind. Then there were even rumors about a contingency of fair weather WVU fans that were going to come up to Pitt and create hillbilly chaos during the Pitt-UCONN game. Funny how it happend to be the same night they were originally accepted to the Big12. Of course those "true blue" loyal fans never did make the trip. Probably home burning sofas to celebrate their own break from the Big East. Good luck to the WVU athletics in the Big 12 and remember the old saying about people who live in glass houses. 
Once again... maybe you should read all WVU posts before generalizing like most of you Pitt fans do.  Go back and look at my posts throughout the time from when Pitt left for the ACC and now... I stated many times that I didn't blame Pitt or Syracuse for bailing on the sinking ship.  Why do you Pitt fans have to always generalize and state crap that isn't true.  I don't do that to you or your team. 

But whatever.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:44 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

WVU fans are such hypocrites. When Pitt and Syracuse left they called them money grabbing traitors now they love the Big 12 move.
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.

So get your facts straight before posting such a generic statement about all WVU fans.  If anything, I was jealous of you two schools as I knew the Big East Titanic was sinking.

I can be as fricking happy as I want about getting into a life raft without guilt.  Go Big XII!



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:43 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Big 12?  It should be called the Baker's Dozen....nobody outside of the Big 12 cares about the Big 12 and adding a bunch of hillbillies will do nothing. Let me know who wins the Sandman Cup between Iowa State and WVU. NOBODY CARES!
Funny.  3 of the largest 11 athletic department budgets are in the Big 12.  The ACC and Big East combine for 1 in the Top 25.  I'd say the Big 12 is more relevant than alot of other "power" conferences.


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Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:36 pm
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Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:29 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Teres,I couldn't agree with you more. WVU fans made sooooo many negative comments about Pitt after they agreed to move to the ACC. Words like disloyal and traitor come to mind. Then there were even rumors about a contingency of fair weather WVU fans that were going to come up to Pitt and create hillbilly chaos during the Pitt-UCONN game. Funny how it happend to be the same night they were originally accepted to the Big12. Of course those "true blue" loyal fans never did make the trip. Probably home burning sofas to celebrate their own break from the Big East. Good luck to the WVU athletics in the Big 12 and remember the old saying about people who live in glass houses.  

Just a thought Panther Lair & Teres,

First off, Rich Rod wouldn't have gone to Michigan if they had beaten Pitt in the last game (you know, National Championship game and all -( too long a time for Mich to find and name a new coach). Granted, Pat White was injured but Pitt was not a football dynamo that year. WVU should have easily won that game - the play calling sucked! That begs the question - Why? He denied ever talking to Mich and then his secret trip(s) to Toledo blew up in his face. In other words he lied. Sure, RR had problems with someone at WVU but traitor probably was too nice a description. Seems to me there was an incident about not telling the truth at Mich  ... but that's for another day.

Now Panther, imagine a conference with Pitt and Syracuse, a satisfied UConn with the rest of the Big East and maybe the additions of Boise St., Houston, Navy, and the rest of the proposed new members. Do you think WVU would move to the Big 12 or should I say, even be asked to join? We'll never know. Remember, just a few short months ago when Pitt & Syracuse announced their departure the Big 12 was on the verge of collapsing. Maybe there is some truth to your statement but I would like to think the ACC, Pitt, and Syracuse were the first dominoes and WVU or any other school in the present Big East would likely follow given the opportunity. I wouldn't call WVU a hypocrite as much as I would a survivor.

All I'm saying is you need to get some drapes for that glass house. What a view!




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:26 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

All sounds good for WVU and the Big 12...  EXCEPT staying pat...

Big 12 needs to be the first (or simultaneous with SEC) to get to 16 teams...  in 2012!  Let Missouri go.  Add Notre Dame, Air Force, BYU and Boise State...  get Louisville.  If Missouri stays...  fine.  Or get New Mexico for the basketball program.  All these teams mentioned with exception to Boise State, have great basketball programs (yeah, Air Force, too)...  and in a power conference like the Big 12 Boise State could recruit.

And don't cry for the Big East.  They'll do fine as a basketball conference that plays some football, too.

And rivalries can function outside of conference affiliation...  Penn St/Pitt, Colorado/CSU, BYU/Utah...

Just wish the daily drama would end...  let's get thje super conferences, shifting conferences and all this destabilization put to bed.



Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:24 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Big 12?  It should be called the Baker's Dozen....nobody outside of the Big 12 cares about the Big 12 and adding a bunch of hillbillies will do nothing. Let me know who wins the Sandman Cup between Iowa State and WVU. NOBODY CARES!



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:20 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

WVU fans are such hypocrites. When Pitt and Syracuse left they called them money grabbing traitors now they love the Big 12 move.




Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 8:17 pm
 

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Now since WV is moving to a great FBS FOOTBALL conference,, Pitt is whining, hey Pitt, you guys begged and wimped to the ACC to accept you and now live with it,,,big time football has moved to the Big 12, maybe Virginia will play you in the old backyard brawl, or even Georgia Tech, you guys have so much in common, you southern hillbillies conference teams. West Virginia came out on top of this deal as they should, Pitt is 2nd tier at best. Jim Boeheim was right, would you rather play basketball in New york City or Greensboro,,lmao. Wow Okalahom, Texas, Ok St, etc, etc,, the Big 12 is so much better then the hillbilly ACC conference, Pitt you and Syracuse will like sour belly with collards, or maybe pigs feet, and/or chitlins,,,lol.


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