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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: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:46 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

The leaders of this conference have failed since the exodus of '03. They should have more aggressive then. I blame them for all this mess.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:44 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12


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.   

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:39 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

I think BIG EAST Commissioner Marinatto may have backed himself into a corner by bullying PITT, SYRACUSE and  WVU with this 27 month grace period.  First of all, the 27 month grace period was in place in the BE solely for the Conference commissioner's office to rebuild the conference back to the number of football teams that were there when these three schools said there were leaving. In this case, the number of competing football teams at this time is 8.  If the BIG EAST wants to go to 12 that's fine, but the magic number with PITT, SYRACUSE & WVU is 8. Secondly, Mr. Marinatto, may try to make a "mockery" out of these three lame duck schools, but it won't work, and he'll find himself and the BIG EAST in court if he tries to hold them any further beyond 8 teams. Thirdly, I'm sure the new schools that are looking to become members of the BIG EAST will want to enter the league as quickly as possible. Fourthly, I'll bet right now that PITT, SYRACUSE & WVU will all three leave the BIG EAST at the same, and this will happen by a higher compromised monetaary buyout to leave the league early.  Everyone, needs to take a big breath now, and realize that this is the best solution for everyone concerned in this matter. 

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:29 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

@ nocalbuc: The ACC USED to be a Southern based conference. Now it includes BC, Pitt, Syracuse, and has always had Maryland. And what gives you the idea Pitt will be playing Georgia every year? They're in the SEC.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:23 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Which Big 12 team has 2 BCS Wins and 1 Final Four in the past 6 years?

Thats right, its their newest member WVU.  Its a great day to add a premier program.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:19 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Okay-WVU to Big 12.  Now they are 11 teams if Missouri stays-so do they now add Louisville to get to 12.  Louisville is probably the best option that will be out there for awhile.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:09 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

College sports SUCK now; West Virgina loses its greatest rivarly in Pitt, which lost a big rivalry with Penn State years ago.  So Pitt will now play football with Clemson and Georgia, W.VA will play Iowa State and Texas Tech, or is it Tex A&M?  Pitt and WVU will not play basketball against Villanova, Cincinnati, UCONN and St Johns?!  Pitt is moving to a southern based conference, while there is NOTHING southern about the city of Pittsburgh.  WVA plays plains states like Texas and Oklahoma, while teams are fleeing the Big 12 like rats jumping ship.  I have LOST a LOT of confidence and respect for the AD at Pitt.  This ordeal SUCKS for all fan bases.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:06 pm

The 'eers are hypocrites

It's funny how the 'eer fanbase supports this move, considering how they called RR a "quitter" and "traitor," among the more printable names for doing to them exactly what they are doing to the Big East.  Where is all of the rhetoric now?  Where are all of the paens to loyalty now?  Where are all of the death threats, epithets, and burning couches?  
Funny how, for 'eer fans, "loyalty" only runs one way.  I expect nothing more from them, though.   

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:01 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

Very easy for WVU to be in the Big 12 for next season.  

Big 12 goes to Big East, tells BE "We need WVU this next season since we are losing teams already".  

Big East says "No, we have a solid 27 month clause and can legally back it up".  

Big 12 responds "Fair enough. We'll have to plan ahead then and expand to make up for lost revenue.  Do you have the number for the athletic director's at Louisville, Cinci and/or Rutgers, or would you just like us to look those up?"

Big East agrees to let WVU go as soon as the Big 12 wants. 

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 6:45 pm

West Virginia expects July 2012 arrival in Big 12

And although we have over 180,000 living alumni, the only significant number I'm aware of in Big 12 Country is the Houston area.

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