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Big 12 and Big East in limbo waiting on WVU

Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:24 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Eight months from now West Virginia may be playing as a member of the Big 12 conference, or it may still be a member of the Big East. Right now, we don't really know, and if you ask West Virginia's athletic director, Oliver Luck, he's not going to be of much help.

"I can't help much," Luck told The Charleston Gazette when asked. "I'm sworn to secrecy ... I'm not going to comment. My silence is all I can offer." 

This is because the situation is currently being handled by the courts. West Virginia would like to leave, but the Big East is holding the school to its contract, and until some type of settlement is reached, both the Big 12 and Big East remain in limbo. Which is causing headaches for both conferences, as The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel went over earlier this week when discussing the Big 12's scheduling problem. While Tramel's focus was on the Big 12, the Big East is facing similar problems with its schools not knowing whether West Virginia will still be on their schedules or not.

In both the Charleston Gazette story and Tramel's story, the prevailing theory is that whether the case is settled or not -- and I'd put money on it not being -- West Virginia is going to jump to the Big 12 in time for the next school year and then just suffer the consequences of that decision. Consequences that could end up costing the school quite a bit of money.

This is because even if there was a decision made in the courts on the case, the "losing" side would appeal the decision, and that appeal could take another couple of years to be settled. Another couple of years West Virginia isn't likely to sit around waiting for a decision on.

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:37 pm

Big 12 and Big East in limbo waiting on WVU

The advantages of playing in the Big XII far, far outwiegh any "consequences" WVU will face if it just leaves anyway. There has been a lot of people on this board and others saying there is no way WVU plays in the Big XII.  This article gets it exactly right.  WVU doesn't want to play in the Big East anymore and simply isn't going to.  A court isn't very likely to order any state sponsored educational institution to play someone in any sport much less football, which is the main revenue producing sport for any school that has football.   WVU doesn't feel the consequences of leaving outweigh the consequences of staying in this pathetic league anymore.  It's really that simple.  WVU will most likely play in the Big XII and pay whatever it has to pay in the end to do so.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:21 pm

Big 12 and Big East in limbo waiting on WVU

We need huggie bear in the Big 12.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:36 pm

Big 12 and Big East in limbo waiting on WVU

Everything we have heard from Luck says WVU will jump to the Big 12 and just live with the consequences. By leaving now and getting sued for it, WVU will end up paying more mmoney, but since they tried to negotiate paying out more money to leave now anyway, i dont see how that is any different.

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