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Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:44 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

West Virginia and the Big 12 have been adamant for weeks that neither the Big East's legal actions nor the inevitable snafus of last-minute scheduling will keep the Mountaineers out of their new conference digs for the 2012 season. And if the comments of Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas to the West Virginia MetroNews are any indication, the league is willing to put its money where its mouth is.

Specifically, Neinas said that if West Virginia needs some financial assistance from the Big 12 in order to pay its exit fee, the league "would talk with WVU about it."

"It would be an internal matter for our Board of Directors to determine," Neinas said. "If West Virginia makes a request, we'll take it to the board."

The exit fee is set at $5 million, but the Big East could likely demand far more to let the Mountaineers wriggle out of the league's pending lawsuit. The sum could be difficult for the Mountaineers to come up with, particularly if the program is also forced to pay damages from a potential scheduling lawsuit from Florida State. It won't help relations between the two sides that Boise State will force the league to proceed with just seven teams in 2012, either.

All the same, the cancellation of the Mountaineers' scheduled meeting with the Seminoles -- along with the private release of a 10-team schedule to the Big 12's TV partners -- is just the latest evidence that Neinas and WVU fully intend to clear whatever hurdles might stand between the Mountaineers and playing a 2012 Big 12 schedule. Neinas brushed off the threat of a legal injunction, saying that the spelling-out of the injunction's enforcement details would arrive too late to prevent WVU making the jump.

"They will be with us come July 1, 2012," Neinas said of the Mountaineers, "and we'll play the football schedule in the Big 12 Conference."

For all parties involved, that would be the cleanest, easiest resolution to the issue. But don't expect the arrival at that resolution to be remotely clean or easy.

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Comments

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:13 pm
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

@Buford62: Please show us your evidence that Clemson and Florida State are not entertaining thoughts to join the Big 12. According to the site www.eerinsider.com they have already received an unofficial invitation from the Big 12 to join and have already formed feasibility committees to study the proposition. Whether it develops into anything awaits to be seen, but this rumor does not appear to be just simply someone shooting his mouth off. Also, for you to list the ACC as an elite conference while leaving the Big 12 off is just plain stupidity. That comment isn't even worth the dignity of a reply and casts doubt on your entire credibility.



Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

"beat us a few times"

A few times? lol!   

wvu was 3-9 against VT the last 12 times you played (0-2 the last two)



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:57 pm
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

Buford - You sure are obsessed with WVU.  One click on your profile and I see not much activity about your Hokies, but a whole page of negative, stereotyping comments about WVU.  This is a sad and pathetic way to go through life.  Now I know you are stinging still about the half empty Sugar Bowl you guys choked in to run that ACC record to 2-13 in the BCS, but why don't you direct some of that energy to some more positive efforts?  WVU will be just fine without you and the ACC, we were before, and since you guys were in the Big East.  You had a nice run with the Vick criminals I mean brothers and did beat us a few times, but as an earlier post stated factually, we lead the all time series and our 3-0 BCS record sure looks a lot better than yours.  So thanks for the continued interest/obsession with WVU, but we don't really need your input on matters WVU. 



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE BE, WVA, B-12, COLLEGE FB, NCAA, AND THE US LEGAL SYSTEM TO GET THIS RESOLVED BY 1 JUL 2012......THE ONLY SANE RESOLUTION IS FOR WVA PAYING THE $5 M EXIT FEE AND PERHAPS ANOTHER $5 M TO THE BE FOR THEM TO DROP THE LAWSUIT......CERTINLY WVA AND/OR THE B-12 CAN TAKE IT OUT OF FUTURE B-12 MEDIA MONIES AND THE BE WILL ACCEPT FUTURE PAYMENTS......ANOTHER SPORTS SITUATION WHERE THERE IS OBVIOUSLY PLENTY OF MONEY TO GO AROUND BUT PETTY DISPUTES OVER HOW IT I'LL BE DISTRIBUTED....ANYONE ELSE GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF THIS SONG AND DANCE WITH THE FANS GETTING THE SHORT END OF THE STICK...



Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

A tip o the hat to the PAC, BIG, our new brothers of the B12, and of course the SEC. Yall were right all along, it IS better watching the wanna be conferences hate on you from way down there on the bottom of the mountain. Listen, you can almost hear them crying from way up here.. Na, it's just my stomach growling, Oranges anyone? Tostito chips? Sugar???



Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:45 am
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

Yeah, Buford. I see you failed to mention that overall record in the WVU-CHOkie rivalry, with WVU leading the series 24-18 overall. Denial is certainly a b*tch, isn't it? The ACC a respected conference. Now that one nearly threw me out of my chair. "Respect" isn't exactly the word I would use to describe how the numerous analysts viewed the ACC at the end of this past bowl season. A 2-13 BCS Bowl conference record doesn't exactly earn one respect, my ignorant friend. It's much like how the Virginia Tech CHOkies are constantly voted the most overrated team in the country, because we all know they are only 1-5 in the big game. Hell, WVU has MORE BCS Bowl victories  than the ENTIRE ACC conference. Wake up, man. Or go do the typical CHOkie thing and shoot somebody on that joke of a campus in Blacksburg. That seems to be all you CHOkie fans are known for---campus shootings and blowing bowl games.



Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:29 am
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas A&M---agreed that there are some strong traditions among those programs, but in modern times (and remember, we are a what-have-you-done-lately society), those programs have failed to step up to the plate. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't count a SINGLE BCS Bowl victory among the four. Rather than these schools getting the short end of the stick in the Big 12, it looks more like they were tired of being DOMINATED on the field by the likes of Texas and Oklahoma. Those two programs have ruled the day for years now, so I guess the others were hoping for a shot to win. Good luck with that. We've already seen how that turned out for the first two and the latter two are about to become bottom dwellers in the SEC. Getting the top recruit in the country won't change that factor. Just a bunch of whiny babies.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:29 am
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

A little history lesson for you diehard WVU ridge-runners knocking the VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES when they played the mounties in the BIG EAST.  The last ten years VT and WVU played each other, the HOKIES won 70% of the time, yes 7 wins/3 losses.  In the last 20 years VT beat the mountainq_ _ _ _ _  12 times. You misfits always seem to come up with any answer to suit your situation.  The ACC has been around for 60 years now, and will have 14 premier institutions in place by 2013/14. The ACC is also a very respected conference, and getting stronger all the time with the great leadership by Commissioner John Swofford.  The ACC, SEC, B1G, PAC12 are the elite BCS conferences.  And no, FSU and CLEMSON are not planning to go to the BIGXII, even though one of you WVU misfits started the rumor;  but it was probably in your dreams. The underhanded  manner in which WVU does business, you can bet the ACC, SEC and B1G does not want you in their leagues, what a joke that would be.  Now, you guys need to drink a big bottle of Maalox, and make your plans to tour the senic BIGXII and enjoy every mile of it next year. Of course, your home statium will probably be about 75/80% full like it was this past year!  What a mess !




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:45 am
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

usbummer -  You can track down additional sources, but most of the discussion is centered here:

http://www.eerinsider.com/




Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:30 am
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

I am no attorney and do not know if this comment is valid. However, in the courts of this country, corporations have been declared individuals and can be sued and can sue. As a corporation, the ACC might be able to sue West Virginia in a federal court that has jurisdiction. I can't see how a state court has any jurisdiction what-so-ever as the Constitution prevents states from interfering in interstate commerce and it could be argued that an injunction preventing West Virginia from joining the Big 12 might be an interference in their right to engage in interstate commerce. A stretch, for sure, but an interesting argument.


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