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Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:55 am
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By Matt Norlander

Our Brett McMurphy is reporting West Virginia is beginning to take the suitcases off its closet's top shelf.

With Missouri to the SEC imminent, the Big 12 will need another program to pilfer and keep its league at 10 teams. That program is West Virginia, who is all too pleased to be leaving the molding carcass that is the Big East.

The Mountaineers invitation to the Big 12 is contingent on Missouri leaving for the SEC. Once Missouri notifies the Big 12 it is leaving, the Mountaineers' official invitation could come within "24-48 hours," a source said. 

The Mountaineers would be the latest to leave the Big East Conference. Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they are leaving for the ACC and TCU will join the Big 12 next season.

Basketball-wise, Missouri in the SEC doesn't do much to improve its stature or NCAA chances. If anything, this is a lateral move. But the school should make more money, so that's why it's going. West Virginia in the Big 12? A little out of sorts in geographical terms, but when has that stopped a league from making a move? The Mountaineers probably stand a slightly better chance at league titles and basketball fruition in the Big 12, though it's not a notable step up.

Football-wise? What a jump. And now the Big 12 looks relatively secure, something that, honestly, didn't seem possible as recently as a month ago.
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Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

The only way the madness will end is with a playoff system that the top 16 BCS teams qualify (that will never happen). So we have AQ today and after 2013 the TV money will demand that the BCS games be the top 10 BCS teams (we all see this comming). So how does a college become a top 10 BCS team? Will the conference be the answer? Will win-loses be the only answer? Will TV ratings be the answer? Get ready because we will be no this ride for the next few years.




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

Wow, I think he meant smolding carcass. How do these hacks gets a job here?



What exactly is smolding? 

I know that molding implies mold growing on the carcass....but smolding?  Is there smold on the carcass??

Maybe smoldering ??

hacks?



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

I personally thought Louisville would be the second to snatch from the big east after TCU, maybe the thinking is WVU now before they go somewhere else and then Louisville will still be avail later if they want them



Wow maybe someone with the big XII read my post and thought man that dudes right we should have asked Louisville instead, lol.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

With Missouri to the SEC imminent, the Big 12 will need another program to pilfer and keep its league at 10 teams. That program is West Virginia, who is all too pleased to be leaving the molding carcass that is the Big East.
Wow, I think he meant smolding carcass. How do these hacks gets a job here?



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

Who cares there have been multiple teams that have left the big east and done nothing look at Boston College they have been nothing since they left so if we gain a few to bolster the league the big Easy will be alright I will still be rooting for my Uconn Huskies regardless at the Big East Tourney.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:31 pm
 

BG East disintigrates but...

IMO the BG12 is still very unstable. So for those thinking that ND would jump ship there, it makes very little sense except to fatten up UT's Thanksgiving Day paycheck & who really knows what kind of "fair" deal is actually in place with the revenue sharing. 3rd tier rights (LHN) stay with UT. And ND alreday has a monstrous deal of thier own. Even in hoops it makes no sense as all ND's natural rivals are basically BG10 schools & logistically they're all there also. Ins't BG10 the largest viewing audience? They all have equal sharing so why would anyone welcome there (ND definitely is) want to go elsewhere. The BG 10 network is the model all schools wish they had. Very little ambiguity between those institutions. Hell, that's where missery wants to go, but people in that local want icewater too! To resolve how much power UT still has, see if the conf goes back to 12 or stays at 10. And I wouldn't look for anyone to be legit while waiting over 2 yrs. Look at TCU. I'm as perplexed on realignment as anyone but the only BGEast member that makes sense to my way of thinking is maybe Louisville. Surely the other 9 schools in the BG12 won't let UT sandbag for 2 yrs on that. Stay tuned...




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

I love this move by the Big 12.  To me, the most attractive part of the ACC is that they are competitive in both basketball AND football.  The addition of West Virginia to the Big 12 increases our basketball and football prestige.  I would now like them to add Louisville and Cinn and really expand the conference on both fronts.  West Virgnia only looks like a geographical problem right now but with the addition of those two schols that arguement goes out the window.  The Big 12 will always be a powerful football conference with the likes of Texas, OU, OSU and more recently TCU and West Virginia.  Adding Louisville to the like of KU in basketball is an extreme bonus for the league.  Welcome to the Big 12 West Virginia.  I look forward to meeting your fans and learning how to properly dispose of a couch!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:41 am
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

I personally thought Louisville would be the second to snatch from the big east after TCU, maybe the thinking is WVU now before they go somewhere else and then Louisville will still be avail later if they want them. As a bigger fan of CBB and the NFL for football, i would love to see WVU and Louisville come join with KU and Texas to give the conference 4 big time basketball powers with K-State, Baylor and OK State being solid in BB as well. Those top 4 would be top 10 in BB all the time and FB the big XII will always be strong with OU, Texas, TCU, WVU, and OKie St as well. Sounds like the strongest conference as far as BB and FB combined goes, top 2 or 3 conference in both every year.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:44 am
 

Hurry up & Wait...

While all speculation abounds on WVU or anyone else from the BEast to BG12, my understanding is that they cannot leave until the 13-14 season. That said, there was local story in KC yesterday on ND departing for BG12 in hoops. Sure hope it doesn't take missery that long to slip out the back door. Even if the conf wants them to stay, they likely won't leave as upstanding citizens, & they are certainly replaceable with a tv maket suitable for the contractual obligations of the conf. The Fox deal is contingent on at least 10 teams so surely they won't wait 2 yrs for a team to join, or the contract may be re-negotiated. Either way, people with all the real answers are not tipping their hands, only rumors and unconfirmed info saturating the internet & news. Unfortunately this could continue to play out for a quite extended period of time. I realy doubt if BG12 will go to 12 teams again in the near future. Texas doesn't want 2 divisions & has too much power for that to happen.



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:57 am
 

Big East set to lose another with WVU to Big 12

LOL well I guess I'm not fully awake... I totally forgot about Baylor. Oh well, you guys get the point.

South: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas, Texas Christian, Texas Tech
North: Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Louisville

Who knows, if Mizzou stays, we could add Memphis and have 14 teams and two 7-team divisions. Would be a heck of a conference.
 


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