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.
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.
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.
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.