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West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 1:06 pm
 

With the uncertainty of the future of the Big East, it's no secret several schools are seeking conference membership elsewhere. West Virginia, however, appears like it will remain in the league as Big East sources told CBSSports.com that the Mountaineers will not be accepted into either the Atlantic Coast Conference or Southeastern Conference.

WVU had enquired with both leagues, but WVU officials told representatives of the Big East those overtures had been denied and they were remaining in the Big East.

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck released a statement on Sunday concerning conference realignment and ironically did not mention the Big East once in his statement.

"There is no question that the landscape of college athletics is once again changing," Luck said. "West Virginia University has great tradition as the state's flagship land-grant institution and we will continue working to do what's best for our University and its athletic teams. No matter how the college athletic landscape changes, there is no doubt WVU is and will remain a national player."

After Saturday’s news that Pittsburgh and Syracuse were headed to the ACC, there have been various reports that UConn and Rutgers are likely candidates to join the ACC

Both schools have released statements about conference realignment, leaving open the possibility either or both would leave the Big East if extended an invitation to the ACC.

Also, Monday Big East commissioner John Marinatto told the New York Times that he expects to make Pitt and Syracuse honor the Big East’s withdrawal agreement - $5 million and 27 months notice. If true, that means the Panthers and Orange could not join the ACC until July 2014.

Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:20 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

What does Ohio St offer? Nothing but, football. Which is on it's way down. Other than that they offer nothing in any other sport!



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:18 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Ah yes, a day joiner. Listen bud, it's as simple as this: EYEBALLS AND TV SETS. Two things that the Mounties don't have. Merchandise? Nope who cares. BE Champs? Pitt has none. I'm ok with that, they aren't a southern team. But they did just get into a great conference. 9 National Championships in their history.

Still have that choke in you head from a few years back I see. I can remind you of the score if you want.


And sorry, but Wheeling is not WVU country. But nice try.


WVU is now the little step child to PITT. Last on the wagon it seems and no one wants ya.



HAIL PITT



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:15 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Last Years Top 10 Bowl Game Ratings (excluding BSC Games)

1.  Florida v Penn State               7.05
2.  LSU v Texas A&M    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;  5.81
3.  Florida St v South Carolina    &nb
sp; 5.02
4.  UNC v Tennessee    &n
bsp;     &
nbsp;     
   4.92
5.  Washington v Nebraska    &nb
sp;     4.04
6.  Boise State v Utah     &
nbsp;     
      3.78
7.  Michigan St v Alabama    &nbs
p;      3.69
8.  Central Florida v Georgia    &nbs
p;   3.44
9.  Oklahoma St v Arizona    &nbs
p;      3.29
10.Illinois v Baylor     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     3.08

West Virginia v NC State     
      
;   2.47

WVU wasn't even in the Top 10 - so all those WVU fans who think they are a top TV program - think again.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:10 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Sorry, your facts are incorrect.  It is part of Steeler nation, but not Pitt.  And how many people in Pittsburgh actually watch or care about Pitt football anyway ?



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:07 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Lot more tvs and houses in Pittsburgh, Western PA, New Jersey, NYC, Syracuse, Boston, and Connecticut!


Too bad none of them will be turned in to watch your lousy football teams or buy your merchandise !!!  Nothing says loser more during football season than a Pitt football jersey.  Your attendance would probably be a lot less as well if  you didn't have Notre Dame  coming in to play every other year.  Since joining the BE, how many BE championships has Pitt shared in or won ?  I believe the answer is 2, both shared.  I think they know they will never be truley competitive with WVU and are giving up on football.  Probably a wise decision.  



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:02 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

For all the Mounty fans that think that they have a decent TV market, here ya go:




As you can see, the first West Virginia market is Wheeling/Steubenville OH, which is Pitt & Steeler country. And then next on the list is Clarksburg at 168th overall. Check out some that are before Mountaineer country. Pretty funny actually. I think I just poo'd my pants.


So yea, its obvious that the Mountaineers have such a quality TV markets. So obvious right?


Pittsburgh - 23rd ranked market



Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:02 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

WVU was turned down by both conferences due to academic standards.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:00 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

I haven't seen anything official but all the news circuits are starting to report that WVU was turned down by both conferences.  All the WVU fans that think the ACC snub has nothing to do with academics are wrong.  Having attended two ACC schools - UMD and  Miami.  I can tell you that the ACC does pride itself on having its member schools being highly ranked academic institutions.  Though I'm sure WVU is not full of idiots (other than their football fans) it is by no means a top tier institution.  Most of the ACC make fun of NC State academics and they were ranked 103rd and last in the ACC - which is 60 spots ahead of WVU. 



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:54 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

I am from Big 12 country but I can tell you right now that WVU is an attractive university that WILL DEFINITELY land on their feet.  I honestly feel that the Big 12 is going to stick together as a 9 member conference, at which point they will look to expand to include the likes of WVU, Louisville, and either TCU or BYU.  That would be an amazing conference with a nice balance of football and basketball power.  Have a look:

South

Texas
Texas Tech
Baylor
TCU
Oklahoma St
Oklahoma

North

Kansas
Kansas St
Iowa St.
Missouri
West Virginia
Louisville


You talk about a NICE conference!  This would EASILY be a BCS conference and would honestly SMART to remain at 12 members like the B1G has done.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:52 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

What does West Virginia really have to offer other conferences anyway?


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