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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 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.


Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:28 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Aside from Vanderbilt, which SEC school has strict academic standards? Are you kidding me? SEC and academics DO NOT go together.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:19 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

First of all, none of these statements mean anything. Initially Virginia Tech was rejected by the ACC, but ultimately came over along with Miami from the Big East (and later joined by BC).

As a VT fan, I'd like to see the rivalry with WVU reinstated. However, WVU isn't quite in the caliber academically of ACC or SEC schools. These are both conferences that have rigorous academic standards.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:20 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Mizzou has the St. Louis and Kansas City markets, not to mention is followed through about half of Illinois.  It's not about 'how good are their teams now'. 

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:59 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC



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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:57 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

It's ridiculous to me that we in the SEC (Vol fan) are considering (or if you believe the reports, offering...) Mizzou and not WVU.  WVU has a better football and basketball program, better tradition in my opinion, and I'm not sure about Mizzou's fan base, but I know WVU has a passionate fan base (also likes to burn couches :) )  WVU is a perfect fit for the SEC in my opinion.  But its all about money and TV sets, so we go with Mizzou.   

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:51 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

@LesP....West Virginia & NC State both have over 30,000 students. Maybe WVU has 3 times more students than Duke or Wake, but definately not NC State. I'm just sayin'

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:50 am
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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:42 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

McMurphy, are you out to hurt WVU?  The article title says "REJECTED" and is not based on fact yet when it comes to the latest on Texas and Oklahoma, the PAC 12 decided not to expand but in reality they were rejected as well.  The negative slant taken is hurtful to the University and recruiting and if I were AD Luck, I'd be examining this closely.

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:41 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

Now that the PAC 12 doesn't want Texas, Oklahoma, OK State, or Texas Tech, are you all going to say they are too small, have no endowment funds or are "hillbillies"?  If so, watch out the next time you go near any of their couch burining fans.  LOL, remember we burn couches, at Ohio State they burn cars.    hahahahahaha, so like we say to PITT, Eat Shtttttttttt,    hahahahaha

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:37 am

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

How embarrassing.....

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