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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
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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.

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barthgimble
Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:26 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:18 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

University of Houston is going to the SEC. The 4th largest city in the U.S. and home to great high school football. Let the recruiting wars begin.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:18 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

It's an old tradition. If you have an old couch and put it out with the trash they fine you. But if you set it in the yard and have a Bon fire the fire Dept shows up puts it out and hauls it away. It started back in the seventies and has become a tradition. But this year they have stated that if you are caught burning a couch you will be charged under the state fire code with a class C Felony, so that should damper the mood.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:14 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

VT.  There is your real joke in college football or basketball



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:55 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

WVU rejected by SEC is an "outright lie".  Mizzou was offered the 14th spot but WVU still in play for #15 or #16 to the SEC!  




Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:55 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

You owned App State and Ark State too, since the Hokies always have the weakest schedule on the planet. How about that Stanford game, nice defense Hokies! Hokies are scared to play WVU in basketball and football, so who is the mediocre one? No worries, Hokies should stay in top 25 until they actually play someone, so enjoy the ride while it lasts.



Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:55 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

lol.. WVU.



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:31 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

why do they burn their couches after a win?  do they buy a new couch after each win?  I don't get it.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:23 pm
 

West Virginia turned down by ACC, SEC

West Virginia University's main problem is finance and reputation in terms of reallignment.  While everyone seems focused on market sizes, etc. the reality is that the SEC took a school in Texas A&M that has an endowment of over $1 billion, is a top ranked Carnegie school, and has relatively few issues that would cause any problems.  Missouri if the reports of an offer are true presents a similar profile.  Pitt's endowment as Syracuse's are in the same realm and their schools have relatively secure President's and Boards.  In the past four years, WVU has had a President resign over a scandal offerring a Governor's daughter an illegimate degree, has an athletic program that had its current head coach thrown out of a casino by the cops, and lacks endowment size over $500 million.  Sorry, but West Virgnia just doesn't measure up when it comes to comparison between Universities like Syracuse, Pitt, A&M, and Missouri.  Don't get me wrong, WVU is a fione institution and deserves notarity, but they are not at the finance or academic level of the Super Conference level.  While they are on a higher level than say South Florida, they are not at an academic or business capacity level that the new Super Conferences are looking to attract.  In a bizarro world, they seem to be the tweener of the schools -- not Super Conference, but not lower tier and somewhere in between 'a tweener'.




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:16 pm
 

FYI funkstr1974 is the clown.



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