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WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: October 25, 2011 6:36 pm

Shortly after Missouri officially announces it is withdrawing from the Big 12, West Virginia will be extended an invitation to join the Big 12, college football industry sources told

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.

If West Virginia informs the Big East of its intention to leave before the league adds Navy or Air Force, the Mountaineers would only be held to a $5 million exit fee. If the Big East has added Navy or Air Force before the Mountaineers notify the Big East, they would have to pay $10 million. Either way, the Mountaineers would not be able to leave the Big East until June 30, 2014 – the same time frame as Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Without West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse and TCU, the remaining football league members are UConn, Rutgers, USF, Louisville and Cincinnati.

Two days ago in Washington D.C., Big East commissioner John Marinatto met with officials from Boise State, Houston, SMU, UCF and Navy, but no official invitations were extended. Air Force did not attend the meeting. Representatives from other Big East schools also attended.

The Big East hopes to add those schools – along with Air Force – to get to a 12-team football league. Even if the Big East adds those schools, without West Virginia, they still would need another school.

The Western contingent of the Big East's possible future members - Boise State, Air Force, Houston and SMU - are pushing for the Big East to pursue BYU. It's unknown if the Cougars, who had talks with the Big 12, would be interested in joining a 12-team Big East.

If the Big East could land BYU - along with the other six new schools - it would have two divisions: West - BYU, Air Force, Houston, SMU, Boise State and Louisville and East - UConn, Rutgers, USF, Cincinnati, Navy and UCF that Big East officials are confident would be worthy of retaining its BCS automatic qualifying status.

Besides BYU, other possible candidates for the Big East's 12th member would be Temple or East Carolina.

On Tuesday afternoon, Big East spokesman John Paquette told that a Las Vegas Journal report that Marinatto would meet with Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson Wednesday in New York about a merger between the leagues was inaccurate.

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Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:04 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Ever been to the big 12 tourn at sprint center? Ku does own kc. Ever walked around the malls? How many mu shirts to Ku shirts do u see?

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:49 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I am a WV fan and you won't hear a denial from me. I will say that if it did happen that it's stupid. I will also say this, every football team has some bad apples. A family member went to a bowl game that WV was in playing the Miami Hurricanes and their fans got up in WV fans faces running their mouth. No college team can say they have perfect fans that always show the other team respect. And no team will ever be able to say that.

Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:45 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Kansas City will be just fine,Cansass fans claim it as theirs anyway! MIZZOU

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:41 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

canesguy-The issue is that there are these kinds of incidents at many other schools.  Does that make it right?  Hell no!!  There was a trash can thrown during the Miami game, that is fact, it hit Randy Shannon though, not cheerleaders.  Deplorable behavior that 99.9% of WVU fans and alums are embarrased by.  But you want to experience it the other way?  Put on one of your parents Gold and Blue shirts and sit at Heinz Field for a Pitt game.  You will be verbally abused the entire game with chants of inbreeeding, hillbilly hicks, sex with sheep etc.  I have experienced it there many times, same thing at Wisconsin when we played there a few years ago, verbal and physical confrontations at Cincinnati, Boulder a few years ago when we played there, by FSU fans at the Gator Bowl, Maryland fans, feared for my safety.  Don't compare it to Sun Devil stadium, students go there to study.  Some of our reputation is well earned, but I think we get sick of being singled out.  UConn rioted after the basketball championship a few years ago, any mention ever of that?  Michigan State same thing, Maryland, same.  But, we are the poster child of boorish fan behavior.  I could go on and on...

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:36 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Wild Turkey, ncgreene is exactly right.  I was referring to the US News & World Reports annual college rankings.  Academic conferences like the ACC and B1G prefer Tier 1 National Universities.  Much of the criteria is based academic research budgets, and those conferences want top shelf research institutions.  After all, the athletic budgets for most of these schools are measured in $Millions, but the collaborative research budgets are counted in $Billions.

Tier-1, 2 & 3 media rights are a completely different issue.  Basically, that refers to who gets the first, second and third choice for the broadcast rights of a conference's weekly games.

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:34 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

if this happens, KCMO should secede from Missouri! With no Border War game at Arrowhead and no Big XII Tournament at the Sprint Center, Mizzou's action will have an adverse economic impact on KCMO.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:33 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Trust me, I have been to WVU games and they are bad.  I have been in many college stadiums like Sun Devil Stadium and about 20 games in the Orange Bowl and never saw behavior as bad was WVU.  WVU fans will NEVER admit that though, even my parents that wen to school there will ever admit it. So don't even try to get a WVU fan to admit they threw a garbage can down on the Canes cheerleaders or the violence that occurs just outside the stadium.  Friends of mine from South Carolina were heckled and beaten up tailgaiting outside the stadium, but I am sure WVU fans would say that is not true too!!

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:30 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

tier 1 rights are games that ABC/CBS/ESPN pay the conf extra to have first pick<br />tier 2 rights are games Fox Sports and other national cable channels get after the first picks are gone<br />tier 3 rights are everything else, pay-per-view, regional/ local station broadcasts etc

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:28 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I am a big Canes and Sun Devils fan, but I am really happy for WVU.  They deserved much better than the Big East in football.  Even on years they finish 4th or 5th they will still go to better bowls than the Big East.  Big East inexplicably still had the BCS Bowl but the 2nd place team goes to the Champs Bowl. Plus WVU fans can get excited about home games again when Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech come in town town instead of powers like Rugters, UConn, USF etc.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:28 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

The irony is that KU owns the KC market. Thus if Mizzou has sold the SEC in part because of the KC market, they are telling a whopper!
It's funny you say that.  I happened to travel to KC for work this summer and all I saw was KU stuff everywhere.  Bars, at the airport, it was all KU.  This was before any of this happened, then when the Missouri move picked up, everyone was saying how they brought the two markets, but I just didn't see it, and many have commented on that not being the case.  I don't see how this benefits the SEC and many others have expressed the same.

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