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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 CBSSports.com.

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 CBSSports.com 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: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:18 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

WVU will be in a more stable league, not by much, but more stable today than a year ago and with the losses of Nebraska, A&M, Colorado, and soon to be Missouri.  However, WVU's chances of ever getting to a BCS Bowl game have taken a major, major hit.  Hope you enjoyed some sporadic BCS Bowl games for winning the Big East, because it will be far and few between that this happens in the Big 12.  Not trolling, just the facts.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:05 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

....sorry, should have been in my earlier post, " Louisville is a a little better than WV now in BASKETBALL..."  sorry.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:55 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I'm happy that WVU has landed on it's feet in the BIG12.  It's going to be a little tough on their
fan base, but they'll make the best of it. I think now is the time to congratulate WVU, their AD,
football and basketball coaches and their fans for putting them in this position to receive the invitation
from the BIG12.  Let's all find something nice to say about this for WVU, rather than a bunch of whinning. 



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:52 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

"They will be competitive?" Now that is funny!



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:48 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

When MU plays KU in Kansas City, more MU fans show up.  From 1939 through 1969, MU won 6 conference championships in football, and then they disappeared for awhile.  They won 3 North Division titles since 2007.  They probably won't win SEC football championships, but they should win 8 games a year, go to bowl games every year and use the revenues to enhance their overall sports programs.  People have already forgotten Mizzou's 2009 Big 12 basketball tournament championship, and they don't consider the history of 7 conference tournment championships, 15 regular season conference championships, and 24 NCAA tournament appearances.  They shouldn't underestimate SEC basketball, but they will be competitive.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:48 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

What smack talk?  I thought the questions I asked are valid ones.  As an SEC fan you kind of put in perspective with your comment about Missouri brings a following (meaning tv sets?).  And if that's Mizzou's record over the past 4 years then I'd have to say that's pretty impressive.  But it was a Mizzou-fan that made the comments that I quoted in my response and to be honest with you I thought I was fairly polite in my response.  By the way, WVU brings a 60-17 record since 05, 2 BCS wins over the Big12 & SEC champs, and appearances in the NCAA tournament: 1st round, 2-sweet 16s, 1-elite 8, 1-final 4 and a Big East championship to boot. So in essence, I wasn't throwing stones at Mizzou's house, but just throwing some stones to knock the rocks out of the air this guy was throwing at our house.  Also I think I mentioned that I'd rather see Mizzou stay in the Big12 and WVU still get an invitation to join.  Afterall with the SEC only looking at TV markets---WVU definitely is not SEC material according to your schools and commissioner.  Right?  Its all brother.

Sabshire is correct he was not smack talking and I had two trains of thought going and did not piece them to gather well. 

1.  Just trying to answer your question on Missouri
2.  Was really referring to prior poster but should have made that more clearer

You have my apologies sir and I stand corrected.



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:47 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Missouri is a home and will be a great member for he SEC.  West Virgina has a ton of tradition and a passionate fan base.  I think it is a win for Missouri a win for the SEC a win for WV and a win for the Big 12.  Have a hard time understanding the smack talk to be quite honest.

lol you mean you love to have another average big12 team that you will whip up on. outside of chase daniels 2 year run mizzou hasnt done much, they have no big12 titles, a couple divison titles no bcs visit or wins. this is simply so sec has 14 teams tamu found out about sec teams mizzou is gonna do worse since their 5-wide spread has trouble in the big12...what do you think those dline n secondary from sec gonna do to it. basketball wise mizzou has been hit or miss but they will do better bball wise than football in the sec.



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:42 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I live in KC.  Nobody here likes K-State.  I'm talking about kansas city, missouri.  not johnson county kansas.  I think someone forgot about Norm Stewart. 



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:41 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I really don't know much about Mizzou's programs but before you start making comments about WVUs supposed rejections you may want to ask yourself a question or two. Is the SEC interested in Mizzou because of the school's quality football and basketball programs? Or is it simply to gobble up a new tv market knowing that Mizzou will rarely if ever make any serious athletic challenges to other programs already in the top half of the SEC?

Missouri brings the following:

Great academic reputation - AAU Member
Geographic fit - in that the border 3 SEC states (WV just borders one for those that don't realize it)
Great new television market - They have 2 of the top 30 markets in KC and St Louis
Football - 40 plus wins over the past 4 years in the Big 12 (2007 briefly held rank of #1 in the polls)
Basketball - Has made 2 elite 8 runs since 2002

Missouri is a home and will be a great member for he SEC. West Virgina has a ton of tradition and a passionate fan base. I think it is a win for Missouri a win for the SEC a win for WV and a win for the Big 12. Have a hard time understanding the smack talk to be quite honest.






What smack talk?  I thought the questions I asked are valid ones.  As an SEC fan you kind of put in perspective with your comment about Missouri brings a following (meaning tv sets?).  And if that's Mizzou's record over the past 4 years then I'd have to say that's pretty impressive.  But it was a Mizzou-fan that made the comments that I quoted in my response and to be honest with you I thought I was fairly polite in my response.  By the way, WVU brings a 60-17 record since 05, 2 BCS wins over the Big12 & SEC champs, and appearances in the NCAA tournament: 1st round, 2-sweet 16s, 1-elite 8, 1-final 4 and a Big East championship to boot. So in essence, I wasn't throwing stones at Mizzou's house, but just throwing some stones to knock the rocks out of the air this guy was throwing at our house.  Also I think I mentioned that I'd rather see Mizzou stay in the Big12 and WVU still get an invitation to join.  Afterall with the SEC only looking at TV markets---WVU definitely is not SEC material according to your schools and commissioner.  Right?  Its all brother.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:37 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Yes cards, WV is a better sports school than Louisville.  Let us remember, football is the driving sport in this whole thing.  You are going to tell me that Louisville is a better football program than WV?  I would say that Louisville is a little better than WV now but they are by no way a much better program. 


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