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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 23, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:31 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

"Have Football, Will Travel" reads the card of the teams.

If travel is no obstacle, the Big 12 should have looked for Rutgers and UConn to go after that New York TV market.  And then they could recruit San Diego State and become the Sea to Shining Sea Conference instead of the Flyover Conference.  But seriously, Jeff Sagarin's computer has the Big 12 ranked as the number one conference this year, so West Virginia fans should get ready for less than 9 win seasons in their future.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:23 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Let me remind you that before 2006 MU was alaghing stock in football. So don't go overboard with all the things they bring in football. Thats just not the case. How are they doing this year? The basketball program is average at best. Outside of 1 year, they have been average. Kansas City is a KU town 1st, Kstate 2nd and MU third. Always has been, always will be. so don't lie to yourself. MU will be another Miss St. i think it;s a great opportunity for your school. You should go. But don't act like your going to be some powerhouse. you will be average like you have always been.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:16 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

West Virginia is a better Sports school than Louisville and UC? LOl. that is the dumbest comment I have seen on here yet. Get a clue dude and shut up.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:06 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I say the Big 12 should offer to Louisville and WVU, get back to 12, maybe then Mizzou decides the conference is much stronger and more stable so it wont leave. Of course, then the issue becomes, who becomes the SEC's 14th member? I think in the end, if Mizzou still heads out to the SEC (assuming the SEC accepts them) that BYU, WVU, and Louisville all get added and put the Big 12 back to 12 teams.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:01 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

In my mind, this looks bad for WV.  They are a better "sports" school than Louisville and Cincinnati but WV might not have the TV markets that the Big XII wants.

I would not be surprised if the Big XII lets Mizzou go and invites WV, Louisville and Cincinnati.  That would be best for all.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:55 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Hold everything guys.  It looks like the move is on hold for the time being.  I think it will still happen but we will have to wait and see.

 



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:44 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.




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:47 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Why does the Big 12 have to loose Missouri to add West Virginia? Why can't they build back up to 12 teams. I am K-State alumni and I want Missouri to stay. Add WVU and Boise State to be 12 teams.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:41 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Good for W.Virginia.This is a great move for them,now they can play in a conference where there are more then one quailty team.As a huge SEC fan i was hoping we would bring in W.Virginia and not Missouri.I think W.Virginia would of been a great fit for our conference.Congratulations to W.Virginia and GOOD LUCK!



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:45 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Rejected by ACC, SEC... I guess they are good enough for the Big XII since it will only be around for six years.

While that may be true or just likely not true; the Mountaineers were not nor will they ever be rejected by anyone because of their athletic programs.  And since this is about football and the quality of football programs then I'd have to say the Mountaineers are a quality program whose addition to the Big12 can only be a plus for that conference and it's stability on a national stage in the BCS.  The thing that bothers me the most is that the Big12 with it's tradition rich and storied programs almost disbanded the conference.  I kind of hope that Mizzou sees reason and stays in the Big12 and WVU still gets an invitation to play.  It would only make the conference stronger and bring a measure of stability to it.  With equal revenue sharing I think teams will want to stay in the Big12 for quite some time now.  I could be wrong but wouldn't it be great is I am right?

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?

I've heard some call WVU a replacement for Mizzou.  I've also heard some call WVU an addition to the conference whether Mizzou leaves or not.  Just some food for thought there. 



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