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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: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:18 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

This whole football conference realignment idea has gone viral.  WV is on the east coast and joining a conference that is in the midwest???  Missouri considering joining the SEC.  COME ON MAN!!  This has become insanity. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:41 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

This is great...talk about one program that might well do something.  Then fill in the rest of the column with pure speculation.  Well if program A goes to Conference X, then Conference X might accept programs B, C, or D.  The Big East is a joke as a conference anyway.  It's a basketball superconference, whose members are merely seeking recognition enough for invites to the NCAA tournament.  However, major conferences are defined by football, pure and simple.  Give WVU some credit for possibly/probably going to a real football conference.     



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:40 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I hope to see this come official soon and i for one am happy if we are to go to the the Big 12.....the chance to play Texas and or OU each year is exciting and a Kansas basketball game at home would be sweet!



Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:09 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

What exactly makes West Virginia so great anyway that all these conferences want them??? They just got rolled by Syracuse last weekend, and haven't won anything since Rich Rod and Pat White left



Jealous any? boohoo no body wants your crappy bearcats in football who has had 1 good year in how many years? cry me a river.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:12 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

What exactly makes West Virginia so great anyway that all these conferences want them??? They just got rolled by Syracuse last weekend, and haven't won anything since Rich Rod and Pat White left




Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:08 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Really good post Senoy.  There are simply more Missourians and Mizzou fans and therefore TV sets than West Va. has.



Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:38 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

So long, Big Least. it never was a top-flight conference. It was like a Chinese menu - take one from column A (basketball only), and one from column B (football).




Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:25 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

and either Air Force or Notre Dame about once a year


Sorry I meant Air Force or Boise State about once a year---sorry



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:24 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I really hope this is a joke

1.  Pitt & Syracuse aren't coming back--that ship has sailed
2.  If the Big East plays hardball with ND then ND joins the ACC or the Big Ten.  And, if they join either, Rutgers likely follows so that hurts the Big East even more
3.  The travel isn't really an issue--if WVU stays in the Big East they'll be travelling to Florida and Texas once a year (with expansion) and either Air Force or Notre Dame about once a year

To survive Oliver Luck must join the Big XII--he knows that and everyone else knows that--he doesn't WANT to but that's his only option.  WVU now will be able to recruit in Texas and it's not any harder to convince a WPIAL kid to go to WVU to play Texas and OU than it will be for Pitt to convince kids that playing UVa, Maryland, etc are exciting.  This move MUST be made--sorry but it does.

WVU can blame themselves--and Pitt.  If they would have just voted Penn State into the Big East when they applied none of this would have happened--karma is--well you know what karma is.   



Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:13 am
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Anything that kills off Big East football is good. Take Cincinnati and Louisville too and check with South Florida and Rutgers while you're at it to see if they're interested. Goodbye and good riddance Big East football.


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