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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: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:40 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Recruiting is National now. The fact that WVU isn't going to play USF in football anymore doesn't mean that the WVU recruiting of Florida will dry up. There are still 3 noncon games that WVU can schedule against 6 D1 Florida schools. KSU doesnt play a game in Florida every year and we are still able to recruit florida. 6 players from florida, 1 starter and a few 2nd string players right now.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:15 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

 They just don't come to WVU because we play USF in Tampa every other year!  Get real. 
Do you have any idea what this conference realignment is about?   It is about getting teams on TV, and getting the most TV sets in a conferences footprint.   WVU games are on in some form NOW in Florida BECAUSE USF AND WVU are in the same conference. When we go to the B12 our games will no longer be on EVERY WEEK in Florida, as the B12 has no presense there. Over time, the Florida connection WILL dry up.  WVU games will now be also rans in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa,  our "regional" games will NOT be seen in PA, OH, FLa, NJ, MD, NY any longer, when WVU disapears from those TV sets, interest shown by the HS kids will wane.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:04 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

1.9 million+ souls in West By God Virginia.  Not many.  On the other hand, WVU has 2 of the top 5 all-time highest rated ESPN games including the 2nd, and WVU football games have a higher TV share than the University of Maryland in the Washington DC market.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:02 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

like anyone cares about Purdue either ??



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:50 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I'm sure all the networks covet that WV market-  what are there - a total of 10 people that both own a tv and can turn it on



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:50 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

FL recruits are a special breed for WVU.  There is absolutely no reason for anyone to believe kids from FL will not want to follow the footsteps of others they've seen rise to glory wearing the old gold and blue.



I agree...whats the difference from what it is now...their family's travel up to Morgatown now.....or going to road games in Storrs ,Jersey Jersey or Syracuse..so now they just by tickets for planes bound for the Mid WEST!........



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:44 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Indeed it will,  WVU will have NO presence in Florida now, those great players we have been recruiting from Florida for years will NOT come to WVU now. They came here because we had recruiters there, AND we PLAYED THERE.  OHIO and PA have ALWAYS been good recruiting grounds for WVU, but with our new "rivals" being at LEAST 850 miles away, they will have little interest in WVU, instead choosing sPitt or Syracuse, Rutgers, even Cinci or MAC teams.  Kids want to play TEAMS that they know, not teams from half way across the country. Look at PSU's recruiting since joining the B11, has gone downhill, which helped WVU recruit in PA, by telling kids hey, go to PSU and play Minn and IA, or come to WVU and play these teams you have rooted for (or against) your whole life.  This is a short term money grab, that will be a long term disaster.


That's absurd to think we won't still recruit in Florida.  As far as playing there, we play there once every other year against USF so that makes no sense at all.  We will still recruit Ohio and PA and if a player would choose the MAC over us because our opponents are 850 miles away do you really want that player?  I don't buy for a second that a kid would rather play against Syracuse, Pitt, Rutgers or Cincy than against Texas and Oklahoma regardless of who they grew up watching. Holgorsen has a lot of ties in the Midwest and this is only going to open up new doors that have never been available before. As for the Penn St analogy, UConn and Rutgers aren't exactly deal sellers to offset playing Minn and I'm guessing you meant IN because Iowa is traditionally stronger than most of the current BE.  Penn Stataes woes can be better blamed on a coach whose time has past and refuses to walk away.

Sure this may be a short term money grab but we didn't create this fiasco and have to look out for ourselves.  It sure beats all the possibilities that were being thrown around to keep the BE alive and that was no long term guarantee either.  I'm disappointed in the fact that day trips to rival schools' stadiums will no longer be possible but again that's a problem we didn't create.  Personally I thank the Big 12 for the invite and am excited for our future.





Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:44 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

When WVU started recruiting FL high school athletes in the 80's under Don Nehlen... WVU was not playing FL teams on a regular basis.  Once the pipeline was established... it kept on flowing.

WVU fans thought the FL pipeline would stop when Doc Holiday left to become HC at Marshall.  Didn't happen.

FL recruits are a special breed for WVU.  There is absolutely no reason for anyone to believe kids from FL will not want to follow the footsteps of others they've seen rise to glory wearing the old gold and blue.



Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:41 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

When you say athletics you mean Football. That maybe the case this year but I'm basing my opinion on the teams and the ACC is deeper with the Big 12 having better top teams overall most years. Either way it's close with the ACC being a more stable conference. Regardless which conference is better WVU is a better fit in the ACC than the Big12 but it's a good move because nobody wants to be the last team left in the Big East. If WVU didn't think the ACC wasn't a better fit they wouldn't of applied to it.

I'm sure you know more about the Big12 than me but I could see OSU and OU in the PAC. Texas had the leverage last year and now Oklahoma has it.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:39 pm
 

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

WVU Dad, just stop.  We will continue to get recruits from FL.  They just don't come to WVU because we play USF in Tampa every other year!  Get real.  We have a solid presence down there, kids from there have really excelled on and off the field at WVU, and former WVU players are coaches down there (Cogdell at Miramar---Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey, Ivan McCartney, Eain Smith, ect, ect.).  We have a home and home with FL St. the next two years btw.  You are one of the only fans that think staying in the Big East was in WVU's best option, just like keeping Bill Stewart.  


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