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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: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:33 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

WVU DAD - On the other hand, the world is a little smaller now than it was when Penn State went west. Just sayin'.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:24 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

PSU is a bad example IMO, JoPa is pushing 90 and thats just as good a reason for kids not going there as the Lions joining the BIG

PSU AND Paterno were at the top of the game when they joined the B11, and won the league twice in their first three years, recruiting dropped off, the kids were picked off by WVU, sPitt and Rutgers, for the very reason I gave, Nehlen even said that at the time, he used that as a tool against PSU.   As someone else stated, our traditional recruiting areas will be gone in a few years.  Why do you think the BE wanted USF when the last raid happenned???  Recruiting is driven MUCH more by familiarity with you gained by the teams you play, rather than by the league you play in.  IAST plays in the B12, how do they do recruiting??  Duke plays in the ACC, do recruits come there so they can play AGAINST and get whipped by, Clemson, Miami, FSU? NO,  Vandy and UK in the SEC? NO   The kids in Texas want to play at UT, OU, TAM, etc, UNLESS given a STRONG reason to go elsewhere.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:23 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Here's my two cents worth, especially to dewey415. I do not believe that West Virginia is headed into an unstable conference anymore. I believe that with the addition of TCU and, hopefully the finality of West Virginia, the Big 12 is safe and sound. I also think it is pretty obvious, with the addition of West Virginia, and considering all the speculation about Louisville and Cincinnati, that invitations to those two schools is highly likely. That would give those three schools regional games that would make fan travel realistic. It would bring the conference back to eleven (assuming the exit of Missouri). I also don't think that BYU is out of the picture yet. That would be the 12th team.

I'm not one who likes to put down other conferences, but you stated that West Virginia has already been rejected by the SEC and the ACC. That is true. But I think, as far as athletics is concerned, that the Big 12 is a big step up from the ACC and has nothing to apologize for to the SEC. West Virginia will find itself in a much better conference than they have been in or they would have been in with the ACC. West Virginia has taken a big step up for themselves.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:17 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Congrats to West Virginia. This is a big win for them.  I was scared they were going to be left on the outside looking in and end up the next mid major.

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:15 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

PSU is a bad example IMO, JoPa is pushing 90 and thats just as good a reason for kids not going there as the Lions joining the BIG, and whats to stop WVU from playing a Florida school now? There are plenty of them to choose from to have a HnH, not to mention teams from OH to play in Motown. We have done pretty good as it is playing in a bad conference for football as far as recruiting, add in a chance to play Texas,OU (national brand region doesnt really matter with them) and (i GUESS they will still be on the schedule after this) Florida State and Michigan State in the near future and there arent too many recruits who wouldnt jump at the chance at some of that no matter where they are from.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:10 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Doesn't it seems strange that a few weeks ago the Big12 was crumbling and the BE was going to invite some Big12 schools to join them?

Without BYU amd BSU, the BE will be down a level to about C-USA.  


Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:07 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Nice upgrade from Misery U.  That trade out can't happen fast enough.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:03 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Let's try to stay positive folks! And on that note, the Big 12 is a helluva good football conference.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:56 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

So offering a player to play in the B12 (which will soon be 12 again BTW) over the hoops first BigEast  is gonna HURT recruiting? Better rethink that

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.

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:53 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Well when your recruiting base is MD, NJ, PA, OH, and FL I think the answer is those guys would rather play in the ACC. I get it the ACC rejected WVU and so now we are going to put it down. However FSU, Miami, VT, GT, Clemson, and NC are all good teams most years. Make no mistake that Texas, Tech, Okl, and OSU are getting the top recruits in the midwest. Only time will tell.

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