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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 7:43 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

WVU Dad - Agreed. The ACC teams, new and old, will dominate the Mid Atlantic recruiting wars. The lucrative Florida connection could be completely severed and hey, we don't even know how Holgy's staff will perform in the living room. Different story if Big 12 gets smart and brings Cincy and LVille along. 

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:36 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.

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:35 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves OR stays

Inaccurate reporting from CBS once again.  West Virginia's invitation IS NOT contingent on Missouri leaving.  Don't take my word, check out a multitude of sources who colaborate this.  

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:34 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

With the landscape of college football and basketball changing to the super conferences at least for the time being, this is the expected and best move for WVU.  I disagree that this move will hurt recruiting, it will help as the recruits WVU is going after will appreciate the level of competition the Big 12 offers as opposed to the ACC which will house the schools we primarily recruit against geographically. Wouldn't you rather see Oklahoma Texas and TCU on a schedule as opposed to Pitt Syracuse and Va Tech, I would if I wanted to play against the best.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:22 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

This will not hurt West V in recruiting your a moron .

Boxer, I must disagree with this statement.  I think with this move we will see a marked reduction in the good number of kids WVU gets from PA and OH.  Kids want to play against teams they know, teams they are close to, teams where their buds went. Look at what happenned to PSU when they joined the B11, the kids in PA want to play against sPitt, WVU, MD, Rutgers, etc, NOT Minn, IA, Wisc.  I think that Syracuse is sitting in a good position right now, a weak ACC is ripe for the picking. WVU will compete for the B12s 3rd place for a while, IF they go back to 12 teams WVU would be favored in the North. But after a few years in the B12 we will fade because of a lack of recruits.  Texas kids as a whole will NOT come to WVU over Texas, TAM, and Oklahoma.   IF Texas gets off their high horse, the top three B12 teams will be headed to the P?? fairly quickly, leaving WVU exactly where we are now, in the weakest, most unstable big time league.  I am convinced that the BSC will go away soon, either by way of all this conference realignment, or through some antitrust lawsuit.
I can see us fitting into the SEC, but going to the B12 is purely a short term money grab.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:17 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Big 12 needs to go recruit Boise St. too! I bet they'd join... they'd get to play some quality opponents then and we will really find out if they deserve to be top 5.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:14 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

So, how exactly does the break-up of regionalized conferences help the players or fans?  Oh wait, I forgot, they don't count in this power shuffle of money hungry CEOs.  None of this would have even been started if it weren't for the AQ requirements of the mythical BCS.  Wouldn't it have been easier to just scratch that requirement and move to BCS ranking system for qualification status.  IDIOTS!

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:01 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Your the Moron if you think that your stealing top recruits from Texas, Oklahoma, OSU, and etc... so they can playing in West Virginia. Add that to the kids who in NJ, MD, PA, OH and FL that will be really excited to play where none of the teams they grew up watching dont play. So what your coach was a coordinator there you have to sell WVU to the Midwest.

Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:00 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves


Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:48 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

This will not hurt West V in recruiting your a moron . Do you understand the coach has roots in Texas , Oklahoma area. Kids want in his system. Ford Childress a top Espn 100 High school player . One of the top Qbs in High School has been committed for some time to Wvu . So how does this hurt us?? Why do people talk without looking into it ? It does nothing but add to the players we are already getting from the Maryland area and Florida.. It might hurt basketball recuiting that is it , with most our kids coming from New York area and no Madison Square Garden tourny it hurts our recruiting there.

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