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West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:08 am
Edited on: February 14, 2012 10:20 am
Finally, West Virginia is officially headed to the Big 12.

The Big East Conference announced Tuesday that West Virginia's membership had been "terminated" and it was no longer a league member after June 30. The Mountaineers will join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 academic season.

"Our membership in the Big 12 offers WVU significant advantages," West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement. "The Big 12 is a strong and vibrant conference academically and athletically. We look forward to the potential academic and athletic partnerships and financial opportunities that membership in the Big 12 offers."  

Sources told that the Big East will receive $20 million from West Virginia, which is responsible for $10 million. The Big 12 is "loaning" West Virginia the remaining $10 million, but the school will only be responsible for paying back about half of that amount.

Luck said the agreement prohibits discussion of the settlement, but that no state or taxpayer funds, tuition or academic support monies will be used. Any settlement funding transferred will come from private sources and independently generated athletic revenues, Luck said.

Last week, reported West Virginia and the Big East reached a verbal settlement that would pay the Big East $20 million.

"West Virginia University has acknowledged and agreed that the Court in Monongalia County, WVa., will enter a judgment that the Big East Conference Bylaws are valid and enforceable, and will dismiss with prejudice all of West Virginia’s claims against the Conference," Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.

With West Virginia gone, the Big East currently has seven football members for the 2012 season. However, the league is trying to get Boise State to join a year early, sources told If the Big East is not able to find a replacement for West Virginia this fall, the remaining seven league members would have to scramble to find a 12th game.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which are headed to the ACC, will not try to leave the Big East this summer, sources told However, both schools will attempt to negotiate deals to allow them to join the ACC a year early in 2013.

West Virginia President Jim Clements said the school's Big 12 membership "is an investment in WVU's future. We're looking forward to the tremendous opportunities it presents – all across our university."

The Mountaineers were one of the Big East charter members in 1991 when the league formed its football conference.

Luck said the settlement with the Big East "closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for WVU’s future.  I’ve heard from Mountaineer fans across the country who have made it very clear that they are proud and honored to be heading into the Big 12.”

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:22 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

I would like to see Rich Rod come back once Dana decides to move on which I believe will be sooner than later.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:50 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

OK shellback, let me school you once more.  The Rich Rod ordeal and the WVU Big East thing couldn't be more different.  If WVU has sued RR to try and force him to stay at WVU, then we'd be comparing apples to apples.  The Big East and WVU was a conrtact dispute which WVU essentially won by getting everything it wanted out of the deal.  WVU never breached it's contract with the Big East.  NEVER.  Granted, they thratened to, and they would have if it came down to that, but this settlement avoids that, which was one of the goals in the first place.  The Rich Rod thing was an actual breach of contract by Rich Rod.  He breached his contract by resigning, the contract clearly stated the penalty for breach of contract was a $4 million buyout.  He tried to weasel his way out of paying the penalty and that's why WVU sued him, and in case you missed it, WVU won.


Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:35 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Oh the hypocrisy (and excuses). 

Interesting how your fans felt when RR didn't follow through on holding up his end of the bargain (contract)..then, your fans were beside themselves after Pitt and SU weren't holding up to their contractual obligations with the BE. Now, it was wvu's turn to not only hold a CONTRACTUAL obligation to the BE but to hold a CONTRACTUAL obligation with FSU. All of a sudden it's ok to break agreements (as long as they fall in your favor and IN YOUR OWN MND fall short of their intention). 

Fair enough though. I have a feeling with now playing some reputable B12 teams, you surely didn't want to come to Doak Campbell since it probably would keep you from getting bowl eligible lol! Good Luck.
No comparison between RR and WVU going to the Big XII.  Now if WVU left RIGHT NOW to finish off the rest of 2012 you'd have a comparison.  As for Pitt and Syracuse, you're talking out your backside.  No one held anything against them for "breaking a contractual obligation."  Sure, there was some ill will, mostly as jealousy as they were getting off the Titanic while WVU was stuck.

WVU did honor it's contract with FSU.  The buyout was part of the contract.  It's one of those things, all terms apply not just the ones you like.  As for the BE, the whole thing was a power play to get the same offer that was extended to Pitt and Syracuse.  Both were offered immediate exit for $21.5 million, but WVU wasn't given that option.  Oddly enough that's where they ended up after all was said and done.  There's no coincidence in that.

Yes, WVU is terrified of ACC teams.  Since your memory is so short I'll try to jog it...  70-33.  Be grateful you won't have to watch the Noles take a Clemsonesque beating.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:21 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Fla.State Fans need to worry about winning in THE ALTANIC CHOKE CONFERENCE,before you start talking about WVU.You just barely beat a Terrible Notre Dane Team.I know you just had The Best recurting  Class of the year,which seems to happen every year,and you keep losing 4 or 5 games a year.You guys have very Good basketball Team root for them.But Football your in the middle of THE ALTANLIC CHOKE CONFERENCE.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:14 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Like a Buddy of Mine called Lousiville.A Big Hick Town.You can't keep Coaches in Football. Strong will be gone in less than 2 years.Beside why all this louisville Hate.ESPN Told The Big 12 as for TV goes,Louivsville wasn't even close WVU.Get Mad at ESPN.Your Ky's Little brother,and thats the way it will always Be.Your The Drug Capital of Ky.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:04 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Since you wanna bring up 2005, how about WVU choking on the basketball court to the Cards.  You got Pittsnoggled that game.  Also, how about the 2006 football game?  Slaton laid a few on the carpet and the Cards beat that A@@ to win the Big East and the Orange Bowl that year.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:01 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

It stinks that I'm right doesn't it?  How about those basketball mountaineers?  Well played Kilicicicicliu.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:46 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

WOW, spoken like a true University of Looserville fan.  All I have to say is think back to 2005.  46-44.  Click on the link below to refresh your memory.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:38 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

And maybe UL will actually stumble into a BCS game! lol at this clown

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:05 pm

Beating WVU

As a fan of the UofL Cardinals, I would personally like to thank WVU for leaving the Big East.  Now we won't have to travel to Morgantown ever again.  Beating the Mountaineers on their home field this year is a great feeling.  He who laughs last, laughs best.   Good riddance to that cesspool of a town.

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