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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: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:04 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Lots of keystrokes wasted there ncgreenewv, trying to point out the facts to this guy is like talking to that wall over there. They went WAY over his me it is quite humorous for an apparent FSU person to attempt to talk trash on this you have a team that couldn't come close to winning their own weak, weak conference, and one of their goofball fans has the nerve to be talking trash about a team that just hung a 70 spot on the team that DID manage to win that weak, weak conference just a little over a month ago. Incredible, and by the way when a team pays the buy-out in a contract that is, in fact, honoring the contract, but shellback, I don't expect you to understand that either...

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:02 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

I don't see the hypocrisy cry.  RR had a contract, and WVU held him to the payout.  WVU had an agreement with the BE.  They agreed to pay their way out.  It's the way of CFB.  Also, everyone must realize that WVU was not only acting on their behalf, but on the behalf of the Big 12 that needed them on their schedule for TV revenue purposes.  WVU has become the poster child for proving that CFB is not amateur sports.  Rather, it is big business.  I still contend that the BE did not hold up to their end of the bargain for the football playing schools- both former and current.  They had the responsibility of acting in the best interest of the FB playing schools, but failed miserably.  They failed to expand beyond 8 teams leading to exodus I by VT, UM, and BC.  They again failed to expand beyond eight resulting in exodus II with WVU, Pitt, and Cuse.  THe finanicial ramifications of trying to compete in a stagnant eight team conference should be obvious.  It created scheduling nightmares.  Teams had to schedule OOC cupcakes just to fill out a full schedule.  Most teams could get 1 or 2 legit BCS schools on the roster, but it was impossible to round out a schedule year in/year out.  And, there was very little hope of competing with the power conferences for equitable TV contracts.  I think WVU did what they had to do as well as Pitt, Cuse, BC, VT, and UM.  It's a shame, but the BE brought this on themself.

Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:22 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.

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:46 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

You are aware that the last time we "had no chance" vs Oklahoma we won by 27, right?

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 5:10 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Things for WVU to check off buckett list:<br /><br />Loss to Texas FB<br />Loss to Oklahoma FB<br />Loss to OKST FB<br />Loss to Baylor FB<br />Loss to Kansa BB<br />Loss to KST BB<br /><br />looks like a eventfull year for the couche burning fans in Morontown, West Virginia

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:53 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

shellback, I'll clue you and everyone else in on why WVU had to cancel the game with FSU.

Moving to the Big-12 adds an extra conference game to the schedule so one of the non-con games had to go. Question #1 - Why not the Marshall game?  Answer - Because it's a home game, and because this game came about through arm twisting from WV's previous governor and current senator Joe Manchin.  Question #2 - Why not Maryland?  Answer -  Becasue it's a home game.  Canceling the MD game and travelling to Tallahassee would have left WVU with only 6 home games in 2012, this one's a no brainer.  Question #3 - Why not JMU?  Answer - Because Oliver Luck stuck his neck out to set this game up at Fed Ex Field and WVU is guaranteed a $2.3 million payout for the game, which in theory, will allow WVU to net at least $500,000 more than they would if the game were to be played at Milan Puskar Stadium. The payout could be even higher if incentives based on game attendance are reached.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:34 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:30 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Terepins? (did you even spell that right?) No, hardly.

In answer to your BCS question, do you want to know how many NC's we've won or just BCS games in general?

Here's a hint...your mountyneeeers are 0-3 against us and would've been 0-4 after next year if they hadn't run skeeered! lol!

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:04 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:49 pm

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12


with a name like that who do u support? or do you just enjoy commenting on things you know nothing about. You are probably a Maryland fan and if thats the case R U KIDDING ME OR WHAT. When was the last time the terepins beat WVU. Maybe thats what u are bitter about or maybe its because u r stuck in the ACC. And another question how many BCS games have u won. Not to mention all the players that r making a mass exodus since Randy Edsall took over.

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