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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 CBSSports.com 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, CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com. 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 CBSSports.com. 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.”
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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:34 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

...and that great offense looked stellar on ESPN against Syracuse too (another BUTT WHOOOPIN! HA HA HA HA)



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:21 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

shellback 2

Did you watch the WV LSU game last year. Did you not see how many yards we put up on the bayou bengals. Yes they won and Yes they are a good team, but next year I would put our offense up against any in the country. Be glad you dont have to play the mountaineers this year.



Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:14 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Now it makes complete sense wvu slithering away from the contract with FSU - that new B12 sked requires them to play some ranked teams in the regular season which they are not used to doing (well, except for the butt whooopin they took to LSU at home last year)



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:36 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Well its time for the Porsche {WVU} to fire up and head west in a trail of dust and leave this slow sinking Carport {Big East}. Sorry Pinto {Pitt} & Volkswagen {Syracuse} you will have to wait till next year to chug along down south. As you travel south don't forget to stop in and say hi to your long lost friend Chevy Vega {Virginia Tech} and pass around a cold quart of Pennzoil. Don't drink all of your Pennzoil you will need some for the trip. When you finally make it to North Carolina you can help you new found friend 1968 Datsun {Duke} do a complete overhaul.

Oh by the way next time you see the Orange Dodge Dart {Clemson} tell them to come on back and see us some time. We promise not to put 70 on them the next game, probably more like 80.    Bye Bye now


lsudental
Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:18 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:13 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Really, the Big 12 needs to finish the job and add Cincinnati and Louisville so West Virginia isn't stranded on an island far from everyone.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:10 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

I hope the Big 12 is stable now.  The conference was one shout away from dissolving August 2011 and from what I pick up the Texas hubris has not subsided. But Texas will meet its match with West Virginia! 




Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:08 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

WVU will be good for the "Big Ten".  If memory serves me right, Pat White and  the 2007 Mountaineers ran the Sooners off the field in the Fiesta Bowl. Wasn't even close....   They will be competitive this year .....



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:06 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Guess the money was worth it to WVU to stop getting its ass whupped by Syracuse.
Rhodyrules, three comments all time and all three having to do with WVU.  Why you ask?  No clue, but envy certainly does not look good on you...





Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:55 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Guess the money was worth it to WVU to stop getting its ass whupped by Syracuse.


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