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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.”
Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:48 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

This made my day. yee haa. Look out Big 12 here comes the mountaineers with the most explosive offense you have ever seen. I look forward to seeing all the different teams in morgantown especially OU. I think this will be the next big rivalry. Say So long to the back yard brawl and hello to WVU vs OU. Hey big 12 fans dont believe all the garbage u hear about WV fans because thats what it is garbage. I have been going to games for years and yes we have some roudy fans but nothing the pride of wv state troopers cant handle. WV is a great place to visit and the people are friendly and good hard working folks. So I look forward to packed stadiums and lots of mountaineer wins.



Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:46 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

@Bigtwelvesux:
Boy, you're really reaching aren't you! Your examples are pathetic. How can you say that the Big East is looking pretty dang good?! You're such a Big East homie that it clouds your better (?) judgement. We are at 10 members for the moment. We will be back to 12 sooner than later. Why don't you just take a deep, cleansing breath and let go of your Big 12 hatred. Where is it coming from anyway? West Virginia is in a better place. Let it go. Focus on your own conference and leave others alone. It's done. Peace be with you.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:27 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

its about time. now we have huggy bear and the football team in the big 12. to me both are a welcome addition to the big 12.



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:19 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

I am thinking WV might regret this later. It is no secret the teams are not happy with Texas with their network. Now Oklahoma wants one. This will get UGLY!!!! It's just a matter of when. And I can't help feeling that is why Texas Tech is thinking Big 10. I cannot disagree more with TTECH. TCU might actually think twice later on. Because the Big East actually looks pretty dang good. For crying out loud.....they cannot even decide on hoe many teams should be in their format. They cannot even get a hold of a set schedule to choose from. And they are still looking for a commissioner. And who knows what changes SHE will bring.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:18 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

This is huge news. Congratulations. What a surprise. West Virginia has a school? Wow.

Canadians know about football? Even bigger news!



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:13 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

ncgreene.wv........Your Post was a good one overall.  But lets face it, the BIG EAST will always be doomed to FAILURE, as long as the current THREE divisions in that league are left to stand: FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, and NOTRE DAME.  No offense to any of these three areas is meant by me.  However, until the BIG EAST has ONE ALL-SPORTS league for their member schools, this hodgepodge of teams in that conference.  IF it was a good idea all the other BCS leagues would be hodgepodge too.  The sad thing now, is the BIG EAST has never corrected this problem now going on 15 years. 



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:40 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Yeehaa!  Start burning the couches.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:33 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

This is huge news. Congratulations. What a surprise. West Virginia has a school? Wow.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:18 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Welcome to the Big 12, West Virginia! It's good to have you aboard. Smile



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:44 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

On Beamer and WV that is


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