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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: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:16 am

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

It is too bad because West Virginia will NEVER EVER i mean NEVER beat OKLAHOMA and TEXAS in the same year i hope you enjoyed 

the Orange Bowl this year Mountaineers because you will be going to the TicketCity and Alamo Bowls for a long long time  

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:58 am

It makes no sense to me...

Okay, so Memphis comes into the Big East, and West Virginia leaves the Big East for the Big 12?  Wouldn't it make more sense if Memphis were to join the Big 12, and West Virginia were to stay-put or join an East coast conference?  I don't get it.  A school could go broke on traveling expenses alone.  There is something to be said about the regional logistics of all conferences, and I think that the NCAA should step in and put a stop to all of this nonsense. 

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:53 am

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

For me, as a WVU fan and a Big East fan, it's bittersweet.  In the early 2000s the Big East was on the verge of becoming a dominant force in college football even without Penn State as a member, and then Miami pulled the rug out from under them.  Since then the Big East has had ups and downs, lately mostly downs.  I will miss the old rivalries, especially the backyard brawl.  I will miss Big East basketball even more, but hey, Big-12 basketball is pretty sweet too.  I will not miss Big East football.  Over the last 5 years it really deveolved into a farce, and WVU was a big part of that.  In some was I think WVU hiring Bill Stewart helped to doom the Big East.  He was never able to gain the respect of a majority of the fans, and the team's performance on the field slipped even though recruiting stayed strong.  If WVU had won the majority of the conference titles over that 5 year span the Big East would have been in a better position.  The Big-12 is a big step up for the football program at WVU, and to say it will be a challenge is an understatement.  Here's to a new beginning for WVU and for the development of new and better rivalries as WVU's Big-12 era gets underway!

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:53 am

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

The news is that the official release will be made today by Marinara sauce.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:47 am
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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:30 am

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Best wishes for the Big East.  I wish West Virginia could have stayed along with Pitt, Syracuse, Miami, Boston College and Virginia Polytech Institute.  Throw in Penn State and it would have been a wonderful conference.  Not meant to be.

I hope the Big East can find a balance of power between its basketball power schools and its football schools.  In the end, this is what doomed the football side of the conference.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day,

luv, Cyndi 

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:23 am

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Good for WVU.  Now with C-USA disbanding maybe one of their teams could join the BE early to replace WVU.

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