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Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:20 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Expect a Big 12 football schedule for 2012 by next Wednesday.

Contracts with partners ESPN/ABC and Fox mandate that a schedule be released by Feb. 1 according to a league spokesman. That suggests there will be some finality in a process that has been up in the air since West Virginia was welcomed into the conference on Nov. 4.

“That’s the deadline [Feb. 1] we’re working off of,” the Big 12’s Bob Burda said Wednesday morning.

While there could be shifting of dates for TV purposes after that date, the schedule – with or without West Virginia – would probably be released publicly at the same time, “given where we are on the calendar and the sensitivity of people wanting to plan,” Burda said.

He added that the league had schedule contingencies both ways with West Virginia in or out of the Big 12. A Rhode Island judge has directed West Virginia and the Big East into non-binding mediation to resolve their lawsuits. The two sides have sued each other over a Big East bylaw that requires 27 months’ notice before leaving the league. West Virginia wants to join the Big 12 in 2012. The Big East bylaw would keep it in that conference through the 2013-14 school year.

Asked Tuesday when a 2012 schedule for his conference might be released, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said: "I’m really not going to give up a comment on that at this time."

Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas has long said it has received assurances from the school that West Virginia will be in for the 2012 football season. Earlier Monday, he told a Lubbock, Texas radio station that the 2012 football schedule would be out by Feb. 1.

If West Virginia is not in for 2012, that would put the Big 12 at nine teams and likely trigger network contract language regarding payouts if membership falls below 10 teams. Additionally, the nine teams would be put in a scheduling bind having to find an extra non-conference game at a late date.

Putting the current schedule delay in perspective: The base schedule for the 2011 season was completed in September or October 2010.  After adjustments by networks and schools, it wasn’t out publicly until March and April 2011. The Big 12 has lost four teams since June 2010 (Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, Missouri). It has added TCU and West Virginia beyond the 2011 season.

The SEC and Pac-12 have already announced their 2012 schedules, both between late December and early January. 

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Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:33 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

Just a few short years from now, WVU will be looking to exit the Big 12 and either join the SEC or ACC. The problem will be that WVU will not have a legitimate rival game every year in the Big12. Will it be exciting for Texas, OKState and Oklahoma to visit Morgantown every other year, absolutely. But who can get excited over playing Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech or Iowa State? Rivalries are built because the schools lose recruits to other local schools. WVU will not lose recruits to Oklahoma or Texas on a regular basis, like they lose recruits to Pitt, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Miami.

That is one of the main reasons that schools develop rivalry games. The kids know each other and they battle over local bragging rights. A bigger stretch comes from the WVU baseball team competing against Texas in baseball. What kid goes to WVU to play against Texas or Kansas State. Can you imagine a conversation between a baseball recruit and his parent when considering attending WVU? Hey dad, maybe you can come to a couple of our conference away games. Uh, oh! Your nearest conference school opponent will be 700 miles away. How will WVU fund all this additional travel? 

I am sorry. I personally like WVU, but their AD panicked and took the first offer that came along, instead of waiting patiently for the right offer. Let's face it. There will be four and possibly five major conferences with 16 Teams in each. The ACC, SEC, Big 10 and others will need to fill out their respective conferences with colleges that can compete. WVU would have been a good fit and that is why I think that they will only last three years in the Big 12.  



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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:41 pm
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Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

TO TcFlint,
      
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p;  We at WVU are thankful for Michigan's Money for Rich,and lets not forget Beilen too.Your tryed to steal another one of our Coaches.Please Don't come after Dana.Man i wish we could of played you guys in The Bowl Game this year.We might have scored 100 points on your Big and Slow Defense.



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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:29 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

West Virginia didn't let Rich Rod off the hook when he broke his contract and the Big East SHOULD NOT let WVU off the hook for tryng to break their contract with the Big East!!!
Apples & Oranges Tc.

WVU is happy to compensate the conference(loosely speaking) for early departure. The suit brought by the University alleges breach of contract by the BEast, but there's no trying to sneak off w/o paying a reasonable penalty to do so.

The DickRod saga was nothing more than a blatant attempt to get out without any compensation... a wee bit different.

By the way... how'd you like you're time with the "product"?



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

WVU will play in the Big 12 next year.  I understand all the arguments about the 27 month wait to exit, but the conference screwed themselves on that one when they allowed TCU to pay and walk away.  TCU was in their waiting period with the Mountain West and had paid the entrance fee for membership, they paid $5 million and will be in the Big 12 next year, WVU will do the same.  Precedence isn't it a bitch.  I can fully understand the Big East wanting to hold on to its only viable BCS challenger but they just won't get their way, getting Notre Dame to come in Football might have saved this conference a long time ago, it's too late now.




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:16 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

If the Longhorns need a non conference foes, I know this team from College Station. Does Thanksgiving work?



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

West Virginia didn't let Rich Rod off the hook when he broke his contract and the Big East SHOULD NOT let WVU off the hook for tryng to break their contract with the Big East!!! 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

Guess I will do CBS a favor since their sources haven't picked this up:



THIS UPDATE IS POSTED ON EERINSIDER.COM


So there you have it folks.  NOTE to CBS: Yes, I'm avalaible for hire, I'm sure I can write as much drivel as some of your hired writers can.  I certainly can't do any worse.  

You just did. You took something that nobody else has reported and claimed it as fact. It's been a day since that was posted. If it was true, CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, the Charleston Gazette, somebody would have picked up on it. It's bogus.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:25 pm
 

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

West Virginia should tell the Big East to screw themselves and only give them the $5Million.   Effectively "cashing" the $2.5mil exit fee at the time when the final was $5Mil sets the timeline.    The Big East also is in default with Pitt and Syracuse leaving as at the time that WV declared, the conference did not have enough viable members of THE ORIGINAL MEMBERSHIP which wrote the by-laws (i.e. - Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech, etc.).

This is not a football issue but a legal issue and the Big East is about to screw themselves with both Commercial Law and Contract Law.   Any low rent lawyer could poke a thousand holes into the conference's arguments and tie up the courts indefinitely.   And if Louisville and Cincinnati decide to leave, they can propose a counter suit of the original remaining members (and Syracuse and Pitt would not dare to challenge) that could effectively dissolve the original agreement and thus kill the conference.

Actually, I may have gone one step too far - I'm not sure Louisville was an original member (replaced Temple?) so they could claim default on conference as a principal member.    I see way more arguments legally for WV et al than I do for the Big East.


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