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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: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:39 pm

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

The Big East is a worthless conference, and everyone knows this.  The Big 12 can destroy the Big East by taking both Lohisville and Cincinnati.  If that happens, then Boise State and San Deigo State bail out of their arrangement with the Big East.  These schools can tie the Big East up in Court for years.  If I aam the Big 12, I tell the big East to either release West Virginia NOW, or we take Louisville and Cincinnati and your conference fails to exist, as far as football is concerned.

It is time to get rid of the Big East.  They lose the only decent team they have left in West Virginia, and both Pitt and Syracuse.  The Big East is weaker than the MWC.  If the Big East sontinues to threaten schools with lawsuits, they will eventually lose everything.  They are in a lose-lose situation.  It is time for them to take what they can.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:14 pm

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

Sigman, where did you get your info and what is factually wrong with my post?  The site I got this from has been very accurate with other stories concerning WVU plus I have a friend who's inside the workings of WVU and verified this is the deal and not some internet rumor floating around.  I think if you read it again you will see the path is set for WVU (and Pitt and Syracuse and possibly Louisville) to pay the settlement to leave now if they can work it out schedule wise with home games and some OOC games they already have scheduled. Louisville may get invited to the Big XII still, think they're going to hang around long in the Big East?

In the end of this drama when WVU does indeed leave and pay the settlement I hope you'll post a retraction admitting my info was right.  Until then, I trust my source, and would not have posted it otherwise.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:01 pm

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

One thing for sure is nothing worthwhile has changed in the BIG EAST Conference.  As long as the BE continues to have 3 equations (Football,Basketball, & Notre Dame) nothing will be good for this "hodgepodge" mess. ONE would think that over the past 20 years the BIG EAST would have learned something POSITIVE about Conference continunity, like the SEC, ACC, B1G, BIGXII, and PAC12; but it is apparent they've learned nothing. I hope WVU succeeds in getting to the BIGXII in 2012, and PITT and SYRACUSE to the ACC by 2013.  Under the present situation the BE is composed, it will undoubtably have choas and turnover frequently. I can see UCONN, RUTGERS, LOUISVILLE, and CINCY trying to get to one of the above BCS Conferences as quickly as possible, as i'm sure these schools are tired of the chaos for way too long.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:47 pm

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1


That post is chock full of innaccuracies and misinformation.  The $10 million buyout was triggered when Navy and/or Air Force (not TCU) signed a commitment to the Big East and was enacted after TCU had already left to join the Big XII.  The Big East can claim damages for 2013 regardless of how many other schools join then because their bylaws require a 27-month exit.  And scheduling home-and-homes with the Big XII is no substitute for conference games, and even the damages for 2012 would exceed $7.5 million. 

In short, I agree that WVU will play in the Big XII in 2012 and beyond, but it will cost a whole heck of a lot more than $12.5 million for them to get out early.  I think in the $20-$25 million range would be about right. 

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Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:38 pm
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Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:58 pm

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

WVU will surely play in the 2012 Big 12 schedule. As pointed out, the Big 12 maintaining numbers for the TV contracts and not being penalized financially would more than offset any Big 12 assistance to WVU to assist a WVU financial exit settlement with the Big East.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:11 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:02 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:


As further updates and information have become available, we have felt it's best to resolve any confusion. Due to the sensitive nature surrounding conferences and finanancial settlements, we have updated our article.

The Big East and WVU have come to a settlement on the lawsuit surrounding WVU's intent to leave the Big East for the Big XII. Today the Big East announced that they would be welcoming The Naval Academy into the conference in 2015. The Big East also stated that they would be immediately increasing the exit fee from the conference to $10 Million. As a reminder, in October the Big East schools, including WVU, voted to increase the exit fee to $10 million. However, that increase was only to be implemented with the addition of a new school to the conference. That new school was originally supposed to be TCU.

Now that TCU is Big XII bound the next school(s) to join will be those who were announced for the 2013 season. The immediate increase to the exit fee allows all parties to move forward while still adhering to the conference bylaws. On the surface it looks as if WVU is paying the $10 million exit fee in addition to the $2.5 they had already paid. However, that is not entirely the case.

The Big East/WVU settlement coincides with the immediate increase to the exit fee. WVU has agreed to pay the $10 million exit fee as a settlement to the Big East. When WVU announced their intent to leave the Big East and join the Big XII they were only bound to the $5 million exit fee. WVU immediately sent $2.5 million of that fee to the Big East with their official letter of intent. Although the Big East stated that they did not accept the letter as an official announcement they willing kept the $2.5 million.

The Big East can only claim damages of WVU's departure for the 2012 season because of the additional schools entering in 2013. WVU would be responsible for approx. $7.5 million in damages for that year. WVU will also be responsible for the rest of the $5 million exit fee they are bound to. Therefore, WVU will be responsible for an additional $10 million to fulfill their settlement agreement with the Big East. The $2.5 already paid and the additional $10 they will owe totals $12.5 million.

As stated in the original article, the Big XII has also helped with the agreement of scheduling Big XII and Big East schools for home and home contracts. This helps the Big East financially for a media standpoint.





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.   

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Big 12 will release 2012 schedule by Feb. 1

There is already a deal in place for WVU to have an option to leave and pay $12.5 million to leave early. They will do this if the schedules get worked out.  All the "really smart people" like Butch posting on these threads about hypocrits and that there is no way WVU leaves just have chapped asses and nothing better to do than whine and show how much they hate WVU.  In the end, none of you matter - WVU is moving on to bigger and better things and your opinion on that fact matters nill.  I am really surprised CBS hasn't reported that a deal was already worked out recently, it's all over other blogs and sports sites.  Guess CBS is being really careful since they botched the Joe Pa story.

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:54 pm
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