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Big 12 releases 10-team schedule to TV partners

Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:07 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 6:24 pm
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The Big 12 released a 10-team football schedule to its TV partners, the conference said Tuesday afternoon. That indicates West Virginia will be in the league in 2012.

The schedule will be released publicly "in the near future," the league said. CBSSports.com reported earlier in the day that the Big 12 would “likely” delay the release of its 2012 schedule until next week. As late as Tuesday afternoon the league was holding firm to a Feb. 1 deadline to have the schedule completed.

West Virginia and the Big East had been in deep discussions as to how to resolve dueling lawsuits over the school leaving the conference. A league spokesman told CBSSports.com last week that the Big 12 would release the schedule by Feb. 1

Rightsholders ESPN and Fox now have the schedule seven months out from the 2012 season kickoff. Sources have maintained all along that the rightsholders could move the dates of certain games after receiving the schedule. Moving Texas-Baylor and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State to the final day of the 2011 regular season was a major boost to the Big 12. Baylor's Robert Griffin III won the Heisman a week later. Oklahoma State won its first conference title in decades playing for a BCS bowl in prime time.

West Virginia had been in arbitration with the Big East trying to resolve their lawsuits. Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas has said on numerous occasions that the 2012 schedule would be released by Feb. 1 and that West Virginia would be on it.

With West Virginia, the Big 12 would again have 10 teams, same as 2011. Without the Mountaineers, the Big 12 would have nine teams leaving the league schools to add at least one non-conference game to fill out their schedules at a late date. If the league drops below 10 teams that would likely trigger language affecting payouts to the Big 12 from both networks.

Late last year, West Virginia filed suit to leave the Big East sooner than the league-mandated 27-month waiting period. The Big East countersued. If West Virginia leaves the Big East this year, that would leave the conference with only seven teams for 2012. That would mean each school would have to find a sixth non-conference game to complete its schedule.

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Comments

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Big 12 releases 10-team schedule to TV partners

This isn't any different then Mizzou and A&M leaving.  They both need to fork over upwards of $20+M a piece to leave.  So, its not that WVU won't move, its how much it will cost to do it.  Considering the Big 12s pay out changes this summer to award close to $20M split evenly, WVU won't take too long to make up the difference in what the BE pays them.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

Ok, but what about the Big 17? You know, the MWC/Conference USA merger? That's on your radar, right? Cool



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:42 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

WV hoops is praying to get out of the BE and find better refs.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

So the Longhorns have been saying they don't anything room on their schedule for TAMU. I guess that might change for this year.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:54 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

If they do that while under contract, they'll be liable for a ton of cash in damages, so they're going to think about 10 times before they do that.  They have a contract that they agreed to - they can't just walk away from it.. it doesnt matter which state they're in.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

WUV is getting out early. If RI court orders they stay, there is no way they can enforce a WV state institution to follow their injunction. The only recourse the BE has is to get as much money from WVU in a settlement. WVU will play in the Big XII next season.




Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

Has anyone every considered the possibility that they coudl share the scheduel with TV partners with a confidentiality agreement, but not publish it publically yet.  The feb 1st date is only to share with TV partners - it does not have to be published by that date.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

If West Virginia leaves, that means the Big East in non-functional and both Syracuse and Pitt should leave as well. They shouldn't be held responsible for a defunct Big East and its leadership.


Thats why WVU isn't getting out early - if they do, the Big East has to let Pitt and Syracuse out early, and they can't field enough teams.

The Big East hasnt been a football conference for 10-15 years, but they're still going to keep trying to be one.

If WVU simply refuses to play a Big East conference schedule this year, you can guarantee that they'll get hung out to dry legally, along with the Big XII, because they have a legally binding contract with the Big East that requires a $5M buyout and a 27 month exit period.. not a 4 month exit period, and the Big East is not going to let them out of that commitment.

 



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

Neither Colorado or Nebraska were held to that. Presedence set. OU+OSU+Tech+UT's flirtations with the Pac12 could easily be considered a factor which voids any bylaws, as well. Moreover, Neinas replaced A&M and MU with TCU and WV, didn't he? 



Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Big 12 "likely" to delay release of 2012 schedule

If West Virginia leaves, that means the Big East in non-functional and both Syracuse and Pitt should leave as well. They shouldn't be held responsible for a defunct Big East and its leadership.


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