Tag:West Virginia
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:46 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Report: Big 12 schedule 'getting close,' not done

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy confirms the Big 12 schedule will not be released on Friday (Feb. 10).

The idea that the 2012 Big 12 conference schedule would be released on Friday (today) reportedly was just "the wishful thinking" of Texas Tech athletic directory Kirby Hocutt.

The Oklahoman's Travis Haney, citing a source within the league, says that Big 12 officials are "getting close" to completing the 2012 football schedule. Unfortunately for Big 12 fans - especially West Virginia fans - the slate will likely not be set by the end of this week.

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported that the Big East and West Virginia have reached a $20 million settlement that would allow the Mountaineers to compete in the Big 12 for the upcoming season. The close timing of the buyout negotiations and the Big 12's intentions of putting out a 2012 conference schedule led to the concerns of West Virginia appearing on two different conference schedules. However, with legal issues behind them, the Mountaineers should be clear to complete a 10-team conference for competition in 2012.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Report: Big 12 schedule released on Friday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The 2012 Big 12 football schedule has become some kind of modern day Ark of the Covenant. People seem to think they know where it is, and what's on it, but until Chuck Neinas comes down from a mountain with the dates etched in stone, nobody really knows anything.

Though that could change on Friday.

That's the date Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the schedule is going to come out.

“It’s time for the schedule to come out,” Hocutt told the paper. “But at the same time even up until 7:30 (Wednesday) night we were having conversations about various adjustments within the schedule. It is going to come out (Friday) and I’m pleased with the end result. It think it will be one of the best home schedules we’ve possibly had in program history, or at least in quite some time. Unfortunately, given the circumstances we’ve faced, it’s a lot later than anyone wanted.” 

Of course, as has been well-documented, the hold up on the release of the Big 12 schedule has been implementing TCU and West Virginia into it. TCU hasn't been much of a problem, outside already having a non-conference game scheduled in the Big 12 before joining the conference. The real delay has been caused by West Virginia.

More specifically, is West Virginia going to be in the Big 12 next season.

The school has maintained it'll be joining the Big 12 this summer all along, and all signs currently point to that being the case, but as I said earlier in this post, it isn't safe to assume anything just yet. Though if the schedule is in fact released on Friday, and West Virginia is on it, I think that would be a pretty good sign.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:14 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 10:43 pm
 

Report: Rutgers-Syracuse could play twice in 2012

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The drama surrounding conference realignment and the Big East conference seems to be revisited on a daily basis with a new wrinkle popping up by the hour. Earlier Wednesday, CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported West Virginia and the conference are close to a settlement worth at least $20 million that would resolve all issues between both parties and allow the school to leave the league.

The Mountaineers are headed to the Big 12 and have insisted they are doing so for the 2012-13 season. The Big East has previously maintained that they will remain a member in the conference so that there will be eight football members this fall but that is something leadership is apparently wavering on.

The latest twist, according to McMurphy, is that both are working together on an agreement that would let West Virginia out of the league with both parties asking around to see if a future conference member could join this year instead of in 2013. Boise State has been a school that some are speculating could be option number one.

What happens if a school can't come to the Big East-to-West in time? Well, it appears the answer is to play two.

According to The Star-Ledger, one contingency for a seven-team league seems to be schools playing a home-and-home in the same season to make up for the lost game with West Virginia. The highly unusual move could have Rutgers and Syracuse playing twice, with the second game in Yankee Stadium. The Scarlet Knights are set to host the Orange this season if the Big East stays with eight schools.

The paper also mentions that Rutgers is close to finalizing a home-and-home deal with Arkansas, starting this fall. Rutgers would travel to Arkansas this year with the Razorbacks returning to Rutgers Stadium in 2013.

All things considered, if the worst case scenario is a Rutgers-Syracuse double-header this season, they should play the second game at a baseball stadium. At least that makes a little sense.

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Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:51 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Texas A&M adds Louisiana Tech as 2012 opener

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas A&M's move to the SEC has forced a few alterations to their 2012 schedule and it appears the Aggies are going about changing it in a very un-SEC fashion: scheduling harder.

Instead of opening the upcoming season with McNeese State, A&M will now be headed to Shreveport, La. to take on Louisiana Tech, Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne wrote on his blog Wednesday.
"We’re trying to have no more than one Div. 1-AA or FCS team on our schedule, but we may end up having to schedule two. Making this switch was the only way to work it out with Louisiana Tech. It was reported earlier this week that I had conversations with Florida State about being a part of our schedule. They needed a game after West Virginiadropped from their schedule. We tried to make it work, but couldn’t.

Our options were limited due to conference realignment. We expect the scheduling process to go much smoother in the future."

The Bulldogs will likely be the favorite in the WAC as they return 16 starters from a successful 2011 season that saw the program win the conference and narrowly lose to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl. The opener for both teams will also move to Thursday, August 30 and Louisiana Tech will return to Kyle Field in 2016. A $200,000 buyout will be paid to McNeese State to get out of the contract.

Because of conference realignment, the school had been looking for two non-conference games and still have an open spot for the weekend of November 17. Texas A&M's home opener will double as their SEC introduction on September 8, when they host Florida. Byrne also remarked that there was no update regarding the location of the game with Arkansas, which had previously been a non-conference tilt at Cowboys Stadium but was expected to be changed to a home-and-home between the two schools. A&M will also host South Carolina State on September 22nd.

The Aggies will officially join the SEC on July 1, 2012 after wrapping up play in the Big 12 with a 7-6 season in 2011 that was capped with a win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:44 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Neinas: Big 12 might help WVU pay exit fee

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

West Virginia and the Big 12 have been adamant for weeks that neither the Big East's legal actions nor the inevitable snafus of last-minute scheduling will keep the Mountaineers out of their new conference digs for the 2012 season. And if the comments of Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas to the West Virginia MetroNews are any indication, the league is willing to put its money where its mouth is.

Specifically, Neinas said that if West Virginia needs some financial assistance from the Big 12 in order to pay its exit fee, the league "would talk with WVU about it."

"It would be an internal matter for our Board of Directors to determine," Neinas said. "If West Virginia makes a request, we'll take it to the board."

The exit fee is set at $5 million, but the Big East could likely demand far more to let the Mountaineers wriggle out of the league's pending lawsuit. The sum could be difficult for the Mountaineers to come up with, particularly if the program is also forced to pay damages from a potential scheduling lawsuit from Florida State. It won't help relations between the two sides that Boise State will force the league to proceed with just seven teams in 2012, either.

All the same, the cancellation of the Mountaineers' scheduled meeting with the Seminoles -- along with the private release of a 10-team schedule to the Big 12's TV partners -- is just the latest evidence that Neinas and WVU fully intend to clear whatever hurdles might stand between the Mountaineers and playing a 2012 Big 12 schedule. Neinas brushed off the threat of a legal injunction, saying that the spelling-out of the injunction's enforcement details would arrive too late to prevent WVU making the jump.

"They will be with us come July 1, 2012," Neinas said of the Mountaineers, "and we'll play the football schedule in the Big 12 Conference."

For all parties involved, that would be the cleanest, easiest resolution to the issue. But don't expect the arrival at that resolution to be remotely clean or easy.

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Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:35 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 8:37 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia's decision to abruptly cancel their 2012 non-conference matchup with Florida State has left the Seminoles in a difficult position, and the Seminoles' administration may decide to take legal action against the school.

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy first reported the Mountaineers' cancelation of their Sept. 8 game at Florida State, leaving the Seminoles very little time to fill the spot before the release of the 2012 regular season schedule. Coley Harvey, of the Orlando Sentinel, reported on Saturday that the school may decide to proceed with litigation if the Seminoles are "unable to find a suitable replacement" for the Sept. 8 date.

During Saturday afternoon's FSU men's basketball game, [athletic director Randy] Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel that the FSU may be forced to sue West Virginia if it is unable to land an opponent that would fill FSU's financial needs.

"It's not good timing," Spetman said of West Virginia's decision to cancel.

Although the Mountaineers are contractually on the hook for $500,000, per the game's official contract that was drafted in 2005 and amended in 2009, there could be other damages that FSU would try to persue.

Spetman speculated that total liquated damages — lost ticket sales, potential travel costs for the new incoming opponent, possible changes in television money — could run in the millions.

"We have the buyout, there's that, and then there will be whatever liquidated damages," Spetman said. "If we aren't able to find another team, that's what we're going to have to look at.

"You're talking about a lot of money."

The game was the first of a two-year, home-and-home series between West Virginia and Florida State, with the second showdown to take place in Morgantown, W.Va. in 2013. In his report, Harvey points out that with the both teams expected to be preseason top-10 teams and the game might have been a strong candidate to host ESPN's "College Gameday." Brett McMurphy suggested that Florida State's best options to replace West Virginia lie in the Big East, where all seven remaining teams will need one more game on their 2012 schedule if the Mountaineers leave.

West Virginia's cancellation of the game is considered to be another sign that the Mountaineers plan on competing in the Big 12 in 2012, despite the ongoing legal battle to leave the Big East. For much more on Florida State's non-conference schedule for 2012, follow Seminole RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:20 pm
 

Boise State: 'too late' for 2012 move to Big East

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Boise State announced last December that its impending move to the Big East wouldn't take place until 2013. But with West Virginia still caught in limbo between its old league and its leap to the Big 12, the San Jose Mercury-News'Jon Wilner reported this week that the Broncos might still be considering an offer to step directly into the Mountaineers' scheduling shoes should WVU extricate itself in time for the 2012 season.

Boise president Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman Friday that he had "heard those rumors." But he stated firmly that any move for this coming season is already off the table.

"It's too late. I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off," he said. "We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that could ever work."

If the Mountaineers succeeded in joining the Big 12 by this fall -- and with a 10-team schedule already released to the conference's television partners, the expectation both in the Big 12 offices and Morgantown is that they will -- the Big East will be set to play out the 2012 season with just seven members: Cincinnati, South Florida, UConn, Rutgers, Louisville, Syracuse and Pitt. (The Orange and Panthers have both announced their intentions to join the ACC and are scheduled to leave in 2014, but both could look to leave next year if the Mountaineers are successful in their attempt to bolt early.)

Once 2013 hits, the Big East will receive a substantial boost in the form of five new members, the Broncos included. But for 2012, facing the ugly prospect of just six conference games and a matter of weeks in which to find a nonconference replacement for the Mountaineers, it's understandable if John Marinatto would like to see BSU make a last-gasp switch. Unfortunately for him, it seems like Kustra and the Broncos aren't in quite such a hurry.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Oliver Luck not looking to be Big 12 commissioner

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are a lot of questions surrounding the Big 12 right now, not the least of which is who will be the conference's next commissioner. Chuck Neinas, who was brought on to replace Dan Beebe, has no interest in removing the word "acting" from his title, and the conference has put a search committee together to find a replacement.

Although his school isn't even an official member of the conference yet, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck's name has been brought up as a potential candidate for the job, though it doesn't sound like he's all that interested in taking it. Luck told the Charleston Gazette that it's not really in his plans.

"I'd rather be on the search committee," Luck told the paper.

"No, I'm very happy with what I'm doing. We have lots to do here yet. I'm happy being on [school president] Jim Clements' team."

Others brought up as potential candidates include Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, and NCAA interim vice president of championships and alliances Greg Shaheen.

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