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Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 6:43 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

As first reported by CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy on Friday morning, the Big 12 has invited West Virginia to join the conference and West Virginia accepted the invitation, informing the Big East of the decision on Friday.

The move is now official as the Big 12 has released a statement about West Virginia.

"The Big 12 Presidents and Chancellors are excited to welcome another outstanding institution to the Conference," said Burns Hargis, Chair of the Big 12 Board of Directors in the release. "The addition of West Virginia, while expanding the reach of the Big 12, brings an impressive institution with esteemed academics and a proud athletic tradition into the Conference. This is another step in building a strong foundation for the future of the Big 12." 

"The Big 12 is a perfect fit for West Virginia University," said WVU President Dr. James P. Clements. "It is a strong conference that, like WVU, values quality academic and athletic programs, and has a great tradition of success. This is a very exciting time for WVU and Mountaineer nation. I am confident that the future of WVU athletics has never been more promising."

West Virginia to the Big 12
What is not so clear at this point is when West Virginia will be joining the Big 12, According to the Big 12's release on Friday, the school would become a member of the conference beginning on July 1, 2012. However, the Big East said on Friday that it plans on holding West Virginia to the same 27-month notice that it is holding Pitt and Syracuse to. If that is the case, then West Virginia can't join the Big 12 until 2014.

During a conference call on Friday afternoon announcing the deal, West Virginia said that it plans on being in the Big 12 by July 2012, but it's not official as of yet. From Chip Patterson's post:
Both [athletic director Oliver] Luck and [President James] Clements repeatedly used the target date "July 1, 2012" as the school's expected arrival in the Big 12. When multiple questions were posed to West Virginia's leadership on how they planned to leave before the completion 27-month period - the response was predictably vague.

"Our team and their team were in discussion today, tying to make that happen," Luck said of the negotiations with the Big East office. 
How West Virginia would go about that, the odds are that the answer is money. The Big East may be willing to let the Mountaineers leave early if the school pays far more than the $5 million exit fee. What exactly the amount would be for that, well, as Luck said above, those discussions are currently being held.

Of course, this does not answer every question about this announced move. Generally over the last few weeks when West Virginia was a rumored target of the Big 12, it was always with the caveat that the conference wouldn't bring in another school unless Missouri left the conference first. Well, as of the news that West Virginia had accepted an invitation on Friday, Missouri had yet to announce that it was leaving for the SEC.

Though it's possible that Missouri's announcement could be coming in the next couple of days.
Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

College Sports is a free enterprise system. If the fans don’t want realignment stop going to the game and don’t watch it on TV. But the fans do want realignment. They want to see their team play the best teams each and every year. Maybe the colleges who do not put the best product or team on the field are the problem. Remember the fans will watch the best product; TV will pay for the best product that is a fact. So next time you see realignment remember this is the benefit of free enterprise and socialism is the best way not to see the best product on the field….




Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:45 am
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

 I agree, only makes sense now.  The 3 would come with natural rivalries, and develop new ones.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

"The addition of West Virginia, while expanding the reach of the Big 12, brings an impressive institution with esteemed academics and a proud athletic tradition into the Conference. This is another step in building a strong foundation for the future of the Big 12."
Translation: "West Virginia is located nowhere near the Big XII. They are not academic minded but they sure can play football and basketball. This is a hail-Mary pass that got caught in the end zone."

"The Big 12 is a perfect fit for West Virginia University," said WVU President Dr. James P. Clements. "It is a strong conference that, like WVU, values quality academic and athletic programs, and has a great tradition of success. This is a very exciting time for WVU and Mountaineer nation. I am confident that the future of WVU athletics has never been more promising."
Translation: "The Big XII is the best port in a storm as the Big East disintegrates around us. The football is far better than we are used to and the basketball is tough enough to scare many top teams. They don't care about our academics and are only wanting out bods. From here on out if we suck it is not out fault!"

Seriously the Big XII picked a terrific athletics school with a proud tradition. Now the conference that brought Wilt (Kansas) to college basketball also is the conference (WVU) that brought Jerry West to college basketball. The only downer is that West Virginia has to travel so far for every conference away game and the other Big XII schools have to travel to Morgantown for 11% of their conference games. The real losers are the players from non-revenue teams that cannot fly chartered air. Academically the WVU ranks #10 in the Big XII @ #164 in the current USA Today rankings of National Universities.



Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

THANKS WEST VIRGINIA FOR ACCEPTING THE INVITE TO THE BEST CONFERENCE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.  GOOD LUCK DANA


RETURNofD-Mack
Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:51 am
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Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

Penn State feasts on alot of bad/boring Big Ten teams and then schedule 3 of the worst non conference teams possible and the one non conference game of quality they play every few years they always get blasted!!!PSU stinks and are very boring to watch!!



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

West Virginia is a garbage team that only looks good because they play UConn and Rutgers every year.  And thier academics are garbage.  The SEC and Big 10 wouldn't touch that school with a ten-foot pole.
I found this comment funny since your precious JoePa won't play Pitt or WVU anymore, but will gladly play Temple and Rutgers year in year out to keep the "eastern rivalries" going.  PSU has been pretty insignificant for over a decade and only been to one BCS bowl, so keep your sad and tired opinions for the awesome PSU boards where you guys still rule the college football world!!  


soodfoot
Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:16 pm
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Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:44 am
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

West Virginia is a garbage team that only looks good because they play UConn and Rutgers every year.  And thier academics are garbage.  The SEC and Big 10 wouldn't touch that school with a ten-foot pole.  None of this matters, when Texas and Oklahoma finally decide there is more money in the Pac-12, they will leave and the rest of the schools will be SOL.  Nebraska, Texas A&M, Missouri all had the right idea, get out and get stability before Texas decides to leave and destory the conference.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:32 am
 

Big 12 makes West Virginia official

WVU will be a great addition. Let's go ahead and get Louisville, and Cincy. Cincy could play their Big 12 games at the Bengal's stadium. Those would be two nice tv markets, and give WVU some regional flavor as well.


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