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WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: October 25, 2011 6:36 pm

Shortly after Missouri officially announces it is withdrawing from the Big 12, West Virginia will be extended an invitation to join the Big 12, college football industry sources told

The Mountaineers invitation to the Big 12 is contingent on Missouri leaving for the SEC. Once Missouri notifies the Big 12 it is leaving, the Mountaineers' official invitation could come within "24-48 hours," a source said. 

The Mountaineers would be the latest to leave the Big East Conference. Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they are leaving for the ACC and TCU will join the Big 12 next season.

If West Virginia informs the Big East of its intention to leave before the league adds Navy or Air Force, the Mountaineers would only be held to a $5 million exit fee. If the Big East has added Navy or Air Force before the Mountaineers notify the Big East, they would have to pay $10 million. Either way, the Mountaineers would not be able to leave the Big East until June 30, 2014 – the same time frame as Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Without West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse and TCU, the remaining football league members are UConn, Rutgers, USF, Louisville and Cincinnati.

Two days ago in Washington D.C., Big East commissioner John Marinatto met with officials from Boise State, Houston, SMU, UCF and Navy, but no official invitations were extended. Air Force did not attend the meeting. Representatives from other Big East schools also attended.

The Big East hopes to add those schools – along with Air Force – to get to a 12-team football league. Even if the Big East adds those schools, without West Virginia, they still would need another school.

The Western contingent of the Big East's possible future members - Boise State, Air Force, Houston and SMU - are pushing for the Big East to pursue BYU. It's unknown if the Cougars, who had talks with the Big 12, would be interested in joining a 12-team Big East.

If the Big East could land BYU - along with the other six new schools - it would have two divisions: West - BYU, Air Force, Houston, SMU, Boise State and Louisville and East - UConn, Rutgers, USF, Cincinnati, Navy and UCF that Big East officials are confident would be worthy of retaining its BCS automatic qualifying status.

Besides BYU, other possible candidates for the Big East's 12th member would be Temple or East Carolina.

On Tuesday afternoon, Big East spokesman John Paquette told that a Las Vegas Journal report that Marinatto would meet with Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson Wednesday in New York about a merger between the leagues was inaccurate.

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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:15 pm

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Laughingsimple split the country into four sections then split those into eight sections then one game playoff of the winners of the eight sections then down to four then they would be two teams left to play for the championship, thats to simple and easy for all the egg heads that just want the money off the players

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:58 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

However, for any WVU fan to come here and think you will compete for a Big 12 BCS Bowl when facing much, much, much tougher competition than you ever did in the Big Least, is pure fantasy
I read back a few pages and I didn't find any WVU fans saying we will dominate and get the Big 12 BCS bid every year, I think you are the one making up the fantasies.  But, by your logic, we will NEVER compete for a Big 12 championship if we ever even enter the league, so WVU, Iowa State, Kansas etc. should just fold the programs because TC decided we will never compete.  I mean we did recently beat the Big 12 champion Sooners 48-28 in the Fiesta bowl four years ago a very good Oklahoma team with I don't know how many NFL players and the first pick of the draft two years ago.  Also, who's doing the name calling??  You just painted all WVU fans in the negative light of your post, so I found that ironic. 

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:58 am


WVU is a football upgrade over Mizzou (I know Mizzou hasn't left).  I like how the Big 12 isn't just taking in garbage in order to keep the conference alive.  The TCU for Texas A&M isn't too bad of a switch either.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:51 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

I live in KC as well....there are a lot of us Wildcats here. You must have stained glass windows on your house Laughing. Personally I don't like the idea of Missouri leaving, I miss the Big 8.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:50 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Below is a link on how the conferences would shape up today if Missouri goes to the SEC and WV goes to the big 12.  What is interesting if you went ahead and placed Lousiville and Cincinnati (which has been rumored) on the map it starts changing dramtically where the Big 12 and SEC start to overlap for the first time.  Before these moves there was a clear cut divide between what you would consider SEC territory and what you would consider Big 12 and that is starting to disappear.  What does that mean?  Hell I don't know I just thought the map was cool and you guys would like to see it:

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:47 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Missouri is going to the SEC...its a fact for the following reasons:

Georgraphically - border 3 SEC states, trips to Gainsville will be no worse than going to Austin

AAU Member - SEC is trying to enhance the image of the conference.

Football/Basketball Programs - Last 5 years, consistently in the TOP 25 in both sports.

TV MARKETS - #1 reason they're getting the invite, St. Louis and KC market 

Alumni/Boosters -  Walmart dollars.... hello...our alumni owns NFL, NBA, and English Premier soccer teams

Also, the last 4 years of Mizzou football has produced 5 first round NFL draft picks!!!   Second to only Alabama.   There is talent in Columbia....Gary Pinkel has done a very good job...question is will it continue by changing conferences?

Only program in the state

As a Missouri fan, I'm really sick to see the rivalry with Kansas go away.   I'm going to miss those games, and that rivalry.    But change is upon the College Sports landscape....Missouri has the chance to make a benenficial decision that will affect the next 100 can they turn it down?    No matter how you slice it, if the SEC eventually moves to 16 teams (Mizzou included), who thinks that the PAC 12 won't begin to eyeball OU, OK State, Texas, and Texas Tech again?   If the SEC starts giving each school 35 million because of television contracts promoting a 16 team conference....the PAC12 WILL INVITE THOSE schools.    That is the risk that Mizzou cannot take!

Congrats on the BIG12 adding West Virginia.....they need to get two more schools.   Louisville is a sense = BYU.... Logistical = Cincinnati.... I'd put my money of WVA, Louisville, and BYU getting the 3 spots.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:36 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

You WVU fans are living in a fantasy world.  I know Michigan is on the rebound and will not be playing for a Big Ten Championship for some time with the change in systems, and I have faced reality and I know thawt.  However, for any WVU fan to come here and think you will compete for a Big 12 BCS Bowl when facing much, much, much tougher competition than you ever did in the Big Least, is pure fantasy.  Nothing against your program, loved Don Nehlen, love the White Waters of West Virginia, lived for several months in Charleston opening a new restaurant. Call names, make fun, spew venum, or whatever you guys want to do, and typically do, but it will be much tougher going in the Big 12.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:28 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

 Not trolling, just the facts
TC, are those long winter nights in Traverse City affecting you mentally?  "Just the facts"?  You just stated your opinion on WVU's BCS chances then sign off with "just the facts".  Seriously, as I stated yesterday, why do you feel the need to comment on WVU's conference saga and put WVU down?  Sporadic BCS Bowl games?  We are 2-0 since the BCS system started, that is not sporadic when you look at everyone else's history.  I'm not trying to convince you to love WVU all of a sudden, but why not shift over to the UofM boards so you can tell each other how great Michigan is gonna be again someday.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:27 am
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Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:20 am

WVU headed to Big 12 if Missouri leaves

Thank you for your opinion TcFlint, try not to hurt yourself when your putting your head back up your @$$.

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