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West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:08 am
Edited on: February 14, 2012 10:20 am
 
Finally, West Virginia is officially headed to the Big 12.

The Big East Conference announced Tuesday that West Virginia's membership had been "terminated" and it was no longer a league member after June 30. The Mountaineers will join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 academic season.

"Our membership in the Big 12 offers WVU significant advantages," West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement. "The Big 12 is a strong and vibrant conference academically and athletically. We look forward to the potential academic and athletic partnerships and financial opportunities that membership in the Big 12 offers."  

Sources told CBSSports.com that the Big East will receive $20 million from West Virginia, which is responsible for $10 million. The Big 12 is "loaning" West Virginia the remaining $10 million, but the school will only be responsible for paying back about half of that amount.

Luck said the agreement prohibits discussion of the settlement, but that no state or taxpayer funds, tuition or academic support monies will be used. Any settlement funding transferred will come from private sources and independently generated athletic revenues, Luck said.

Last week, CBSSports.com reported West Virginia and the Big East reached a verbal settlement that would pay the Big East $20 million.

"West Virginia University has acknowledged and agreed that the Court in Monongalia County, WVa., will enter a judgment that the Big East Conference Bylaws are valid and enforceable, and will dismiss with prejudice all of West Virginia’s claims against the Conference," Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement.

With West Virginia gone, the Big East currently has seven football members for the 2012 season. However, the league is trying to get Boise State to join a year early, sources told CBSSports.com. If the Big East is not able to find a replacement for West Virginia this fall, the remaining seven league members would have to scramble to find a 12th game.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which are headed to the ACC, will not try to leave the Big East this summer, sources told CBSSports.com. However, both schools will attempt to negotiate deals to allow them to join the ACC a year early in 2013.

West Virginia President Jim Clements said the school's Big 12 membership "is an investment in WVU's future. We're looking forward to the tremendous opportunities it presents – all across our university."

The Mountaineers were one of the Big East charter members in 1991 when the league formed its football conference.

Luck said the settlement with the Big East "closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for WVU’s future.  I’ve heard from Mountaineer fans across the country who have made it very clear that they are proud and honored to be heading into the Big 12.”
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:08 pm
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

I am very happy about this move but looking back to the independent days, Joe Paterno tried to get all the old Big East schools to form a conference, but greed stood in the way, Penn St went to the Big 10 and the rest had to form/join the Big East football conference, old JoPa was right in retrospect we could have had Penn St, BC, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, WV, Miami, Louisville, and possibly ND and Fla St, that would have been and awesome  football and basketball conference, but, we all know what happened and look at it now. I hope the best for the Big East but I am so happy we are going to the Big 12, now if we can get Louisville, Notre Dame and Cincinnati, the Big 12 is on its way to even greater things and I would even hope for Rutgers so the Big 12 could get a share of the New York market. But here I go again wishing.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:26 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Some of What Hoppy Floopy Mouth says is Right.You have to understand that his Radio Station.WV RADIO CORP.handles all of WVU Sports for the last 20 some years.They have been raping WVU,Coaches,Past Presidents,and other people that didn't agree with them,or got in there way.They are reason all these Coaches left over the years.They tried to run Dana off right after he got there .They started all this Bull shit stories about him.They don't like Huggins either.This is a story within a story by itself.Well now that Oliver has completed this Move to The Big 12.This will be his next move,to remove all of WV Radio Corp from Mountaineer Sports.Just about all the other schools use IMG.What i'm saying is WV Radio Corp. runs down WVU ever Chance they get,while stealing millions from all the Sports.Like i said this is One Hell of a Story,if somebody would really look into it.WV Radio Corp. is a Mayberry Radio Station in Morgantown,WV that has been Stealing Millions From WVU for over 20 years.So don't believe anything they say or Do.Oliver Luck will Soon Dismantle this Bull Shit Too.Go Mounties.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:36 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

By taking West Vriginia, they open the door to a potential expansion back to 12 teams.  The Big 12 needs this desperately, as Oklahoma State found out last season.  Had Oklahoma State played in, and won a Conference Championship game, they, not Alabama, would have been in the BCS Title game.
So far they say they are content at 10, though we shall see in the coming months; however, Okie State should have played in the championship game anyways as they won a game vs. ranked opponent (Oklahoma) thus winning their conference in the same week that LSU won their conference--while Alabama was idle.  Not to mention that the entire B12 had most of the top 10 in SOS calculations last year--higher than Bama as well.  Last year's championship was just another travesty......



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:35 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

 By taking West Vriginia, they open the door to a potential expansion back to 12 teams.  The Big 12 needs this desperately, as Oklahoma State found out last season.  Had Oklahoma State played in, and won a Conference Championship game, they, not Alabama, would have been in the BCS Title game.
So far they say they are content at 10, though we shall see in the coming months; however, Okie State should have played in the championship game anyways as they not only won a game vs. ranked opponent (Oklahoma) thus winning their conference in the same week that LSU won their conference--while Alabama was idle.  Not to mention that the entire B12 had most of the top 10 in SOS calculations last year--higher than Bama as well.  Last year's championship was just another travesty......

  



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:20 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Allrighty then shellback, and thanks for reminding us why they call it dope.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:04 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

This should set up the Big 12 to actually move to 12 teams.  By taking West Vriginia, they open the door to a potential expansion back to 12 teams.  The Big 12 needs this desperately, as Oklahoma State found out last season.  Had Oklahoma State played in, and won a Conference Championship game, they, not Alabama, would have been in the BCS Title game.  Lousiville and Cincinnati now are both ripe for the picking, as is any team West of West Virginia University.  A 12 team, two division Big 12 would set up nicely, with Louisville and Cincinnati joining West Virginia, Kansas, K-State and Iowa State in the North, and the 4 Texas teams and two Oklahoma teams in the South.  Now is the time for the Big 12 to act and expand back to 12 teams.



Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:12 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Here, this breaks it down...I don't know why this information is important to you, you are already complaining about it and you don't even know what you're complaining about. Watch this, then reply with more complaints please...

This one's over, let's move on whaddya say? 



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:50 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

"Luck said the agreement prohibits discussion of the settlement, but that no state or taxpayer funds, tuition or academic support monies will be used."

"The Big 12 is "loaning" West Virginia the remaining $10 million, but the school will only be responsible for paying back about half of that amount."

Where does the $5 million come from then? And would it be better spent on "tuition or academic support"?
How can ANY state institution be involved in a $20 million deal about ANYTHING without complete disclosure? 



Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:48 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

"OK shellback, let me school you once more."

Ha Ha, you always know you're gonna get some homer fan's mindless drivvel when the numbnut has to start a sentence that way!

You win "ncgreene,wv" (since I can't stop laughing and get past that first sentence) lol!



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:41 am
 

West Virginia officially headed to Big 12

Oh, it's not that sad of a day for the East, which mght as well go away.  I think it's great that the Big 12 wants West Virginia  bad enough that it's willing to lend 10 million.  West Virginia is undoubtedly serious about its football program.  As an SEC fan, I'm just sorry conference people there wouldn't budge on bringing them in.  They would have been a great addition which would have kept things quite in the regional family as well.  But I'm stil gald that they were able to surmount the obstacle that the Big East tossed their way and good luck to them from here on out.


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