Well, so much for that basketball post I was hoping to do. Or something on the football game that is tomorrow night.
It looks like the Big 12 isn’t waiting for Mizzou the make up their mind. Everything but a formal announcement at this point has West Virginia heading to the Big 12.
The person said Tuesday that the Mountaineers had “applied and are accepted,” leaving only legal entanglements from making the move official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been formally announced.
The same thing is being reported locally in West Virginia.
WVU would be subjected to the Big East Conference’s exit fee and 27-month wait before it could leave. WVU was part of the unanimous vote last week to increase the exit fee from $5 million to $10 million. However, since no one has joined the Big East since that decision, WVU would only have to pay $5 million.
The details of WVU’s move are still being finalized – specifically when WVU could leave the Big East and join the Big 12, but the sources told the Daily Mail the decision has been approved on both sides.
WVU personnel are to meet Tuesday to discuss the resolution and an announcement could be made soon, likely as soon as Missouri says it is leaving the Big 12.
Man, are Hoopie fans going to be pissed when someone does the math for them, and they have it explained to them how long they may have to wait in the Big East. If they don’t storm the Providence offices and burn it to the ground.
We still don’t know when Missouri will formally make a decision. Their Chancellor, who has been given the authority to make the move, has remained vague on all things related to expansiopocolypse.
“There has been a coalescing of view on what is best for the University of Missouri longer-term, and that’s really driving where we’re heading right now,” said Deaton, who earlier said, “We’ve reached a firmness in where we are headed, where we want to analyze and focus our attention.”
Asked by host David Lile if he could assess a time frame on a resolution, Deaton said, “Our hopes were days, possibly a week or two. We’re hoping the sooner the better.”
While MU’s intent is rather clear, paving the way is another matter at play from multiple angles.
Among other key issues likely requiring negotiation would be departure fees and the timetable:
Whether it’s merely posturing for negotiating purposes or not, the Big 12 has indicated it wants MU to stay for 2012 because of criteria it needs to meet for inventory for its football television contracts.
The Big 12 seems to have targeted one or more Big East schools as potential replacements and may look to go back to 12 if MU becomes the fourth school to leave in just over a year, but the Big East has indicated through its actions with Pittsburgh and Syracuse that it would hold members to a 27-month departure time frame.
The implications of legal snares in turn could leave the SEC delaying an acceptance of a MU application until all such matters are reconciled.
The bad news for Pitt (and Syracuse), is that the Big 12 seems determined to stay at 10 rather than go to 12. That still puts the Big East technically alive and able to hold Syracuse, Pitt and now WVU for the duration. Again, unless the conference is dissolved or something amazing happens with regards to getting 3 new members in for the 2012 season, the Big East will not let any of the schools bolt early.
Obviously that can change. With West Virginia now prepared to leave the fold, Notre Dame is going to feel more pressure than before to make the hard choice on conference membership. Ideally they finally break and join the ACC which means Rutgers or UConn also go to make it a full 16. That would knock out half the football conference and the basketball schools would lose their one ace.
Notre Dame was not just the big brother of the Catholic schools, but the ties of ND to the Big East played a big role in the football side getting the bowl deals they have. Without that as well, dissolution becomes the proactive thing for the basketball schools. Get their revamped basketball conference up and running.
I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that all of this is going to get more convoluted, complicated and weird before it gets clear.