West Virginia Plans To Join Big 12 As Early As 2012
West Virginia may be playing games as part of the Big 12 as soon as next season, according to a story by Lenn Robbins in the New York Post.
To enact such a speedy departure, West Virginia would have to find away around a rule in Big East bylaws that requires 27 months notice before a member can leave. But according to Robbins, West Virginia officials made their intentions clear in a conference call on Friday.
“Our intent is, clearly, July 1 we will be a member of the Big 12,’’ West Virginia president Jim Clements said. “Our team and their team are in discussions about how we make that happen.’’A Big East spokesman declined to comment, Robbins writes, but the issue extends beyond West Virginia: Pittsburgh and Syracuse are also leaving the Big East, and the conference has repeatedly said that they will be required to adhere to the 27 month rule.