A week after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby stood at the podium during the opening of Big 12 Media Days, stating, “A motivation for conference expansion or realignment, it’s gone, or just not there at this point in time,” it was reported by the Houston Chronicle that Oklahoma University and the University of Texas is seeking membership in the SEC.
Naturally, it triggered a whirlwind of statements made by Big 12 officials, followed by emergency meetings and a last-ditch effort to retain the two programs, even offering them a bigger piece of the pie.
West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons broke his silence in an interview on the Brandon Lowe Show Monday morning but was unwilling to go in-depth on the conference realignment issue that may dissolve the Big 12 Conference.
“We all know what’s been in the news the past week, and rest assured that we’re constantly monitoring and looking at various options for WVU regarding this situation with realignment,” said Lyons. Also adding, “We’re going to do what’s best for West Virginia University and West Virginia athletics.”
During the interview, it was announced that Oklahoma and Texas will indeed move to the SEC, but no timetable has been set when the two will depart the Big 12.
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