Social networks continue to blow up across the college football landscape again tonight as fans from across the nation find their team in conference discussions. That is no different here in the Mountain State, as fans want to know what’s going on, and who can you believe. The one million dollar question is, where are we going? We try to break it all down right here.
I know my twitter has filled over the last few weeks with discussion of our Mountaineers, and the possibilities of our destination. It seems everyone has a “source” or someone they believe is telling the truth. Granted, there are some who have the “inside track” on what’s going on. Those people are out there, but most are staying very quiet.
It seemed over the weekend and leading to the new week that WVU was heading to the SEC as #14 once Texas A&M was announced. That all quickly went downhill when rumors spread that WVU was rejected by both the SEC, and ACC. That rumor was discussion over media outlets across the nation, and here at home. It was quickly denied by WVU officials as an “outright lie.”
We can’t leave Missouri out of the discussion as many said they were the 14th team to the SEC. Then came the announcement that the PAC 12 would not expand, thus leaving Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech staying put in the Big 12. Reports out of the Big 12 had the conference wanting to remain together, but with a catch. The commissioner had to go.
Late Wednesday evening the Kansas City Star reported that Big 12 Conference commissioner Dan Beebe is working on an agreement to leave his position. The Oklahoman reported Tuesday that the University of Oklahoma would only commit to staying in the Big 12 if the conference ousted Beebe as commissioner, and added regulations on ESPN’s Longhorn Network.
With Texas A&M heading to the SEC, this leaves the Big 12 short a team. Do they stop there? Reports came out late Wednesday night that West Virginia officials met with the Big 12 today in Dallas. WVU has not comfirmed or denied a meeting took place. It was also discussed that BYU also met with Big 12 officials late Wednesday evening, and Louisville will be talking with them Thursday.
We know that Big East officials met in New York City Tuesday evening to discuss the Big East and it’s direction. WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck released this statement on Wednesday.
“President Clements and I represented West Virginia University at last night’s BIG EAST meeting in New York. The group concluded the meeting with a strategy to recruit top level BCS-caliber institutions that match the league’s strong athletic and academic histories and traditions.
“As I stated before, WVU is an excellent flagship, land-grant University, with national-caliber athletic and academic programs. We are, and will remain, a national player in college athletics.
“The conference office will coordinate any further discussion on this issue.”
You can form your own opinion on the tone and language of that statement, but there is no doubt that Athletic Director Luck has a vision for WVU, and will do what’s best for the university. With each passing day comes a new rumor, story, or “this person just texted me and said….”
I’ve had my share of discussion over the last few weeks with people from all over the country, and it’s been a blast. I know that wherever we land, I’m ready for the challenge, and the excitement that follows. I’m sure the discussions will continue today.
Let’s not forget we have a huge game this weekend against the #2 team in the land, the LSU Tigers. Be loud, be proud, and be ready to rock. It’s a special time and a special place at Morgantown at night.