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Sources: West Virginia headed to the Big 12

Mountaineers can't leave Big East until 2014

October 25, 2011
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORGANTOWN - Several sources have confirmed that West Virginia University plans to leave the Big East Conference after applying for, and being granted, acceptance in the Big 12 Conference.

The Mountaineers will replace Missouri, whose defection to the South Eastern Conference is said to be imminent. West Virginia, however, is subject to the Big East's 27-month wait before it can leave, meaning all of this would not take effect until June of 2014.

The Mountaineers were part of a unanimous vote last week that increased the Big East's exit fee to $10 million, but because no other schools have joined the league since that approval, WVU would owe $5M.

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West Virginia will join Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Christian, which recently opted not to join the Big East in favor of the Big 12. Sources have also indicated the league, despite its name, is fine with remaining at 10 members.

West Virginia officials are reportedly scheduled to meet today to iron out the details, with an official announcement expected sometime in the near future.