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Big 12 may take Louisville, not West Virginia

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08:18 AM ET 10.27 | Not so fast, Mountaineers. West Virginia University athletic officials spent most of Tuesday preparing to leave the Big East Conference for the Big 12. The Mountaineers' athletic director, Oliver Luck, was so sure of the move that he tipped off Big East colleagues Monday night and told staff members Tuesday. But everything changed Tuesday evening, as the Big 12 backed off its assurances to West Virginia. Hard lobbying from another candidate from the Big East, Louisville, has created a heated race for the remaining slot in the Big 12 that Missouri is expected to vacate soon. (Missouri is still headed to the Southeastern Conference after it sorts through its exit issues with the Big 12.)

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Dana Holgorsen, Icon Sports Dana Holgorsen, Icon Sports
October 27, 2011  08:19 AM ET

If I were a betting man... I'd wager that they take both.

October 27, 2011  08:31 AM ET

I guess it depends on priorities. CFB would make WVU the easy choice and BB would be Louisville.

October 27, 2011  08:32 AM ET

Two days in a row with a picture of that guy!....more than any human should have to endure!

October 27, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I guess it depends on priorities. CFB would make WVU the easy choice and BB would be Louisville.

WVa hoops are pretty good too.

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October 27, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Louisville is a big tv market though so I can see why, since we all know this is really what it's all about.

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October 27, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I guess it depends on priorities. CFB would make WVU the easy choice and BB would be Louisville.

Are you discounting WVU basketball team? With Huggy Bear as the leader they are more powerful than the walking tanning booth! Secondly, I think the Big 12 is scared of WVU riffle team!

October 27, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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Louisville is a big tv market though so I can see why, since we all know this is really what it's all about.

How about the Pitt market for WVU?

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October 27, 2011  09:25 AM ET
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I bet they take neither... adding another team takes away $$$$$$ ... They wont get a new contract... UTx doesnt want to share that pie...Heard UT doesnt want WVU

Outside of $$$$, which is what this is all about, I am liking the round robin schedule the Big 12 has. If they get beyond 10, that is gone.

October 27, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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Outside of $$$$, which is what this is all about, I am liking the round robin schedule the Big 12 has. If they get beyond 10, that is gone.

^ ^ ^ ^ = closet Pac-10 fan...?

October 27, 2011  09:31 AM ET

Don't let Charlie Strong loose in TX to recruit defensive players, it could end up bringing REAL defense into the league.



OK, relax y'all, I was just yanking your chain. Really.

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October 27, 2011  09:33 AM ET

Deloss Dodds has to decide who texas can beat.

October 27, 2011  09:33 AM ET
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I bet they take neither... adding another team takes away $$$$$$ ... They wont get a new contract... UTx doesnt want to share that pie...Heard UT doesnt want WVU

Oh then it must be true if you "heard" it.

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October 27, 2011  09:37 AM ET
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^ ^ ^ ^ = closet Pac-10 fan...?

Nah, West Texas and the left coast are like oil and water. Tree huggers wouldn't last long here!

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