Tuesday, September 20, 2011

No SEC or ACC for WVU

After much speculation as to where they would land after Pitt and Syracuse both bolted the Big East for the ACC, it is being reported that WVU will not be extended an offer to join either the ACC or SEC.

As with everything else in today's world of big-time college athletics, West Virginia's small television market is being cited as one of the main reasons the school isn't seen as an attractive commodity to either the ACC or SEC.

Academics could be another reason (at least as far as the ACC is concerned), but I find that hard to believe. If academics really are a significant factor in this recent conference-hopping, how did Nebraska get into the Big Ten?

As a Pitt fan, I just assumed that West Virginia would be an ideal candidate to become the 15th or 16th member for the ACC. WVU is obviously Pitt's top rival and their addition would ensure that the "Backyard Brawl" would continue-on indefinitely. Also, in-terms of competition, the Mountainneers are on-par with just about every team in the ACC. And, geographically....oh, nevermind. Geography is a non-starter in all of this mess.

Anyway, with the ACC and the SEC both telling WVU "thanks, but no thanks!", there aren't many options left for the folks in Morgantown. I suppose they could really try hard to get into the Big Ten. And, of course, there's the possibility that the remainder of the Big East and what's eventually left of the Big 12 could merge into a fairly decent conference.

This stuff is just so fascinating.


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