Headline: Mountaineers made the right move at right time.
I suppose in future days we might evolve into larger discussions, particularly about the future footing of the suddenly smallish Big 12 Conference. For today, though, you can be delighted you’re not in the Big East Conference and essentially watching the final blows levied against that league while you’re under the cracking room.
That’s a peculiar tonic, I supposed, for the 5-5 record in the Big 12 an the realization this thing is going to necessitate and take some time. I mean, hey, it’s not the Big East.
The other side of this is that had WVU stayed in the Big East, WVU would have, quite possibly, won the Big East and made a run at a 12-0 season. The Mountaineers would have been a marquee free agent in expansion and the Atlantic Coast Conference, certain it will not die, may have finally come calling and welcome in a school that, geographically speaking, fits better there than in the Big 12.
Or maybe not, and maybe that’s not a bad thing for WVU.
Sources I spoke with Tuesday morning said WVU was never, ever considered an option for the league during those periods of expansion.
WVU’s new league, however, could be enticed by longstanding ACC members. Rumors have long been that Florida State and Clemson are particularly delectable pigskin powers.
Plus, that would restore order to conference naming gone wrong and give the Big 12 a dozen teams.
Florida State and Clemson being the desired options of the league also show why Brey and those on Tobacco Road are fretting the future. The realization is sinking in that football drives the bus.