Morgantown, West Virginia – The world of college sports has been turned upside down this past week and things are about to get even more wild in the coming days!
USC and UCLA recently announced that they would be leaving the PAC-12 for the Big Ten Conference, and it appears that the PAC-12 could quickly dissolve after losing two of its most valuable pieces.
According to a trusted source, current PAC-12 members Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah could very well be on the way to the Big 12 Conference. In fact, it’s rumored that these four schools have already applied for membership to the Big 12.
Adding these four schools not only adds outstanding institutions with great history in college athletics, it also brings two more tremendous rivalries (Arizona versus Arizona State and Utah versus new member BYU) to the conference.
Adding Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah to the four new schools – Cincinnati, UCF, BYU and Houston – would perhaps make the Big 12 Conference a better, more well-rounded conference than the current Big 12 with Texas and Oklahoma.
West Virginia’s leaders – Shane Lyons and E. Gordon Gee – have almost certainly been on the phones positioning the Mountaineers in the best possible position for the future of the school.
Would West Virginia accept an invitation from the ACC if they were to reach out? The ACC could also see its two top programs – Clemson and Florida State – poached by the SEC. If the ACC loses Clemson and Florida State, West Virginia would be better off staying in the Big 12. However, if the ACC could manage to keep Clemson and Florida State, as well somehow convince Notre Dame to join the conference, West Virginia would jump at the opportunity to join the ACC.
Check out The Gold and Blue Dude’s take on where he thinks West Virginia ends up next: