Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers do not belong in the Big 12 Conference.  Nothing about the conference makes any reasonable or rational sense.

Although conference realignment has been explored extensively and is unlikely to happen anytime soon, James Santelli of KDKA News came out with an outstanding conference idea called “The Appalachia Football Conference”, which features all of West Virginia’s football and geographical rivals.

The conference, which features only teams that are within the Appalachian Mountains, features West Virginia, Pitt, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Ohio, James Madison, Marshall, Tennessee, Appalachian State, Wake Forest, Clemson, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama.

 

While many people will wonder why James Madison was a part of this fictitious, potential conference but Kentucky is not, the author argued that Kentucky is not technically a part of the Appalachian Valley.

 

Although unlikely, this conference would be the perfect fit for the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Gaining rivals Pitt, Penn State, Virginia Tech and yearly beatdown of Marshall, as well as games against Clemson and Alabama, would make “The Appalachia Conference” a far better option for West Virginia than the Big 12 Conference.