West Virginia Appears to be Staying in the Big 12 Conference

Morgantown, West Virginia – The Big 12 Conference released a statement moments ago, stating that “all remaining eight teams in the conference are committed to furthering the Big 12 as one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences.”

“Following two days of consultation with the athletics directors of the continuing members of the Big 12 Conference, commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated, “The eight ADs remain committed to furthering the Big 12 as one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences, and look forward to working with our presidents and chancellors to strengthen the league. Future exploration by the group will continue to center on options that best position the long-term strength of the Conference.”

Staying in an expanded Big 12 Conference – although not nearly as sexy or intriguing as a move to the ACC – appears to be the most realistic and likely option for the Mountaineers.

If the Big 12 can add teams like Cincinnati, BYU, UCF and/or Houston, while remaining a Power 5 Conference, it’s almost certainly West Virginia’s best hope of staying relevant and competing for national championships.

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