Originally Posted by WVRed
This has been debated ad-nauseum in this thread. But just to recap:
- Very loyal fan base that will sell out games
- Extends into the Pittsburgh market, which is pretty good sized. ACC or Hybrid-Conference would also add Charleston and Huntington (SEC is already there)
- In addition to Pittsburgh, most WVU graduates disperse following graduation. There is a following along the east coast, mainly in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.
- While loyal, WVU fans have a reputation of stupid fan incidents.
- West Virginia offers nothing in terms of recruiting value.
- The TV market will pick up for the state alone and some outside, but other teams have better credentials.
- Academically, might as well call it South Pitt Technical College. Academics is why Pitt and Syracuse made it to the ACC.
- Traveling isn't the greatest.
I just don't see what WVU adds besides a nice football program with a loyal fan base. I don't see the attraction in landing Pittsburgh because they are at least the #3 team in that region behind Pitt and PSU. N. Carolina? They are behind UNC, NC State, and Duke as well as maybe East Carolina. Virginia and Maryland? I would say that Va Tech corners that market as well as Virginia and the other power house programs across the nation. They would bring the entire state of West Virginia, but I don't know what that is worth.
But this whole expansion thing got me thinking. What if the Pac 12 and Big 10 stand put and the Big 12 stays viable? The biggest name school to move was Nebraska. You can jockey all you want but if you are not landing a big name school (Texas, OU, OSU, OSU, Michigan, ND, PSU, USC, etc.) what is the purpose of expanding? It could be very interesting to see what happens if both the Pac 12 and Big 10 stay put.