Originally Posted by WVRed
All I know is that there is so much drama in that conference that nothing would surprise me.
I think we can all agree that the Big East is the equivalent of Conference USA, especially if WVU leaves. I would even argue that WVU was chosen ahead of Louisville as the "death blow" to the conference's AQ status. Even if Boise comes into the fold, its going to be impossible for them to hold onto the status now.
The Big 12 as it stands is the weakest of the "Fab Five". Oklahoma and Texas are keeping the conference afloat but a lot can happen. If Oklahoma becomes disenfranchised over something that Texas does with the Longhorn Network, I could see them and Okie Jr reaching out to the SEC. If the Pac-12 decides to expand to 16 and take the four big schools out of the Big 12, the conference is severely weakened into a similar conference where WVU and Kansas State might be a marquee football matchup.
It's a risk, but one WVU has to make. I don't see the SEC expanding to 16 anytime soon, but the Big 12 could be the next domino to fall.
The BIg East was already the equivalent of CUSA, WVU's following was the only thing really keeping it afloat BcS wise IMO.
Big 12 weaker than the ACC? In football? Pac 12 is done right where it is Texas won't give on the LHN and Pac won't let them have it. Texas overplayed its hand and got jacked up, they're a watered down ND all bravado with that nice TV contract to fall back on. They aren't going anywhere unless LHN collapses in an epic ball of fail and fire. Oklahoma is that guy with a jerk friend (Texas) but they think they need that jerk friend for something (recruiting). The two will NEVER separate.
This move for WVU is all about time. This buys OLuck and Pres Clement time to fix some minor problems before the next round of expansion and make this nice program look extravagant. It maybe the Big East all over again in 6 years like you said but thats about 6 more years than the Big East was going to give you.