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West Virginia angling for SEC membership?

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Pittsburgh and Syracuse are already gone to the ACC.  UConn is reportedly trying to be gone to the same conference.  Rutgers also appears to be interested in anything other than its current conference for future affiliation.

Now, the Big East could be faced with yet another significant defection.  Maybe.

Colin Dunlap, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer and current radio host on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, sent out a series of tweets Sunday evening suggesting that West Virginia’s interest in a move to the SEC is escalating.  Specifically, Dunlap, citing a university source, writes that “WVU sent paperwork to [the] SEC today.”    Subsequent to that tweet, Dunlap wrote, in part, “It is very simple. WVU has an interest in SEC. The SEC has an interest in WVU. WVU sent paperwork to SEC.”

The fact that West Virginia maintains an interest in the SEC is not exactly new news; speculation connecting that university to that conference has been around for weeks.  The fact that the school has reportedly sent paperwork — presumably an application for membership — suggests the situation is further along than many had known.  It’s highly unlikely WVU would take the step to “send paperwork”, if that’s indeed the case, unless they were given at least backchannel assurances they would be welcomed into the SEC.

Suffice to say, the school has remained tight-lipped regarding their future conference affiliation.

“There is no question that the landscape of college athletics is once again changing,” WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement released a few hours after the Pittsburgh-Syracuse news became official. “West Virginia University has great tradition as the state’s flagship land-grant institution, and we will continue working to do what’s best for our University and its athletic teams. No matter how the college athletic landscape changes, there is no doubt WVU is and will remain a national player.”

Note that there’s not a single mention of the Big East in Luck’s statement.

While it’s far from a done deal, the potential WVU-to-the-SEC situation bears watching over the next few days, especially if all hell breaks loose on the other side of the country and prompts other conferences to respond in kind.

 

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53 Responses to “West Virginia angling for SEC membership?”
  1. gatorb8 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:35 AM

    This whole conference realignment is reminiscent of the arms race during the Cold War.

  2. latrobe21 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:56 AM

    TCU must be pi**ed, because the weekend happenings leaves it out in the cold. It’s probably a Blessing in disguise, though, because TCU had no business joining the Big East in the first place.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 9:03 AM

    gatorb8: Thank God, no one has the bomb, at least not yet! ha.

    We had heard from contacts in West Virginia, almost from the beginning of the realignment discussions and defections that West Virginia had desires to join the stable SEC. With the stability of the SEC and upcoming tv broadcast negotiations, this may be a good addition. WVA would have to make a “plea” to SEC President Slive on the order of what A & M did to convince Slive that WVA would be a good addition to the SEC. Slive would then need to be fully convinced and he would persuade the member university presidents who have a great deal of faith in Slive for what is best for the SEC.

  4. bmmayhew says: Sep 19, 2011 9:20 AM

    With the pending demise of the Big East as a football conference, I think TCU can easily regroup and join the MWC, a move that would actually make that conference quite dangerous in the new college football landscape.

    The teams that are caught without seats are Cincy and Louisville, proud programs that might fit with WVU and TA&M in the new SEC.

  5. freidasboss says: Sep 19, 2011 9:34 AM

    bmmayhew:
    I agree with TCU back to the MWC but, they have to make the MWC an AQ conference.

    If they added some of the big 12 schools that are about to be left in the cold, I wouldn’t think that would be a problem.

  6. tampa2dominates says: Sep 19, 2011 10:12 AM

    bmmayhew says”…..The teams that are caught without seats are Cincy and Louisville, proud programs that might fit with WVU and TA&M in the new SEC.”

    Seem to be forgetting about South Florida who is a team on the rise and is being left out in the cold as well. As for Cincy and Louisville fitting in the SEC, I think that Louisville would fit, but it they don’t want the competition in Florida(fsu), Georgia(Georgia Tech) and South Carolina(clemson) then I’m pretty confident they are not going to invite Louisville to compete with Kentucky in football.

    If they do break that gentlemen’s agreement they wont do it with louisville, they will swing for the fences and get FSU. Cincinnati is just not SEC material period.

  7. louforprethident says: Sep 19, 2011 10:12 AM

    The Mountaineers moving to the SEC would be awful. PLEASE SEC, don’t add members just for the sake of increasing membership (see ACC). Make sure they are an asset to the league.

  8. tradeassociation says: Sep 19, 2011 10:29 AM

    louforprethident:

    What is wrong with you? West Virginia is a better football program than: South Carolina. Kentucky. Vanderbilt. Ole Miss. Mississippi State. Arkansas. (And – gasp! – Texas A&M.) Have you forgotten that West Virginia has won 2 BCS bowls in the last 5 years? Or that they played for – and nearly won – the 1998 national title? And that they had an undefeated regular season in 1993?

    West Virginia also gets the SEC into the middle Atlantic market that the ACC is trying to lock up. West Virginia gets the SEC onto TV screens – and into recruits’ homes – in Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. The ONLY REASON why the same people that are turning up their nose at WVU would be THRILLED to add Virginia Tech is their location in West Virginia. Well get this: had Rich Rodriguez stayed at WVU, the Mountaineers would be a better program than Virginia Tech, and now that WVU has a better coach than Bill Stewart – who failed at the FCS level at Citadel – they’re poised to be a better program than Virginia Tech again.

    The ACC is adding better “image” programs in Syracuse and Pitt. The SEC is adding better FOOTBALL programs in West Virginia and Texas A&M. And by the way … West Virginia is working to improve their academic programs.

  9. stairwayto7 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:34 AM

    WVU shoudl go to Big Ten, however they do not want to play Penn State yearly! I can not see Bama, Florida, or LSU going to Morgantown in late Nov for a night game!

  10. thefiesty1 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:38 AM

    Good move for the SEC and WVA. Poor TCU gets screwed (again) as the BIG EAST disentagrates. They should band together with Baylor, Rice, Houston, Kansas State, Tulsa, Kansas, Boise and BYU for a NEW Midwest Conference.

  11. auburntigers34 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:42 AM

    WVU joining the SEC would be worse than awful. most of their fans are pure trash. let them find another conference. most of the SEC doesn’t want them.

  12. tradeassociation says: Sep 19, 2011 10:51 AM

    auburntigers34:

    That’s funny. WVU fans say the same thing about Auburn fans. Look, I like Auburn, but the idea of Auburn people turning up their noses at and looking down on ANYBODY is laughable. While I actually think that Missouri being the 14th SEC team makes a lot more sense (as in dollars and cents), this elitist attitude towards West Virginia is making me root for the Mountaineers even harder.

    stairwayto7:

    The Big 10 has no interest in WVU.

  13. tradeassociation says: Sep 19, 2011 10:53 AM

    thefiesty1:

    Don’t cry for TCU. Last year when it looked like the Big 12 was going to implode, TCU blocked Baylor from entering the MWC. The ironic thing is that had TCU not blocked Baylor, the original Pac-16 deal would have gone through – Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State – and the MWC would have retained both Utah and BYU. Keep in mind: they had already added Boise. A MWC with Boise, Utah, BYU, TCU and Baylor is a BCS league, a better league than the Big East WITH WVU, Syracuse, Pitt and whoever. TCU did it to themselves.

  14. auburntigers34 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:08 AM

    have tyou ever been to a game in Morgantown? their fans *are* trash and a horrible fit for the SEC. Auburn traveled to Morgantown 2-3 years ago. their fans make LSU fans seem civilized and cordial to visiting fans.

  15. rowdyal says: Sep 19, 2011 11:22 AM

    LSU Comes To Morgantown

    http://enukee.com/blogs/entry/LSU-Comes-To-Morgantown

  16. freidasboss says: Sep 19, 2011 11:23 AM

    Tradeassociation:
    Nice. The Horned Frogs are responsible for everything. (Sarcasm)
    When all that came out last year TCU had already committed to the Big East..

  17. salmon88 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:25 AM

    I do not like conferences that do not make sense geographically. Let’s go back (I know the genie is out of the bottle) to the way things were. Too much money is causing bad decisions.

  18. louforprethident says: Sep 19, 2011 11:35 AM

    tradeassociation says to louforprethident:

    “What is wrong with you?”

    Too many things to discuss on this board.

    I have not forgotten the facts you state about 2 BCS wins, played for the 1998 title game and went undefeated in the reg. season in 1993 (I also remember Studstil looking through his ear hole).

    I doubt you’ll get any argument that just about anybody has a better football program than UK and Vandy. Big deal.

    WVU’s football accomplishments are not generally my issue. It’s the fans.

    The fans have a chip on their shoulder and they are always out to prove they are better. Why don’t you just act better and over time everyone will catch on? Just by telling everyone that you are great doesn’t make it so.

    RichRod did not stay, get over it. He was one of your own and he still left.
    WVU kept Stewart themselves. Nobody made them.

    You mention WVU as good or better than VT. From 1993 to 2005 (last meeting), WVU was 4-9 against the Hokies. Have you forgotten that?

  19. artbyshan says: Sep 19, 2011 11:50 AM

    Missouri and WVU would give the SEC 15, and allow for three five team divisions.

  20. pastabelly says: Sep 19, 2011 11:51 AM

    WVU’s academics would always keep it out of the ACC (probably Big 10 as well) and the same can said of Louisville and Cincinnati. But there does seem to be a fit with WVU in the SEC. Good for them. The ACC’s expansion makes sense. The Big 10’s would make sense if they brought in Missouri and Notre Dame.

  21. fitz66 says: Sep 19, 2011 11:51 AM

    From the looks of it, it is happening so everyone can just get over it and stop complaining about whether they deserve it or how the fans might or might not act.

  22. kjl131313 says: Sep 19, 2011 12:12 PM

    lol the rednecks looking down on the hill billies.
    But I am a SEC fan.
    1. SEC doesnt selling of beer in Stadiums so WVU might have to change that.
    2. SEC doesnt allow rushing of the field. Something WVU will have to change.

  23. meglasdad says: Sep 19, 2011 12:36 PM

    stairwayto7 says: Sep 19, 2011 10:34 AM

    WVU shoudl go to Big Ten, however they do not want to play Penn State yearly! I can not see Bama, Florida, or LSU going to Morgantown in late Nov for a night game!

    Penn State just barely beat TEMPLE!
    Penn State sends a chill down the spine of NO ONE anymore. The 70’s are over. Come into the 21st century.

  24. csuxrr says: Sep 19, 2011 1:19 PM

    We will see how well we can compete Saturday.
    Atleast Auburntigers said “most” of their fans.Although I don’t agree with this statement , I’m gonna consider myself part of the minority so I’m not offended.

  25. louforprethident says: Sep 19, 2011 1:33 PM

    csuxrr:

    I’ll go out on a limb and say that those of us posting poor comments about WVU fans realize that we are not talking about “all” WVU fans. All schools have some fans with class. Even WVU.

  26. tradeassociation says: Sep 19, 2011 1:41 PM

    louforprethident:

    1. I am not a WVU fan.
    2. I have already stated (did you read it?) that I actually think that the SEC should add Missouri instead. WVU should only be an option if the SEC goes to 16 teams.

    But facts are facts.

    Better football than UK and Vandy? No. Better football than HALF the teams in the SEC already, and that includes Texas A&M.

    “The fans have a chip on their shoulder and they are always out to prove they are better.”

    Excuse me, but the same thing is true of Auburn and Texas A&M, the most notorious “little brother” fans in the country! You honestly don’t realize that all the negative class/cultural/regional things that you are saying against the Mountaineers get said against Auburn all the time, including by other SEC fans (not just the folks in Tuscaloosa)!

    And as for VT versus WVU … sure, contrast the greatest era for VT against the worst era for WVU. I will say that it wasn’t WVU losing a BCS bowl game to KANSAS and getting blown out by STANFORD in another. And it isn’t WVU who is 1-20 against top 5 competition either. And by the way … despite their image makeover from joining the SEC, VT’s fans have a terrible reputation also. Had VT not joined the ACC, there wouldn’t be a stone’s throw of difference in how those schools are perceived.

    WVU would be an asset to the SEC. And yes, in the SEC, their academics would improve. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, the SEC’s options aren’t that great. After A&M, Mizzou and WVU, you are left with commuter schools like Louisville and Cincinnati, a USF program that wasn’t even playing football 20 years ago, and mid-majors like UCF, East Carolina, Houston and TCU.

  27. tradeassociation says: Sep 19, 2011 1:45 PM

    freidasboss says:
    Sep 19, 2011 11:23 AM
    Tradeassociation:
    Nice. The Horned Frogs are responsible for everything. (Sarcasm)
    When all that came out last year TCU had already committed to the Big East..
    ____________________________________

    Sorry. That is 100% totally untrue. TCU didn’t commit to the Big East until November of last year. They blocked Baylor from the MWC in June of last year. And yes, what TCU did to the MWC was bush league. They blocked Baylor from joining, and wound up losing Utah and BYU in the process. Then you guys leave also. Smooth move. Good luck finding a new conference with that 7000 person enrollment.

  28. wvu1980 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:47 PM

    Can’t imagine West Virginia getting left out of the mix. I know it’s about TV markets and academics and so on.

    But it’s really about football….location, attendance, quality of the program and who’s making money.j

    West Virginia is aces on all four.

  29. louforprethident says: Sep 19, 2011 2:03 PM

    tradeassociation:

    “Better football than UK and Vandy? No. Better football than HALF the teams in the SEC already, and that includes Texas A&M.”

    That’s VERY debatable. Let’s just say for argument purposes you are right. Does adding a new middle of the pack conference team sound great?

    “Also, in case you haven’t noticed, the SEC’s options aren’t that great. After A&M, Mizzou and WVU, you are left with commuter schools like Louisville and Cincinnati, a USF program that wasn’t even playing football 20 years ago, and mid-majors like UCF, East Carolina, Houston and TCU.”

    Exactly what I’ve been saying. Don’t add teams just to increase numbers. If a school isn’t a great addition, don’t do it.

    By the way, I just used the same era to compare WVU to VT that you used in your post. I think you are missing the point why most people would rather have VT than WVU. Like it or not, VT has a better perceived all around program that is stable with better academics and fan base. That perception goes a long way.

  30. kjl131313 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:14 PM

    I live in the DC area and went to Auburn and all the UVA people always remind me that VT has never won one national championship in any varsity sport period.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Tech_Hokies

  31. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 2:23 PM

    kjl131313: Thanks for the link…to make sure we give attribution…Wikipedia states: “[Virginia Tech] has won a national championship in bass fishing, as well as individual track and field events.

    Further comments are not needed on VT, are they?

  32. kjl131313 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:27 PM

    “Athough Virginia Tech is still seeking its first national title in a varsity sport, it has won a national championship in bass fishing, as well as individual track and field events.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Tech_Hokies

  33. Romulus says: Sep 19, 2011 2:31 PM

    auburntigers34 says:Sep 19, 2011 11:08 AM

    this person does not speak for auburn. it was a great trip, great game, and great for the sec to visit the big east. most southerners are ignorant of quality football outside of the southeast and to see games in the mountains of the great state of wv would be good for their attitude. wvu fans are extremely passionate and would clash with the sat. gamedays in the south. good tradition meets passion, that being said wvu does not need the sec to be successful. geographically it does not fit for the same reasons as tcu is not good for the big east. we why tcu joined but wvu would be a better fit for the acc. sec travels well but traveling all the way to texas and wv is difficult week to week. i would rather the sec took a southern based acc team regardless of money. it keeps it local and helps old traditions and rivalries. West Virginia does not need the SEC inspite of the SEC disrespect. War Eagle and Go Mountaineers.

  34. uvagrad76 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:33 PM

    Kjl131313 hahaha typical VT people that do not know what Varsity sports are and can not read.

  35. louforprethident says: Sep 19, 2011 2:35 PM

    southernpatriots:

    “Further comments are not needed on VT, are they?”

    No, they are not. VT admin. has been clear from the beginning that they are happy in the ACC. Plenty of the VT fan base agrees with that decision.

    The only reason VT was in the conversation is because of the comparison with WVU.

  36. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 2:41 PM

    louforprethident: Thanks for clarifying. VT would be much happier in the ACC.

  37. themountaineernation says: Sep 19, 2011 2:41 PM

    Those of you who keep talking about FSU and VT going to the SEC seem to be forgeting that nobody is going to leave the ACC for the SEC right now. It isn’t going to happen. The buyout for the ACC is $20 million. VT isn’t going to pay it, neither will FSU. Unless the VT and FSU fans are planning on holding a bunch of bake sales and car washes to raise the money, it will not happen. The difference in TV revenue between the 2 leagues is currently about $3 million a year, which means that it would take nearly 7 years for a school to recoup the $20 million.
    Sure, the SEC is more prestigious in football, but there is not enough incitive for these schools to spend that kind of money to make the jump, and given that it would actually be a step down in basketball does not help make the SEC more inviting.
    I guarantee that there are no schools in the ACC that have any notion of making a move to the SEC now that the New York market has just been added to this league which will give the ACC an even stronger selling point to negotiate significantly more TV money once the contract negotiations come up again.
    So you forget about FSU, VT, UNC, or any other ACC school that you can dream up. It’s either Missouri or WVU, and Missouri doesn’t want the SEC. They have made it clear that they want the B1G.

  38. louforprethident says: Sep 19, 2011 2:59 PM

    So, why would the SEC take a team because they are the only viable option on the table right now? That’s like marrying someone because you’re affraid nothing better will come along.

    The SEC has enough clout that it can stay where it is right now and wait out this alignment shift. Give it enough time and there will be schools that aren’t happy where they landed (or stayed) and you can get who you really want.

    Now, if WVU is who the SEC really wanted from the start, that’s fine. But don’t do it because they are the last available date standing against the wall waiting for a dance.

  39. 1frogfanitw says: Sep 19, 2011 4:34 PM

    Where is it written that TCU officially blocked Baylor from the MWC? Sure, lots of frog blogs probably said so, because of the still stinging memory of Ann Richard twisting UT / A&M to bring Baylor instead of TCU.

    Despite Baylors 2 point victory 2 weeks ago, it is obvious that TCU has gotten the better result from its conference hopping that Baylor did as the Big-12 patsy.

    Bottom line is TCU & Baylor have been rivals since the nineteenth century and really should end up together somewhere…

  40. mhalt99 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:42 PM

    Love or hate WVU it all comes down to some pretty simple math. We are in the midst of realignment and moving toward 4 super conferences of 16 or so teams. One of the overall goals is to keep all of the BCS and best bowl games within these 4 conferences. So 16×4=64 total teams. For simplicity, lets say the four majors already have 12 teams each for a total of 48 teams. If the big 10 is dead all teams but say Iowa State will be brought into a super conference. So there will be say 7-8 spots that need to be filled depending on whether Notre Dame ever decides to join a conference and whether or not patriotism plays a role and the military conferences join.

    The reality of the situation is how many consistent top 10 teams are left. None. How about top 25 teams…..well this is where it will get interesting. All of the sudden a once afterthought like WVU (good team, small media market/state) is actually somewhat in the drivers seat. Another smaller factor will be basketball which makes a few of the Big East football schools with good b-ball programs a bit more enticing.

    Just the reality of the situation. The real shame of it will be how much harder it is going to become for a team left out to build a program. Uconn & USF built pretty good programs in a relatively short amount of time – how would a smaller school like Villanova or App State build a program in this environment. Does that hurt the game of football? Will a program like Temple that had been down and out before Al Golden simply give up playing? Will it be as fun to watch football if it becomes a monopoly (oligopoly for you econ majors out there). Boise state OK was one of the best games I ever watched…..will it just be Michigan vs USC or OSU vs Florida….will teams literally be playing rematches in bowls and nat’l championships for the years to come?

  41. jstpier1 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:57 PM

    How is VT better in every way than WVU? WVU is in the top 100 schools now academically on an overall ranking, and in the top 90 business schools in the country. All VT is known for is their engineering school. WVU has a great business school, medical school, engineering school, and a law school. WVU does well against SEC opponents and even when they lose to SEC opponents they keep it interesting, have you watched VT’s last couple outings against top SEC teams? besides football and academics think about what WVU basketball does for the SEC. I think West Virginia does great for the SEC in every way. They would do better in the SEC than they have done in the Big East as far as making money goes because with the talk of joining the SEC have come talks of fully enclosing the south end of the endzone where the are no press boxes which would allow for 10-15,000 more fans which would spike up revenue. you are right West Virginia fans do act like they have a chip on their shoulder look how people talk about us, of course we aren’t going to like anyone. I talked to Auburn fans when they came to WVU and they said they had no problem with us what so ever. People need to stop calling us hillbillies because it isn’t true at all, the majority of the students at WVU come from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and the largest majority comes from New Jersey because it is cheaper for them to go out of state to WVU than to stay in their home states.

  42. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2011 5:10 PM

    jstpier1: Thank you for the advocacy of WVU you presented from your heart. If the WVU president makes the impassioned plea/presentation to SEC President Slive equal to the heartfelt posting you made above, Slive will advocate WVU to all the SEC presidents and WVU will be one of the upcoming new members of the SEC!

    From what we understand, there will be SEC personnel in attendance at this Saturday’s LSU — WVU game. They will probably be getting a better feel of the university campus and atmosphere and demeanor of the fans.

  43. salmon88 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:18 PM

    jstpier1, I would rather be a hillbilly than to have graduated from the ivies. They are all about theory and are about to ruin our country. The “hillbillies and rednecks (that’s me)” are the ones capable of creating jobs and keeping our country going in the right direction. You need to learn how to look down your nose at those types. Hope y’all join us in the SEC.

  44. wvugirlinal says: Sep 19, 2011 5:35 PM

    auburntigers34 …

    WVU fans aren’t trash.

    Your statement is pure ignorance. And statements like that one are what constitutes trash.

    Being not only a WVU fan, but also an alumni who has attended dozens of games, I have the knowledge to refute your claim.

    Furthermore, I now live in Southern Alabama; therefore, I know how sour the attitudes of football fans in these parts can be.

    WVU would be an excellent addition to the SEC. I would have loved to see Mountaineers play Auburn this year. We have definitely seen that they aren’t much of a team this year without their “paid for” star.

  45. auburntigers34 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:13 PM

    it’s not out of ignorance. it’s based on personal experience. go to any Auburn board(Scout, Rivals, etc) and ask for personal experiences with your fans, if you don’t want to believe mine.

    other than LSU, there isn’t another school in the SEC(or the rest of the country) that can compare to WVU’s reputation for rudeness to visiting fans.

  46. sugarbugar says: Sep 20, 2011 12:24 AM

    As a WV alumni, who has attended many WV away games, including rivals Pitt, VT and others, I can tell you that the worst experience we have ever had were with Auburn fans when attending the game there 2 years ago at Auburn. The entire game the fans around us, in and outside the stadium, were the most obnoxious we have encountered and I will never go back to this stadium. We have attended other SEC games, (we have lived in GA for many years) including the 06 Sugar Bowl when WV beat GA. We dealt with some harrassment at this game, as well, however, it was mild compared to Auburn.

    We actually found it quite humorous that these Auburn fans from the state of Alabama could be trying to make fun of anyone, but they did.

    So I, therefore, would like to refute the fact that you say there is no other school in the SEC, other than LSU that has a reputation for rudeness to visiting fans!

  47. editordon says: Sep 20, 2011 9:47 AM

    The best business deal Ive seen so far? SEC should add both Missouri and West Virginia and play three 5-team divisions until they can find that suitable 16th team (why not wandering TCU?).

  48. waynefontes says: Sep 20, 2011 10:26 AM

    louforprethident says:
    Sep 19, 2011 11:35 AM
    tradeassociation says to louforprethident:

    “What is wrong with you?”

    Too many things to discuss on this board.

    I have not forgotten the facts you state about 2 BCS wins, played for the 1998 title game and went undefeated in the reg. season in 1993 (I also remember Studstil looking through his ear hole).

    ————————————————–

    West Virginia played in the title game in 1988, not 1998. Other than that, it’s all good.

  49. waynefontes says: Sep 20, 2011 10:33 AM

    editordon says:
    Sep 20, 2011 9:47 AM
    The best business deal Ive seen so far? SEC should add both Missouri and West Virginia and play three 5-team divisions until they can find that suitable 16th team (why not wandering TCU?).

    ————————————————–

    Three five team divisions? What is this, the NFC? Should they have a Triple Threat match to determine the champion?

    Might as well go ahead and get that 16th team. I’m not happy to see what’s happening, but it is what it is.

    The SEC doesn’t need to go begging. To be honest, they’d be as good with 14 teams as everyone else would be with 16.

    They don’t have to go to 16. Especially if they have to lower the standards. But if they do, they won’t add scrubs for the sake of addition, like the Big East.

  50. maddogwhite says: Sep 20, 2011 11:57 AM

    WVUs basketball program is superior to Virginia Tech’s and their football team has had more success as of recent years. WVU would be an average to very good football school in the SEC, but would be one of the top basketball schools in the conference. It’s a win for both the SEC and WVU, and as a WVU alumnus (singular, remember), I would welcome them joining an esteemed football conference, instead of languishing in the Big East — which has been mediocre at best.

  51. auburntigers34 says: Sep 20, 2011 12:35 PM

    sugarbugar, i don’t believe your story, but since the SEC rejected WVU’s application, you won’t have to worry about going to any more games in Auburn in the near future. everybody wins. :)

  52. boston0259 says: Sep 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    I have lived in seven different states from as far south as Montgomery, Alabama and north to Boston. So, I’ve lived and experienced the different opinions and attitudes of college fans all over the South, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. There is only one season in Alabama and it is FOOTBALL SEASON, year round !!!! I am a proud VIRGINIA TECH HOKIE and my money, I mean my SON, goes to AUBURN. WAR EAGLE !!!!

    I am happy to see that the ACC will stay together, but I’d be thrilled if WEST VIRGINIA were added to the mix. I’d really like to see that rivalry come back … Hokies vs Mountaineers.

  53. southernpatriots says: Sep 26, 2011 2:55 PM

    We just had a wonderful time, for some purple and gold blooded LSU fans in the bayous of south Louisiana. As the game with the Mountaineers was nearing a kickoff, our brother suggested we try to find Tony Caridi, the voice of the Mountaineers on WAJR 1440 AM in Morgantown, WV.

    We did, and he hooked it up to speakers, amplifiers,filters, and other bells and whistles. We turned off the tv broadcast, popped popcorn and made Zatarain’s root beer, which we did and enjoyed many decades ago when we were kids. The extended family,friends, and neighbors came and we enjoyed Tony’s broadcast.

    Earlier today, our brother spoke with Tony in Morgantown via telephone at length. Later in the day, Tony called back. They discussed football, traditions, roudy fans, great food (especially Cajun food!), our Neighborhood Watch pioneering effort in a small town in south Louisiana, and other things.

    Tony is looking forward to returning to Baton Rouge and we are looking forward to either cooking him the best meal he has ever eaten, or taking him to the best restaurant we know. We think we have a new friend in Tony! All the best to Tony and the Mountaineers from some loyal LSU fans!

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