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WVU taps brakes on realignment press conference

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What’s the rule? Oh, yeah. If it’s a “done deal”, it’s never really a done deal.

All through today, reports came in by the hour that West Virginia was indeed packing its bags and heading to the Big 12 as a replacement for Missouri, who appears (any day now, Tigers) to making a move to the SEC. A departure by West Virginia would be another substantial blow to the Big East, not only for their chances at maintaining a BCS automatic bid, but their chances of even surviving at all.

Additional reports surfaced that a press conference was scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, with WVU and officials from the Big 12 to announce the move. But, since it’s customary in realignment to drag out the process as much as humanly possible, it appears there will be no press conference at all.

“Contrary to media reports, there is no press conference scheduled for Wednesday concerning WVU’s athletic conference affiliation.  There are no further comments at this time,” WVU said in an official statement tonight.

West Virginia hasn’t exactly pledged their allegiance to the Big East while the conference desperately tried to fill the gaping holes left by Syracuse, Pitt and TCU. At the same time, athletic director Oliver Luck and president James Clements have been virtually silent about the matter, leading many to believe scheming and plotting was afoot in Morgantown.

That may still be the case, but for now, there’s more waiting and foot tapping to be done.

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23 Responses to “WVU taps brakes on realignment press conference”
  1. pastabelly says: Oct 25, 2011 10:13 PM

    The funny thing here is that the remaining schools in the Big East all want to leave. That’s not a real conference.

  2. brian1999 says: Oct 25, 2011 10:15 PM

    Any chance you meant “brakes?” Jesus.

  3. harleyspoon says: Oct 25, 2011 10:16 PM

    It probably has something to do with Missouri hedging because of the rumors regarding Notre Dame possibly moving its non football programs to the Big 12 and becoming as associate member of the Big 12. Nienas is using Notre Dame to entice Missouri to stay in the BIG 12….

  4. thefiesty1 says: Oct 25, 2011 10:26 PM

    This is beyond ridiculous! Reports from the media are apparently nothing more than rumors, conjecture and wishful thinking. Enough already!

    When all this realignment mess is OVER, then report what happened and let it ‘hit the fan’ then.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Oct 25, 2011 10:34 PM

    fiesty, the official comments of Oliver Luck at this point are not particularly likely to be more accurate than the news reports.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Oct 25, 2011 10:54 PM

    Apparently NO BODY has a clue what’s going on. Including the media, the school administrators, CFT, the folks that comment on these “reports,” absolutely NO ONE.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Oct 25, 2011 11:06 PM

    Or it could just be that you’re not actually bothering to check the cited sources, fiesty. The previous story about the supposed press conference cited a tweet by Mitch Vingle, who later tweeted an article that included this blurb:

    “By late Tuesday night, plans for a press conference Wednesday had been put on hold, but the move still appears inevitable. The school issued a statement Tuesday night saying that no press conference was scheduled and a source in the athletic department said he was “99.9 percent certain” that none would be scheduled Wednesday.

    That could, however, simply be due to the unavailability of Big 12 officials, who were thought to be scheduled to arrive in Morgantown today but according to sources now will not make the trip that soon.”

    http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201110250060

    Just parse it a little. Everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s no need to be a drama queen, throw up your hands in surrender, and proclaim that any one conflicting voice negates a sea of others.

  8. vegasrobert says: Oct 25, 2011 11:29 PM

    harley… nonsense. ND’s non-football sports in Big 12 is possible.. but that won’t entice anyone to stay in conf… mizzu cld care less about that issue

  9. vegasrobert says: Oct 25, 2011 11:29 PM

    burntorangehorn +1

    well said

  10. southernpatriots says: Oct 26, 2011 12:04 AM

    thefiesty1: You said it well and accurately! Please keep saying it and say it often because some forget and some don’t know, thinking the rumors are actual facts, when of course, they are not. Thank you from all of us in this family!

  11. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 26, 2011 12:26 AM

    Ask anyone that knows anything about Notre Dame football, and they’ll tell you if they ever join a conference it would be the Big10.

  12. ms72lbc says: Oct 26, 2011 1:50 AM

    Why would ND football ever join a REAL conference when they can get moronic TV networks to grossly over pay them for broadcast rights? They have been for years and still are in the bottom 50% of any REAL conference! (SEC PAC 12)

  13. contract says: Oct 26, 2011 5:31 AM

    Off a sinking ship … and unto a sinking lifeboat.

  14. rejamaro says: Oct 26, 2011 9:26 AM

    Here is how stupid all of this is. Missouri claims they are leaving the Big 12 due to stability. I was listening to sports talk radio yesterday, and they were talking to someone from West Virginia. What do you think there reason for coming to the Big 12 is? You guessed it, STABILITY. Remember, these people are educating our children. Heaven help us!!

  15. florida727 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:28 AM

    Sorry “harley”, but I have to agree with “vegasrobert”. Nobody cares about Notre Dame’s non-football sports. Just like at virtually every other school, football is the cash-cow that funds (at least in part if not in whole) every other sport on campus. Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team was relevant for a while, their men’s basketball team recently too, but no other sport at ND really matters as far as “adding prestige” to any conference… let alone adding $$$ to any conference. Notre Dame brings no athletic value to a conference without their pigskin gang. That’s just the way it is. And as long as some idiot suits at NBC are willing to pay to broadcast their currently-irrelevant football games, don’t expect Notre Dame’s attitude or approach to conference talks to be anything different than what they currently are.

  16. florida727 says: Oct 26, 2011 9:30 AM

    Thumbs-UP “rejamaro” !!!

  17. helenh777 says: Oct 26, 2011 10:35 AM

    I truly have no idea why anyone cares what ND does. Unless you are Catholic what in this world are they or have they ever been? More important, Jesus is God the Son, not a touchdown specialist. That is blasphemy at it height.
    If you use God’s name in any way, but to bring Him glory, you are misusing His name. Exodus 20:7.

  18. burntorangehorn says: Oct 26, 2011 10:52 AM

    helen, I’m not sure you know what Touchdown Jesus is. It’s actually a large mosaic mural called “Word of Life,” located on the side of a Notre Dame library, and it also happens to be visible from much of the stadium.

    The Word of Life mural on the Hesburgh Library

    I don’t believe in superstitions, let alone blasphemy, but if you do, you’re still really reaching to call that blasphemy.

  19. helenh777 says: Oct 26, 2011 12:15 PM

    I am not reaching for anything. Looks like a statue to me. Make no graven immage. Not up to me to decide. God said in Exodus. Not me.

  20. burntorangehorn says: Oct 26, 2011 3:17 PM

    It’s a mural, not a statue. Like I said, I don’t buy into any of this superstition about an invisible friend and all that, but I used to be a devout member of a fundamentalist protestant movement. The context of the verse you’re referencing is most widely interpreted as commanding to not make an idol for worship. If that’s what you’re saying that mosaic is, then you are quite mistaken, as it’s a religious depiction of Jesus surrounded by a continuous timeline of esteemed scholars through the ages. This isn’t something to be worshipped, but rather to convey symbolism that Jesus was the greatest teacher of all, and that the knowledge of those scholars comes from him. Again, I don’t believe in the religion, but given that the university officially does, that’s a very appropriate and non-idolatrous message to convey on the library.

    However, if you are indeed calling a picture of Jesus a graven image, then that would mean that any image, statue, etc. of anything would constitute a graven image in your book, right? So if you had put a poster of Michael Jordan on your wall as a child, you would have in fact been an idolatress, correct?

  21. ms72lbc says: Oct 26, 2011 3:40 PM

    Well said, burnt!

  22. helenh777 says: Oct 26, 2011 6:49 PM

    Any graven image is a graven image. Doesn’t matter who commits the sin. It is a sin. That is why God sent his son that we as sinners could be saved. He was not just a good teacher. He was, is and always will be God. My sins do not make your sins ok. The blood of Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior saves. He does not play football. He is not a symbal of football. He never had a picture taken. No one really knows what He looked like. Can’t make a true immage of Him. By the way He is not a superstition eather.He is not a religion. He is the one and only true living God.

  23. burntorangehorn says: Oct 27, 2011 11:48 AM

    You’re entitled to your opinion on the nature of Jesus, but it’d be nice if you supported your opinion with facts. Many have tried; none has yet succeeded. Your opinion is based on faith, not fact, which makes it a religion. That’s okay, but understand that your faith doesn’t make something a fact, and contradicting someone’s statement with faith instead of documented facts doesn’t constitute a legitimate line of reasoning. I’m glad you find comfort in your beliefs, but it appears as though you think that I said that Jesus was a superstition and/or religion, which I did not. Work on those reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, then re-read my post, and of course scholarly analysis of the passage on the commandments. They’ll be more comprehensible to you then.

    As for your statement that “any graven image is a graven image,” what do you consider a “graven image”? Does that mean you do in fact believe that a Michael Jordan poster, a Wade Boggs baseball card, and even the AP photos that accompany a newspaper article are graven images?

    Typical extremist: you don’t even understand the religion in which you believe.

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