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.