Students of West Virginia University can attest, the schools move to the Big 12 has stirred up quite a bit of excitement. The school seemed restless and in need of change when rumors of a possible move to the SEC spurred hopes. The Greeks on campus seemed especially amiable towards the prospect. To their chagrin, the school was not able to go SEC and instead elected to join the Big 12.
Many fans will say that the Big 12 is a better fit for WVU’s football program than the SEC but that’s to be determined. For now we’ll have to content ourselve’s with, WVU Athletic
e. Director, Oliver Luck’s comments on the mov
Luck, who has not been shy about matter, went into detail with ESPN’s David Ubben.
Initially, when Texas A&M appeared ready to leave the Big 12, Luck became
Luck reiterated how significant a role Syracuse and Pitt’s move to the ACC played in his decision making. “I think it was pretty obvious that the league was going to struggle. We hadn’t added a new member since 2005.”aware of a rumor that Pitt was on “short list” to replace the Aggies. He realized that “there’s no reason that West Virginia shouldn’t be on the Big 12 short list”.
The Big East has lost its sense of identity. When WVU joined the conference in 91′, the Mountaineers were surrounded by teams like Virginia Tech and Miami. Now, the only original football squad left from that time is Rutgers. Would students and faculty really settle for such mediocrity?
Its pretty clear they made the right move. Even though a lawsuit forced the school to pony up $20 million to the Big East for leaving early, the donations and ticket sales generated by the hype are “unprecedented” according to Luck.
Last week, Luck spoke out to ESPN on the Big 12 and possible expansion. Read more here.