The Big East is respecting other conferences rules(unlike Bevo's league and WVU) and all of their replacements can't LEGALLY join the BE until 2013. So the BE must hold WVU,Pitt and Cuse for one more season - 2012 !
And the plot thickens.
CBSSports.com broke the news today that West Virginia has accepted a bid to join the Big 12 conference. WVU alerted the Big East to its decision earlier today.
The Big 12 board of directors — minus Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton, of course — voted this morning to grab West Virginia over Louisville. (Meaning Texas got its way.)
What does this mean for Missouri and the SEC? Just that — in case that website release last night didn’t seal it for you already — Missouri is definitely going to be an SEC member. As for when that might be, there’s not telling.
At this point, the Big East wants to keep Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia through July 1st, 2014. That’s two more athletic seasons.
Missouri and the SEC want the Tigers in their new home by July 1st, 2012.
And the Big 12 says it doesn’t want to play as a nine-team league next year, so it’s going to hold onto Mizzou through July 1st, 2013.
The best fix at this point is for Mike Slive, Chuck Neinas (Big 12 interim commish), John Swofford (ACC commish) and John Marinatto (Big East commish) to hammer out an agreement. Be it cash or the promise that the Big East won’t lose its automatic BCS bid — which is why the league is holding WVU, Pitt and Syracuse through 2014 — there’s a deal to be struck.
Someone call Samuel L. Jackson or Kevin Spacey to negotiate the release of these hostages.
Egos will need to be put aside, but if everyone can still get what’s best for them long-term — Big East = BCS automatic bid, Big 12 = WVU in 2012, ACC = Pitt and Syracuse in 2012, SEC = Missouri in 2012 — then cooler, calmer heads should prevail.
These are businessmen, not politicians. Therefore, we at MrSEC.com, have faith they will still work this one out in time for a Summer 2012 hostage swap.