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Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:27 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It was just hours ago that -- despite reports to the contrary -- West Virginia still had hope of abandoning their sinking Big East ship for a lifeboat on its way to the ACC or SEC. But it now looks like those hopes have been extinguished.

Citing "multiple sources" within the Big East, senior writer Brett McMurphy has reported that WVU officials have told other members of the conference that both the ACC and SEC have "rejected" the Mountaineers' request to join their respective leagues.

Reports surfaced Sunday that West Virginia had "submitted paperwork" to the SEC in the wake of Pitt's and Syracuse's impending defection to the ACC. Though that official application has not yet been confirmed, no one doubts that the Mountaineers have been exploring their options--and judging by WVU's public statement that conspicuously failed to mention any kind of support for the Big East, were no doubt hoping those options included an invitation to one of the two expanding BCS leagues.

That the SEC would seem to be in need of an Eastern-oriented team to balance its conference opposite the Western addition of Texas A&M appeared to make them the more likely of the two to grant WVU admittance. But with both that door and the ACC's now apparently closed, WVU will have to look elsewhere. Unfortunately for them, the Charleston Gazette has reported that the "other realistic scenario" for WVU (besides the SEC) was to "remain in the reconfigured Big East."

If that league can pull off a successful merger with the leftover members of the Big 12 in the wake of that league's seemingly-inevitable dissolution, the Mountaineers may land on their feet. If not, the news reported by McMurphy today may be news that stings the Morgantown faithful for years to come.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:51 am

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:10 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

Mounty Fans take heart... CBS sports is twisting the truth to make it look like they are in the "Know". We are still in the running for the SEC and will be until the SEC STATES we are not.... neither a Jerry Hinnen article or a Bret McMurphy Tweet can make it something that it is not....

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:55 am

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

Academics? Give me a break!!! Since when does academics pay all the bills? Face it, all these elitists are scared to have WVU beat their butts in football and basketball, a school they all feel they are superior to. How could they live with themselves. The fact that academics is mentioned in all this conference talk is very funny. Yeah, the majority of these athletes playing at high profile schools are there for their education. Whatever...

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:43 am

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

WVU DAD........... DUKE and WAKE FOREST have been in the ACC for over 55 years, way before you were born. Get A LIFE flunky !!

And that applies to football TODAY, HOW?   This conference realignment is being driven by football and money made from it, PERIOD.  IF these new conferences are being built around football, then WVU belongs well ahead of WF, Duke, Vandy, NW, Oregon St, both Arizona's.  If tradition counts for ANYTHING in all of this, how can these big leagues justify destroying other leagues?  The B11, P??, ACC, all claim holier than thou status, citing academics, citing tradition, honor, etc, all the while trying to destroy other teams traditions.  hundred year rivalries mean nothing, academics, integrity, honor mean NOTHING. All that Swofford and Delaney see is a way to fill their pockets, they do not care about anything or anyone else. Oklahoma-Nebraska  GONE,  Pitt-PSU GONE, WVU-Pitt GONE  WVU-VPI GONE, because of two men with huge egos and greed to match.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:34 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

I think most West Virginia Fans would agree with me when I say we have no desire to be in the Big 10 12 or what ever the hell they want to call a conference who can't count

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:31 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

Really like you peope in Georgia are turning out a bunch of Rhodes Scholars every year.  Trust me I talk to people in Georgia everyday and I can say "uneducated"  is a word that fits the state just fine.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:29 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

This is very sad news for me to hear that, and it tells me one thing.  It's all about the television market and money.  West Virginia is an excellent program and school and I'm happy to be apart of it.  We are a much better program then 3/4 of the teams in the ACC and SEC it's just a shame that money had to come into this and not let a quality program who is going to show the nation on Saturday what they are missing

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:16 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

And as I read further, I see that actually, their medical school is nowhere near 7th.  7th is where they rank in one category...rural medicine.  The other ranks of their medical school departments?

Occupational therapy: 102
Physical therapy: 69
Primary care: 50
Research: 90
Rural medicine: 7

Uh 3 medical school... troll

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:08 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

Nivekyalc - Nice of you to create an account to spew false information on.  Let me clear up a few things that you either know nothing about or are blatantly falsifying.

As to whether or not academics has anything to do with realignment can I suppose be debated.  The Big 10 and the ACC are very much rooted in promoting academics however, and there is absolutely no reason to believe, based on anything that has happened, that this will change.  Is it primarily about money? I'll concede that.  When it comes to these two conferences however, it seems very clear that academics has previously and will continue to play a role in who they invite.

Now for the blatant misrepresentations of yours.  First off, West Virginia University DOES apparently have a good medical school.  That being said, it is not top 3.  It was ranked 7th.  Second off, yes I did say UConn has a chance at going to the Big 10 and WVU doesn't.  Does that mean UConn WILL go? No.  But they do have a better chance than WVU.  Reason being, they are better academically. A school's academic level is not based on how their sports teams do in the classroom.  It is based on the student body as a whole.  Whether UConn is the reason they are putting academic restrictions on March Madness or not is entirely irrelevant.  The University of Connecticut is a Tier 1 university.  West Virginia University is a tier 3 university.  That isn't even close to comparable.  UConn >>>>>>> West Virginia in academics.

Again, this is not a flame on West Virginia.  I find them an enjoyable team to watch and I hope they catch on somewhere, because it will be a shame if they fade into mediocrity oblivion.  They will NOT be a Big 10 member though and it has everything to do with both TV market AND academics.  Thanks for taking the time to create an account simply to attempt to troll me but it is you who needs to know what you're talking about before making a post.  Save yourself the embarrassment.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:05 pm

Sources: West Virginia denied by ACC, SEC

West Virginia is ranked 164th in academics.  My local Juco is ranked higher than that.  There is no way that any decent conference is going to take a team ranked that low.  Isn't this the school that torches couches after a big game?  That should speak for itself.  No conference wants to take "Dummy U". 

The bigger question now becomes this.  Does the ACC and SEC stop at 14 teams?  If that is the case, will the Pac 12 take the two Oklahoma schools and also stop at 14?  What will the Big 10 do now?  If they want to expand to 14 teams, they had better grab UConn and Rutgers real soon, or the ACC will.  The Big 10 is running out of options.


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