CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Local reaction to West Virginia's decision to leave the Big East and become a member of the Big 12 Conference was mixed Tuesday after news about the imminent departure made its way around the city.
Charleston resident Sherri Rasmussen said she was "excited" West Virginia University would be playing power teams like Kansas State University and Texas Tech University.
"I'm a Kansas State fan, so I am excited that WVU and Kansas will be playing in the future."
Rasmussen, who is originally from Kansas, said traveling for away games may be tough. The closest would be Iowa State -- almost 900 miles away.
"But you've got the home games. It's a great conference for both the teams and the fan base is going to be incredible," she said. "It's a sad situation what's become of the Big East, but when I heard today about the move, I was fired up."
Chris Phares, of Hurricane, said he was glad the wait about conference shuffling is over for WVU, even though he wasn't totally behind the Big 12 move.
"They've got to go. That is where the money is. It's not in the Big East," he said.
His co-worker, Bryan Hopkins, agreed.
"I think they are a much better fit for the SEC. There are no regional rivalries there and that is what college football is built on. You won't get that there," Hopkins said.
Hopkins thinks the best scenario for WVU in their new conference would be if the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati were offered an invitation to join.
"Then at least there'd be someone close to home you could get behind," he said.
He added that the move to the Big 12, while good in football, might be detrimental to other non-revenue sports, including women's soccer and baseball.
"You're going to be spending millions of dollars on a sports franchise for what? Those teams will suffer," Hopkins said.