First, contrary to popular belief, the ACC, like the SEC, has not turned down WVU. The league has simply not acted and the Mountaineers are not high on their list.
Which leads us to a question that must be asked here: What's up with the Big Ten? If the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 are moving toward 16 schools, isn't it time Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany make noise as well?
If Delany does, Missouri could be a target. Ditto Rutgers. And both would likely rather join the Big Ten than SEC. Either Big Ten acquisition could open a spot for the Mountaineers elsewhere.
It's nuts. Villanova reportedly told the ACC it would like a membership. Big East basketball schools like St. John's, Seton Hall, Georgetown and Villanova have met to discuss contingency plans. They'd like to continue gunning for national titles.
Within the ACC, Florida State officials said they are forming a committee to explore options.
It's a free-for-all. Notre Dame, without a viable Big East for its non-football sports, could finally feel forced to join a conference, most likely the Big Ten. There's been reports the Big Ten has reached out to Maryland.
Oh, and that four-school package to the Pac-12? One very good source said eight of the Pac-12 presidents don't want all four. The California schools feel academically superior to Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. (Know that snootiness has a significant place in this story.)
But back to WVU. There are scenarios in which twists could take the Mountaineers unexpected places. It's important to understand that.
However, it's also important to understand West Virginia isn't the gleam in any conference's eye. Otherwise, the Mountaineers would already be in one of the power leagues.
WVU is likely not headed to the Big Ten or ACC. It certainly isn't going to the Pac-12.
That leaves the SEC or a reconfigured Big East. And the SEC - not WVU's officials - are making the choice here.
Anyway, it should be a good week for WVU football. Can be a great week. Unfortunately, it all won't be determined on the field.
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