AS THE Missouri Watch continued on Monday, college football heads across the nation were scratched.
What the heck is going on? Isn't Missouri the "Show Me" state?
All indicators said the Tigers were headed to the Southeastern Conference. "It's 'when,' not 'if' for MU move to SEC," read one St. Louis Post-Dispatch headline.
There was talk the Big 12 was making a last-ditch effort to keep the Tigers, presenting an "enticement package." Most, however, agree the move has been set.
Most also agree the Big 12 won't dawdle when the Missouri exit is finally announced.
West Virginia could be invited to join the league in short order. "Reports surfaced over the weekend that West Virginia has become the league's leading expansion candidate," wrote Blair Kerkoff of the Kansas City Star. "A source confirmed that to The Star on Sunday."
If WVU is extended an invitation, expect the school to move much more quickly than Missouri.
Don't misunderstand that. West Virginia president Jim Clements and athletic director Oliver Luck won't jump blindly. There will be too much to consider in regard to travel cost and effect on the loyal Mountaineer fan base to do so.
West Virginia will want to examine any offer in regard to television money. It will want to know exactly which schools are in and what the conference is going to look like.
With the Big 12, that's a vital question. Will the conference take in WVU and stop at 10 members? Will it also gather in WVU's Big East peers Louisville and Cincinnati? It would be nice for those in Morgantown to avoid airfare once in a while.
West Virginia will need to have a full understanding of the Big 12's media grant-of-rights setup.
What about a divisional proposal?
Keep in mind Luck has a law degree from Texas. Graduated cum laude in 1987. He's a smart guy.
There are considerations. Numbers matter.