That said, if the numbers line up, if the Big 12 offers more to WVU than the Big East, expect there to be no drawn-out process - a la the "Show Me" state.
West Virginia officials, by the way, have been helping the Big East in its effort to rebuild. They won't, however, back a proposal that would stretch the league to Hawaii.
According to the Boston Globe, the league is part of a proposed 28-to-32-team super conference that would include both the Mountain West and Conference USA.
Those in Morgantown, however, aren't buying into that line of thinking.
"What would the upside to that be?" said one source, who asked to remain anonymous. "The best strategy is to add the six schools identified."
The six schools expected to be invited into the Big East are Boise State, Navy, Air Force, Central Florida, Houston and SMU.
Realize, though, that those schools are also being careful. Boise State has proven it can land a BCS berth without being in a BCS conference. The service academies aren't going to be playing for a national championship anytime soon. So those three, anyway, have options.
It will be nice, however, when all the schools in this realignment shift decide which option to take.
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