Neinas said it does bother him one conference will be, in effect, without a 12th scheduled football game for next season, but added "it's not done, so who knows?"
When asked if he has a solution to the problem, he commented that he'll "keep comments to myself."
If West Virginia does jump next season, legal experts have said there's a likelihood the school will pay substantial financial damages. Neinas was asked if the Big 12 has considered helping the school cover such damages.
"That's an internal matter for our board of directors to decide," Neinas said.
The board of directors consists of the Big 12's school presidents and chancellors. When asked if the issue of financial relief to WVU is an agenda item before the board, Neinas said "that's a matter that's internal in nature."
Neinas said he's concerned the Big 12 could get dragged into WVU's legal battle with the Big East via an amended lawsuit.
"Sure," he said. "That's always a possibility."
The commissioner, however, pointed back to his claim WVU approached the Big 12 and not vice versa.
"And they were not the only Big East member to approach us," Neinas said. "Believe me."
Neinas also indicated those within the Big 12 seem content with 10 teams, including West Virginia.
"Our expansion committee is meeting [Wednesday]," Neinas said. "Our board has asked the committee to survey the national landscape. It will report to our board next week.
"But our members seem very comfortable to stay at 10."
If the Big 12 would move to 12 schools, it would have the option of staging a football conference title game each season. And if the league was inclined to give itself that option, now is the time with all major conferences expected to have schools sign over television rights for the foreseeable future.
"There's not much appetite for a championship," Neinas said. "Our conference has had experience with championships and is not interested at this time.
"We're not interested in divisional play. Our board likes round-robin play, where every team plays every other team in football and basketball."
Neinas said he expects the uncertainty surrounding his league, WVU and the Big East to clear in the near future.
"Soon," he said. "Let's leave it at soon."
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