West Virginia Rejected by ACC, SEC: Report

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on September 20 2011 2:44 PM
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Big East member West Virginia has been denied conference admittance by the ACC and SEC, according to a report.

CBSSports.com reports that West Virginia's overtures to the two conferences were rebuffed, citing a Big East conference source.

West Virginia officials informed the Big East that it would remain in the conference after its gestures weren't kindly received.

West Virginia fans have pined for SEC admittance, but another report on Tuesday indicates the conference has targeted Missouri as its 14th member. Missouri has been offered a spot in the SEC, per the Kansas City Star, but could wait to see what happens with the Big 10 before it makes a decision.

Apparently they've come to us, the MU booster said of the SEC to the Kansas City Star. I've been told there is an offer on the table.

In addition to the much preferred SEC, the ACC has also turned down the Mountaineers. After extending invites to Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the ACC could sit at 14 teams for the time being.

Furthermore the news likely suggests that Connecticut and Rutgers are considered more desirable options than West Virginia.

West Virginia has a solid football history, but offers a small market and its academics are not considered top notch. After news broke that Pittsburgh and Syracuse would be heading to the ACC, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck promoted the school's strengths, but it doesn't seem to have worked.

West Virginia University has great tradition as the state's flagship land-grant institution and we will continue working to do what's best for our University and its athletic teams, Luck told reporters on Sunday. No matter how the college athletic landscape changes, there is no doubt WVU is and will remain a national player.

If West Virginia is to remain a national player it appears it'll be in the Big East.

 

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