Texas Tech President “very hopeful” West Virginia will be in Big 12 in 2012

By Kevin Kelley -

Big 12Texas Tech President Guy Bailey is “very hopeful” that West Virginia will be in the Big 12 in 2012. Bailey spoke to RedRaiderSports.com in wake of the upcoming 2012 Big 12 football schedules.

“West Virginia has assured us they’d be in there,” Bailey said. “I believe them and I’m very hopeful… I think all of the realignment issues will be resolved in the next two weeks. I won’t guarantee it, but we are making progress.”

The Big 12 Board of Directors are scheduled to meet on Feb. 2, the day after they hope West Virginia’s lawsuit with the Big East is resolved. In any event, the Big 12 hopes to release their 2012 football schedule soon after.

According to Bailey, those schedules will include West Virginia. Bailey said the “…Big 12 has at least three preliminary schedules” and that the “…schedules feature West Virginia on them.”

When West Virginia’s 2012 conference is finally decided, it will leave the other conference scrambling to fill non-conference games. Big 12 schools currently have three non-conference contests scheduled, but will have to add a fourth if the Mountaineers reamain in the Big East.

On the other hand, if WVU heads to the Big 12, the Big East will be left with only seven members for 2012. That means each school will need six non-conference games.

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  1. Jason
    January 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Do schools HAVE to play 12 games, or can they still only play 11?

    • Dave
      January 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      There is a maximum in the rule, but not a minimum. But everyone would of course do everything they could to play the maximum because there’s too much money to be lost by not playing.

    January 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Meatball marinatto needs to quit being a butt hurt crybaby come to a money $$$ settlement and LET WVU MOVE ON SMH , FREE WVU #WVUBIG12JULY12012 !!!

  3. LXXIV
    January 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    If WV manages to play in the Big XII this year, it will leave the Big East in a bit of a jam for games too. Perhaps some Big XII schools could schedule Big East teams and help solve each others’ scheduling problem.

  4. Thomas Stein
    January 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Kansas University vs. West Virginia University. What a way to end the 2012 season for the Jayhawks against the Mountaineers in Morgantown. KU has to fly to Pittsburgh and bus an hour or so south.

  5. scott sanders
    January 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Yea that’s a long way for Kansas to go to get their butt whiped.

  6. Steve
    January 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    It’s a 40 min drive from Pittsburg to Morgantown. With Charlie Weiss on the bus I can understand the corncern. I do believe there are only 12 fast food joints on I-77 South to Morgantown! KU has no idea what WVU can do at home, for that matter, I wonder how the brass in the Big 12 will feel when we win the the conference in our first year!

  7. Justin
    January 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    It’s not I77 to Motown, it’s I79, get it right buddy!

  8. rod
    February 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    to soon to think about winning the confrence. this is a big step up from the less talented big east. remember is syracuse can beat wv so can kansas. go eer’s