The Big 12's board of directors voted Friday morning to formally invited West Virginia to be its tenth team. The Big 12 chose West Virginia over its current Big East rival Louisville.
This has been a wild week for the Big 12 with Missouri set to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. The Missouri to the SEC deal is not finalized, but no major roadblocks are expected.
Lawmakers in Kentucky were lobbying on the Cardinals behalf with Sen. Mitch McConnell leading the way. The two West Virginia senators were also involved in trying to get the Mountaineers into the Big 12.
Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino is urging Big East commissioner John Marinatto to add schools like Navy, Air Force, and Boise State for just football and Memphis, Temple, Houston, SMU, and Central Florida for all sports.
The Big East, arguably the best college basketball conference, has lost three major basketball programs (Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and West Virginia) and certainly makes the Big East considerably weaker in basketball.
Connecticut is looking for an out, too. The Huskies would like to join the ACC with their current and soon to be former Big East rivals Pittsburgh and Syracuse. If UConn does in fact leave, the Big East will die and we have greed and football to blame for this.