West Virginia Leaving Big East Oct25

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West Virginia Leaving Big East

West Virginia will join the Big 12, according to an official in the Big East who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the move.

The Mountaineers would fill the spot vacated by Missouri when it jumps to the Southeastern Conference. Though Missouri hasn’t formally withdrawn from the Big 12, that announcement appears to be a formality.

The move by West Virginia will leave the Big East on life support with just five football-playing members committed to the league. Syracuse and Pittsburgh have been accepted to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

To make matters worse, West Virginia will only be held to a $5 million exit fee. The league recently doubled the conference’s football exit fee to $10 million, a move contingent on the execution of the expansion plan.

The increase in exit fee would be triggered as soon as Air Force or Navy agree to join the league, according to an official in the Big East who asked to remain anonymous given the sensitivity of discussions. Since neither Navy nor Air Force has made such a move, the Mountaineers will only have to pay $5 million.

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