West Virginia, Big East Disagree On When West Virginia Is Leaving The Big East

What do you get when you combine the Big 12 and the Big East? You're witnessing it, that's for sure. Friday, the West Virginia Mountaineers confirmed they'll leave the Big East, adding that they'll do so on July 1, 2012. That date means they won't stick around for the entire 27-month waiting period the Big East has imposed on former Big East refugees Pitt and Syracuse.

Yeah, the same 27-month waiting period the Big East says it's enforcing on WVU:

This move by West Virginia does not come as a surprise.

League officials, members of our conference and the candidate schools to whom we have been talking were aware of this possibility. We have taken West Virginia's possible departure into account as we have moved forward with our own realignment plans. 

West Virginia is fully aware that the Big East Conference is committed to enforcing the 27-month notification period for members who choose to leave the conference.

We are confident that in the coming weeks we will complete our own realignment program, adding a number of high-quality members to remain among the top conferences in both football and basketball.    

For what it's worth, the Big 12 agrees with West Virginia, saying the 'Eers will join for 2012's seasons.

For more on the Mountaineers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking MusketAnd stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.

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