The Charleston Gazette's Mitch Vingle reports the West Virginia Mountaineers have "indeed turned to the Southeastern Conference," and are now waiting to hear back. Essentially, they haven't been told, "No," they've been told, "Hang on."
When you look at it, this lines up with what was reported within the past few days. Colin Dunlap reported the Eers had applied to the SEC, which it appears they have. Andy Staples reported the SEC would prefer to wait and take the Missouri Tigers once the Big 12 falls apart -- that could happen pretty soon, as both the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns have taken significant steps towards the Pac-12.
Even if the SEC does pick up Mizzou, that wouldn't rule out West Virginia. While Mike Slive insists he's cool with remaining at 13 teams, nobody really wants to remain at 13 teams. If 16 is the magic number, that would leave plenty of room for WVU.