2012 Big 12 Football Schedule Delayed Beyond Original Deadline

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: Will Clarke #98 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates with fans after they won 70-33 against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Just how many conference football schedules can one West Virginia team hold up?

Earlier in January, Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said the 2012 Big 12 football schedule would be released by February. We're now about nine hours away from February, depending on your time zone, and no schedule has been released. However, Feb. 1 is still alive, but that doesn't seem likely either. CBS Sports reports it could be delayed until next week.

The main issue, it would appear, remains the West Virginia Mountaineers. While the TCU Horned Frogs were able to escape the Big East without any legal quagmires, they'd never actually really joined the conference in any practical sense. WVU, however, is engaged in a lengthy legal things-and-legal things repartee with the Big East over when exactly they can leave.

There's also a side quest at stake here, as Tomahawk Nation details. Since WVU and the Florida St. Seminoles were scheduled to play, the ACC's schedule is waiting on the Big 12 and Big East to decide where the 'Eers end up. If the SoCon schedule is somehow also wrapped up in this, I'm gonna start getting upset shortly.

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