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Big 12 Expansion Pauses As Louisville, West Virginia Contend For Spot

After it was reported on Tuesday that the West Virginia Mountaineers' move to the Big 12 Conference was a done deal, the school now finds itself in "a holding pattern", Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports.

Thamel reports that the Louisville Cardinals have made an 11th hour push, which has been aided by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, to join the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday night.

"I think it's 50-50 right now between West Virginia and Louisville," Thamel's source says.  

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman reports that the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders both prefer to invite Louisville to the conference over West Virginia, who called off a scheduled press conference for this afternoon where they were presumably expected to announce the school's intent to join the Big 12.

For more on the Mountaineers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. For more on the Cardinals, visit Louisville blog Card Chronicle. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.