February 24, 2012

Big 12 marks exciting move for WVU

When West Virginia joins the Big 12 Conference July 1, 2012, the Mountaineers will be taking the next step into becoming a more competitive force in college athletics. Joining an all-sports league after spending the last decade and half in the Big East Conference, the Mountaineers will be surrounded by like-schools with many of the same academic and athletic goals.

Since the days of the Southern Conference, to independent status and then the Big East, the Big 12 is the next step for West Virginia as it becomes an even more recognizable name in college sports.

And while it's a time for rejoicing as West Virginia takes the next step, it's also a time for reflection to look back at how West Virginia got to this point.

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