According to Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports, the Big 12 has reportedly invited West Virginia to join their Conference, and it is all but a certainty that they will accept.
West Virginia has been invited to join the Big 12 Conference, college football industry sources told CBSSports.com Friday. The Mountaineers will accept the invitation, sources said. The Big 12 is expected to officially announce the invitation later today.
A few days ago we thought that this was a certainty, but then some rumors popped up that claimed Louisville might be taking the spot reserved for the Mountaineers. The roller coaster seems to have come to a stop however, and it is the last stop for West Virginia in the Big East.
This is terrible news for South Florida and the rest of the Big East football schools because West Virginia was the last nationally recognizable program left in the Conference. Without them there are just five football teams left, and none with a very strong football pedigree.