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NCAA Conference Realignment: West Virginia Will Reportedly Join Big 12 If Missouri Departs

The Big East has been losing schools left and right this season, but if the reports coming out Tuesday morning are true, they might just lose their biggest school to the Big 12 in the recent future. According to Lenn Robbins of the New York Post, West Virginia will leave the Big East to join the Big 12 when and if Missouri decides to leave the Conference for the SEC.

"Of all the schools the league has lost, from a football standpoint losing West Virginia would be the most damaging," a source told The Post. "Despite what anyone says, that's the program the league has hung its hat on."

Now it must be noted that Missouri leaving the Conference for the SEC is not happening just yet. The Conference met over the past few days and Missouri decided to stay for another year. But they still seem like they want to leave and join the SEC, so whenever that happens, West Virginia appears to be the team that will replace them.

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