The reported move of Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC is leading to a lot of speculation about the rest of the Big 12 Conference.
What will happen to the league’s remaining schools if the Sooners and the Longhorns do bolt for the SEC? Will the league choose to remain in tact, perhaps adding other schools? Or will it dismantle, with everyone on their own, hoping to find a new landing spot?
A telling report has emerged in the case of West Virginia.
According to The Athletic, the Mountaineers have one preferred landing spot: the ACC.
“If WVU ends up leaving the Big 12, its preference is clear. The Mountaineers would love to join the ACC,” Nicole Auerbach reports.
Another angle to the Texas-OU fallout: What happens to West Virginia?
If WVU ends up leaving the Big 12, its preference is clear. The Mountaineers would love to join the ACC, sources tell @GAllanTaylor and me.
Would interest be reciprocated this time? https://t.co/sz7M7OkkIv
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 25, 2021
Athletically and geographically, West Virginia is a nice fit in the ACC. However, do the Mountaineers have the academic qualifications for the conference? That will be the major question moving forward.
“WVU ranks in the 200s academically. Wouldn’t seen the right fit other than geographic. Then again, they let Louisville in,” one fan tweeted.
“As a Hokie, I’d very much welcome an opportunity to dislike WVU on an annual basis,” a Virginia Tech fan wrote.
“West Virginia has a lot more allies in the ACC now than ever before (Clemson president was at WVU, VT AD was at WVU) So hopefully it happens! We need closer games and rivalries back!” a West Virginia fan wrote.
West Virginia to the ACC seems like a pretty natural move that I could see happening.
— Tyler Greever (@Tyler_Greever) July 23, 2021
What do you think? If the Big 12 is no more, should West Virginia try to find a home in the ACC?