A spokesman for the Big 12 says West Virginia's membership in the conference isn't conditional on the university getting an early release from the Big East after all.
Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas had said at a welcome
reception Tuesday in Morgantown that a 10th member was needed for
next season to fulfill the conference's television commitments.
On Wednesday, Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda released a statement
saying the Mountaineers' membership "is not contingent upon (them)
joining the Conference for the 2012-13 season." He did not
The Big East has said it plans to keep West Virginia from
leaving for 27 months under the league's bylaws. West Virginia
filed a lawsuit against the Big East on Monday, seeking to declare
the bylaws invalid.