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October 25, 2011

Talks between B12 and Irish heating up

2 PM TUESDAY - Multiple sources have confirmed to Orangebloods.com Tuesday the Big 12 presidents on Monday voted to admit West Virginia as the school to replace Missouri in the Big 12 as school No. 10.

But West Virginia would not participate in the Big 12 for the 2012-13 school year, the sources said. The Mountaineers' acceptance into the Big 12 would be effective for the 2013-14 school year, which would fulfill 22 of the 27-month exit notification required by the Big East, sources said.

Those sources said, at that point, it's hard to tell what shape the Big East would be in to enforce any kind of exit penalty.

A source close to the SEC said SEC officials are meeting in Birmingham, Ala., today to discuss their next step with Missouri.

Scheduling deadlines for the 2012 football season are fast approaching. And while Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton has expressed that any move by the Tigers would be for the 2012-13 school year, MU might be forced to stay in the Big 12 for the 2012-13 school year to avoid legal damages to the Big 12.

While Missouri and the SEC might still be able to make all of the schedules work in the SEC for 2012-13, the Big 12 would be left with nine schools and scheduling holes for the 2012-13 school year as well as potential damages because the Big 12 TV contracts call for 10 schools, sources said.

Two Big 12 administrators said discussions between Missouri and the SEC point to the Tigers remaining in the Big 12 for the 2012-13 school year and then moving to the SEC for the 2013-14 school year.

The SEC would compete with 13 schools for the 2012-13 school year, sources said.

The SEC would like to announce Missouri's acceptance into the league as the 14th school this week, since the Tigers are facing future SEC member Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday, sources said.

But Missouri is still trying to work out details of its departure from the Big 12, such as exit fees.


Notre Dame, meanwhile, is seriously considering moving its non-football sports out of the Big East into the Big 12, two more sources close to the situation have confirmed to Orangebloods.com.

The Irish would make no official decision or announcement on this matter until after the football season - most likely in January, the sources said.


9 AM TUESDAY - Orangebloods.com was first to report Notre Dame possibly moving its non-football sports to the Big 12 back in August.

We were nearly laughed off the internet when we reported it.

But the discussion of ND possibly moving its non-football sports to the Big 12 continues to heat up. The subject is actively being discussed by Big 12 administrators and the Irish.

We reported on Monday that ND will decide in 60 days if it is going to move its non-football sports out of the Big East (and possibly into the Big 12).

If Notre Dame does make such a move, it is being proposed that the Irish would remain independent in football but begin playing up to six football games against Big 12 competition.

Orangebloods.com has reported that Texas would love to replace Texas A&M on Thanksgiving with Notre Dame, if possible. That still may be a bit of a longshot.

One high-ranking official at a Big 12 school holds out the hope that if Notre Dame moves its non-football sports into the Big 12 it would be a "segue to full conference membership in a year or two - about the time the first tier TV rights (held by ABC/ESPN) are negotiated."

Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas continues to voice hope that Missouri will remain in the Big 12. And there is speculation that Notre Dame's possible interest in the Big 12 for its non-football sports could entice Mizzou to stay put.

Sources said Missouri is being told it will be cut in on any rotation of football games involving Notre Dame and the Big 12.

Some Big 12 administrators, though, are convinced Missouri is gone.

Orangebloods.com reported Monday that SEC officials were expected to talk Tuesday about planning out the next steps for Missouri.

Stay tuned.


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