CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The social networking world of Twitter and Facebook exploded last week with the news of the breakup of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Traditionalists came out of the woodwork to express their dismay with the word that the WVIAC would be no more.
The nine football-playing schools would secede from the league and create their own conference.
In: Charleston, Concord, Fairmont State, Glenville State, Seton Hill, Shepherd, West Liberty, W.Va. Wesleyan, W.Va. State.
Out: Alderson-Broaddus, Bluefield State, Davis & Elkins, Ohio Valley, Pitt Johnstown, Wheeling Jesuit.
Speculation abounds that this is about some disgruntled presidents and football minds who were tired of the league being spat upon when the time came for postseason bids to be given.
There's a little more to it than that.
Let's just hope they did their homework before jumping to potentially disastrous conclusions.
This is a risky proposition for the nine institutions to recruit three schools and create a 12-team all-sports conference possibly stretching from Pennsylvania (Seton Hill), through the Mountain State to spots west and south of West Virginia - Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina?
Reid Amos, the vice president of broadcasting at West Liberty State University and a longtime radio and television personality in the WVIAC, is the spokesperson for the move. West Liberty President Robin Capehart - also the president of the league - invited each school's brass to meet. Despite the connection, don't think for a minute that West Liberty is solely responsible for this move.
One school can't be held accountable for moving mountains without many others also pushing.
The idea is that a 12-team league would allow each conference football team to play one another once without the need for non-conference scheduling.
That makes sense.
The divide is supposedly rooted in different philosophies of progressivism.
The University of Charleston, for example, has steadily moved forward as one of the three private schools - Seton Hill and W.Va. Wesleyan are the others - included in the proposed secession.
West Liberty State University, one of the public schools involved, has been as aggressive as any in moving into the future - particularly in terms of technology.
Oddly, West Virginia State - long considered one of the financially stagnant football programs in the conference - was included.
I guess because the Yellow Jackets have a football program.
Still, by the time this new league gets off the ground, won't Alderson-Broaddus have one too?
A-B, which has broken ground on a football facility, will begin the program as a club sport this fall and is expected to become a Division II program in 2013. I'm curious why the Battlers weren't included in this conversation. By the time this new league gets off the ground in two seasons, A-B should be ready to fill out a Division II schedule.
I don't deal much in speculation, so I tried to reach A-B President Rick Creehan to get his thoughts on the matter, to no avail.