A message left for Capehart was not returned.
For DeFruscio's part, he is disappointed there won't be a West Virginia Conference Tournament after this season.
"Obviously as an old West Virginia guy, the only thing I could say is the only thing that stays the same in college athletics is change," DeFruscio said. "Here at the Atlantic 10, we had change ourselves.
"Change is happening. I have the utmost respect for West Virginia Conference schools. Having coached in the West Virginia Conference for more than 20 years as an assistant and head coach, the tournament is a great thing. There's a uniqueness to that. It's hard to duplicate."
The 76th and final WVC Tournament is set for March 2013 and at the conclusion of this school year, the league will dissolve. Nine of the schools will join three others to create the Mountain East Conference.
While DeFruscio isn't sure about the timetable the NCAA has in place for new leagues, he said there is a lot of work involved.
"My guess is there's people smarter than me who have figured this out before they stepped out," DeFruscio said. "My guess is, from the outside, is scheduling. Obviously you have to make sure football and basketball and all those things are schedule.
"Anytime you start a new venture, as a school, having done this with (new Atlantic 10 members) VCU and Butler, there's an orientation period."
The Mountain East Conference has a name, but not much else, and while there is some trepidation about moving too quickly, the fact is, time is running out.
Getting a commissioner in place would be a big step toward making everything else happen sooner rather than later.
There has been much speculation about how much power Capehart has in the formation of the Mountain East. While it's safe to call him the catalyst, there are other people to whom he answers.
If Capehart wants to move quickly, his thinking comes from a rational place.
However, there's a delicate balance between putting the right people in the right places, yet taking too long to pull the trigger.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.