Temple, once booted for being weak on the field and in the seats, may become a savior of sorts soon.
That's how dire it is.
Privately, the folks at WVU seem to think Missouri is headed to the SEC. If the Tigers do that, the Big 12 is at nine (including TCU), and an expansion to 10 will likely bring in only BYU. Some think Boise State is then next in line.
If the league goes to 12, West Virginia has a good shot at getting an invite. That's obviously the Mountaineers' best option right now ... but there's no guarantee that will materialize.
You can be sure that WVU, Luck and President Jim Clements are trying with all their might. They're not sequestered in their offices, wringing their hands. Everyone everywhere who needs to know what WVU has been, is and can be in this beauty contest and poker game has all of the information they need.
They've talked to the right people, at all levels, presidential, athletic director, governing boards. They've campaigned, just not publicly, which is wise. You have seen how well that worked for Connecticut with the ACC, right?
The Huskies have toned things down a bit, I'd say:
"Conference realignment continues to be a very fluid situation as we have seen developments and new rumors nearly every day," UConn President Susan Herbst said in a Thursday statement. "It is important that none of us here at UConn become too anxious over this situation.
"We will continue to monitor the national landscape and be in communication with officials from other schools and leaders from around the country. UConn has always competed at the high level of collegiate athletics and will continue to do so in the future."
It's a statement that says nothing everyone didn't already know. It doesn't make anyone among the Big Easters feel any better or worse, as they remain the pinata among the BCS leagues.
It doesn't do much good to comment when whatever you say won't say much or make anyone feel better - other than the fact WVU, if it remains in the Big East, would share in the exit fees of $5 million apiece due from the three departing members.
Anything Luck might say would just appear like he's going out for ice on the Titanic.
Yes, at the moment for WVU, it's as bad as it looks.
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