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Big East: West Virginia Leaving For Big 12

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DALLAS (AP) The Big East says it has been notified that West Virginia is leaving the conference and joining the Big 12.

It appeared earlier in the week that the Big 12 had settled on West Virginia as its replacement for Missouri, which is likely leaving for the Southeastern Conference. But West Virginia’s Big East rival Louisville briefly re-entered the picture and the Mountaineers’ invitation to the Big 12 was put on hold temporarily.

In the end the extra time didn’t pay off.

West Virginia will be the 10th member of the Big 12, and Louisville will remain in the Big East, which is hoping to transform itself into a 12-team football conference that will include Boise State.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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