Afternoon Links Brought To You By Saint Valentine

Posted on Feb 14 2012 - 3:28pm by Ethan Moore

Before you go out on the town and/or buy an overpriced bouquet of roses, catch up on today’s sports news….

*WVU is officially a Big 12 member for the 2012 season

The Big East Conference announced Tuesday that West Virginia’s membership had been “terminated” and it was no longer a league member after June 30. The Mountaineers will join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 academic season.

“Our membership in the Big 12 offers WVU significant advantages,” West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said in a statement. “The Big 12 is a strong and vibrant conference academically and athletically. We look forward to the potential academic and athletic partnerships and financial opportunities that membership in the Big 12 offers.”

*Will Boise State join early to fill WVU’s void?

It would cost Boise State between $7.5 million and $9 million to depart the Mountain West this fall. The Mountain West, which would have nine teams without Boise State, would not face the same scheduling problems as the Big East since the league has planned to play an eight-game schedule

*If you care, here’s our future conference the Big 12’s schedule

*Updated CBSSports.com’s bracketology

*Updated RPI rankings

*A re-cap from the Courier on the heart-breaking (pun intended on Valentine’s Day) loss to Syracuse

“We’re very disappointed in this loss, absolutely crushed, because we didn’t get the job done when we should have,” U of L head coach Rick Pitino said.

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