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Big 12 Realignment: West Virginia Brings National Exposure To Big 12 Conference

The Big 12 conference is waiting for West Virginia to officially announce its' intentions on joining the conference with an announcement set for Wednesday. But by all accounts it's already a done deal, and that's a great thing for the Big 12.

By adding West Virginia the Big 12 has expanded it's reach across the country and has brought a new fanbase to the conference. This is a much bigger victory than adding the likes of Louisville or Houston, as had been rumored before. Those moves could still happen but this move to add West Virginia has cemented the Big 12 as a power conference for the forseeable future. It's also brought national exposure because the Big 12 has added a big time BCS school to it's conference after being seen as the hunted, and not the hunter. The addition of TCU was a good, but it's not at the level of West Virginia.

With all of the realignment of major conferences around the country it's nice to see that the Big 12 has begun adding quality schools instead of losing them. This move will change the landscape of this conference forever and may be the final straw in an already crumbling Big East conference.

This is also a great move for West Virginia. They got out of a crumbling Big East conference and found a home where they were wanted and where they can thrive. It's a win-win for both the Big 12 and West Virginia and the realignment isn't over yet. Be sure to expect more moves over the next days, weeks and months.