The Big 12 welcomed West Virginia from the Big East and bid goodbye to Missouri before the Tigers even had a chance to finalize their move to the Southeastern Conference.
Now that the poaching of the Big East seems to be over, the beleaguered league is not backing down. It has been busy courting six schools and says it was braced for the latest loss. And despite what the Big 12 says, the Big East plans to keep West Virginia for two more years—just as it has vowed to keep Pittsburgh andSyracuse away from the Atlantic Coast Conference until 2014.
The latest round of conference realignment appears to be winding down, but tug-o-war over who goes where when likely will take a while to sort out.