West Virginia invited to Big 12

West Virginia is headed to the Big 12.

Big East spokesman John Paquette confirmed to ESPN that the league had been notified that West Virginia planned to leave for the Big 12.

The move leaves the Big East with five football-playing members, though commissioner John Marinatto has been meeting with potential members, including Air Force and Boise State.

Marinatto said in a statement: “This move by West Virginia does not come as a surprise. League officials, members of our conference and the candidate schools to whom we have been talking were aware of this possibility. We have taken West Virginia’s possible departure into account as we have moved forward with our own realignment plans. West Virginia is fully aware that the Big East Conference is committed to enforcing the 27-month notification period for members who choose to leave the conference. We are confident that in the coming weeks we will complete our own realignment program, adding a number of high-quality members to remain among the top conferences in both football and basketball.”