The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 28, 2011

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE - WVU to join Big 12 Conference

Mountaineers membership effective July 2012


IRVING, Texas — Since its inception 15 years ago, the Big 12 has won 42 team national championships and 492 NCAA individual crowns. In addition, more than 3,700 student-athletes have earned All-America First Team accolades for their play on the field with more than 500 being recognized with Academic All-America honors.

Beginning with the 2012-13 season it is expected that the Big 12 Conference will be comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12’s footprint will encompass five states with over 36 million people. More than 4,100 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually in the 23 sports sponsored by the Conference. 



Location: Morgantown, West Virginia                                   Enrollment: 29,617 (22,711 Undergraduates)

Founded: 1867                                                                                                 

Colors: Old Gold and Blue

Chancellor: Dr. James P. Clements                                                                     

Nickname: Mountaineers

Director of Athletics: Oliver Luck                                                             




Ø     One of four programs in the nation to post nine or more wins in the past six seasons.

Ø     WVU has been ranked in the top 25 of the final BCS Standings five of the last six seasons.

Ø     Has reached a school-record nine consecutive bowl games.

Ø     The Mountaineers boast the 12th-best record in the nation since 2005.

Ø     West Virginia has 30 all-time bowl appearances, including each of the last nine seasons.

Ø     The Mountaineers have competed in a New Year's Day or later bowl in six of the last eight campaigns.

Ø     Recognized by the AFCA in 2009 and 2010 for having graduation rates of 75 percent or better.

Ø     WVU has had three top seven Heisman finishers in three of the past five years.

Ø     WVU has not finished lower than second place in its conference since 2002.

Ø     Has recorded a 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of the last 15 seasons.

Ø     Since 2002, WVU has had 22 All-America selections to 51 different All-America teams.

Ø     A total of 177 Mountaineers have been drafted by the National Football League.

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