Conference Realignment: Where Does West Virginia Football Fit?

Oliver Crawford IIICorrespondent IIISeptember 20, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. West Virginia defeated Maryland 37-31.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Wow, 48 hours has a large impact on the news business. As recently as Monday night there were rumors around Morgantown that West Virginia University had applied to both the SEC and ACC.

This coming just hours after the bombshell of Pitt and Syracuse departing the Big East hit several media outlets.

As a senior at West Virginia I have to admit I was ecstatic when I heard it. However this morning there were rumors that WVU had been rejected by both the SEC and ACC. Brett Murphy of CBS Sports reported a few hours ago that, according to WVU officials, the Mountaineers were rejected.

The SEC has rejected programs in the past; Texas A&M was also initially rejected after after applying for admission. What I think would help the programs chances of joining the conference would be if the SEC wanted to go to 16 teams, instead of 14. So I, like many other WVU fans, will be sit back, and watch college football change. 

What will athletic director Oliver Luck do? Will he attempt to keep together a dying conference that still has viable options available with Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida? How about TCU?

One particularly intriguing scenario would be to make a run at the leftovers of the Big 12 and a possible run at Boise State.

All I know for sure is that the college football landscape in the next few weeks will be changed forever. It seems that many schools around the country are in survival mode, and frankly, rivalries and history has gone out of the window.