WVU To Accept Big 12 Invitation

West Virginia has received an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference and informed the Big East of its intention to withdraw from the league, sources confirmed to BlueGoldNews.com on Friday morning.

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy first reported the Big 12's board of directors met Friday morning and voted to extend an official invitation to WVU -- and only WVU, as Louisville did not receive a bid. Officials at both schools were notified shortly thereafter, McMurphy said, citing sources.

Big East associate commissioner John Paquette confirmed to Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com that West Virginia officials had notified the league of the school's intention to withdraw.

Sources confirmed to BlueGoldNews.com that Pittsburgh -- which announced in late September that it will leave the Big East for the ACC -- was told it could avoid the Big East's 27-month waiting period to exit by paying a sum of approximately $21 million. It is believed Syracuse, which is also making the Big East-to-ACC move, was given the same opportunity.

Sources could not confirm the same opportunity had been extended to WVU by Friday morning, but they expected a similar offer would allow the school to move to the Big 12 as quickly as the 2012-13 athletic year.

BlueGoldNews.com will have more on this story throughout the day and evening Friday.

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