The ACC and West Virginia have scheduled a press conference for 3:00 p.m. today to announce that the Mountaineers will become a full-time member in the ACC for the 2014-2015 season. West Virginia was able to extricate itself from the Grant of Rights on the basis that both sides just felt that it was a mistake, couple with the fact that Brigham Young is finally ready to join the Big XII. With 13 teams being unwieldy, and no suitable schools for a 14th, this just made the most sense. The oft-discussed cooperative efforts of the Big XII and the ACC came into play obviously too.
Winners: West Virginia, obviously. Gets to reinvigorate rivalries with Pitt, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The ACC–gets a football school to help placate the masses, while awaiting a Notre Dame decision. The Big XII–West Virginia was always a geographical outlier. BYU–they almost lost out on being at the grown-up’s table. This salvages that. The Big East leftovers–this stabilizes expansion for a while. Hopefully.
Losers: Connecticut and Cincinnati. They are plainly on the outside right now. They will have to wait for defections from the ACC, which seem a bit less likely now. Maryland, who considers West Virginia a rival, for some reason.
Big Losers: Us, for posting this April Fool’s Joke in such a very cruel manner. Those people who will not realize that this is an April Fool’s Joke and/or post on Twitter that it is. Nobody likes a spoiler.