The conference is close to finalizing the 2012 Big 12 football schedule, according to a person familiar with the tedious task being tackled by league officials. The schedule should be released “soon,” according to the source. The schedule could be announced later this week or sometime next week.
West Virginia trying to join the Big 12, hoping to play in the conference this fall, certainly is a variable. But the reason there’s been a slight delay is two or three games are still under discussion and might be moved to different dates.
While most of the schedule is complete, and a few schools know for certain what their 2012 Big 12 football league schedule looks like, the conference wants to wait until every team’s schedule is complete before releasing the entire schedule.
Interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas has said the schedule has been sent to TV partners. Athletic directors have a copy of the tentative schedule.
Since October, the Mountaineers have been petitioning the Big East to leave the conference to join the Big 12. West Virginia has informed Florida State it is cancelling its home-and-home series which some believe is a sign the Mountaineers are close to escaping the Big East.
West Virginia president James Clements has been on record saying the school’s plan is to exit from the Big East in time to begin Big 12 competition by July 1.
OU and OSU fans simply need to show a little more patience. The schedule will be released “soon.”