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Big 12 to add W. Va.

The Big 12 has approved bringing in West Virginia to replace Missouri when the Tigers complete their move to the Southeastern Conference, according to multiple reports.The move would allow the Big 12 to maintain 10 members and is another blow to the embattled Big East, which already has lost two members and one member-to-be in the last six weeks. The Big East is trying to reconfigure as a 12-team football league and has been courting Boise State, Navy and Air Force as football-only members and Central Florida, SMU and Houston for all sports. Commissioner John Marinatto met with officials from some of those schools Sunday in Washington. Since there is no timetable for Missouri to complete its expected departure from the Big 12 — and the league’s board of directors announced that it expressed “a strong desire” for Missouri to stay during a Monday meeting — there is no timetable for West Virginia to receive a formal invitation, the person said. But the school will accept an invitation once it is offered, the person said. Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas already has said he expects Missouri to compete in the Big 12 in 2012, but all signs indicate Missouri is leaving and now the conference is prepared for that. On Friday, the Missouri Board of Curators gave Chancellor Brady Deaton the authority to move the school out of the Big 12. The school has been considering a move to the SEC, where it would become that conference’s 14th member and join Texas A&M, which made its move from the Big 12 official earlier this month. MINNESOTA: After working for more than eight months under the terms of an agreement struck when he was hired as the head coach, Jerry Kill finally signed his contract Tuesday.His contract runs through the 2017 season and will pay him at least $1.2 million annually.The timing was certainly strange, given the 1-6 record for the Gophers. They’ve lost their first three Big Ten games by an average margin of 38 points. But the length of the deal is the same as what men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith got when he was hired in 2007.

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