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UPDATE: MORGANTOWN (WVVA) - West Virginia University's move to the Big 12 Conference appears to have hit a snag.

Multiple media outlets are reporting Wednesday that the move is on hold, perhaps -- as reported by the New York Times -- due to a political push by Republican Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell to have Louisville fill the Big 12 void expected to be left by Missouri.

A day earlier, reports stated the Mountaineers' move was all but a done deal. A press conference was reportedly planned for Wednesday in Morgantown, however the school released this statement late Tuesday night:

"Contrary to media reports, there is no press conference scheduled for Wednesday concerning WVU's athletic conference affiliation.  There are no further comments at that time."

West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

"The Big 12 picked WVU on the strength of its program -- period. Now the media reports that political games may upend that. That's just flat wrong. I am doing and will do whatever it takes to get us back to the merits."

In a news conference Wednesday, Sen. Joe Manchin also expressed frustration with reports of possible political intervention.

"I am hoping they (the Big 12) are just finishing their due diligence. If that is the case and we have met all those requirements which I know we have then West Virginia should be the choice the Big 12 will make."

Read NBC Sports' latest report.

 

ORIGNIAL REPORT: MORGANTOWN (WVVA) - West Virginia University will move to the Big 12 upon Missouri's departure from the league, according to multiple media reports.

The New York Times cites a person with direct knowledge of the situation as saying West Virginia had "applied and are accepted," to the Big 12.

Without West Virginia, the Big East would be left with 5 football programs, Rutgers, Louisville, South Florida, Connecticut and Cincinnati.

It is believed Missouri's departure from the Big 12 for the SEC is a question of when, not if. The Kansas City Star quoted the school's Chancellor Brady Deaton as saying it could be "days or possibly a week or two" before the school's move became official.

WVVA will have more on this developing story as it becomes available.

View NBC Sports' report on the situation.

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