Whenever possible, Texas Tech likes to have its football season-ticket structure in place and information in the mail by the end of January.
That season-ticket plan is still pending this year as Tech and the other Big 12 Conference members await a resolution to the litigation between future Big 12 member West Virginia and the Big East Conference.
That has the Big 12 schedule on hold.
“We’re still anticipating the schedule Feb. 1,” Tech President Guy Bailey said Tuesday. “Now, there’s still details to be worked out with West Virginia, but again, that’s moving along. So we’re hopeful, but we’ll know more pretty quickly.”
West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Big East so it can join the Big 12 in 2012. The Big East sued West Virginia to make the school abide by the league’s 27-month notification period, which would keep the Mountaineers in the conference through the 2013-14 school year.
For 2012, Tech has three non-conference football games set — the maximum, assuming the Big 12 is a 10-team league. If West Virginia’s move to the Big 12 were blocked this year, it would leave Tech and other schools scrambling to add a fourth non-conference game.
Asked if Tech had made contingency plans for that possibility, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said, “I guess at this present time, we are expecting that we will have a 10-member league next year and it would put many of us in a very undesirable position if that’s not the case.”
Tech expects to have an attractive 2012 home schedule with Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all coming to Lubbock.
But Tech won’t announce ticket plans until it has a schedule in hand from the Big 12.
“I believe last year, which preceeded my arrival at Texas Tech, we sent out renewals without a football schedule being finalized,” Hocutt said. “That just leads to questions. We want to move as fast as we can to get the homecoming date set, get parents weekend set. A lot of people plan their travel (early).”
Hocutt said Tech will be in position to release a football schedule “within days” of a resolution to the West Virginia-Big East situation.
Asked if any fear exists that West Virginia won’t come aboard by 2012, Bailey said, “I don’t think so.”
“The question is how to work out the details,” he said. “In all the conference realignment stuff, I would never say never. I learned very quickly don’t ever say never. But I really anticipate them (joining this year). They said they would be, and we’ve all taken them at their word.”
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