West Virginia is probably the only current P5 school who would take a lesser annual conference payout to join a different P5 conference. For example, if the Big XII pie slice is worth $30 million and the ACC pie slice is worth $27 million, my money says West Virginia would still join the ACC if asked.
On a related financial note, I think many Go5 schools would join any P5 for a lesser than equal pie slice in their new P5 conference. For example, I think Connecticut would join the ACC or Big Ten for a 3/4's share or perhaps even less than a fully equal share.
I bring these thoughts up because it always been a given when discussing expansion that a team "wouldn't move for less money" or "wouldn't be fine with an unequal share." Likewise, perhaps the ACC and Big XII are considering unequal members. I'm thinking of Connecticut, Colorado State, Cincinnati and others.
Well, at this point, maybe EVERY current Go5 school could be forced to make that concession if it meant a sniff from the bigs. And while it would be sound looney or illegal, don't put it past the people who run these schools. Equality seems to be the issue that BYU is sticking to these major conferences, that it keep its network and other considerations, and they still sit out there left wanting. To some extent, virtually everyone DOES agree to the unequal thing, even majors moving between conferences. In that regard, they're all willing to take less now for more later, even if they'll contribute more to the overall pot than others.
WVU's interesting because it risked its financial neck to make the point to the Big East that it was done with the way it did its business. The exit fee, the long road to an equal Big XII share...they seem like a likely candidate to do such a thing again, but who knows how that's gone over internally. And, who's going to take them/want them? I know UMD was a big roadblock in the ACC...stands to reason more than one school had to also not want them.