I am from West Va, and the reason why we are not in the ACC or SEC is Marketplace, although M-Town is only an hour away from PA, and it would have given either of these schools a presence in the North while maintaining a school with strong following.
Good point. I thought the ACC reached too far in taking BC when West Virginia has a strong following and would make a good conference rival with Maryland, Va Tech, UVa, Clemson, NC State, etc. However, BC had everything the ACC wanted i. e. private, northeast urban market, etc. I still think distance, though, is a negative among the positives.
If the SEC had an opening (and perhaps no Texas A&M option plus a couple of others), WVU would probably be given serious consideration. Athletic success, strong fan following, and a flagship name are important.
You do realize the Big 10 is at 11, West Virginia is their neighbor, with even Penn State further east, and......... :)? OK, I will not venture into that unrealistic domain.
I expect the Big East will remain WVU's home. With Louisville and Cincinnati added to their immediate west, and their long-time rivalry with Pittsburgh and Syracuse, West Virginia is positioned pretty good in the Big East. I do think it would be good if the Big East was able to add at least a ninth football member who is notable and can even out their in-conference schedules.