So much for this. From The New York Times:
A late push by Louisville has put political pressure on the Big 12 and opened the possibility of Louisville's being the university that is admitted instead of West Virginia. Two people with direct knowledge of the situation said that lobbying by the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, including to David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma and a former senator, helped slow West Virginia's admittance to the Big 12.
This must be what noted fidelity expert Rick Pitino meant by "show a little respect" when it comes to switching conferences.
Big 12 May Admit Louisville, Not West Virginia [New York Times]