The Political Battle For The Big 12

Posted on Oct 28 2011 - 9:51am by Brent Lepping

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Really interesting piece here from Manu Raju (an esteemed member of the all-name scribe team) of www.politico.com, as he breaks down the various angles of all the political implications involved with the ongoing Louisville – WVU battle for the Big 12. Included in the article, is a bit of government smack-talking (my personal favorite kind of smack talking). After all, nothing spells ‘gangsta’ like a couple of decrepit old white guys howling to the media from their multi-million dollar estates.

Excerpt:

Sources familiar with the Big 12 Conference’s deliberations said McConnell has been quietly doing his bidding for Louisville behind the scenes — even as West Virginia was thought to have the inside edge at joining the conference. For weeks, he’s methodically called up top university officials and presidents to make the case for Louisville, talking up the university’s state-of-the-art facilities, how his hometown is a sports friendly city that can easily host visitors for major events, according to people involved with the talks.

But Manchin and the senior West Virginia senator, Jay Rockefeller, are under a different impression: that McConnell may have run a trick play after the Big 12 actually made a preliminary decision to grant West Virginia its bid.

Manchin isn’t mincing words, suggesting that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee — which is chaired by Rockefeller — should potentially investigate any “unethical” actions by McConnell and the Big 12.

The smack-talking has only just begun.

“Tell him to bring it on!” Manchin told a West Virginia radio station emphatically on Thursday. “But I’m going to fight. And I respect that, if Mitch wants to fight. But Mitch, if you lose the fight, go back and retrain and get better. OK? Louisville doesn’t have the record. They don’t have the standings or the merit that West Virginia has. You know what, Louisville? Go back and toughen up a little bit. Get better. And maybe you’ll be part of the Big 12 later on.”

A Republican source warned that McConnell has a long memory and won’t forget this tiff.

Awww snap, it’s on now…..
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  1. Cool Card October 28, 2011 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I never wanted the Big 12 anyway. Can't wait for the first road trip to Boise. CRP said it's the greatest 1,876 mile drive ever. Gotta get through Wyoming though, it'd be a shame to lose R&B in brokeback country. Careful out there buddy.

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  2. Red n Black October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    New Big East football

    South West Division: 1.Boise St 2. Air Force 3. SMU 4. Houston 5. USF 6. UCF

    North East Division: 1. Louisville 2. Cincinnati 3. Temple (or Memphis) 4. Navy 5. Uconn 6. Rutgers

    What are the chances the New BE keeps it AQ status ?

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    • Ethan LSL October 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      The only way the BE keeps its BCS bid is if Boise comes in.

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  3. Ian October 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Is that West Virginia senator serious? He sounds like a UK fan….

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  4. Red n Black October 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Here's what I think will happen. The Big 12's current TV deal will be up in 2013, so as of right now it wouldn't make financial sense for them to expand beyond 10. I have read that each school would lose 5 million a year if they expanded past 10. So they replaced Mizzou with the next best football school, WVU. But when they are looking for a new TV deal they will def want to expand to strengthen their conference and have a conference championship game for added revenue. Hopefully at that time U of L is still "next in line." With every other "MAJOR" conference having a championship game why wouldn't the Big 12? I feel like the 2013 Cardinals will be in the Big 12.

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  5. RushEssay December 7, 2017 at 4:15 am - Reply

    These battles are being going on since we have been running the government with democracy. The changes are meant to be made for bringing the change in the system for running it.

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