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Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 11:19 pm
 

The appearance that Louisville and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell made a late push into the Big 12 expansion process this week is not accurate. A source told CBSSports.com that three senators identified Wednesday in national reports have been involved in the process for what was termed "weeks."

McConnell and West Virginia senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin had all been in contact with at least Oklahoma president David Boren before Wednesday’s messy expansion revelations, the source said. Manchin threatened a Senate investigation if it was proven McConnell was lobbying in Louisville’s favor against West Virginia.

CBSSports.com reported exclusively Wednesday that the Big 12 had a press release ready and at at least two high-ranking conference officials were scheduled to fly to Morgantown, W.V., for the announcement that West Virginia was being accepted into the league. That process hit a snag when Louisville’s prospects improved.

But it wasn’t a last-minute thing. Manchin and Rockefeller have been working for West Virginia while McConnell, a Louisville graduate, supports his university’s fortunes. The Big 12 is seen as brass ring for each to keep continued BCS status.

It is a logical assumption that all three politicos were seeking Boren’s influence in the matter. (A spokeswoman for Manchin's office said Thursday night: "Senator Manchin does not know, has not spoken to or been in contact with President Boren.") Before becoming OU’s president, Boren was Oklahoma governor and a former Oklahoma state senator from 1979-94. The New York Times reported that McConnell had also contacted Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance, himself a former congressman, to push Louisville.

But Boren -- a political animal of the highest order -- now is central to the expansion discussion. According to a source and at least one report, Oklahoma wants the 10-year grant of rights and Louisville for the Big 12. Texas wants a six-year grant of rights and West Virginia.

The grant of rights is an all-in media rights agreement that the conference would own even if a school left for another league. In other words, if Texas and/or Oklahoma left the Pac-12, the Big 12 would still own its TV rights. The agreement basically bonds a conference together for as long as the grant of rights is in effect.

But the word “bonds” is seldom used in the Big 12. If Missouri eventually leaves for the SEC a huge reason will be the typical conference infighting described above. If adopted, the 10-year grant of rights may give Missouri pause. So may the inclusion of Notre Dame into the Big 12 win everything but football.

Texas apparently is sticking to its six-year preference. Three schools -- Texas A&M, Nebraska and Colorado -- have left the Big 12 since June 2010.

Adding to the incongruity, Missouri is supposedly leaving the conference because of instability. West Virginia/Louisville want in because of stability. Go figure.


Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Groove I see why your rated Amatuer and your profile is five years old.  Read my posts. I know this particular politician well, and it's not his modus operandi to be doing something "for WVU" and not take public credit for it while doing so. This wasn't done by Manchin or Rockefeller, another who likes to shine the public eye his way when he's "helping the people" of WV.

I'll abstain from name calling, unlike you.  Please grow up. 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

"...why would Manchin be demanding an investigation of McConnell's meddling if Manchin was guilty of doing the same thing?"

Because he's a politician, you dolt! This is what they do!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

And to add to my last post, where is McConnell pointing the finger back at Manchin and Rockafella? McConnell is getting a black eye from this, if Manchin and others had been involved from the get go, you can bet McConnell would've tattle taled on them by now. Dudd, it pays to verify stuff before you spew it all over the 'net.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

But it wasn’t a last-minute thing. Manchin and Rockefeller have been working for West Virginia while McConnell, a Louisville graduate, supports his university’s fortunes. The Big 12 is seen as brass ring for each to keep continued BCS status.
"According to sources" this is the story you got Dudd?


I'd like to know who these sources are? And if this is the case, why would Manchin be demanding an investigation of McConnell's meddling if Manchin was guilty of doing the same thing.  I tend to believe Dudd got this story wrong too.  Not a surprise.  And trust me, if Manchin had been lobbying for WVU, he'd have made that WELL KNOWN here in WV that he was doing so.  We didn't hear a word from him until the story about McConnel hit the news and the secret was out.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Dennis please don't add to the stupidy of this.Your souce is lying.Thats the problem with all this BS,nobody knows nothing about all of this.So let me put my 2 cents.A close Friend of mine who works for ESPN,told me Monday That ESPN told all The Big 12 members.As far who had more eye appeal for TV,WHICH THIS IS ALL ABOUT ANYWAY.WEST VIRGINIA WAS FAR AWAY A HEAD OF ANYBODY THE BIG 12 COULD GET,INCLUDING BYU.AND BETTER THAN MIZZU TOO.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:43 pm
 

this is like Penn&Teller...

Bull$hirt! OU & UT are so painfully disfuntctional that no one should want in this mess. Several more want out & just nowhere to go. If they had a consensus on anything other than their friggin name we wound faint in shock. These happy a$$ed directors & politions have no clue what is good for the students in any of this, or they flat don't care. And UT & OU will never end their power grab.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Dennis, your source is lying, and the chain of events supports my assertion. Read what someone closer to the scene has to say, and get your facts straight before you put them in print.





Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

I would tend to agree with you. I was not a fan of his when he was a politician (governor or senator) back home. Overall, howver, I do believe he has done an excellant job as President of OU. Unfortunately, his performance during this realignment period reminds me of why I didn't really like him back then.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Factual correction.  Boren was not a former Oklahoma state senator, but rather a former United States senator from Oklahoma.  

And that is not to give him more credit.  It seems the higher up the political ladder you climb, the less intelligent and more annoying the people holding those positions get in my opinion.  Boren has been a huge embarrassment to the Univeristy of Oklahoma during this realignment period and doesn't seem to be slowing down.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

But the word “bonds” is seldom used in the Big 12
Well, it sounds like the Big 12 needs a bail bondsman.


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