The latest round of indictments from Williamson show how far West Virginia has fallen.
The federal government alleges that Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden used his political muscle to get a discount on tires.
West Virginia now is so broke that there is not enough left for our politicians to steal.
We have to build the economy for the sake of the crooks.
West Virginia University football shows the way.
For years, WVU did things the way it always had done, staying in the Big East long after the league became a way station for teams that outgrew Conference USA.
However, with the retirement of Ed Pastilong, WVU hired Oliver Luck as athletic director.
Luck had a solid resume of success in sports management beginning with the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1991.
The first thing Luck did was junk the Big East, a move that cost WVU $11 million, which was worth every penny.
In his first year in 2010, WVU played only one ranked team, No. 15 Louisiana State, which was only its second ranked opponent in three years, bowl games included.
Thanks to Luck, two years later, WVU played four ranked opponents. (Thanks to Geno Smith, WVU beat two of them.)
Many fans complained about the travel and the loss of regional rivalries, but Pitt, Penn State
and Virginia Tech already dumped WVU by signing up with new conferences.
Other fans loved watching WVU in prime-time on national TV on Saturday night. That 48-45 win over Texas before 101,851 fans at Darrell K. Royal stadium on Oct. 6, 2012, is right up there with any bowl win.
Watching WVU lock horns with the Longhorns from the living room beats sitting in the drizzling rain in Morgantown watching them lose to Cincinnati on a Saturday afternoon.
Also, by joining the Big 12, WVU now is in a position to restore regional rivalries. College football playoffs loom ahead. TV money is too big.
Coach Dana Holgorsen outlined the plan: Teams in the major conferences will play three major non-conference games and nine conference games each season.
Goodbye Coastal Carolina.
Welcome back Pitt, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Thinking big made that return to the past possible.