MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Maybe it was just because this is the sort of story that gets a good run in the summer. Or maybe it was because it's the story that's getting a run this summer, this after similar exposure in the spring and winter.
Whatever the motivation, Wednesday started with a series of tips that West Virginia Radio Corp. was disassembling its empire at Milan Puskar Stadium. The radio booth on the second floor of the press box that the company built when the stadium opened was coming apart, piece by piece. All the expensive equipment and all the expensive accessories were being removed.
Given the conflict between West Virginia University and West Virginia Radio Corp. - and if you don't know about it, I'm sorry, but we don't have the time or the space here to review what has been an increasingly ugly and now litigious dispute - you could understand the interest in the action and the implications.
Was this the definitive line-in-the-sand, no-going-back moment some desired and others expected? Had West Virginia Radio Corp. decided enough was enough, that it was mad as hell and wasn't going to take it anymore? Or had WVU finally retaliated after a series of unanswered body blows and punches to the nose by evicting its newfound nemesis?
Honestly, this was appetizing and many raced toward conclusions. And then the finish line approached quickly and blandly.
Yes, WVU had asked West Virginia Radio Corp. to clear out that space, but it had asked the same of other occupants. A construction project is set to begin on the second floor and WVU thought it was wise to clear out certain areas and to protect that expensive equipment. This was a courtesy, not a clash.
The mind being what it is, struggling to move on so easily when it's so intrigued by a subject, it was hard to leave the topic. What if that had been an act of aggression, instigated by one or the other? Surely, that would be the end of a decades-old relationship.
And that revelation led to this question: What if we're near the end of that relationship, regardless of what did and did not happen Wednesday?
Let's be clear here: That day seems like it's coming and not merely because WVU is going to link up with a Tier 3 partner and not because animosity might encourage WVU to seek another provider of radio stations.