So, it would behoove the Herd to push to get something done before any Manchin move.
How about state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin of Chapmanville, who would follow Manchin as acting governor?
Tomblin has a bachelor's degree from WVU and a master's in business from Marshall. Hmmm.
WVU's hard stance has been to seek a 2-for-1. Marshall has wanted home-and-home. If Manchin were crafting things, neither side would get quite what it wanted. It could be a 6-for-4, or 5-for-3.
Who knows how new West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck would approach this? Who knows how Marshall AD Mike Hamrick - who already has created plenty of Mountaineer ire by hiring Coach Doc Holliday away from WVU - would approach Luck?
Luck, bouncing between jobs in Houston and Morgantown, hasn't been around enough to get a real read on how he regards Gang Green.
Hamrick, a former East Carolina AD, knows the Mountaineers and ECU - another Conference USA program - have a home-and-home, six-year deal coming up. Marshall also has had or will have home-and-home with Big East members Cincinnati and Louisville (and perhaps USF not too far down the road).
Hamrick knows he's not going to get WVU home-and-home, but we wants the Mountaineers playing in Huntington every so often (like this Sept. 10) because the Herd needs to sell tickets and produce revenue through fundraising tied to season seats.
The dynamic involved in the above, while less important than making sure the Mountain State sends the best person possible to the U.S. Senate, is compelling, too.
Luck was a Mountaineer quarterback. Hamrick was a Marshall defensive end. The coaches, Holliday and Bill Stewart, have both worked at WVU and MU in their careers. I think they all want to play the game, but in just what kind of deal?
Hey, it might give Manchin something else to talk about on the campaign trail, or if he can't get a done deal before he leaves town, maybe Tomblin can just call another special session to work out this political football.
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