MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Ken Kendrick's eyes will be on the field this evening as his Arizona Diamondbacks play an elimination game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The Diamondbacks managing general partner's mind might still wander to his alma mater - West Virginia University - and what's happening there.
"They, and everyone else in college sports, are waiting until the next soap opera appears," said Kendrick, a Princeton native and a 1965 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
"It changes every day, but it does seem like with all that goes on these days in conference realignment, all the decisions will be driven very much by media rights."
Kendrick, a generous donor who still sits on the WVU Foundation's Board of Directors, worked on business mergers and acquisitions in his prior career.
He sees some similarities in a conference searching for and acquiring a university.
"The acquirer asks, 'What does this acquisition bring to my company or to my conference?' " Kendrick said.
"In this case, West Virginia, if I'm looking at a check list - and I'm obviously a big West Virginia guy - just can't get check marks for a number of things that are important to the acquirer. It's not as though we would bring no value, but compared to other schools, we don't bring as much value. That's where we fall short."
Last month Pitt and Syracuse said they were leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Texas Christian University announced plans Thursday that will eventually lead it to the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs decided last year to join the Big East in 2012 and bring with them meaningful data the Big East could use when the BCS bids are renegotiated after the 2013 season.
Those numbers, in addition to those three schools, can't be considered now.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are left on the outside watching and waiting for something to break while knowing important factors are out of their control.
"The general theme as I understand from people back in West Virginia is that we've had some outstanding teams on the field, very good success, devoted fans throughout the state, but that a dominating factor with the larger conferences is the media rights they can obtain for their members," Kendrick said.