It seems the hypocrisy of college realignment is affecting West Virginia’s entry into another conference. Despite Oliver Luck’s best efforts to present an attractive package to courting conferences, the powers that be for the ACC and SEC have a different interpretation of what defines an institution as desirable. This is the speculation amid reports of West Virginia’s rejection by the ACC and SEC.
At least the SEC is being straight forward and pointing toward the lack of major markets ($$$ for the $EC) owned by the Mountain State, something I ain’t apologizing to anybody for not having. The state is way too beautiful to be covered over with concrete and wired with TV sets. West Virginia in its entirety may only be home to 1.8 million people, but they’re 1.8 million of the best people this country has to offer. Border to border, mountain top to river bottom, there is not a single place I’d rather be on college football Saturday, or anytime for that matter.
The ACC is using academics as a scapegoat as if their main motivation for expansion revolves around the academic qualifications of the institution they are pursuing. If that was really the case, Villanova and Temple would be given legitimate opportunity. No sir, its Notre Dame and Rutgers that the ACC desires, perhaps even selling their soul to get Texas. Everyone knows the draw for Notre Dame, Rutgers sits on top of the NYC market, and Texas is the flagship school in the 2nd biggest state in the union.
Here’s the only deal that matters, because West Virginia has been snubbed before. Those schools can keep their snooty affiliations, West Virginia will keep winning. The Mountaineers will take recruits from their states, then go into their backyard, and beat them on their field. Then the Mountaineers will continue to play Primetime football, while schools like Syracuse and Pitt phase deeper into the mediocrity and oblivion of a 16 team conference.
It’s all about pride, now. West Virginia has just been insulted by institutions with less class, less personality, and less heart.
First, we show ESPN how to throw a party, Mountain State Style. ESPN picked Morgantown, let’s show them the excitement and pleasure we take in cheering for the Mountaineers. Next, we pack that stadium and make them hear our roar all the way up in Pittsburgh. That’s right ACC, don’t count on Pitt or Syracuse playing Primetime anytime soon. Then we beat the hell out of the Tigers in 60 minutes of Mountaineer football.
That’s what it’s all about, folks! Mountaineer Pride!