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Very intriguing read today by Mitch Vingle in the Charleston Gazette in which Gov. Joe Manchin lets his feelings known about what should happen with the dwindling series between West Virginia and Marshall.
Take a gander at that story, give it a full read and come back here and comment.
But, here are a few details to be extracted that caught my eye.
* "I've been very vocal about it," Manchin said on Tuesday. "Everyone knows how I feel. It's been an economic boost to the state. It's great for everyone. It's a great game. I think Doc [Holliday] will bring that [Marshall] team along. He adds a new flavor.
"I think the fans should speak out if they believe the series should continue.''
* Whispers of late, however, say WVU officials, while willing to sign a contract, don't want a deal that matches the teams every season. There are also signs MU might move off the 1-for-1 position in lieu of a 3-for-2 deal. Or two 3-for-2 deals.
* "If I felt the negotiations were completely going south,'' Manchin said, "would I step in and ask how that could be? Yes. I'd ask how that could be justified.
"If the sides reach an impasse and I get wind of it, I would [get involved]. I'm not hearing that, though. That's what's encouraging.''+++