Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, will be holding a press conference at 6 p.m. in Charleston, W.Va. to discuss today's developments on the hold up of West Virginia's potential move to the Big 12.
Said Manchin in a statement:
“If these outrageous reports have any merit – and especially if a United States Senator has done anything inappropriate or unethical to interfere with a decision that the Big 12 had already made – then I believe that there should be an investigation in the U.S. Senate, and I will fight to get the truth,” Senator Manchin said. “West Virginians and the American people deserve to know exactly what is going on and whether politics is interfering with our college sports.”
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, also issued a statement.
"The Big 12 picked WVU on the strength of its program -- period. Now the media reports that political games may upend that. That's just flat wrong. I am doing and will do whatever it takes to get us back to the merits."
The New York Times reported on Wednesday a late push by Louisville on Tuesday night put pressure on the Big 12 to consider the Cardinals as the league’s next member instead of West Virginia.
The Times cited two unnamed sources who said lobbying by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and David Boren, the president of the University of Oklahoma and former senator, helped slow West Virginia’s entry to the Big 12.