Posted October 27, 2011

You got politics in my football! YOU got football in my politics!

Big 12, Big East, Conference Realignment, Joe Manchin, West Virginia Mountaineers

Joe Manchin (center) is a Senator, a West Virginia advocate and someone who should really stop complaining about other people inserting themselves into football conversations. (AP)

Woke up wondering what conference your alma mater might be affiliated with today? You’re not alone. Here are the latest thorny tangles, as fast as we can separate them. By the time we publish this it’ll already be out of date, but BY GUM, HERE IS A SIGNPOST OF SORTS.

Big East-Big 12 realignment got real yesterday. Reeeeal annoying. That West Virginia conference hop that was all but announced now might end up with Louisville leaving the Big East for the Big 12 instead. Or both teams. Or neither.

Meanwhile: Boise State and the Big West are playing non-football footsie under the conference table. The Big 12 remains a web of sorrows. The Big East continues to woo Air Force. Missouri’s still around, somewhere. T. Boone Pickens speaks against Morgantown, sort of, from the bustling metropolis of Stillwater. Everybody paying an iota of attention to the situation is naturally exasperated. Stewart Mandel has a can’t-miss plan for the West Virginia-Louisville conundrum. And there isn’t a font large and blinky enough in the known universe with which to properly type “LOLZ” at Senator Joe Manchin whingeing about political intervention in college football. Oh, honey. No. Just … no. (Everybody remembers Manchin, right?)

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