According to the New York Times, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is lobbying to the president of the University of Oklahoma and a former senator to get Louisville in the Big 12, and that’s holding things up with West Virginia’s move. Yesterday, it appeared the deal was done for the Mountaineers to leave the Big East. Now, people with knowledge of the situation told the Times that it’s a 50-50 shot between West Virginia and Louisville for which school joins the conference.
McConnell is a U of L grad and a self-proclaimed “die hard Louisville football fan.” The five-term Republican leader is not a very popular man in West Virginia right now.
The two schools play each other on November 5th. I think the winner should get the bid.