You'll recall Oklahoma State athletic department T. Boone Picked has stayed on the very expensive fence about adding West Virginia to the Big 12. One theory: he doesn't trust a place that needs all that topography. What are they hiding in those hills? It's just honest business to conduct affairs on the flattest possible terrain.
Among his objections: the quality of Morgantown's airport.
Morgantown ... as I remember, you've got to fly into Pittsburgh and then drive a couple hours. That's pretty isolated.
If there's one thing the world should know about West Virginia, it's that West Virginia will not stand for anyone speaking ill of West Virginia. Here's Senator Jay Rockefeller, followed by some selections from the Twitter hashtag party that sprang up to defend the good name of the Mountain State:
"We've made it clear at every level to the Big 12 Conference that we're ready and willing to extend the runway if that's crucial," he said in a statement issued to the Daily Mail.
"I've already been exploring options with the FAA this week, and I know the state has done the same with the airport."