Here's your fun, albeit meaningless at this point, story of the day. It involves Senator Joe Manchin, from West Virginia, and conference realignment. West Virginia native Nick Saban makes a guest appearance along the way, and the SEC is the focal point.
Important to note that West Virginia ended up accepting a Big 12 invitation and is in the midst of wrangling its way out of the Big East. But the SEC rumors and the quote from Saban floated by Manchin in retrospect are a bit interesting.
Manchin: "I thought we could have been in the SEC," Manchin said. "I talked to my dear friend Nick Saban about that." ...2/3— Jared Hunt (@jaredwv) February 10, 2012
Manchin: "Like me, (Saban) said 'I would like West Virginia in the SEC,' and we were working toward that." 3/3— Jared Hunt (@jaredwv) February 10, 2012
That ended w/, "They chose Missouri instead, & then you never heard a thing else about it"...(except on message boards & Twitter) #WVU2SEC— Jared Hunt (@jaredwv) February 10, 2012
Conference expansion is just the best.