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Senator Calls For Investigation Into Conference Realignment

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West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin will be holding a press conference at 6 p.m. to discuss the hold up of West Virginia's potential move to the Big 12 and the rumors that politicians and other high-ranking people are reaching out to the Big 12 on behalf of Louisville.

"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."

West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller 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."

I'd say this could get ugly, but, we past ugly a long time ago.

For more on the Mountaineers, visit West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. For more on the Cardinals, visit Louisville blog Card Chronicle. And stay tuned here for more conference realignment news.