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Manchin, Rockefeller, Capito Issue Statements on WVU to Big 12 Situation

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Amid reports that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has made a pitch for the University to Louisville to be added to the Big 12, rather than West Virginia University, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has now made his voice heard.

Manchin's office sent out a release Wednesday evening in which it explained that he would hold a press conference at 6 p.m. from his Charleston office to discuss the future of WVU and the Big 12.

Manchin also issued a statement, which reads:

"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. 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 released a statement Wednesday, saying, "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."

Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito also joined the statement parade and issued the following, "With 9.2% unemployment, it's disappointing that folks in Washington are meddling in our college sports.  West Virginia University brings with it a strong athletic program, loyal fans and strong alumni base and deserves to be in the Big 12.  If there is political interference going on, it needs to stop now."

We will have video and audio of Manchin's press conference posted to our website this evening.

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