Athletic conference should not be renamed
It is distressing to me and hundreds of proud West Virginians that a decision has been made to rename the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference the Mountain East Conference. How is it that the oldest athletic conference in the nation, established in 1924, can be so casually dropped in name without consideration of the traditions it has represented over the past 88 years?
It brings to mind all the great coaches, athletic directors and athletes who have, and continue to, represent their institutions and the state with great distinction. To reorganize may be desirable, but to toss away the prestigious and legendary name seems unnecessary - and for what purpose?
Two schools have decided to return to their Pennsylvania roots and three other out-of-state schools are planning to join us in West Virginia. Fine, but what about the 11 colleges and universities within our borders who represent every section of the state? Is this reorganization plan an exercise to exclude Alderson-Broaddus and Davis & Elkins, both proud banner carriers of the WVIAC over the years? Does someone think the structure and makeup of a small college conference must be a mirror image of a Big 12, a Big 10 or other division I conferences?
A name change to drop "West Virginia" and re-name the conference "Mountain East" is an affront to all who love everything West Virginia.