CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University tied South Carolina in this week's college football poll by the Associated Press. That placed it second behind only Oklahoma in Big 12 football.
But WVU is dead last in Big 12 academics.
U.S. News & World ranked WVU as No. 164 in academics among the 200 universities it rates.
The Big 12 is not exactly the Ivy League when it comes to academics. The University of Texas rated highest at No. 45.
Money may be part of the problem for WVU. Texas has an endowment fund of just under $2.6 billion, while WVU's endowments total $340 million.
Professorial salaries average $107,400 a year, which puts WVU in seventh place in the league.
WVU's graduation rate is low as well. According to the Dominion Post in Morgantown, only 33 percent of WVU freshmen graduate within four years.
That is well below the 54 percent rate at Texas Christian and 53 percent rate at Texas.
George Lynn Cross was president of Big 12 member Oklahoma for 25 years. He once said in frustration to a legislator, "I would like to build a university of which the football team could be proud."
Something to think about.
CHARLESTON will host the 2014 National Marine Corps convention. Mayor Danny Jones, a Marine veteran of Vietnam, and Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams of Barboursville, a Marine veteran of World War II, made the winning pitch in Mobile, Ala., last month.
The vote was 800-30 for Charleston. The competition included Washington. D.C., and Alexandria, Va.
"We just knocked it out of the park," Jones told City Council recently.
The Marines (there is no such thing as an ex-Marine) will book 500 hotel rooms for seven days.
The city will host the 2017 conference of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States.
The two military get-togethers will boost the city's economy by more than $3 million.
Jones has been aggressive about securing conventions. A great place to live has also turned out to be a nice place to visit.