We shall see. Luck, though, who replaced Ed Pastilong, has almost certainly added a different dimension.
"I think they're still talking," Manchin said. "These are good people. It's been worked through before. Oliver has had to get up to speed on everything.''
The hope is a deal can be announced this weekend. There are but two major universities in this state. Not to figure something out and play, especially with the advent of 12-game schedules, would be silly. As I've said before, if Louisville and Purdue can agree to home-and-home series with Marshall, and WVU can agree to a home-and-home series with East Carolina into, seemingly, perpetuity, certainly an agreement can be reached here.
If not, Manchin could again get involved in schedule making.
"If I felt the negotiations were completely going south,'' Manchin said, "would I step in and ask how that could be? Yes. I'd ask how that could be justified.
"If the sides reach an impasse and I get wind of it, I would [get involved]. I'm not hearing that, though. That's what's encouraging.''
"It's no different than a business and labor situation. If there's an impasse and I'm asked to be involved, I will be. I don't think it will get to that, though.''
The governor said the presidents of both universities have expressed support of the game to him. So far, however, no agreement has been reached.
"It's not high on my agenda,'' Manchin said. "But it is high on the state sports agenda.''