The thinking is there's an outside chance the Orange Bowl would pass on, say, Stanford to match up Virginia Tech and WVU. (What would be great, at least for reporters seeking angles, is a Stanford-WVU matchup. That would pit the Cardinal's quarterback, Andrew Luck, against the alma mater and current place of employment of his father, Mountaineer athletic director Oliver Luck. Don't see that happening though.)
First, he said he did talk to Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson throughout the process of landing TCU. You may remember the outcry of ex-Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, who said ACC commissioner John Swofford blindsided him and his conference during a raid.
Second, he said Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon, of all people, first put the TCU idea on the table. Dixon is a TCU alum and started talking to Horned Frog AD Chris del Conte at a football game while on a recruiting trip.
Third, Marinatto said his league ran financial analyses on what TCU would mean in regard to future television negotiations as well as what the inclusion would cost each Big East school in the area of travel, etc.
"What you have to know is in-season competition is not required within the Big East," Marinatto said. "TCU can choose to compete against local schools throughout the season then participate in Big East championships. The only exceptions are quote-unquote team sports: the two basketball teams, football and baseball, volleyball and women's soccer. So [the cost is] not as dramatic as you would think."
A little over a month ago, I told you about a couple of very tall young men at WVU's home football game against Maryland. Basketball players.
After some digging, I found out via The Kiski School coach Daryn Freedman they were Sim and Tanveer Bhullar, underclassmen at the all-male private school in Saltsburg, Pa.
The brothers are 7-foot-4 and 7-2. They're from Toronto and Sim, 17 and a junior, was the taller one who, according to the coach, had narrowed his college choices to WVU and Pitt.
Well, the word I'm getting now is Sim Bhullar is transferring to Huntington Prep and coach Rob Fulford. Ditto standout 6-10 combo forward Stefan Jankovic.
What that means to WVU coach Bob Huggins is anyone's guess, but Bhullar is moving from the boarding school in Pennsylvania to the Mountain State, for whatever that's worth.