THE ACTION at the Greenbrier Classic has captured the Mountain State's heart for this week.
For the next couple of months, however, sports fans in the state should keep their eyes on news from deep in the heart of Texas.
College football insiders have confirmed there is "a lot of backchannel discussions" between Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference.
You guessed it. The topic of realignment has again raised its head.
A&M, now in the Big 12, is apparently discussing a move to the SEC in light of the Texas Longhorn network deal with ESPN. Oklahoma, also of the Big 12, may be in lockstep with A&M.
Why is that important here?
Because one or both of those moves could set a lot more in motion.
If the SEC takes A&M, the league probably doesn't stop there. Common sense would dictate football's most powerful league would also add another to get to 14 schools.
There are many scenarios. Oklahoma could move instead to the Big Ten, a la former Big 12 league mate Nebraska. It could move to the Pac-12, a la former league mate Colorado.
Whatever the case there, if the SEC expands to 14 teams, other power conferences, like the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast, might follow suit in an effort to try and keep up.
If that happens, the Big East could again be in trouble. The good news for WVU: One insider predicted the Mountaineers would end up in the ACC if leagues do indeed attempt to keep up with the SEC.
I know. Yes, it's a lot of conjecture. It's nothing for Mountaineer fans to celebrate. But discussions are ongoing, so it's something to watch. Also, it's something that should be of concern to Big East followers.
If you follow a school that isn't picked up by a power conference in a full-blown expansion cycle, your team could be in trouble.
Why? Because upcoming Big East television negotiations could be severely damaged if the conference is again raided.
Remember, league officials decided to roll the dice and not strike a deal with ESPN. The decision was to wait.
That decision could prove lethal if Big East schools jump.