CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook:
I found an examination of WVU's athletic department loans from its university interesting.
Drew Rubenstein of Morgantown's Dominion Post reported the Mountaineer athletic department assumed five internal loans within the past six years and has almost $13 million in debt outstanding to the university at-large.
That partially explains how WVU's athletic department has moved so easily from the Big East to the Big 12, increased coaching salaries and improved facilities.
The internal loan practice, however, is fairly typical across the country. And, in this case, it was smart for the university at large to do what it could to help facilitate the Mountaineers' move into the Big 12.
Understand WVU athletic director Oliver Luck had to promise a total athletic upgrade to the rest of the Big 12 before being selected as a new member. The AD told his coaches this season not only to check out playing arenas, but opposing housing, locker rooms, training rooms, etc., for the purpose of comparison. WVU was one of the standard bearers within the Big East, but not so within the Big 12.
Also, WVU left a lot of money on the table when it walked away from the Big East. The bottom line, however, is the Mountaineers will be much, much better off financially after a tough couple years.
Think not? Understand the NBC Sports Network has verbally offered the Big East between $20 and $23 million annually for six years. In a few years, WVU's athletic department will make that or more by itself in the Big 12.
"I saw him [Tuesday] night," Luck said. "He said, 'It's the strangest thing. I know [OU defensive coordinator] Mike Stoops and all, but I haven't heard a thing.'"
Luck said he also spoke to OU athletic director Joe Castiglione on Wednesday morning. Castiglione said Bedenbaugh was one candidate on a list, but nothing had been done at that point.
All can change in one phone call, but ...
Hur-ray. Many times I've wondered why schools just don't stage tailgate parties instead of playing outclassed and, subsequently, embarrassed opponents.
"The Big Ten has talked a lot about their schedules," WVU's Luck said. "To me, though, the bigger picture is that power conferences will do more among themselves. There will be increased activity within the 64 or so schools of those leagues, whether it be bowls or scheduling."