October 28, 2011

Manchin Congratulates WVU On Big 12 Membership

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following statement about the news that West Virginia University will become part of the Big 12 conference. 

“This is a great day for West Virginia and a very proud day for Mountaineers,” Senator Manchin said. “I’m so happy that the Big 12 made its final decision on the merits: the strength of WVU’s athletics, our academics and our spirit. Joining the Big 12 will showcase our state in a whole new way. I’ve always said that West Virginians can compete – and excel – on any field, and I look forward to great things from our teams in this excellent conference.

“Like most great successes, today’s news was a team effort. I thank Senator Rockefeller and our entire Congressional delegation for their hard work on this issue, President Clements and Athletic Director Luck for their diligence and all the fans, students and athletes who have taken WVU to the next level.”