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Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:16 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As of this moment, there is -- almost without question -- no more powerful coach in all of college football than Alabama's Nick Saban. But as it turns out, even Saban couldn't pull enough strings to get someone other than Missouri the coveted 14th invite to the SEC.

That's according to the account provided to the Charleston Daily Mail by West Virginia senator Joe Manchin, West Virginia University graduate, who said he and Saban had spoken and "were working toward" snagging that invitation for the Mountaineers before the league settled on the Tigers. Both Saban and his wife Terry are West Virginia natives, and Saban spent two seasons in the late '70s as a defensive assistant for the Mountaineers.

"I thought we could have been in the SEC," Manchin said. "I talked to my dear friend Nick Saban about that, and, like me, he said, 'I would like West Virginia in the SEC,' and we were working toward that."

The Charleston Gazette also reported in October that Saban had been lobbying behind the scenes for West Virginia. But to no avail: Missouri was officially added as the SEC's 14th team in early November.

"They chose Missouri instead, and then you never heard a thing else about it," Manchin said.

That decision helped lead to a bitter political struggle between Manchin and Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell. McConnell, a Louisville graduate and Republican, reportedly attempted to block the Mountaineers' bid to join the Big 12 with the hopes of getting the Cardinals the invitation instead; Manchin, a Democrat, responded by publicly calling for Congress to hold hearings on whether McConnell had committed an ethics violation.

In the end, of course, Manchin and the Mountaineers got their happy ending -- they're not even going to have to wait an extra year -- and Manchin says the feud with McConnell is in the past. But with as powerful an ally as Saban on his side, you have to wonder if he doesn't wonder what might have been if the SEC had lent a more friendly ear.

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Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:27 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Actually Steelbucks67.........You're correct. Those were quality wins for Iowa St.,Illinois, and North Carolina. That's one each for the Big Ten, Big Twelve, and ACC. Now none of those conferences had as many quality wins among their bottom teams as the lower level SEC teams did
I don't know if you can actually say NONE of those conferences had as many quality wins as in the regular season, as the orginal statement was, the SEC only had those 2:  Wake Forest and Cincy.  I only looked for one team in each conference, but I'm sure if I looked harder I could find 2 in each conference with relative ease, so I don't think you are correct to say that NONE of those conferences have as many quality wins among their bottom teams.
none of those wins you mentioned even come close to matching Tennessee's win over a Cincinnati team that finished ranked #23 in the final AP poll
That is a true statement, though the SMU and Rutgers wins are pretty close, though CUSA isn't an AQ conference and thus a bit lower in the pecking order than the Big E and Rutgers finished behind Cincy. 

  
   
 



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Actually Steelbucks67.........You're correct. Those were quality wins for Iowa St.,Illinois, and North Carolina. That's one each for the Big Ten, Big Twelve, and ACC. Now none of those conferences had as many quality wins among their bottom teams as the lower level SEC teams did and none of those wins you mentioned even come close to matching Tennessee's win over a Cincinnati team that finished ranked #23 in the final AP poll. But they are good wins for those conferences.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:26 am
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Steelbucks, if you are going to try, poorly and stupidly as it turns out, to cherry-pick remarks from a complete post, then at least pick ones that support your argument, and not ones that you have to add to to make yourself look like something other than a fucktard. Idiot.

UKrazy, I would say that you have described yourself perfectly. Thanks for saving me the trouble of coming up with something witty to cut you with as you have done so quite well on your own. Thanks......I really didn't feel a need to get upset or call anyone names over something as ridiculous as the claim that the bottom of the SEC was better than any other conference because their losers beat some otherlosers (6-7 teams) as I obviously proved that not only the B1G, but the ACC, PAC, and B12 can all make that claim. Have a nice day. 

If anyone was cherry picking it was the original poster who didn't say anything about Ole Miss, Kentucky, or Vandy....I merely showed that every conference has losers that beat someone that by his standard was a quality win thus proving that the bottom of the SEC is the same as the bottom of most other conferences. 




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:23 am
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Steelbucks, if you are going to try, poorly and stupidly as it turns out, to cherry-pick remarks from a complete post, then at least pick ones that support your argument, and not ones that you have to add to to make yourself look like something other than a fucktard.  Idiot.



Since: Aug 9, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

SEC team beating an Ohio St. team that was 3-5 within the Big Ten. Therefore that's another quality win for the SEC. And these wins I'm listing were achieved by the bottom of the SEC
Wow, beating 6-7 Ohio State and Wake Forest were QUALITY wins?  Really?  Are you serious?  Then I guess Illinois beating 6-7 Arizona State was a QUALITY win for them.  And Iowa State beating 7-6 Iowa--that must be a SUPER win since they actually have a winning record.  And ATM beating SMU--an OUTSTANDING win for them.  And North Carolina beating Rutgers must be a SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICIXPIALADOCIOUS win for them.  Wow, you are right--no other conference's losers had QUALITY wins, but that because most of them had BETTER wins.  Isn't this fun?  Mediocrity at its finest--they're ALL winners, there are NO losers!!!
  



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:24 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

TO.LSUAstro75,
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;    I'm fine Thanks.But we will give you Some Touchdowns For Your BCS Bowl Game against Nicky Baby.It seems Like WVU and LSU set Bowls Records.One for Scoring,and For Not Scoring.Enjoy Your Wine And Chesse.Next year try to get a Mapquest to Find The End Zone.Its North and South about 100 yards either way.You know Where Those  Two Big Yellow Goal Posts are at each End Of The Field.




Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

To Teres Minor,
      
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;   Thats billboard sure looks good this year.I'll tell you one thing,We WVU Would have scored more points than LSU did against Nicky Baby.Remember 3 years ago Bama Played Utah in The Sugar Bowl,and UTAH POUNDED THEM.SABAN COULDN'T RUN OFF THE FIELD FAST ENOUGH.



Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Personally, I would have loved to see WVU in the SEC East.  Nothing against MO - they will prove themselves to be a great addition and I like the school.  Just seems to me that if WVU/TN, WVU/KY, etc. seemed more natural.  WVU fans are SEC caliber with their enthusiam and it seems this school has been yanked around.  WVU in the B12 just does not make sense.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

Yes I have noticed how the ACC, SEC and the B1G have great atheletes that are qualified academically and poor old WV couldn't make it academically in those conferences, those football playing brain surgeons the ACC, SEC, and B1G put out are right up there with the Harvards, Princeton's, and Cal St-Berkeley's, its almost like and academic miracle and everyone kis so impressed,lol, NOT.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:41 am
 

Report: Saban tried to get WVU SEC invitation

What difference does it make whether it's regular season or not? Are bowl games easier to win than regular season games?


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