ESPN's College GameDay is coming to Morgantown.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, Erin Andrews and David Pollack will be coming at the worst possible time as far as the Big East Conference is concerned.
While Mountaineer fans revel in the fact that the beloved WVU will be hosting a No. 3 LSU team that many have playing for the national championship in January, you can bet that the biggest topic of discussion by Fowler and his cohorts will revolve around the ripping asunder of the Big East and Big 12 as independent conferences and the ramifications of the recent defections of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
If ever there was a time when the people of West Virginia needed a "Miracle on Ice" kind of scenario, it will be Saturday.
In a matter of days a conference that was the envy of nearly every other conference in the country when it came to is basketball teams now has its remaining programs scrambling to find another league to accept them or join the remnants of the Big 12 to form a less-than-attractive-BCS conference.
Making matters worse is the eerie silence that is coming out of the Big East headquarters as well as the lack of comments from WVU's Director of Athletics Oliver Luck.
They say that silence is golden, but that adage fails to hold water when it comes to Mountaineer fans and their football program.
Internet talk sites are imploding with the amount of theories, complaints and finger-pointing that is going on over the Panthers and Orange, a charter member of the Big East, electing to join former-Big East members Miami (Fl), Boston College and Virginia Tech as members of the 'new' ACC.
And, if rumors are to be believed Rutgers and Connecticut will also be receiving invitations before the week is out.
Where, in all of the mess called realignment, does West Virginia find itself?
This is where Luck is being looked to, and criticized, for leadership. Fans need to hear from the head of their athletic department where it stands on the recent events and what is being negotiated to protect its products and give them the best opportunity possible to play for national titles.
Instead they are left with silence.
A silence that was broken on Sunday when Luck released a short statement.
"There is no question that the landscape of college athletics is once again changing. West Virginia University has great tradition as the state's flagship land-grant institution, and we will continue to do what's best for our university and its athletic teams. No matter how the college athletic landscape changes, there is no doubt WVU is and will remain a national player."
Government constantly reminds us that the public is under a "need to know basis" and they don't need to know everything. This, however, is not government. It is the Mountaineers and their fans need, and deserve to know, what is going on right now.
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