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February 8, 2012 12:46 pm
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Senators Fight Over College Football

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University of Louisville and Oregon State University competing in 2010. Photo: wiki commons.

Politico – On paper, Sen. Joe Manchin would seem to be Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ideal ally: He’s a red-state Democrat who is distancing himself from President Barack Obama just as the GOP leader is trying to derail the White House’s agenda.

But some things are bigger than politics — like college football.

McConnell now has a bitterly tense relationship with the freshman, fallout from a lobbying battle over the senators’ two alma maters — the University of Louisville and West Virginia University — and the final open spot in the prestigious Big 12 Conference.

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