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City pride at stake in mayors’ bet

By Burk Krohe

There will be more at stake Saturday in Morgantown than a seventh win for the Kansas State Wildcats. There will be jerseys on the line, plus public humiliation for the mayor of the losing city.

The wager stems from a challenge issued by Jim Manilla, mayor of Morgantown, to Manhattan’s mayor, Loren Pepperd.

The two men have agreed that if K-State beats the West Virginia Mountaineers, Manilla must wear a K-State shirt at the next Morgantown city council meeting. If the Wildcats lose, however, Pepperd will have to wear a West Virginia shirt or colors to the Nov. 6 Manhattan City Commission meeting.

Manilla has issued this challenge to all the mayors welcoming West Virginia into the Big 12.  So far he’s 2-1, having clothed the mayors of Waco and Austin but lost to the mayor of Lubbock. Pepperd said he won’t be able to make it to West Virginia for the game, but Amy Renz, president of the K-State Alumni Association, will represent him there. Renz will participate in a t-shirt exchange with Manilla at the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors’ Bureau RV, a mobile unit in the stadium parking lot, following the game.

“I thought it was very good to promote West Virginia coming into the Big 12,” Pepperd said. “Put some fellowship and fun into it.”

Pepperd thinks K-State has a good chance at winning Saturday.

He said the outcome will depend on which team plays defense.

“What’s good about it is we’re an underdog, and we’re always better as an underdog,” Pepperd said. “If we can stop their quarterback (Geno Smith) from scoring every second seconds we’ll win the game.”

Pepperd said it will be a treat for fans to see two Heisman candidates, Smith and Collin Klein, go head-to-head.

“I’ll be watching with eager anticipation,” Pepperd said.

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