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Morgantown mayor sports purple for bet

By Corene Brisendine

The mayor of Morgantown, W.V., made good on his bet Tuesday evening at the Morgantown commission meeting.

Jim Manilla, Morgantown mayor, had a bet with Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd about the result of the Kansas State/West Virginia game on Oct. 20. The losing team’s mayor was to wear a shirt from the winning team at the next city meeting. The Wildcats won, of course, so on Tuesday, Manilla sported purple.

Manilla, who is making similar bets for all of the team’s home games, said the idea was to “reach out” to the mayors of the Big 12 during West Virginia’s inaugural year in the conference.

“This is the first one we lost,” Manilla said. “West Virginia did lose to the Texas Tech game, but it was an away game.”

Manilla said he hoped the Fort Worth mayor will be at the game on Nov. 3 when they play Texas Christian University at West Virginia. Pepperd could not attend the West Virginia game, but Amy Renz, president of the K-State Alumni Association, represented Pepperd in his stead.

While this Tuesday the Morgantown commission meeting was not a formal meeting, but a work session, Manilla said he was willing to go ahead and wear the Wildcat’s shirt because he didn’t want to wear two shirts during the next commission meeting in case West Virginia lost against TCU.

“I don’t want anyone to think they got gypped,” Manilla said.

Manilla said he didn’t think he would place bets next year, but he had a message to Pepperd: “Tell Mayor Pepperd next year he will have gold and blue on.”

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