Jim Manilla, the mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., issued a challenge to the mayors of all the Big 12 cities with universities whose football teams play at West Virginia this season. According to the terms of Manilla’s friendly wager, the losing mayor wears the winner’s tee-shirt at their next city council meeting.
“This is a great way to welcome a new team to the Big 12 and I am happy to participate,” Rosenthal wrote in an email to The Oklahoman. “As university communities, we share many of the same challenges and benefits, so I look forward to exchanging ideas with and building a partnership with Mayor Manilla.”
Manilla won his first bet this season when West Virginia won its first-ever Big 12 game, a 70-63 shootout victory over Baylor on Sept. 29. But the Mountaineers are on a current four-game losing streak, which includes home losses to Kansas State and TCU.
Manilla wore a purple K-State shirt at Morgantown’s Oct. 30 city council meeting, and is expecting to receive his TCU shirt in the mail soon.
The shirts Manilla sends to opposing mayors were made locally by SustainU, a Morgantown company that makes clothing from 100-percent American recycled products. The Oklahoma shirt Rosenthal sent to Manilla was donated by the Apothem, an OU sportswear store on Campus Corner.
“I am not expecting to have to wear the blue and gold at a council meeting,” Rosenthal wrote.
Rosenthal, who was first elected mayor in 2007, is also director and curator of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center, and an OU political science professor.