Mountain East Basketball Tournament Announcement Set Tuesday in Wheeling

Charleston reportedly drops bid to host games

Photos by Sam Santilli Wheeling Jesuit’s Haywood Highsmith goes up for a shot during Sunday’s MEC Tournament championship game. Highsmith was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

WHEELING — An announcement on the future of the Mountain East Conference basketball tournament is set for Tuesday in Wheeling, a day after the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau reportedly withdrew its bid to host the games starting in 2019.

Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau vice president of sales and marketing Tim Brady informed the Charleston Gazette-Mail via a news release that a scheduling issue with next year’s tournament led his organization to withdraw its bid.

There has been talk in recent years of the tournament moving to Wheeling — particularly as West Liberty University and Wheeling Jesuit University have become dominant in the conference.

Calls to the MEC and to WesBanco Arena Executive Director Dennis Magruder were not immediately returned this afternoon.