There is peace in the valley–for now

They got it right.

It’s not often you can say that in college athletics because usually when there is a winner  in the sports world there is a loser or multiple losers. But in the case of conference expansion, the powers that be in college football put their heads together and got this one right.

As a result, there were a lot of conference commissioners who spent last night breathing a sigh of relief and smoking a victory cigar. That’s what happens when you dodge a bullet that could have ripped a huge hole into the body and heart of college football as we know it.

When Texas announced last night that it would stay and thus hold the 10-team Big 12 together, it allowed the sport to step back from the brink of what could have been a fundamental change in college football as we know it. Some of it would have been good but most of it would have taken on the feel of a shotgun marriage for financial expediency and survival. There would have been some winners but some proud schools with great athletics traditions–we’re talking about you, Kansas–could have been severely damaged.

You have to understand that if all of the dominoes had fallen into place, we could have had two of the six BCS equity conferences (Big East, Big 12) simply put out of the football business. That would have been an ugly and heartbreaking thing to watch for all of us who love college football. 

But in the deal that was crafted yesterday, nobody got everything they wanted but  just about everybody got something they wanted. That’s the classic definition of a good deal. Let’s run down the conference scorecard this morning:

Big 12: Yeah, they only have 10 teams now that Nebraska has bolted to the Big Ten and Colorado has gone to the Pac-10 (11). That was a good move for both schools. Nebraska wasn’t happy in the Big 12 and will get a big pay raise. Colorado more identifed with the West Coast and will have a chance to compete in football now that the flagship program in the Pac Ten (USC) has been significantly damaged by the choppy waters of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

You say the Big 12 loses its championship game? Yeah, but you need to know that the coaches in that league are thrilled. They never liked the game and now the winner of the Texas-Oklahoma game can pretty much punch their ticket to a BCS bowl. And the loser has a chance to get into the a big bowl as well. Texas used its considerable muscle to get the payday it wanted. Same for OU and Texas A&M, who used its flirtation with the SEC to make sure that the Longhorns didn’t big foot them on the finances of the new deal. Those three schools were big winners and the other seven schools in the league will get less money. But those schools, particularly Kansas and Missouri, won’t say a word. They are glad to still have a home.

And the Big 12 is not going to add two teams to get back to 12. This is the deal they wanted.

PAC-11: You have to give new Commissioner Larry Scott credit. Because his conference is rarely seen on national television in prime time, he knew he needed to do something bold. So he swung for the fences and tried to create the Pac-16. It would have been a brilliant move and would have sparked a huge bidding war between ESPN and FOX for the television package. But at the end of the day Texas got what it wanted to stay put.

The Pac-11 will add another team, probably Utah from the Mountain West. But remember that I said this: Keep an eye on Scott. He is a very smart guy. Despite the sanctions against USC, he is going to make the Pac-11 a force again.

SEC: The SEC never, ever wanted to expand but commissioner Mike Slive had to have a plan in pace in case his hand was forced. That is why he reportedly (it was never confirmed by his office) went to Texas A&M on Saturday to lay out the SEC case for the Aggies. I believe Texas A&M would have seriously considered splitting with Texas had all of those Big 12 teams moved West. But when the plan was put into place to keep the Big 12 together, A&M was staying put as long as the financials made sense.

So the SEC got what it wanted. It didn’t have to do anything. The conference still has 14 years left on its TV contract with CBS and ESPN. The SEC has won four straight BCS national championships and Alabama will be your preseason No. 1. Life is good. You don’t mess with Happy.

ACC: Breathing much easier today. There was concern that if the SEC felt it had to expand, it might look to strengthen its Southeastern footprint at the expense of the ACC. Everybody in the ACC was publicly expressing their loyalty to the league.

Based on some calls I got yesterday,  trust me when I tell you that if the SEC had added Texas A&M and was looking for a 14th team, it would have gotten very interesting for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But a note for those who were floating Duke and North Carolina as possible candidates for the SEC: I don’t have the word skills to fully explain how wrong that was. Duke and Carolina were the holdout votes for the LAST ACC expansion. They don’t like having 12 teams now. They sure weren’t going to join a 14 or 16 team SEC.

Big East: The Big East was vulnerable to getting at least three teams poached by the Big Ten and could have been forced to break up, scattering teams like Connecticut, Louisville, West Virgnia, Cincinnati, and South Florida to the wind. As a football conference the Big East lives to fight another day.

Mountain West: Added Boise State, and that’s a good thing. The MWC may lose Utah to the Pac-11 and that’s a bad thing. It also had a chance to draft those cast adrift if the Big 12 had broken up and that sweepstakes could have included Kansas. So the Mountain West didn’t win and it will survive the loss of Utah. The league is on the way to being an automatic BCS qualifier in 2012. Now the Pac-11 could get frisky again and try to take BYU as well, but for a lot of reasons I don’t see that happening.

The Big Ten: I saved the best for last. The Big Ten didn’t get the monster fish it wanted (Notre Dame) but it did get Nebraska and all of its football tradition. Nebraska is in a small TV market (115) so it’s not a home run when it comes to increasing subscriptions  to the Big Ten Network. But the Big Ten can now have a conference championship game on the first Saturday in December if it choses to do so. And it will be huge. 

I don’t discount the possibility that commissioner Jim Delany will someday invoke the nuclear option and go to 16 teams.  But I think that is less likely right now.

After college football came so close to major upheaval and the possible destruction of two conferences, if Delany jumps back into the fray again and disrupts the peace, he will be portrayed as Gordon Gekko, the amoral financier from “Wall Street” who saw life as a zero sum game and himself as the ultimate winner. Too many people have worked too hard in the past five days to basically save college football from itself.

Today college football is at peace and Delany reads the tea leaves as well as anybody. The Big Ten stays at 12–for now.

So it’s been quite a ride, boys and girls. Of course when the next television contract comes up for negotiation, we’ll probably be having these conversations again. But for now, I’m anxious to start talking about football once more. I’ve had just about all of the high finance that I can stand.

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307 comments Add your comment

Otto

June 15th, 2010
9:57 am

I don’t see the SEC expanding unless other conference do as well. The SEC CG is the only Conf CG that has been a success. The matchups work and the conf wins titles while making more money than any other.

Tx A&M could have emerged from the shadow of Texas with a move to the SEC. I think both sides were beginning to see that. Texas ran the SWC into the gorund and has ran 2 storied programs out of the BigXII with their revenue sharing deals for the conf. Tx A&M would be the only school in Texas that could sell the SEC to Texas recruits. LSU and Arkansas would recruit Texas even heavier. Texas would end up not having a lock on Texas talent with OU.

The next thing the media and most of the public had wrong is the 16 team mega conf was not a way to a playoff but a way out of it. If the PAC and Big10 went to 16 teams they would push for 2 speperate divisions, no championship games and a possible 3 BCS bids. I could also see the Cotton in the Jerry Dome becoming a BCs bowl. If the PAC10 and Big10 stopped a playoff from happening a few years ago, why would that change now? Especially with money coming in from a monster TV deal and 3 BCS bids.

fbfan

June 15th, 2010
9:58 am

Will -

Before last night’s deal to “save” the Big12-2, everyone said Arkansas would never leave the SEC because it gets so much more money from the SEC than it ever could from the Big12.

Well, with the guaranteed $20 million a year to Texas, A&M, and OU in the new Big12-2, there would appear to be a good possibility that that Big12-2 MIGHT be in the position to offer Arkansas a slot in the Big12-2+1 that could garner Arkansas SEC-type money.

In addition, let us NOT forget WHO is the BIGGEST Arkansas alum with the BIGGEST football palace on the planet … yes, Jerry Jones of JerryWorld. Don’t you think ol’ Jerry isn’t cooking up schemes to bring his Hogs into the Big12-2 as one of the two additions it would need to get to 12 and a championship game to be played in …. JERRYWORLD?????

CMS

June 15th, 2010
9:58 am

I think Texas likes being the big fish in a small pond. They can do that in the Big 12 or Pac 10 or 11 or whatever they want to call themselves. But they know they can’t be the big fish in the SEC. It just won’t happen. Simply put they’re the bully that doesn’t like being bullied.

No to 16

June 15th, 2010
9:58 am

I don’t think the SEC will initiate any further expansion. I think you’ll see the Pac-10 make another move, then the Big Ten to 14 teams, then the SEC to 14 teams. The SEC has no need to expand unless the others do. And even if that occurs, the SEC will have the entire ACC to choose from….neither the Pac-10 nor the Big Ten will be a threat there.

And as far as Notre Dame goes…it’s just a matter of time before the NBC deal disappears (thanks to Comcast) and the BCS changes its deal in order to allow more top level teams to participate in its bowl games. And although the Big Ten would love to have Notre Dame in the conference, you’re not going to see the Big Ten make the first move. Notre Dame will have to apply before the Big Ten discusses anything further with Notre Dame. In the end, Notre Dame will need the Big Ten more than the other way around.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:01 am

Otto—-

Actually, the Big XII championship game was a big success, too, but that’s gone now.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:01 am

T3, Texas did look at the SEC and the SEC’s offer to A&M likely saved the conf or prevented Texas from taking even more money in the deal that save the Big12, or SWC, or Big8 whatever fits now.

It will be interesting to see if the Big10 plays a championship game or if they go after more teams.

Winkasdad29

June 15th, 2010
10:02 am

Until College Football gets a playoff to determine a National Champion, the business aspect will always take some of the luster off of a great American sport. I dislike the fact that for college football, it’s all about money and not about the sport. I thought sports were played to determine a champion on the field. Get rid of the conference championship games. Win your league, get invited to the playoff. 6 or 8 teams, use the bowls as playoff games. Then the National Championship Game with ALL of North America watching! That would be AWESOME!

RxDawg

June 15th, 2010
10:02 am

Will

June 15th, 2010
9:53 am

Nice post

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:04 am

Atlanta Gator, The BigXII CG was never the success of the SECCG and the coaches/ADs never liked it. The media is correct the Red River Shootout is now the BigXII CG and both teams stand a good chance of getting in BCS bowls.

A win win for the 2 teams that run the conf and get money based on the bowls and championships they play in.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:04 am

fbfan—-

The only way that the Big XII (X) can offer SEC-like money to Arkansas is for Texas to give up some of its own disproportionate share. So, I ask you this: given every thing we have learned about the money-grubbing, me-first Longhorns this past week, how likely is that?

DAWG Colonel

June 15th, 2010
10:04 am

Truly a Win-Win-Win. The SEC is functioning quite well at 12 teams. Texas got a bone to chew on and Nebraska and Colorado got new homes that make more sense.

The landscape will certainly change in another 5 years so don’t sit back and assume this is final. There are alot of college programs on the rise (TCU, SMU and Boise State, USF) who will become very attractive if the current trends continue. Not to be overlooked is the current BCS structure so you can see storm clouds on the horizon.

But the sky is clear at the moment. And the SEC is happy and life is good.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:06 am

No, no other conference championship game has equalled the SEC’s, but the Big XII’s was making very good TV money.

State the obvious: no Big XII (X) championship game = fewer conference TV dollars to share.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:07 am

Winkasdad29, Not having a playoff adds luster to the BCS CG and the entire season. Every game matters and an upsaet can completely change the Nation Championship picture.

College Football is getting headlines in the middle of the offseason. CFB in many parts of the country is overshadowing a dream NBA finals matchup. The system works makes money and keeps fans hooked even if it is voice their dislike for it.

5IML

June 15th, 2010
10:07 am

Texas wants its own network. The Pac10 is about to create a conference network where each member relinquishes its rights to its material. The Pac10 said Texas would not be granted an exception. Texas was only going to the Pac10 if the Big XII ceased to exist. And the Big XII would only cease to exist if Texas left. A catch-22 controlled by Texas.

How much of a risk did was Texas taking:

Oklahoma publicly said they would blindly follow Texas
Texas’ legislators would not allow TAMU to split with Texas
The other Big XII schools had no other alternatives

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:08 am

Oh, yeah, and the biggest opponent of the Big XII (X) championship game just joined the Big Ten (12).

SimpleDawg

June 15th, 2010
10:09 am

The Big 10 + 1 + 1 should be the RuBAC……the Rust Belt Athletic Conference.

The Big 12 – 2 should become known as Bevo and his Heifers.

And…

The Pac 10 + 1 should be known as The Hang Eleven conference….or maybe The Tree Huggin’, Wave Ridin’, Mogul Jumpin’, Cactus Conference.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:09 am

Atlanta Gator, no BigXII CG is likely to make more money for OU and Texas which run the conf.

Yes Iowa St., Kansas, Iowa St etc likely make less but they didn’t have say in this to begin with.

Tarheel72

June 15th, 2010
10:10 am

The ACC will probably expand to 16 for better geographical alignment (UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, West Virginia would allow for a real nice North/South divisional package). But one thing you can take to the bank. Carolina and dook will be together forever and will always be in the ACC as long as there is an ACC. They are more joined than Oklahoma/Texas or Michigan/Ohio State. God himself could not part UNC/dook, no matter how much money was at stake.

RxDawg

June 15th, 2010
10:12 am

Another thing to consider about the Big XII (X) championship game is the fans. They have already had a taste of it, and it tastes good. The fan demand for another championship game will make the Big XII (X) supply it.

Paul in RDU

June 15th, 2010
10:12 am

AG – In order to win the Fulmer Cup this year you are going to have to leapfrog Phil’s former OC’s team. The administration in Durham is not going to be happy.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:17 am

The 2009 SEC championship game generated $14.5 million for the SEC. Let’s assume the Big XII (X) game only generates two-thirds of that; since when is $10 million chicken feed? Texas just royally screwed seven of the ten remaining members of the Big XII (X) for an extra $10 million a year.

RxDawg

June 15th, 2010
10:18 am

Tarheel72, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the ACC try to steal some thunder from all of this and expand. I’d say the conference is in some jeapordy mainly due to the failure of the championship game. So they may feel preasured to try to make some splash and expand.

I’m not trying to knock the ACC, as it has some solid teams, but look at what just almost happend to the Big 12, who has (had) a great championship game and had one of it’s teams play for the national championship last year.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:20 am

Paul in RDU—-

Try as we might, the Gators can’t seem to achieve a breakthrough in the Fulmer’s Cup standings. The Gators may just have to console themselves with another 7 SEC championships and 2 more NCAA titles. With the College World Series still pending, there may yet be another consolation prize.

: P

T3

June 15th, 2010
10:21 am

Will makes an EXCELLENT point.

Anyone else remember Barnhart’s May 10th article titled:
WHY ARKANSAS WILL NOT LEAVE THE SEC??

Barnhart wrote…
“Let me tell you in no uncertain terms why that won’t happen…”
regarding a move by Ark to the Big12.

Barnhart wrote that Ark wouldnt leave the SEC b/c Ark couldnt earn from the Big12 anywhere near the $17 Million/Year they earn from the SEC.

Uh-Oh ?! Really ?!

Initial reports are stating that members of the Big12-2 will get between $14 – $20 Million per year in a new contract. If the BIG12-2 chose to add to more teams, money would be more like $20-$25 Million/Year.

And for those who havent noticed $20 Million > $17 Million.

Uh-oh.

IF……the Big12 chose to invite new members
to make 12 again (or 14), these teams would be on the short list:

Arkansas
Houston
UTEP
SMU
TCU
New Mex
New MexSt
Arizona
Arizona State

AZ & AZST would be stupid not to move to the Big12 if invited.

NOt saying it will happen, but it is lacks credibility to say arrogantly that “IT WONT HAPPEN.”

So, once again, “Mr. College Football’s” credibility takes another hit.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:24 am

Atlanta Gator, it is a band aid and much of the BigXII jsut took a possible hit.

http://www.rockmnation.com/2010/6/14/1518199/mizzouexpansionapalooza-2010tm-so

The article has some interesting info on the remains of the BigXII. We maybe back here in a few years.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:24 am

RxDawg—-

It would be brilliant if the ACC would grab Connecticut and Syracuse, solidifying its northeastern flank against further Big Ten (12) intrusion. Both are solid academically, good basketball schools and periodically produce ACC or better quality football teams.

Paul in RDU

June 15th, 2010
10:27 am

AG – With some of your top points scorers for the Fulmer Cup in 2009 having left for better paid occupations you will have to bring in some excellent recruits. I am sure that you will reload and finish in your usual positions both on and off the field

Boise Dawg

June 15th, 2010
10:27 am

Everyone keeps saying Utah to the Pac 10 and that does seem logical. Just curious Tony if you think there is any chance the Pac 10 would take Texas Tech instead? Better football tradition and you get the state of Texas. Texas Tech breaks out from the long shadow of Texas and may make more money as part of the Pac 10.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:28 am

T3—-

Read carefully. Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma may get $20 million, but not the other 7 have-nots of the Big XII (X).

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:30 am

Paul in RDU—-

No doubt the Gators will find the means to “gouge” their back to competitiveness in the Cup standings.

; )

fbfan

June 15th, 2010
10:31 am

From The Ralphie Report – if this comes to pass, CU & Utah will have VERY happy fans:

http://www.ralphiereport.com/2010/6/14/1518549/cbs4-denver-colorado-buffaloes-to#comments

Think about the differences in road trips between the Big12 North and such a Pac12 (or 12Pac!) South, and not just the destinations, but the MILES AND MILES of countryside through which one would have to drive to reach each such destination from Boulder:

Ames, Iowa Tucson, Arizona
Manhattan, Kansas Salt Lake City, Utah
Lawrence, Kansas Phoenix, Arizona
Lincoln, Nebraska Pasadena, California
Columbia, Missouri Los Angeles, California

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
10:32 am

Bosie Dawg—-

Without Texas and Oklahoma as part of a “package deal,” there is no way in Hades that the Pac-10 would ever take Texas Tech. Ditto Oklahoma State.

Tom S

June 15th, 2010
10:39 am

I see a contradiction in Tony’s article. He says the SEC doesn’t want to expand, but yet when A&M was in play, they made an offer. Nothing was forcing the SEC tp do that.

I actually think the SEC got at bit of a black eye out of this — they were publicly rejected by both A&M and Texas. It was reported that UT did not want to be associated with the SEC’s poor academic standards. Ouch.

Boss

June 15th, 2010
10:40 am

Barnhart couldn’t be more wrong.

The Big 10 is still expanding to 16, they are still in their 12 month timetable. This is nowhere near over, it’s just slowed back down to the original timetable set by the Big 10.

The Big 10 is now the undisputed top conference in America. They have 4 of the top 10 all time winnings programs in football. And they make many millions more per school than the SEC in TV deals. They do all this while maintaining top notch academics top to bottom. All 12 schools are in the AAU. Only 2 SEC schools are in the AAU and Florida doesn’t really belong there.

Finally, the SEC did not get what it wanted. It wanted a school in Texas. It made an unconditional invitation to a school in Texas. And it did not get a school in Texas. The SEC was rejected by Texas A&M. The SEC lost. Pretty simple.

Not all ACC schools are pledging loyalty. In fact, only Maryland, Miami, and Virginia Tech made any such pledge.

I understand that southern reports are going to have some bias in their analysis, but this piece by Barnhart is just plain off the charts foolish in it’s lack of objectivity.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:40 am

BoiseDawg, I do think the PAC10 was telling the truth when they said it was not about a Championship game. It would not surprise me if the PAC stays at 11.

I think conf. expansion has cooled off for now but I do not think talks are completely over.

richham

June 15th, 2010
10:41 am

The Big 12 may have gotten the money they wanted, but they are going the route of the Big 10. No conference game equals less exposure at the time of the year you really need it. The Big Ten will now slide back up into the top with the SEC for national title game rights.

I don’t care how much Texas thinks of itself, it’s pretty clear that the national exposure the Big 10 gains will put the Big 12 behind the SEC, Big10, and even the ACC. Losing that title game is a much larger hit than everyone thinks. Just wait and see.

This is a great spot for the ACC. If they were to snag Conn and Syracuse, it would be a huge boost to an already strong basketball conference and actually one up everyone else in football.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
10:43 am

Employee, I do agree that this Big10 is back on their timetable and that this is not over.

However much of the SEC makes more than the BigTen with their ability to make their own in state TV deals and control over the brand.

fbfan

June 15th, 2010
10:50 am

Big12-2 now has major pressure to schedule top-flight out-of-conference opponents …

… or else its OU-UT winner early in the season in Dallas (and thus likely undefeated winner of the conference title so long as there’s no playoff game) SHOULD have great difficulty having the high strength of schedule component required to get into the BCS championship game.

SO … wouldn’t it be sweet if those schools can’t succeed in getting such top-notch OOC opponents? (OU has some on its upcoming schedules, but UT does not.)

gcs

June 15th, 2010
10:51 am

I have been saying for years that the NCAA should just change the rule that says a conference needs 12 teams to have a championship game to 10 teams.

Now that all this chaos is dying down, new NCAA president, Mark Emmert, needs to step up. I would also like to see a NCAA rule against mega-conferences. They are not good for the game.

.

T3

June 15th, 2010
10:59 am

Atlanta Gator: try to “Think” carefully.

In a (10) team “BIG12″ conference, TX, TexasA&M, and OK
would get…AT LEAST $20 Million/Year…with the other 7 schools
getting between AT LEAST $14-$17 Million per year.

LINK: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5286672

If the BIG12 chose to add two (or more)more teams, the payouts would likely rise to AT LEAST $20-$25 Million per year for the “lesser” 9 teams, with Texas, TexasA&M, and OK E-A-S-I-L-Y getting closer to $30 Million per year.

Even with a brand new BIG12-2 contract…BIG10 “powerhouses” like
INDIANA, PURDUE, NORTHWESTERN, and MINNESOTA…WILL STILL…earn more and WILL CONTINUE TO EARN MORE than Texas, TexasA&M, and OK.

Texas, TexasA&M, OK surely beleive they are “worth” more than
INDIANA, PURDUE,and others.

Now that Texas, TexasA&M, and OK HAVE EVIDENCE that they are “worth” $20+ Million per year in a (10) team conference, it wouldnt surprise me if Texas, TexasA&M, and OK announced that they were now “suddenly” emboldened with a “new sense of confidnece” and decided to “go shopping” for two more teams.

And, contrary to SEC super-homer Barnhart’s narrow-minded diatribe,
Arkansas WOULD BE THE VERY FIRST SCHOOL contacted by the BIG12.

And, in a newly-reformulated BIG12, a team like Arkansas would earn MUCH MORE than the $17 Million/year they get from the SEC.

Bottom-line:

This “realignemnt” process may not be over,
and Arkansas “could” be in play.

Otto

June 15th, 2010
11:01 am

SOS is no longer part of the BCs formula. OU and Texas have scheduled OOC along the lines of most strong BCS schools. The pressure maybe on Mizzou to schedule OOC if they want to make the BCS CG but that was the case in the BigXII at 12 teams.

valdosta

June 15th, 2010
11:05 am

i agree with many here.

tony insists on wearing his sec-colored glasses and its
left him really out of touch with whats been goign on

his reporting stinks

Gridiron Gator

June 15th, 2010
11:13 am

Laughing about some of the Fulmer Cup comments here. Wouldn’t be saying a whole lot if I were UT. I know there had a very “verbose” meeting over at the Florida Football complex yesterday. Meyer has had it with the behaviors and is extremely close to a zero tolerance policy. Everybody on the team will be punished and there are some reports of Frankie Hammonds imminent departure despite the fact that he had a prvious clean record and good academics. Still, there is no substitute for stupid……

Gridiron Gator

June 15th, 2010
11:15 am

Sorry about the typing, not my forte I guess.

big12 Poke

June 15th, 2010
11:15 am

gotta agree with some of what t3 said.

tx, tamu, and ok are in a solid position to arm-twist to leveridge for big tv money, larger than what the big10 gets. no way in hell tx is gonna accept the same or less money than what indiana or nwestern gets.

they do everything bigger in tx, and now is as good as any time to get back to 12 teams.

adding arkansas will almost resurrect the old SWC conference.

adding utep and houston would keep a lot of big12 tv money inside the state.

RxDawg

June 15th, 2010
11:20 am

Arkansas won’t leave the SEC for the Big XII (X) unless it’s for a whole lot more money. It’s kind of the one bird in the hand vs. two in the bush kind of thing to put it simply. The SEC is solid, can you say the same thing about the Big XII now? Plus they don’t wont to really give off the feeling that they are for sell to the highest bidder every year.

I think it would take a significant amount of money to move them because there is a little more to it then just $’s.

Charlie Bama

June 15th, 2010
11:23 am

Tony, Tony, Tony. I told you this was gonna happen! (man up and admit it.) Plenty of noise, some colorful streamers and then, well, nothing spectacular. It was all geared toward forcing ND into the Big Tin (didn’t work), then saving face by inviting the Cornhuskers (nice back-up plan). Then that little head fake prompted Colorado to the PAC 10, where it’s “all about academics” (NOT about Colorado not wanting to be left out in the cold and NOT about locking up the Denver TV eyes). And Texas and its little bubbas dancing with the PAC 10? All for show. The only thing I could not have predicted is Auburn bolting to the Sunbelt, but I expect they’ll be happy there for a few years anyway.

Don

June 15th, 2010
11:28 am

If the Pac 10 didn’t want to add Baylor because of church affiliation then they certainly are not going to offer BYU. BYU’s only option is the Big 12 if they ever want to expand from the current 10 schools. They PAC 10 won’t touch them.

fbfan

June 15th, 2010
11:28 am

About the Hogs …

Read up on how T.Boone has given a boatload of bucks to OkieState and UTexas.

Jerry of Dallas would surely love to do the same for his beloved alma mater, although he probably doesn’t have the bucks to do so just yet, given how much he must have leveraged himself to build JerryWorld. Anyway, if Jerry and some of his rich pals with Razorback roots were to provide sweeteners to Arkansas, that might make up some or all of the difference in how UArkansas might view a switch to the Big12-2+1or+2….

Just sayin’

Because last night’s FOX and ESPN $$$ to the Big12-2 hasn’t yet sunk in with many. Heck, it FLOORED the Pac10 commissioner, who looks like a fool today.

Atlanta Gator

June 15th, 2010
11:29 am

T3—-

Please provide links to written, reliable sources. And, no, I don’t mean fan blogs.

I will believe it when I read it in the Austin-American Statesman, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, New York Times or St. Louis Dispatch. In the mean time, I treat it like the fantasy it is.

Ask yourself this: why would ESPN or anyone else pay $300 million per year for privilege of television Iowa State vs. Kansas State? Put down the crack pipe and step away. It takes a lot more than two decent teams to make a conference worthy of $300 million per year.