Blog Entry

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

Posted on: June 1, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2010 6:32 pm
 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Big 12 may have another member's loyalty to worry about when it comes to a long-term commitment.

Kansas AD Lew Perkins hinted strongly Tuesday that his school has been contacted by at least one other conference recently as expansion mania rages. Twice during a 26-minute press conference at the Big 12 spring meetings Perkins seemed to leave the door open for Kansas' future.

Asked directly whether his school had been contacted by another conference, Perkins said: "I won't go into any detail...People call me, I call on them. We're communicating."

Near the end of the press conference, Perkins was asked if Kansas would listen if the Big Ten called.

"How do you know they haven't called us [already]?"  he teased.

So, have they?

"I want you to think about my question back to you," Perkins said.

Those comments don't necessarily mean Kansas is going anywhere. On the surface, KU is not exactly dealing from a position of strength. It has neither the market nor the football program that would seemingly be attractive to the Big Ten.

But Perkins' comments have to add another layer of angst for a conference worried about its future. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has suggested he will issue an in-or-out ultimatum this week to schools with wandering eyes. Obviously, he is referring to Nebraska and Missouri which have been mentioned prominently as Big Ten candidates.

The Big 12 would be impacted severely if those schools left for the Big Ten. On the other hand, the league could get along with 10 teams and maybe even prosper more than it is now. With only 10 mouths to feed, a new lucrative TV contract could be negotiated next year.

The Big 12 is the nation's biggest example at the moment of every-man-for-himself in the conference carousel. It could be poached on the East by the Big Ten and on the West by the Pac-10. As long as big dogs Texas and Oklahoma hang on, the Big 12 seemingly will stay viable. If not, well, Texas AD DeLoss Dodds didn't exactly pledge loyalty Tuesday when he said that the Longhorns "...are going to be a player in whatever happens."

It's all a matter of who has the leverage. Texas' is the richest athletic department in the country. Missouri has 2.5 million virgin households potentially for the Big Ten Network. Nebraska is a name brand that could turn on televisions all over the country.

Kansas? A top-five basketball program and a mediocre football program reside in one of the nation's least populated states.

"I'm worried every day about what is going to happen...," Perkins said. "This is serious, serious, serious stuff."

Perkins admitted he was distracted by a couple of recent scandals at the school and hadn't been fully focused on the expansion issue. The school reacted to ticket scam last week that may have cost the school between $1 million-$3 million in scalped tickets. Perkins also said he couldn't go into detail regarding an ongoing blackmail investigation. Perkins filed a police report in April over a dispute regarding workout equipment that had been lent to him.

"The future of Kansas and 200 other universities in this country is expansion and affiliation ...," Perkins added. "The Big Ten has been in existence for 100 years. The Pac-10 for 100 years [actually only 32 years]. If you really analyze us, we're [Big 12] teenagers. We're just young kids. This is me saying this: I want to grow old with all my siblings."

The meetings conclude on Friday.

 

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

We'll see, i doubt a top 3 all time program just folds. KU was good in the MVC, big 6, big 7, big 8, and big 12 so what makes you think the next name of the conference will sink the basketball program? Basketball plays around 20 out of conference games unlike football and KU could survive playing former Big XII teams and other big name programs in out of conference TV games. I know as a fan of KU that all that really matters is being a top 5 BB team year in and year out, the Orange Bowl win was just a bonus. But look at the revenue list that showed KU athletics bringing in 86 million and ranked 11th in the nation, how did they do that by only having BB? Time will tell how this plays out,I just wish college athletics wasn't all about cash and tv and that tradition and winning still meant something to these commishes and AD's.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2010 12:22 pm
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

Sorry ChiefSaren, I like KU, I always root for them in the NCAA tourney.   But ALL Kansas has is basketball, no other sports matter.  Its a done deal, Mizzou and Nebraska to the Big10.   The PAC 10 grabs Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Colorado, OU, OK ST, and that leaves the Jayhawks begging to get into the WAC or CONF USA.   It sucks man, but KU just doesn't offer anything besides the basketball program, WHICH WILL SUFFER 6-8 years from now when they're playing in a TIER 3 conference.   I hate to see it, but the Titanic is being built in Lawrence..the ship will sink.   RIP KU



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2010 12:57 am
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

 Also, to the KU fan stating that Missouris basketball and football programs are jokes???  I believe Missouri has gone farther than Kansas the last two years in basketball...  we also have a TOP 10 recruiting class for next year (KU was 60th?).   Lets not even talk about football, Missouri has had 5 first round draft picks the last 3 years... KU has ONE.   Not to mention Missouri has the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft in Blaine Gabbert.   Missouri's recruiting class in football is also in the TOP 20...Maybe he was just remembering a whole 3 years ago when KU accomplished in both BB and FB in a 3 month time spand what Misery hasn't been able to do in either sport in their 100+ year history. So yeah when you only have to look st 3 months to out achieve a schools history then you have the right to call them a joke.

 MU has been to 25 NCAA tourneys without ever making a single final four, that is under the definition of a joke in the CBB dictionary. KU beats down mu on the court in heads up play with ease only having 1 loss in the last 10 meetings, so save the we made it a day longer in the dance one year crap, because they actually play each other multiple times every year. Now your saying MU is better at recruiting in BB then KU because theres no scholarships for Self to give out one year. KU won the NC in 2008 had all 5 starters drafted to the NBA and were again ranked #1 just 2 years later and sent 3 more guranteed draftees out  this year with 2 being lottery picks. So KU loses 8 players to the draft in 3 years and still will be a top 10  team next year, but MU is out recruiting them in BB now? lol.

 Kansas was 10th in Athletic revenue just last year, if misery knew how to do that then they wouldn't have to trick themselves out to the highest bidder.





Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: June 4, 2010 10:15 am
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

Trash coming from a Wisconsin fan.   What the heck have they EVER done?   Also, to the KU fan stating that Missouris basketball and football programs are jokes???  I believe Missouri has gone farther than Kansas the last two years in basketball...  we also have a TOP 10 recruiting class for next year (KU was 60th?).   Lets not even talk about football, Missouri has had 5 first round draft picks the last 3 years... KU has ONE.   Not to mention Missouri has the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft in Blaine Gabbert.   Missouri's recruiting class in football is also in the TOP 20...KU is just trying to schedule those tough games with Mercer, Princeton, and Northern Illinois.

Please, Kansas is a ship that is about to be sunk.    Have fun in Conference USA.... HAHAHA

Nebraska fans, see you in the BIG 10.   Wisconsin can't hide behind their weak ass schedule anymore!



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

"You know, this is getting old..

Missouri and Nebraska, you are the bottom of the barrell and last choices...

Just stop already and stop trying to defend them each time this stuff is mentioned.."

Aww, someone hasn't done a lot of research.  Mizzou and NU are two of the most likely candidates.  Sorry, friend.  Also, a Wiscy fan saying NU is at the bottom is just hilarious.  Thanks for the laugh!



Since: May 28, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2010 1:40 pm
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

Yep Slippy.  KU may only have Basketball, but your beloved university is a joke in both. 



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 1:10 pm
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

You know, this is getting old..

Missouri and Nebraska, you are the bottom of the barrell and last choices...

Just stop already and stop trying to defend them each time this stuff is mentioned

LOL because wisconsin has made serious noise football wise in the big 10 lately, i understand if i was badger fan i dont want nebraska to come. gratned basketball neb is a walking doormat in basketball but not so much in football and that defense is no joke. i aint gonna defend mizzou their on their own but you should lay off the kool aid or pipe or both when posting nebraska isnt bottom of the barrell and if they were to come to the big10 they are top3 in football. plus its big10 fault for all these conference expansion talk that has every conference checking their ship to see whose staying or jumping, if they just make their mind up or pick their teams then this whole issue ends quickly



Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 11:57 am
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

I wouldn't be surprised if the Ivy League wouldn't let graduates from any of those schools clean their bathroom floors, let alone let them be able to say that they attended an Ivy League school. Baylor could possibly be one of the schools were it not for their religious affiliation, or at least I think they have one. Best way to do all of this is to make it where every D1 conference is a BCS conference. Add a couple of bowls and you can cover everyone. More money, more equality, and a better system for everyone. I love the BCS bowls and will watch as many as they put on TV.




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:53 am
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

SoonerBred I mean. Sorry. Wasnt taking a dig, honestly read your screenname wrong.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:52 am
 

Kansas could be the latest Big 12 school looking

SoonerBad,

     Maybe they did, overall. But that wasnt what I said. According to what Ive seen, from TV revenue, Texas made 12 mil. Each Big Ten school made 22.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com