Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 175
Who is having the best day: Colorado. Mountain West presidents decided not to expand Monday, in essence because they thought they could get Colorado. Don't believe the stuff about CU getting an ultimatum from the Big 12. It's a Texas ultimatum to Nebraska. At this moment, it looks like Colorado is going to be taken care of one of three ways: by the Pac-10 in the six-team Big 12 shift, by the Big 12 or by the Mountain West where it can be the big dog in a suddenly BCS-quality league. Not a bad fall back for a cash-strapped athletic department.
Who is having the worst day: Kenneth Starr. Just what the heck was that press conference on Monday? Baylor's president said absolutely nothing. Sure, Baylor is committed to the Big 12 but would leave for the Pac-10 in a heartbeat if its political forces in Austin weasel the Bears in ahead of Colorado. Big Ten. Six days on the job and Starr is already going D.C. suit on us.
Quote of the day: "There hasn't been this much talk of expansion since Oprah stopped using the treadmill." -- reader comment after the first Expand-O-Meter on Monday.
Link of the day: Well, it's almost in our face. Pac-10 invites coming soon according to Orangebloods.com.
What's on tap: Someone please tell E-O-M, does the Big Ten stop at 12 if it gets Notre Dame or does it go to 14 or 16? I don't think even Notre Dame or the Big Ten knows.