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Expand-O-Meter for Tues, June 8

Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: June 8, 2010 11:50 am

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

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.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2010 8:14 am

It's called homework. DO SOME.

Colorado the insta-big-dog of the MWC?  That is by far the MOST BCS-homeresque drivel I've ever heard.  This is the same Colorado that LOST JUST LAST YEAR to the LAST PLACE MWC team?  Wow.  That rigorous Big 12 schedule sure is putting them head and shoulders above the little guy.  When are you BCS elitists going to get it through your thick skulls that the only difference between the Cartel-entitled teams and the non's is CASH FLOW.  'Cause you're not proving it on the field!  Bests versus bests, say, in BCS games?  Wow.  Those worthless little guys are batting .750 against you!!!  Colorado wouldn't have even MEDALLED the last 3 years in the MWC.

Keep pretending they're not toe to toe with you, and keep up the unchecked breaches of anti-trust law, and maybe they'll just go away...


Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:19 pm

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Kenneth Starr, in-over-his-head former prosecutor. Baylor, in-over-its-head athletic program.

Match made on Skid Row

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 4:41 pm

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I have an idea for the Big Ten expansion.  I call it the Manifest Destiny plan, otherwise known as go big or go home.  The Big Ten adds Duke, Notre Dame, Texas, USC, and Stanford.  Yes, this is a joke .  I know there is a zero percent chance this will happen…but I just wanted to throw it out there.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:38 am

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So now the BCS has really extended it's pressure to the conferences.I have to laugh when I read the Big 10 comissioner say it's not about the money.You know thats what it's all about.For years the Big 10 has courted Notre Dame under the premise of they are a good fit acidemically and regionally.Both true points,but don't forget that no matter how good or bad any of their sports teams are they still hold they National Exposure card.To a tradionalist (which I am) this changes the whole landscape of the game.I had to chuckle the other day when i saw the Division forcast for the Super PAC 16,basically a Big 8,with a couple Arizona teams and the old PAC 8.And with Boise State exerting pressure for the Mountain West to be included in the BCS,they need to compete against schools 3 or 4 times their size.Good for the football team  yes but what about the minor sports.

The good old days are gone.What used to conference champs competing on New Years Day hasn't and will never be the same.The next story I expect to see after all this conference realign stuff is "No we're not talking about a D1 playoff".And it's coming

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 2:51 am

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Colorado a big dog in the MWC??? You should try stand up comedy instead of journalism.

They will be a midrange performer in the MWC for some time.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:09 pm

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I think the only thing that is clear from all this rumour-mongering is this: The big Twelb is NOT a viable BCS league.  I mean, in almost every re-alignment scenario, the Big Twelb ceases to exist.  That's the only thing that is an almost guaranteed certainty in the next few seasons (along with the final, final, and we really mean it this time death of the Big East).  Two things that I don't think have been mentioned are these:

1) Nebrasky, Missouri, Oklahoma, OK State, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, and K-State leave the Lil' Twelve to form....wait for it....The Big Eight.  Oh wait, that's right, you can't do that in the BCS-era, gotta have 12 members and a lucrative conference championship game.  So, they nab a couple of teams from either the Mountain-WAC or Conf-USA.  TCU, Houston, SMU - whoa, wouldn't THAT be ironic?  The castoffs from the old SWC, helping to stick it back to the Texas schools that dumped them?  Probably not realistic, but there are enough BCS-calibre programs among those leagues to give added punch to a reborn Big Eight, and then you can have your socialist revenue-sharing that the mean-ole Longhorns won't let you have.

2) Notre Dame going ANYwhere other than to the Big Leventy-Leven.  What if...what IF, the Irish were given an invite to the new Big Eight?  Now you have the original league, plus a combo of the Irish, Horned Frogs, BYU and Utah, or shoot, go ahead and ask Boise State to come along.  THAT league gets a TV contract pronto, and Tejas and her little sisters are free to join the Pac-14, or the Sun Belt, where they would pretty much have the same set-up that they have in the current Big Twelb, anyway: Texas dominating a bunch of mediocre southwestern schools.

Of course, neither of these are being discussed because of one thing, and that's the reality that Texas really IS a deal-breaker.  All these ultimatums being handed out are going to the wrong programs.  Somebody needs to aks the LONGHORNS to cut their palm and swear un-ending brotherhood to the league THEY created more than anyone else.  If Nebrasky, Mizzou, Oklahoma et al DID bolt, then some carpet-bagging conference would swoop in and ask Texas please please pretty please we'll give you gold if you bring your athletic budget and 40 million television sets to our humble congregation we've loved you since second grade please say you love us and join!

The final scenario no one talks about is this: Why doesn't Texas pull a Notre Dame and go indy themselves?  Evidently, they don't need anyone else, and they operate under their own set of rules.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:43 pm

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Wow, some of you have a short memory.  Yes CU has sucked balls that last few years, that doesn't instantly make Baylor the better option here.  Baylor hasn't done squat since the late 80's and early 90's and it's not like they were national powers back then even. 

For those of you spouting off about Baylor having better athletics from top to bottom, this is about FOOTBALL.  CU's football history from 1980 to now is vastly superior to Baylor's.  This is just Texas trying to get their way again (like when they forced TCU out of the Big 12 when it was formed).  I don't know why Texas has such a hard-on for Baylor, other than the gaurenteed win every year.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:37 pm

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If CU had Utahs schedule the past four years.  hmm maybe they would be in the BCS twice in a four year stint.  No MWC is not at the same level of compitition yet but it is by far the closest of any none BCS.  I think if CU joins than it has a very good chance at a BCS auto-bid.  who knows with the Big XII going to PAC-10 maybe the two Arizona Schools will move to a conference that would very honestly appreciate them and not just one/two in a crowd of 16. switch SDSU for Nevada (again 1 in 9999999999 chance there is little logic in this)and then you could have 12 teams from 6 states. and invite NMSU (1 in 999999999999999999999999999999).

Arizona State

Colorado State
Air Force
New Mexico
New Mexico State

(and where is TCU, Idont know?)

this plan has  a 1/999999999999999999999999999999999

999999999999999999999999 of happening but it would combine the four corners region Plus nevada back into a conference together, Like back in the day when it wasnt about $$$.
If the  Big Xii south and Pac ten merge it would be the end of the rose bowl for sure.  how about a matchup of Oklahoma State verses Ohio State sounds very traditional.

The two Arizona schools probably make a lot of money in the PAC 10 especially if the Big 12 south joins, so it would be a financail step off a cliff. a very big cliff.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:05 pm

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what several blogs - need information to lend creedance to your statement.

Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:00 pm

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 If the PAC 10 were to add only two new members it would not be Utah. Because Utah and BYU are a package deal only and would not be separated away from each other even for a better conference and more money. They are Siamese twins like Alabama and Auburn or Michigan and Ohio State. So it would never happen.

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