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Expand-O-Meter, Wed. June, 9

Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2010 6:20 am

Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 176
Who is having the best day: The Big East. Yes, the Big East. With Nebraska seemingly headed to the Big Ten, that hastens the breakup of the Big 12. Where do the castoffs end up? Try the mortally wounded Big East. Think of a nine-team Big East that would include Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Iowa State. Is this a BCA league or not? With the collapse of the Big 12 taking away a BCS spot, how could it not be?

Who is having the worst day: Missouri. I am on campus at the moment and this place is sweating mortar rounds. With the Big Ten seemingly expanding in stages the process has a "Price Is Right" feel to it ("Come on down!"). Missouri is worried it is going to be left out having not received an invite as of Wednesday night. With its current conference all but dead, Missouri could go from Big 12 darling to Mountain West bait.

Quote of the day: "Multiple sources have indicated ..." -- multiple outlets have written in the frenzy to nail down the Nebraska-to-the-Big Ten story.
Link of the day:
Get used to more of this.

What's on tap: The Nebraska board of regents meet on Friday. Bring a cooler, a lawn chair and some brats. It's tailgating in June as the Huskers officially join the big Ten.

A final thought: If someone told you 15 years ago when the Big 12 formed that something called would chronicle the demise of the conference, you'd say: What's this Internet thing?


Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 6:18 pm

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What makes more sense:
1) adding KU, KSU, ISU and Missouri to whatever is left of the Big East plus 1+ additional to get to 12 football/20 basketball members; or
2) splitting off the football schools with KU, KSU, ISU and Missouri plus 1+ additional to get to 12 all sports members ?
Which is more attractive more desirable?
Is 12/20 the perfect vehicle for a Big East Network ?
Or is it an insane behemoth? More insane than the current Big East ?

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2010 6:13 pm

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Does anyone else feel like Kansas was gound zero of a nuclear attack today!  Pieces blowing apart all around it and they are just shell shocked.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 5:56 pm

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So South Florida gets kicked out of the Big East?

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 5:30 pm

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I completely understand the disappoinment Big-12 North fans must be feeling. This was a long time coming.  For all the blame-gaming going on now, the fact is that the Big XII teams could never establish bonds of trust and weak leadership and a bad media deal left them vulnerable.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 5:06 pm

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Hmmm...this is going to get VERY interesting very soon.  See you all again after Friday's news!

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2010 12:37 pm

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I must say that Nebraska leaving the Big XII is extremely disappointing. I thought that Nebraska was above a sprint for the $$$.
I completely understand the disappoinment Big-12 North fans must be feeling.  But I also think you are being overly harsh toward Nebraska.  There is far more to this than a few million $$$.  Okay...several million $$$.  Namely, the excrement sandwich that the Texas run Big-12 has been serving it's partners to the North.  Nebraska is a program with a pedigree every bit the equal of Oklahoma & Texas, and deserved better treatment.  And the Huskers are not alone.....all of the other Big-12 North schools have been voicing discontent.  As an outsider, I am surprised and amazed at how unstable that conference is.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 11:42 am

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They won't say no, they've already said yes. That's sort of the point of the story, weren't you paying attention? Clearly more so than Dodd, because they haven't said yes yet. Osborne hasn't met with his staff since last week and the Nebraska board doesn't meet until Friday. Nebraska has put out a statement that it will not decide anything until Friday. So yes, Nebraska might say no.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2010 9:44 am

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I'm a current  Oklahoma season ticket holder who has attended OU vs NU games in Lincoln and also the Game of the Century of 1971 in Norman. To lose Nebraska to another conference is a sad day. I will remember all the classic games with all of the great players. I will also miss shaking hands with Nebraska fans. Farewell, my friends.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 8:12 am

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This expansion is ALL about the money and there is a lot more money in football than basketball. You probably don't care, but it is no accident that Cincinnati's football program is on the rise, while our basketball program is currently at the bottom of a dung pile. The AD knows that the financial success of a college athletic program is driven by football. With a program like ours with limited resources, we have chosen to put our money into football and let basketball fend for itself. We have a terrible coach but do not want to take dollars away from football to buy his contract out. Its all about football.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 8:07 am

Dodd, get back on your meds!

Your new Big East is just so wrong. Our schools do not have the money like Ohio State, Texas, and a few other schools, who can just ignore travel costs. And no school should ignore the travel time that would keep REAL student-athletes, the ones in non-revenue sports, out of class. Missouri, on the other hand, would make a lot of sense and travel would not be onerous for Cincinnati and Lousiville. I'nm assuming most St. Louis folks are Mizzou fans, and that city would make a nice fit for the other older river cities in the league. For the rest, the Mountain West makes more sense. Kansas and Kansas State are both good schools with decent football programs and one GREAT basketball program, but they are just too far for the more eastern Big East schools.

Meanwhile, when does the SEC shoe drop?

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