Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 179
Having a good day: Nebraska. At the beginning of the week, a Baylor yahoo lobbyist call its fans "corn shuckers". Good luck in Conference USA, dude. The Big Ten is going to love Lincoln. It's bigger than West Lafayette, flatter than State College and more, um, culturally enlightening than East Lansing. It's got cool clubs, a new 16,000-seat arena going up and minor league baseball. Entry into the Big Ten is a game changer for Nebraska. Can't wait until Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State come marching into Memorial Stadium. One of the best game day experiences anywhere just got kicked up a notch.
Having the bad day: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. He just can't help himself. Nixon ratcheted up the angst in the Big 12 early on by disparaging the conference's academics (as compared to the Big Ten). Now his alma mater is beginning to look a lot like Tom Hanks in Castaway in conference realignment. With the dominoes tumbling around him, Nixon -- the governor, mind you -- weighed in on college football with the Columbia Tribune.
“We need to have a football playoff system,” Nixon said. “Maybe getting some of these mega-conferences will get some order there. We’ve got this BCS system of Mizzou beating Kansas and Kansas going to the Orange Bowl … and having votes to decide which is the best team when every other sport — EVERY OTHER SPORT — has playoffs. I look at this potentially as an opportunity for the larger conferences to have more sway vis-à-vis the NCAA and get what I think fans across America need and deserve: a real playoff for NCAA football. When you’ve got a larger conference they’ve got a bigger voice, and they’re the ones negotiating with Fox, ABC, NBC, ESPN, CBS, then you’re not in that old boy network of the bowls, which I think is the relic of the past.”
Given that Nixon has become the Babe Ruth Curse of Mizzou, you can now bet a playoff is what isn't coming.
Quote of the day: "This beautiful girl, quite honestly, wasn't going to be there forever." -- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany welcoming Nebraska into the league.
Link of the day: A heart-wrenching look at the demise of the Big 12 from the center of the conference, Kansas City.
On tap: A 16-team Pac-10 by Wednesday.