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Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 11:19 pm
 

The appearance that Louisville and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell made a late push into the Big 12 expansion process this week is not accurate. A source told CBSSports.com that three senators identified Wednesday in national reports have been involved in the process for what was termed "weeks."

McConnell and West Virginia senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin had all been in contact with at least Oklahoma president David Boren before Wednesday’s messy expansion revelations, the source said. Manchin threatened a Senate investigation if it was proven McConnell was lobbying in Louisville’s favor against West Virginia.

CBSSports.com reported exclusively Wednesday that the Big 12 had a press release ready and at at least two high-ranking conference officials were scheduled to fly to Morgantown, W.V., for the announcement that West Virginia was being accepted into the league. That process hit a snag when Louisville’s prospects improved.

But it wasn’t a last-minute thing. Manchin and Rockefeller have been working for West Virginia while McConnell, a Louisville graduate, supports his university’s fortunes. The Big 12 is seen as brass ring for each to keep continued BCS status.

It is a logical assumption that all three politicos were seeking Boren’s influence in the matter. (A spokeswoman for Manchin's office said Thursday night: "Senator Manchin does not know, has not spoken to or been in contact with President Boren.") Before becoming OU’s president, Boren was Oklahoma governor and a former Oklahoma state senator from 1979-94. The New York Times reported that McConnell had also contacted Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance, himself a former congressman, to push Louisville.

But Boren -- a political animal of the highest order -- now is central to the expansion discussion. According to a source and at least one report, Oklahoma wants the 10-year grant of rights and Louisville for the Big 12. Texas wants a six-year grant of rights and West Virginia.

The grant of rights is an all-in media rights agreement that the conference would own even if a school left for another league. In other words, if Texas and/or Oklahoma left the Pac-12, the Big 12 would still own its TV rights. The agreement basically bonds a conference together for as long as the grant of rights is in effect.

But the word “bonds” is seldom used in the Big 12. If Missouri eventually leaves for the SEC a huge reason will be the typical conference infighting described above. If adopted, the 10-year grant of rights may give Missouri pause. So may the inclusion of Notre Dame into the Big 12 win everything but football.

Texas apparently is sticking to its six-year preference. Three schools -- Texas A&M, Nebraska and Colorado -- have left the Big 12 since June 2010.

Adding to the incongruity, Missouri is supposedly leaving the conference because of instability. West Virginia/Louisville want in because of stability. Go figure.


Comments

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

It's ironic that Missouri wants to leave the Big 12 because of "instability", when they are in a position to create said stability by STAYING in the B12!!! 


Why would Missouri want to stay in that goat rodeo?



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

You have no idea what you are talking about.  There will be no stability in the Big 12 so long as Texas and Oklahoma are allowed to operate outside the whole.  No way you can have stability when 8 teams agree to pool ALL their TV revenue but 2 others only agree to pool their 1st and 2nd tier rights (e.g., Longhorn Network and soon to be Sooner Network).  The Big 12, and some of its misinformed fans, is the only conference that believes that is a fair way to do business.   




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

The only way the madness will end is with a playoff system that the top 16 BCS teams qualify (that will never happen). So we have AQ today and after 2013 the TV money will demand that the BCS games be the top 10 BCS teams (we all see this comming). So how does a college become a top 10 BCS team? Will the conference be the answer? Will win-loses be the only answer? Will TV ratings be the answer? Get ready because we will be no this ride for the next few years.




Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

It's ironic that Missouri wants to leave the Big 12 because of "instability", when they are in a position to create said stability by STAYING in the B12!!!  With the 6 year grant of rights, there is ample time to create the long-term situation that they want.  A 10-year grant of rights would be even better, but shouldn't even be necessary. 



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

An another thing to Mr Dodd,You have a man Crush on Rich Rod too.He HAD THE BEST JOB HE WILL EVER GET,at WVU and Ran away from that.Both you guys are made for each other.DUMB AND DUMBER.Your sources are like Horses.I will give a little scoop,there will be a Big 12 STATEMENT COMING VERY SOON,MY FRIEND.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

how about senators stayout of college football and do their jobs in washington. this conference realignment  crap has gotten ridiculous



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

Now I've seen everything, two schools well East of the Mississippi River are now fighting to get into a conference west of the Mississippi River that many schools tried to get out of!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

If you believe what comes out of the mouth of a politician reflects reality, and do not understand that nothing is ever as it seems when it comes to politics, then my assessment was indeed accurate.

I predict this will become clearer to you as this story unfolds.

FYI - the reason I'm rated amature and my profile is five years old is because in that 5 years I've posted maybe 3 or 4 times, so your perception of that is way off the mark as well. Perhaps you need to be calibrated?Tongue out



Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Three senators have been hammering B12 for weeks

The bottom line is who will ultimately make the conference twelve again.  Texas haters, big twelve haters, OU haters, etc, the sky is falling, please don't respond, it's very old.  If they don't expand to twelve,  I'd say they are truly yahoos.


bobbybomb
Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 3:32 pm
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