Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:27 am

Report: San Diego State looking for Big 12 invite

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Memphis has been looking for an invitation to the SEC (really) but they're not the only program looking to take a big step up in competition.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego State is all but begging for an invite to the Big 12. Athletic director Jim Sterk has passed information about the school and surrounding television market to Big 12 officials, including interim commissioner Chuck Neinas.

“We’ve been proactive as far as getting information out and just making sure their folks know what a valuable commodity San Diego State is,” Sterk told the Union-Tribune. “We’ve been able to show how well we capture the San Diego television market in the last couple of years and have a program that’s really on the rise and have a lot of things going for it. We’re a member of the Mountain West Conference, and we think it’s a very good conference. But if things realign, you never know how the sands are moving.”

The Big 12 officially welcomed TCU to the league on Monday, adding the school in the wake of Texas A&M's departure to the SEC in 2012. The league may continue to expand, possibly back to 12 members, or choose to remain at 10. Leaders are still waiting on a decision from Missouri, which is mulling their conference affiliation options and could choose to follow the Aggies to the SEC.

BYU, Louisville and West Virginia are the schools frequently brought up if the Big 12 is to expand again but Sterk wanted to make officials aware that San Diego State is just as close geographically to schools such as Texas as BYU is.

“If they look west, who knows what happens?” Sterk said.

Neinas is familiar with the school, having advised former athletic director Jeff Schemmel to hire football coach Rocky Long in 2006 as part of his consulting business.
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: September 21, 2011 11:41 am

Wednesday Lunch Break Chat

Posted by Eye On College Football

Greetings football fans!  Anything going on recently? Besides a few schools calling the movers and switching conferences that is? With week three of college football in the books and the massive realignment crazy still happening, we thought it'd be great to chat about all of the comings and goings that have happened the past week or so. Check in HERE from Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern to ask your college football questions to Eye on College Football Bloggers Bryan Fischer and Chip Patterson.

Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 7:12 pm

VIDEO: Former SEC commish on realignment

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Is Florida State headed to the SEC? Why will Texas only move west? Former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer gives his thoughts on conference realignment on The Tim Brando Show.

Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:15 am

Deadline for Texas A&M could be coming from Big12

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If Texas A&M is making to make a move to the SEC, they might have to do so sooner rather than later.

On Monday, the university's regents authorized president R. Bowen Loftin to explore realignment and he cautioned that the school would explore all options and there would be no timetable for any move. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has not been a happy camper about the whole situation and told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that an ultimatlum could be coming for the Aggies to make up their mind about staying or going.

“We can’t operate with an institution waiting to decide if it wants to remain in the conference. There has to be a very short time for an institution to commit,” Beebe said.

Beebe also told the Morning News that any school leaving the conference could face additional penalties on top of the current rules regarding withdrawal penalties. Following the departure of Nebraska and Colorado during last summer's realignment craze, Big 12 schools made a 10-year pledge to stay committed to the conference but according to the commissioner, it isn't binding enough to keep a team from leaving.

Specifically one team.

“What we do, if anything, will be in the best interest of Texas A&M and the state of Texas,” Loftin said. “We’re also very concerned about the members of the Big 12. We don’t want the Big 12 to go away. We have no intention of doing anything that might precipitate that.”

The commissioner could approach the Big 12's board of directors to set a date and force the school into making a decision but has not done so yet. If his current strategy of begging the Aggies not to go doesn't work, it's possible we could see the realignment timetable moved up however.

“Ultimately, our strong main desire is to keep A&M and address whatever needs to be done to keep them as happy, fulfilled members of the conference,” Beebe said.
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